It’s easier to ask why you wouldn’t choose an electric car, to be honest.
There’s a ban coming in on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030 - while second-hand vehicles will still be available, they will gradually become less available
It’s far cheaper to charge a car battery than fill it with petrol
The charging infrastructure across the UK is improving all the time, so there shouldn’t be any trouble finding a charging point when you’re out and about
There are fewer parts to an electric car, so maintaining is a less costly or common affair compared to a car with an internal combustion engine
Electric cars don’t have emissions and therefore don’t contribute to climate change (though you need to be mindful about the source of the electricity you use to charge it)
Manufacturers are coming out with more and more models to meet increasing market demand, so your options will increase
Depending on the charger you're using, it’s fairly quick (as little as 30 minutes) to boost the car battery to at least 80% of a full charge
If you’re just learning to drive, it’s easier to learn on an electric car, which is an automatic, than a manual.
Admittedly, electric cars do tend to be more expensive to buy than petrol or diesel cars, so the initial outlay will be more, but the running and maintenance costs will be much lower throughout the time you have the car.
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The best way of comparing electric cars is to use a league table like this one. You can sort by the factors that are most important to you to see which one hits the mark, but it would help to have a decent idea already of what you might be after. For instance, if you’ve got kids, you’ll need a car big enough to accommodate them, which already rules out certain models. If you have to drive long distances, you’ll need a car with a bigger battery so you can get further without having to stop to charge.
According to the table, the Smart EQ fortwo coupe passion advanced 60kW Auto is the cheapest electric car currently on the market.
This is likely because of its small size and, therefore, its small battery.
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The speed an electric car charges at will differ depending on its battery size, charging rate and the charger it’s using. According to the table, though, the electric cars that charge the fastest are as follows:
Slow: Vauxhall Corsa-e SE Nav Premium 11kW 136PS Auto (3 hours)
Fast: Vauxhall Corsa-e SE Nav Premium 11kW 136PS Auto (1 hour)
Rapid: Hyundai KONA Electric Premium 39kWh 136PS Auto (54 minutes)
Check out our guide focusing on how long to charge an electric car for more information.
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The Next Green Car rating denotes a vehicle’s environmental impact score based on various factors, with 0 denoting the greenest vehicles and 100+ denoting the least green vehicles. The table shows that seven cars have the lowest score of 18:
Skoda CITIGOe iV SE 61kW Auto
Skoda CITIGOe iV SE L 61kW Auto
Smart EQ fortwo coupe edition one 60kW Auto
Smart EQ fortwo coupe prime exclusive 60kW Auto
Smart EQ fortwo coupe pulse premium 60kW Auto
Smart EQ fortwo coupe passion advanced 60kW Auto
VW e-up! 61kW Auto
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Calculating the difference between the various factors listed, the table shows that the Nissan e-NV200 Combi 40kWh Acenta Auto 7-seat is the highest scorer - whether it’s the best for you, though, depends on what you need from a car.
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While the electric car league table should help point you in the right direction depending on which factors are most important to you, the final decision is yours. As we’ve said previously, prioritise the features that are most important to you and research your options, and you won’t go far wrong.