Sales of electric cars in 2020 were one small bright spot in a difficult year for the automotive industry.
The good news is that there is now more choice than ever when it comes to EVs and while high-end models still cost well into six figures, there are far more affordable options for buyers on a tighter budget.
Here we’ve rounded up the 10 cheapest electric cars on sale in the UK right now. Due to recent unexpected changes to the Plug-in Car Grant and the unpredictability around the policy we’ve decided to remove it from our figures so all prices here are before the grant - currently worth £2,500 - is applied.
5. Volkswagen e-Up (£23,555)
Our second VW Group car based on the same tiny platform. The e-Up looks virtually identical to the Seat Mii and uses the same motor/battery arrangement but has an official range of 159 miles - one less than the Seat. Maybe that more expensive badge is heavier too.
6. MG5 EV (£27,595)
The MG5 EV is the first non-city car on our list and is also unusual in being a traditional family estate rather than a hatchback or crossover. With nearly 600 litres of boot space it’s a practical family wagon and typically for the budget British brand you get plenty of equipment for your money. A 52kWh battery powers the 154bhp motor, with an official range of 214 miles.
7. Nissan Leaf (£28,495)
The Leaf is the granddaddy of mainstream EVs. Apart from the slightly gawky looks it’s a fairly standard family hatchback but with an all-electric drivetrain. Cheaper “standard” versions have a 148bhp motor and 40kWh battery with 168 miles of range while the E+ costs £2,500 more and gets a beefier 212bhp motor and a 62kWh battery with a 239-mile range. Both accept DC rapid charging of up to 50kW and feature Nissan’s neat e-pedal which allows for single-pedal driving.
8. MG ZS EV (£28,595)
The ZS was MG’s first electric car and one of the first all-electric models in the C-SUV segment. Like the MG5, what it lacks in glamour, it makes up for with high equipment levels, a decently spacious interior and a 44.5kWh battery that’s good for 163 miles of zero-emissions motoring.