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3 Aug, 2015 3:00pm Sam Naylor

Never want to visit a petrol station again? Here are the best electric cars to buy in 2015

Motorists are always going to be keen to keep costs as low as possible - but in the past, there just wasn't much choice when it came to fuel - you'd always have to visit a petrol station sooner or later. Now though, more electric charging stations across the UK and cheaper electric cars mean that plug-in models are attracting a lot of attention.

Big brands such as Nissan, Renault and BMW have all taken the plunge and released fully electric cars - and some are really rather impressive. Tesla, MINI, Volkswagen, Smart, Mitsubishi, Citroen and Peugeot are just some of the other electric car makers, with the market getting bigger all the time.

So which ones are the best? We've put together a list of our favourite electric cars here, to help you decide which one is right for you.

Most buyers will be better off with a hybrid, plug-in hybrid or range-extender - but here we've only listed cars that run on electricity only. Of course that means there's no internal combustion engine noise - or petrol station trips - ever. 

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What a terrible rehash of old content. There is no new detail here or even the most basic comparison between models. Despite the first page assertion that this was about pure electrics the first page talks about the range of BMWs range extended model! Also, of course the iMiev needs to be parked near a plug socket, these are electric cars, they ALL need a socket! Despite assertions to the opposite there is a growing movement toward EVs around the world, a publication like Autoexpress would do well to realise that and provide up to date content and opinion for its readership.

My favourite Electric Car is the New BMW i3

Only a mug would buy an electric car.
Sadly their are many about..

"Best Electric Cars"..... aren't they the ONLY electric cars!?

Must have been a slow day at AE to hobble together previous articles and be presented as a "new" one.... or was it just to be able to wax lyrical about the i3? Again. ;-)

I was told do not buy a diesel engine car against a petrol unless you do high mileages to recoup the higher price of the diesel car. so how high a mileage would you need to go to recoup the extra cost of a electric car considering the very small range. My little diesel should cover 650 miles on one 10 gallon tank.

At current prices there is no mileage where an electric car will recoup its high purchase price before the life of some of its expensive components are exhausted - especially the battery. There is no economic case for an electric car, the only reason to buy one is to pay to ease your conscience (and that's arguable). And to make it worse, every purchase of an electric car in the UK is subsidised by the taxpayer.

Quality/Price = Renault Zoe
This ranking is a (german) joke