Best electric cars eligible for the £2500 Government grant
Electric cars now come in all shapes and sizes, but here we countdown the best models that are eligible for the Government's plug-in car grant...
These days, the chances are that there's an electric car to suit your needs. The Government is clearly keen for you to drive one, too, because it will give you a grant of up to £2500 to buy an electric car – provided its list price does not exceed £35,000.
There are lots of cars eligible for the grant, so how do you sort the best from the rest? Well, here we've gathered up our favourites, ranging from small cars to SUVs, so if you pick a car from this list you can be sure that you're getting one of the best electric cars on sale. And don't forget, our Target Price savings don't include the government grant, so you can add that saving on to the prices you see here.
The Mii Electric is a good choice if you're looking for a small electric car to drive primarily in the city. Its 82bhp electric motor makes zipping around city streets easy, and while its top speed is limited to just 81mph, the Mii can manage motorway journeys too if needed. It has a decent range, too, being officially able to cover up to 161 miles between charges.
- Competitive pricing
- Comfortable ride
- Great in town
- Only four seats
- Rivals go farther
- Old-school interior
Can't decide if you want an electric car, an SUV or a coupé? You can have all three if you go for the e-C4. You get a single 134bhp electric motor for power, which helps the e-C4 to feel decently fast most of the time. Energy is drawn from a 50kWh battery pack, which officially gives you a range of up to 217 miles. Rivals have more space for your family and luggage, though.
- Mainly cushy ride
- Good quality interior
- Hushed at motorway speeds
- Relatively slow acceleration
- Not as roomy as some rivals
- Competent handling but not particularly fun to drive
Combining a high-quality interior with quiet driving manners and a punchy electric motor, the e-2008 is a good choice if you're in the market for an electric SUV. However, while its 50kWh battery pack enables you to travel for up to 206 miles between charges, that's less than most rivals and it managed closer to 150 miles in our real-world tests.
- Well made and attarctive interior
- Comfortable ride
- Impressively quiet at speed
- Not that quick by electric car standards
- Peugeot's reliability isn't great
- Rivals have longer range
The Soul EV combines the kind of upright, SUV-esque driving position that many buyers are looking for, with a decent official electric range of up to 280 miles. And thanks to its 201bhp motor, it feels brisk in any situation. Add in a decently spacious rear bench and a boot that can easily accommodate your weekly shop, and it's easy to recommend.
- Good driving position
- Impressive driving range
- Long equipment list
- Relatively small boot
- Fidgety ride
- Rear seats could be more flexible
It might be one of founding fathers of the electric car class, but the latest Renault Zoe is still highly recommendable, combining a long range of up to 245 miles between charges with a tempting price tag – even before you take our discounts into consideration. It's not as spacious as some rivals, and you'll want to add some safety kit from the options list, but the Zoe remains a great choice in the electric car market.
- Longer range than similar-priced alternatives
- Smart interior – particularly on the posher trim levels
- R135 has punchy acceleration
- Rear head room could be better
- Driving position is flawed
- Automatic emergency braking unavailable on entry-level trim
The e-208 mixes funky styling with real substance, and can travel for up to 217 miles on a full charge according to official figures. That number will drop in real-world use, of course, but we still think the e-208 will take you farther between charges than rivals. It also offers a comfortable ride and a classy interior.
- Eye-catching, classy-feeling interior
- Decent to drive
- Well equipped
- The Renault Zoe can cover more miles between charges
- Mushy brake pedal
- Not the cheapest
This former What Car? Car of the Year remains one of our favourite electric SUVs, with a range of up to 253 miles in real-world conditions (if you go for the 64kWh model) and impressive ride comfort. It also handles better than most rivals, and every version comes loaded with kit.
- 64kWh model’s 250-mile-plus real-world range
- Quick acceleration in 64kWh
- Tidy handling and comfortable ride
- A fair bit pricier than an MG ZS EV
- Doesn't charge as quickly as a Tesla Model 3
- No Euro NCAP safety rating
The cute retro styling of the original Fiat 500 meets futuristic electric technology here, and the result is a truly fantastic electric car. We love its peppy 94bhp electric motor, and the fact that it's so fun to weave along tight urban roads. We'd recommend going for a version with the larger 42kWh battery pack if you can, because that ups the 500's official range to 199 miles between charges, and that's more than most rivals.
- Decent range between charges
- Fun to drive around town
- Stacks up well financially
- Tiny rear seats
- Noisy on the motorway
- Rivals have longer electric ranges
The ID.3 is our favourite small electric car, largely because it's so good to drive. It offers a comfortable ride, for example, and handles better than most of its rivals. Add in a decent range of up to 336 miles and sprightly performance from its electric motor, and it's easy to see why we rate it so highly.
- Good electric range
- Sprightly performance
- Decent to drive
- Iffy interior quality, especially for the pricier versions
- Charging network weaker than Tesla’s
- Infotainment system needs some upgrades
That's right, you can get a large electric SUV like the Skoda Enyaq and still qualify for the Government grant – bear in mind that to do that you'll have to stick with the smaller '60' version with its 58kWh battery pack, but with a range of up to 256 miles we still think most families will get along with it just fine. It's also wonderfully spacious for both people and luggage, and offers a comfy ride. It's worth noting that the price you'll see below adds on an interior trim pack automatically – the Enyaq does in fact just slip under the £35,000 threshold to qualify for the grant.
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- Well priced
- Extremely practical
- Comfortable and easy to drive
- So-so performance by electric car standards
- A Volkswagen ID.3 is more fun to drive
- 80 and 80X versions don't qualify for government grant
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