Is an electric car right for me?
This is arguably one of the most important questions a car buyer should ask themselves. Everyone is different and should consider whether their situation and lifestyle would suit an electric car. This includes where it'll be parked, where the nearest charging point is, or if it's worth installing a home electric charging point.
Although traditionally electric cars were only best for short distances and town driving, they're becoming increasingly versatile and can be used for longer drives. With a combination of improving technology and the growing charging point infrastructure, drivers can go longer distances, even if they have to plan their stops along the way!
Should I buy an electric car over a hybrid?
A question we all think about, it can be hard to give a definitive answer about whether a hybrid or fully electric car is the better option. It all depends on your needs and situation but there is always the ideal car out there for you.
There are two options for a hybrid car; self-charging and plug-in. A self-charging hybrid boasts both a small electric motor and a petrol or diesel-powered main propulsion engine. On the other hand, a plug-in hybrid still uses petrol or diesel but has a large electric battery, offering more electric-powered mileage.
Hybrid cars are popular due to the increased fuel efficiency, lower road tax, reduced emissions, and that they are sometimes exempt from emission charges. To find out more about hybrid cars view our blog here.
Fully electric cars
A fully electric vehicle relies completely on a battery as means of propulsion and has to be plugged into a charging station when it starts running out of power. As the technology is growing across the industry, electric cars are likely to change in the next few years, increasing their mileage range and efficiency.
Electric cars are also growing in popularity, not only because of their low road tax, but also because of government buying grants, low running costs, and their low emissions. They are also growing in style and number, meaning that large family cars, small city cars and everything in between is becoming available as pure electric vehicles.
How do low emission zones affect electric cars?
With the ultra-low emissions zone (ULEZ) in London expanding, and some cities such as Bath and Birmingham introducing clean air zones, everyone is going to have to become more aware of their car emissions and where they can drive.
Electric vehicles could be the answer for so many drivers. Excluded from ULEZ and clean air charges, electric cars will enable drivers to move in and out of these areas with ease, and at no cost. And with more and more electric charging points popping up across the country and in cities, it's becoming even easier to travel for electric car owners.
What should I look out for when buying a used electric car?
There are a few things you should look out for when buying a used electric car, just like any used car, including:
- Ensure you can see the full service history to ensure any software updates or recall work have been completed.
- Due to the weight of some electric cars, check the tyres and breaks for wear and tear, including any strange noises.
- When looking at an electric car's battery, check the kWh as this affects the range.
- Ensure the charging cable is there and works.
As with any car you wish to purchase, ask to take the car out on a test drive to see if you like the feel of the drive, and you feel the car is suitable. Also, check the interior and exterior for any damage like dents, paint scrapes, tears in the upholstery or makes on the dashboard.
Which used electric car should I buy?
Everyone has different needs for their car, whether you're looking for a small nippy car for the city, or a larger family car big enough for all the family, including the dog! Thankfully, as electric cars become more popular, the market and availability also grow. Here are some of our top used electric cars.
This small car is one of the best electric city cars around. Although some of the older models do have a small battery and therefore a small range of 66 miles, it's perfect for anyone looking for a little urban runaround and those who have easy access to a charging point.
Since 2019, the newer models have been given a facelift and a bigger battery, doubling their range to 161 miles.
The great thing about the e-Golf is how many people say they can't even tell the difference. With light steering, nice drive and decent boot size, it's a very practical and familiar option for those looking for their first electric car.
The older models have a range of around 125 miles, but since 2017, this was increased to 186 miles with a quick charging option of 45 minutes.
One of the most affordable options on the market, the Zoe is a great electric hatchback. It's similar in size to the Clio and has plenty of room in the rear seats and the boot for all your daily needs. The 2015-2019 models also have a decent range of around 150 miles, with newer models averaging around 240 miles.
With a range of around 280 miles, the e-Niro is one of the more efficient cars on the market. Its practical, comfortable and full of technology making it the ideal family car. Also, because it's only been around since 2019, you will still be able to take advantage of Kia's 7-year warranty, though this does also mean you're less likely to grab a bargain.
One of the original electric vehicles, the Nissan Leaf is a great family-sized car. With a spacious feeling, slightly higher driving position and great safety ratings, you'll feel at home with the whole family piled in the back.
Although a great car, we recommend going for a post-2016 model to ensure you get the best mileage of around 120 miles.
This comfortable, spacious and quiet car is a great option for your next family electric car. It's comparable in size to the e-Golf but often comes with more technology built-in making it a good all-rounder.
Like many used electric cars, the new models have better ranges and the Ioniq is no different. Models from 2019 onwards have a range of around 190 miles, whilst older models are looking at around 120.
Newer than some of the other used electric cars on the list, the Jaguar I-Pace came onto the market in 2018 and was Jaguar's first all-electric car. This large family car offers all the tech and comfort you'd expect mixed with the fun handling all packed into a sleek design. Plus, on one charge, it can do up to 250 miles so you won't have to worry about those longer journeys.
Tesla Model X
One of the larger cars on the list, the X has a lot packed into its futuristic design. With seven seats, all the technology you could want, and quick off the line, this Tesla is a great luxury electric car. Similarly to the Model S, it can take a long time to charge unless plugged into a Telsa Supercharger, but with a range of around 200 miles on the older models and nearly 300 on the newer models, you should be good to go for a while.
Tesla Model S
A little more affordable than the X model, the S is full of great technology and superb performance. Although the charge from a normal charging point can take up to 11 hours, plug it into a Tesla Supercharger and you could be ready to go in under an hour. Plus, with a range of around 200 miles, you won't need to plug in that often.
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