How can I buy an EV on a budget?
There’s an immense push on electrification at the moment, moving throughout the car industry and out into the buying market. There’s little way of getting away from it though - electric cars are usually expensive to buy.
But thankfully, electric cars are being produced thick and fast and, as a result, they’re moving more swiftly into the used segment. It means that if you’re not able to get a brand-new EV, there are far more choices in the used market than you might expect. Let’s take a look.
Citroen C Zero
If you’re after the cheapest possible way into EV ownership, then the Citroen C Zero is probably your best bet. It’s possible to get one for a snick under £5,000, in fact, making this one of the best low-cost ways to get behind the wheel of an EV.
We’ll make no bones about it though, the C Zero isn’t the most cutting-edge of electric cars. It should deliver around 99 miles of range, though.
Even if you’ve only done a small amount of research into an EV, it’s likely that you’ve already heard of the Nissan Leaf. It’s been in production for many years now, and thanks to a decent range and good practicality levels, it has remained popular throughout that time.
But because of that lengthy lifespan, it has turned into an excellent used buy. In fact, you should be able to find one for as little as £5,500 - though earlier, cheaper models will only be able to deliver around 75 miles between charges.
The Renault Zoe has become a mainstay in the EV segment. It’s compact, well-suited to city driving and, throughout its generations, has featured a decent electric range too.
Whatsmore, you’re able to find used Zoe models for as little as £7,000, which makes it an excellent EV used car option. Early models have a range of around 100 miles, which is more than enough for daily trips to the shops or school runs.
If you’re after something with a little more premium feel, then the BMW i3 is going to be right up your street. It’s a smartly designed thing, that’s for sure, with plenty of high-end touches used throughout the cabin. Eco-friendly materials are used across the board, too.
Of course, this premium feel brings a premium price tag, but at £12,590, it’s not as bad as many may think. Even early cars deliver around 150 miles per charge, too.
When it comes to practicality and all-round user friendliness, there are few better than the Volkswagen Golf. The e-Golf, therefore, is a great blend of everything people love about the well-known hatch with that all-important electric tech.
Used prices start from around £13,999, and for that you’ll get a car which can do around 120 miles from a charge. It looks good too, in our eyes at least.