Best electric cars for Motability 2022

You don't have to choose between just petrol and diesel cars - the Motability scheme now includes a number of electric models too.

You’re not just limited to petrol and diesel cars; electric Motability cars are now widely available, and include many of the most popular models. They’re usually more expensive for private buyers than a similar petrol car, but that difference is sometimes non-existent here.

Electric cars are much cheaper to run than a conventionally fuelled car, so you’ll save yourself some money by choosing one of these cars on Motability (a full charge only costs a few pounds, a fraction of the cost of a full tank of fuel).

Check out our picks for the best electric Motability cars...

Vauxhall Corsa-e

Blue Vauxhall Corsa-e

The latest Vauxhall Corsa is one of Britain’s best-selling cars. Cheap PCP deals appeal to many buyers, and it brings a much more interesting design and a wider spread of technology than before. Its engines are economical, too.

There’s also an electric Vauxhall Corsa-e model for the first time, and this is a great option if you want a small car that never needs filling up with petrol. Amazingly, even top-spec cars can be leased with no initial payment, and you get a huge 10-inch touchscreen, state-of-the-art headlights, heated seats and a rear-view camera.

The Corsa-e is speedy off the line, and the extra weight of the batteries is almost completely disguised - so it doesn’t feel much different to petrol versions. Rapid-charging at a 100kW plug sees the battery topped up to 80% charge in half an hour, or a home wallbox will fully complete the charge in 7.5 hours. Plug in it before you go to bed and it’ll be fully charged and ready to go when you wake up.

Nissan Ariya

Nissan Ariya - front action

The brand behind one of the world’s best-selling electric cars, the Nissan Leaf, has now launched its first zero-emission SUV, the Ariya.

Now, it’s not cheap, whether you’re looking at Motability or PCP deals. But the Ariya is brilliant – so good, in fact, that we’ve given it our Car of The Year award for 2022. Here is a Nissan that feels markedly more premium than a Qashqai or a Juke, not to mention many of its electric rivals.

With at least 223 miles of range and rapid-charging capability, the Ariya is good at long drives. What’s perhaps more impressive is its comfortable ride. Even its agility is admirable.

Hyundai Kona Electric

Hyundai Kona electric

Remarkably, the Hyundai Kona Electric is available with nil advance payment if you choose the SE Connect version with the smaller battery. If you are only expecting to use the car for short journeys, the 189-mile range will be more than adequate. Upgrading to the Premium spec costs £400, and choosing the bigger battery with an impressively long range costs an additional £700 upfront.

Perhaps you’re not quite ready for a fully electric car or you will struggle to plug the car in. In which case, the Kona is also available as a hybrid. It promises lower running costs than an equivalent petrol car, even if the initial payment is a little higher than a Kona Electric in the same trim level.

Whichever you choose, Hyundai has made the Kona a pretty simple car to drive, too - the precise steering makes it easy to place on the road, and it’s light at parking speeds. You can make up your own mind about the exterior styling, but at least it could never be mistaken for a Kia Stonic or Volkswagen T-Cross.

Have you ever owned one of our best electric cars for Motability? Give us your review in the comments section below...

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