Top 10 used electric cars
Electric cars are all the rage at the moment, and if you buy used you don’t need to spend a fortune to get into one. Here we count down the top 10 – and reveal the model to avoid...
There was a time when attempting a top 10 list for used electric vehicles was impossible; there simply weren’t enough of them. However, with the improvements in battery technology, the growing concern of localised pollution levels and the fact that EVs no longer perform like overloaded milk floats, demand for them is growing.
EVs are certainly not new technology and have in fact been around since the invention of the car. They were often preferable in major cities because they didn’t smell and, unlike the horse, didn’t produce any waste. But it’s only been in the past 10 years that manufacturers have made a concerted effort with electric cars, producing a wide range of EVs in different shapes and sizes.
Our top 10 has everything from small city cars to top-of-the-range luxury SUVs to whet your appetite; some of them are cheaper than others, but all of them represent the best of their type. Read on to find out what are the best used electric cars you can buy.
10. Volkswagen e-Up
Basing your electric car on the cute little Up is not a bad place to start since it’s one of the best city cars on sale. And, in some ways, the e-Up is even better.
For starters, if you need an automatic car, the smooth electric motor and instant torque make the e-Up a swift urban runabout. Second, the additional weight of the batteries helps to settle the ride over the standard car. Plus, the batteries are neatly hidden beneath the seats, so there’s no loss of interior space.
Trouble is, because the battery pack is so small, the range is only really 66 miles, which limits it to those who mostly do urban driving and have easy access to a charge point.
Still, if you regularly commute into central London, not needing to pay the congestion charge or ULEZ is useful. A 7kWh charger will refill your e-Up in about six hours, while the rapid-charging facility means you can be back in action in 30 minutes.
We found: 2015 e-Up, 20,000 miles, £12,000
9. Kia Soul EV
The Kia Soul EV is proof that electric cars need not look boring. And it’s still a highly practical five-seat family car that’s much cheaper to run than the standard car.
Equipment levels are pretty decent with climate control, heated front seats, cruise control, sat-nav and a reversing camera.
A home charger should recharge a fully depleted Soul in six hours, while a fast charger will get the battery to 80% in about 30 minutes.
We found: 2015 Kia Soul EV, 8000 miles, £14,995
Here’s proof that you can even have a premium-badged electric car for a fraction of what it cost new. There are plenty of BMW i3s out there in either range extender or pure electric form, like the example here.
The EV actually has the longer electric power range, and because we’ve gone for a car registered after the model revisions in July 2016, you should be able to go for 120 miles between charges. A recharge from empty using a 7kWh home charger takes four hours, and the i3 can be fast-charged so you can get it up to 80% within 40 minutes.
Once topped up, the i3 is quite pleasant to drive and grips the road well, even with those skinny tyres. The ride can be a little firm, but it means the i3 resists roll despite being fairly tall.
We found: 2017 BMW i3 E 94Ah, 13,000 miles, £21,500
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