Which Electric Car Is Right For Me?
When it comes to choosing a new car, the territory has changed drastically. Many brands recently launched a number of plug-in hybrid and pure-electric models and are continuing to roll out new ones every month.
Now there’s a wide swath of electric vehicles to pick from. While exciting, this can also make choosing the right model much harder.
Which one charges the fastest and what’s all this talk about range? These are but a couple of the questions you might have as a motorist converting from petrol to electric. That being said, there are only a few key considerations you really need to worry about when choosing a plug-in. We’re here to cover the most important of these.
What should I look for in an electric car?
The most crucial factor in choosing an electric vehicle is range. Early electric models were quite limited in their range. These days, you’ve got a lot more choice when it comes to picking the right specs for your needs; while some models only provide 100 miles others can perform over 300 miles on a single charge.
You should base your decision on how far you typically travel on a daily basis, though other factors you may want to take into account include how far your nearest charging station is located. Remember an EV range is just an estimation. In reality, the number of miles you can get out of a full charge will vary depending on how your vehicle is used.
Driving your car on the motorway as well as turning the heater or air conditioning up can all drain the battery quicker. So it’s worth picking a model that exceeds your needs or one with a range-extender.
If you’re looking for an all-electric car with a decent range, you’ll want to check out the market-leading Tesla Model S and Model 3 in Long Range. These EVs stretch to 379 miles and 348 miles respectively. Jaguar and Kia also boast models with ample ranges that will keep you going for miles before needing a top up.
Enjoy 292 miles in the immaculate and stylish i-Pace which is making its mark alongside other top-performing vehicles. Just shy of that at 282 miles, the e-Niro is a cost-effective choice with plenty of great safety kit.
The next thing you’ll want to think about is the purchase price, or monthly lease. Electric cars start out at around just under £200.00PM with some more luxurious models running over £400.00PM. So, it’s important to choose a lease that is affordable and comfortably within your financial means. It’s a good idea to research prices to get an understanding of which retailers offer the best deals.
Keep in mind that you may also have to pay additional charges such as registration costs, manufacturer delivery charges and any other fees you might incur with your purchase. You may want to consider, for instance, installing a home charger so you can top up your EV overnight. If you plan on charging at home, see our electric lease deals with a home charger included. Of course, there are government grants available that make EV ownership more affordable, so be sure to read up more on these too.
If you’re on the hunt for an EV that won’t break the bank, then you’ve got plenty of choice. The Hyundai Kona Electric is the idyllic family hatchback with plenty of character and a great sound system and practical storage. For a smaller car, the Mini Electric has a top-notch powertrain and performs strongly, making it great value for money. Another great option is the Renault Zoe, roomy. stylish and compact.
Seats, space and comfort
As with any car purchase or lease, it’s important to pick a model you’ll be comfortable driving in on a daily basis. That compact city car might look attractive sat on the lot, but how is it going to fare on the school run? Think about where you’ll be driving too, who you’ll be with and what you’ll be bringing with you. That should give you an idea of the kind of storage and room you’ll need. If you’ve got lanky teenagers, then head and legroom could be an issue in a car that’s too small.
Small children? Then you’ll want to check how easy and practical it is to clip them in and out of their car seats. Cargo space is another consideration. From shopping bags to school rucksacks, sports equipment and luggage, we often take a good chunk of our lives on the road. Check how easy it is to load and unload heavier items and, if the back seats fold, how flat they can go.
Hatchbacks and crossover sport-utility vehicles offer the most amount of space while city cars and saloons tend to be more snug. Both the e-Niro and Kona Electric boast plenty of boot space as well as ample head and legroom. If comfort is a top priority, then the Nissan Leaf offers a relaxing and quiet ride.
Charging is another consideration. Each electric vehicle will charge differently, and the speed at which they can charge will determine which kind of charger or connector you can use. Most, if not all models come with slow charging capacity, which means they can be charged using a standard 3-pin plug socket. However charging at this rate can take hours, so it’s worth opting for a model that’s at least fast or rapid charging.
If you are regularly charging your electric vehicle at home overnight, then you don't have to worry about many trips to a charging station unless you're driving a particularly long distance.
Fast chargers work at double the rate of slow chargers, taking charging time down to 3-4 hours. These days, most new car models come equipped with a type 2 connector for this charging rate. In fact, many also come with more advanced electronics, enabling them to be rapid charge compatible. At this rate, an EV can reach 80% of its battery capacity in just 30 minutes.
With its network of Superchargers, Tesla models still dominate the market when it comes to charging practicality. At home, however, the Audi e-Tron and Porsche Taycan take slightly less time to charge than the Model S and X.
Find out more about how much it costs to charge an EV as well as where you can go to charge it.
Ready to make the switch to electric? Then be sure to check out our electric & hybrid lease deals. We offer fantastic prices on all the best models available right now and continue to add to our stock as new models roll out.
There are so many benefits to going green from saving money on fuel to taking advantage of the many grants and incentives available to EV owners. Dial 01273 433 480 or request a callback - we’ll help you lease the perfect EV today.
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