Electric car waiting times revealed

Interest in electric cars is booming, but how long will you have to wait for one once you've placed your order?...

Audi E-tron charging

Waiting times for new electric vehicles are set to be the same as for petrol and diesel models as the new car market recovers from the coronavirus crisis, according to exclusive research by Britain’s leading new car buying platform and consumer champion, What Car?.

The findings come after the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) revealed new car registrations fell by 44.4% in March due to the effects of the coronavirus shutdown. Despite this, electric vehicle registrations rose 197.4% year-on-year in March, reflecting booming interest.

The average waiting time on a new electric car has significantly dropped in the past 12 months, with the majority of new electric vehicles now available within 12 weeks, according to What Car?’s analysis of all 26 electric models currently on sale.

Last year, lead times for some electric cars exceeded more than 12 months, making it nigh-on impossible for buyers to commit to purchasing one.

What Car?’s research has also revealed that eight manufacturers have stock of their electric cars in the UK now, meaning buyers will be able to place an order and have their vehicle delivered within two weeks.

This includes the Tesla Model 3, the winner of the Large Electric Car category at the 2020 What Car? Awards, as well as the all-new third-generation Renault Zoe and the all-new Peugeot e-208. However, both the Renault and Peugeot can take up to 12 or 16 weeks to arrive depending on the exact specification chosen.

Waiting times for the most in-demand electric cars have also fallen. Last year’s overall What Car? Car of the Year Award winner, the Kia e-Niro, had a waiting list that extended to more than a year 12 months ago. As a result of increased supply, its lead time has been halved to 26 weeks.

The longest wait is on Porsche’s first electric car, the Taycan (36 weeks), followed by the Seat Mii electric and Skoda Citigo e IV (26 weeks), though the Skoda Citigo e IV is currently on hold for orders. 

The increased competition for sales between car makers has also led to significant discounts on electric cars being available. The average discount on a new fully electric vehicle is 3.92% or £1455.

Even cars with the shortest lead times, including the all-new Peugeot e-208 and new Renault Zoe, are available with discounts, with the new Zoe reduced by up to £2609 according to exclusive What Car? data.

Some of the biggest discounts can be had on premium electric vehicles, with the Audi E-tron available with a saving of up to £3855, while the Jaguar I-Pace is discounted by up to £2233.


Waiting times for every electric car

Audi E-tron

Audi E-tron front three quarters

Waiting time 12-16 weeks

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BMW i3

BMW i3 94Ah

Waiting time 20 weeks

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DS 3 Crossback E-tense

DS 3 Crossback front three quarters

Waiting time 1-8 weeks

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Hyundai Ioniq Electric

Hyundai Ioniq front

Waiting time 18 weeks

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Hyundai Kona Electric

Hyundai Kona Electric 39kWh

Waiting time 18 weeks

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Jaguar I-Pace

Jaguar I-Pace

Waiting time 20 weeks

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Kia e-Niro

Kia e-Niro 64kWh

Waiting time 26 weeks

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Kia Soul EV

Kia Soul EV 2020 RHD front tracking

Waiting time 8 weeks

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MG ZS EV

MG ZS EV front three quarters

Waiting time 1 week

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Mercedes EQC

Mercedes-Benz EQC front three quarters

Waiting time 15 weeks

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Nissan Leaf

Nissan Leaf

Waiting time 2-12 weeks

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Peugeot e-208

Peugeot e-208 2020 RHD front right tracking

Waiting time 1-16 weeks depending on spec

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Peugeot e-2008

Peugeot e-2008 2019 front tracking shot

Waiting time 6-12 weeks

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Porsche Taycan

Porsche Taycan 2019 LHD press front cornering

Waiting time 36 weeks

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Renault Twizy

Used Renault Twizy 2012-present

Waiting time 16 weeks

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Renault Zoe

2019 Renault Zoe UK front right tracking LHD

Waiting time 1-12 weeks

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Seat Mii Electric

Seat Mii Electric front three quarters

Waiting time 26 weeks

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Skoda Citigo e IV

Skoda Citigo iV 2019 front tracking (press)

Waiting time 26 weeks, but on hold for orders

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Smart Fortwo EQ

Smart ForTwo EQ 2020 front tracking LHD

Waiting time 1 week

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Smart Forfour EQ

Smart Forfour EQ

Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3 Performance

Waiting time 1-15 weeks

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Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S 75D

Waiting time 1-15 weeks

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Tesla Model X

Tesla Model X Long Range front three quarters

Waiting time 1-15 weeks

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Vauxhall Corsa-e

Vauxhall Corsa front - orange

Waiting time 12 weeks

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Volkswagen e-Up

Volkswagen e-Up front

Waiting time 1-12 weeks

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Volkswagen e-Golf

Volkswagen e-Golf

Waiting time 1 week

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