Best electric cars on sale

BMW i3 action
14 Mar, 2014 9:30am Steve Walker

We examine all the electric cars currently on sale to bring you the best EV models to buy now

Electric cars are here and becoming a more common sight on UK roads. As fuel prices rise, electric cars become cheaper and the network of charging stations grows, it seems inevitable that numbers of plug-in vehicles will grow further.

Brands like Nissan, Renault and BMW are firmly aboard the electric car bandwagon with battery-powered vehicles available in their showrooms now. With the likes of Tesla, MINI, Volkswagen, Smart, Mitsubishi, Citroen and Peugeot also selling or developing electric car products, the choice available to consumers is expanding fast.

We’re talking full electric cars here, not hybrids, plug-in hybrids or range-extenders. These models run on electric power alone with no help from the faithful old internal combustion engine. So if you’d like to know which of today’s commercially available electric cars is best, you’ve come to the right place…

• Most economical cars

Best electric cars 2014  

  1. 1. BMW i3
  2. 2. Tesla Model S
  3. 3. VW e-up!
  4. 4. Renault ZOE
  5. 5. Nissan Leaf
  6. 6. Smart ForTwo ED
  7. 7. Renault Twizy
  8. 8. Mitsubishi iMiEV

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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