The vehicle of tomorrow don’t need to cost a fortune today.

Electric vehicles (EVs) have come a long way in recent times. When the original Nissan Leaf hit UK roads back in 2010 it cost £10,000 more than its closest petrol counterpart, the Ford Focus. Now though, prices are far more competitive and start from as little at £10,685 thanks to government grants.

Buying any new vehicle is a considerable expense, granted. But as petrol and diesel prices continue to rise, savvy motorists are looking at EVs as a much more climate-friendly way of bringing running costs down. And an EV will serve you well in the long run, too, since the government wants to ban the sale of new fossil fuel-powered vehicles by 2035. If you’re looking at replacing your car, then, an EV is the obvious choice. Here are this year’s most affordable models.

  1. Renault Twizy, from £10,685 + battery lease

What do the pros say?

“The Twizy is part scooter, part car and makes sense for congested cities” – Autocar

  1. Smart EQ Fortwo, from £20,350 (incl. gov grant)

What do the pros say?

“It’s packed with up-to-the minute safety equipment and driver tech, and represents a lot of fun for the money” – Parkers

  1. Skoda Citigo e iV hatchback, from £20,455 (incl. gov grant)

What do the pros say?

“The Skoda Citigo e iV is a thoroughly grown-up, well made city car that still knows how to have fun” – CarBuyer

  1. Smart EQ Forfour, from £20,785 (incl. gov grant)

What do the pros say?

“Like its two-seater sister car, the Smart EQ Fortwo, the Forfour is perfectly suited to city driving thanks to its compact dimensions and impressive turning circle” – Parkers

  1. SEAT Mii electric, from £22,800 (incl. gov grant)

What do the pros say?

"The SEAT Mii electric shares much with the Volkswagen e-up! but offers buyers some extra style and better value" – CarBuyer

  1. Peugeot e-208, from £25,050 (incl. gov grant)

What do the pros say?

“The Peugeot e-208 is a cute and comprehensively high-tech small electric car that feels fun and youthful in a way that few rivals do” – Auto Express

  1. Renault Zoe, from £25,670 (incl. gov grant)

What do the pros say?

“The Renault Zoe is great value, decent to drive and has a long range between charges. Small electric cars don't get any better” – What Car?

  1. Citroen C Zero, from £26,210

What do the pros say?

“It’s very much on par with a fossil fuel burning city car, with its electric power steering, tyre pressure monitoring system, automatic headlights, folding mirrors, and air conditioning” – Autocar

  1. Mini Electric Hatch, from £27,900 (incl. gov grant)

What do the pros say?

“The MINI manages to retain all of the best bits of its petrol-engined cousins, but is city-friendly and comes packed with all of the best battery-saving tech you'll need to keep moving” – Parkers

  1. MG ZS EV SUV, from £28,495 (incl. gov grant)

What do the pros say?

“Cheap, spacious and all-round endearing” – Autocar  

The bottom line

EVs are no longer the hippy's vehicle of choice – they're quickly becoming mainstream and as charging infrastructure improves and the government phases out fossil fuel vehicles, they'll soon be the only option for motorists. And that's no hard sacrifice, as evidence by the raft of features these models pack in.

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