10 most affordable electric cars for 2022

4 Oct 2022
4 min read

When it comes to buying a new car going electric is more popular than ever, and increasing numbers of motorists are choosing to go green and ditch petrol and diesel vehicles.

Sales of fully electric cars were up 70% in summer 2022 compared to the year before, and many motorists are making the switch in advance of the government banning sales of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030.

At the time of writing there are no grants available for drivers who want to buy an electric car (although grants for vans are still available), which means that price is one of the most important factors when deciding which car to purchase.

Here’s the One Home run-down of the 10 cheapest electric cars you can buy today. We’ve included vehicles classed as cars only, but cheaper ‘quadricycles’ with limited speeds and charging distances are also available.

1. Smart EQ Fortwo, £22,225

Smart EQ Fortwo

This cute two-seater is ideal for drivers who are making short journeys and don’t have a family or lots of stuff to transport. It’s got a top speed of 81mph and a full charge will give you an 81 mile range.

What the experts say

“Unique looks and driving experience, plus the silent, darty performance of the electric powertrain mean that it has bags of character”

Auto Express

2. Smart EQ Forfour, £22,295

Smart EQ Forfour

This four-seater smart car fits double the people to its smaller sibling, but is only a shade more expensive. Best suited for town and city driving the doors open wide so it’s easy to get in and out, and it takes just 40min to charge the battery from 10% to 80% at a fast charge point.

What the experts say

“Zippy and easy to drive in town, thanks in part to its super-tight turning circle, and it’s pretty well equipped, too.”

What Car

3. Fiat 500 Electric, £24,435

Fiat 500 Electric

The Fiat 500 has been a best-seller since its launch in 2007, and the all-electric version, launched in 2021, has the same stylish looks but none of the emissions. It has a range of 115 miles from a single charge and a quick charge time of 30 mins (as long as you’re on the right tech).

What the experts say

“The new 500 looks clean and modern… it makes you wonder why Fiat will still sell you a petrol-burning 500 at all.”

Top Gear

4. MG ZS EV, £27,745


More of a family car than a small city runabout, the MG ZS EV has an impressive 273 mile range and presents one of the most affordable electric car options for its size.

What the experts say

“It’s roomy, well equipped and extremely well priced.”

What Car

5. Nissan Leaf, £28,995

Nissan Leaf EV

One of the first electric cars on the market, the Nissan Leaf is a family car that’s not just made for short, city trips. And the latest version of the Leaf is better to drive, capable of longer distances from a single charge and also goes faster.

What the experts say

“Now in its second generation the Leaf is a much better all-rounder than the original.”

What Car

6. Vauxhall Corsa e, £29,305

Vauxhall Corsa e

The Corsa is a car almost everyone is familiar with, but with a range of more than 200 miles and a 30 min charge this electric version is greener than any Corsas that have gone before.

What the experts say

“It’s well-equipped and fun to drive.”


7. Renault Zoe, £29,995

Renault Zoe

One of the most popular electric cars in Europe, the Renault Zoe is 10 years old in 2022, and many improvements have been made over the past decade from the original version.

What the experts say

“With every update and facelift that passes the Zoe becomes more and more desirable for actual, mainstream car buyers.”

Car Magazine

8. Peugeot e-208, £30,195

Peugeot e-208

This Peugeot is very similar in construction to the Vauxhall Corsa e, but its distinctive design and trim set it apart. The battery has enough for a maximum 225 mile range.

What the experts say

“Its electric motor is also powerful enough that faster roads aren’t a problem, and the little Peugeot doesn’t feel outclassed on the motorway.”


9. MG 5 EV, £30,995


An electric estate car, this model has plenty of room for whatever (or whoever) you need to transport. It’s stylish to look at and drive, and it’s the most affordable electric car of its size.

What the experts say

“Sharper styling, an improved interior and uprated technology help to boost the MG5 EV’s appeal.”

Auto Express

10. Mini Electric, £31,000

Mini Electric

The iconic Mini is now available as an electric car. It’ll charge in under five hours using a home box, or as little as 30 mins at a fast charge point. Experts also reckon it’ll hold its value well.

What the experts say

“A compelling package with a reasonable price tag if you’re after a stylish and upmarket electric vehicle.”

What Car


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