Best electric cars on sale 2016

BMW i3 action
13 Jul, 2016 3:00pm Sam Naylor

Bored of petrol and diesel? Here are the best electric cars you can buy now

Fuel economy for petrol and diesel cars keeps improving, but there's no way to get around it - eventually you need to fill up, the same way we've been doing it for over 100 years. There is an alternative, though. Electric cars are here to stay, and as charging networks keep improving, a plug-in vehicle is becoming a really viable alternative to internal combustion.

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. 

Most economical cars

BMW i3 - front studio

Best electric cars 2016

  1. BMW i3
  2. Tesla Model S
  3. Volkswagen e-up!
  4. Nissan Leaf
  5. VW e-Golf
  6. Kia Soul EV
  7. Renault Zoe

Do you own an electric car? Tell us your thoughts on them in the comments section below...