Cheap Electric Cars For Less Than £200 A Month

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After the UK government announced a ban on sales of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030 last week, there’s been a surge in interest from car buyers searching online for electric cars.

BuyaCar reported a 500% increase in searches from its customers for EVs shortly after the news came out.

One of the main concerns about switching to an EV is affordability, as this technology is often more expensive outright than an ICE (internal combustion engine) alternative. So, now more than ever people need cheap electric cars if mass uptake of these vehicles is expected in the next decade.

Looking to switch to a plug-in car without spending over the odds? Check out our guide to the best electric cars available for less than £200 a month from Moneyshake.

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1. Nissan Leaf – N-Connecta 5dr Auto, from £184.86pcm

Cheap electric cars - Nissan LEAF

“As one of the first mass-market modern electric cars, the Nissan Leaf is a pioneer for EVs. Some questionable design features for the debut models have been rectified too, resulting in a much smarter, well-equipped model suitable for the family.”

Cameron Hale, Moneyshake Car Reviewer

Key features

The N-Connecta trim of the Nissan Leaf are the next grade up from the entry-level Acenta spec. For that reason, they come with a decent amount of equipment as standard and are our pick of the bunch.

  • 17″ alloy wheels
  • 8″ touchscreen infotainment system with sat nav
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration
  • Heated seats and steering wheel
  • Part synthetic leather/part cloth upholstery
  • Intelligent around view monitor with moving objects detection, plus front and rear parking sensors
  • Privacy glass

Range

All versions of the Nissan Leaf up to the high-mileage ‘e+’ variations have a WLTP (Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicles Test Procedure) range of 168 miles on a full charge.

If you tend to do a lot of long-distance journeys for work each day and need more battery life from your Leaf, you might want to look to the bigger 62kWh battery e+ N-Connecta and e+ Tekna models. They add another 71 miles to the total range, increasing the total of 239 miles.

Charge time and cost*

*Based on information from Zap-Map.

  • Standard 7kW home charger: 0-100% charge in six hours for £6.40
  • Public 50kW rapid charger: 0-80% charge in 40 minutes for £9.60

Want to search the entire range of Nissan Leaf models to find your ideal electric car? See all Nissan Leaf lease deals

2. Volkswagen e-Up, from £188.06pcm

Cheap electric cars - Volkswagen e-up!

“Everything about the VW e-Up is synonymous with a successful electric city car. From its easy-to-park dimensions and chic styling, to the impressive 100+ mile range and robust onboard tech.”

Cameron Hale, Moneyshake Car Reviewer

Key features

The Volkswagen e-Up range is nice and simple, with just one version of the car available. However, this shouldn’t worry you too much because, in typical VW fashion, it’s got a lot of good standard features.

  • 5″ colour touchscreen composition media system
  • Heated front seats
  • Electronic climate control
  • Leather trimmed three-spoke steering wheel, gear knob and handbrake
  • City emergency braking
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Cruise control

Range

Much has been improved in the all-important range department for the VW e-Up since the previous model has been scrapped. Specifically, a larger 32kWh lithium-ion battery replaces the smaller 18.7kWh pack in the older e-Up.

The result is a WLTP total range of 162 miles on a single charge, which will no doubt be enough for regular short-distance commuting each day and the occasional haul on the motorway.

Charge time and cost*

*Based on information from Zap-Map.

  • Standard 7kW home charger: 0-100% charge in 4.5 hours for £5.20
  • Public 50kW rapid charger: 0-80% charge in 45 minutes for £7.80

Want to compare prices across the entire VW Up range? See all Volkswagen e-Up lease deals

3. Renault Zoe – i GT Line R135 50kWh 5dr Auto, from £189.90pcm

Cheap electric cars - RENAULT ZOE

“Just like the Leaf, the Renault Zoe has been on the EV scene for some time now. During this time it’s remained at the affordable end of the market too, while getting a sportier facelift and superb performance enhancements.”

Cameron Hale, Moneyshake Car Reviewer

Key features

Renault Zoe GT Line models are top of the range and it’s easy to see why when you consider what’s included as standard.

  • 16″ alloy wheels
  • Front parking sensors and rear parking camera
  • Blind spot warning
  • Lane departure warning, with lane keeping assistant
  • R135 100kW motor
  • Synthetic leather/fabric (recycled) upholstery
  • Automatic air con
  • Cruise control + speed limiter
  • Slow speed pedestrian warning
  • Traffic sign recognition

Range

All Renault Zoe models get what’s considered the ‘crème de la crème’ of EV ranges – that being at least 200 miles on a single charge.

Because R135 specs get a more powerful electric motor over standard versions – which has an additional 27bhp and is a considerable 1.9 seconds faster over the 0-60mph sprint – it has slightly less battery range from prioritising performance.

WLTP range tests have come back with a total range of 240 miles for the GT Line R135 spec, which is five miles less than the 80kW motor versions. Even still, this is hardly a difference which will concern most drivers, so it’s bound to be a choice between how much performance and tech-savviness you want from the car.

Charge time and cost*

*Based on information from Zap-Map

  • Standard 7kW home charger: 0-100% in seven hours for £8.00
  • Public 50kW rapid charger: 0-80% in 45 minutes for £12.00

Interested in comparing prices on the entire Renault Zoe range? See all Renault Zoe lease deals

4. MG ZS EV – 105kW Excite 45kWh, from £197.56pcm

Cheap electric cars - MG ZS EV 1

“MG has really thrown the cat among the pigeons with an EV version of its ZS family SUV. If the industry has taught us anything, it’s that electric high-riding and practical cars should be pricey. However, the ZS EV is anything but, proving that real value can be had in the electric market.”

Cameron Hale, Moneyshake Car Reviewer

Key features

There are only two versions of the ZS EV available to lease, with this ‘Excite’ model being the entry-level trim. It may sit beneath the more luxurious ‘Exclusive’ spec, but in keeping with its name there’s still plenty to get excited about in this debut electric car for the now Chinese-owned brand.

  • 17″ alloy wheels
  • 8″ colour touchscreen infotainment system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane keep assist with lane departure warning system
  • Active emergency braking with pedestrian and bicycle detection
  • Traffic jam assist
  • Heated, electrically-adjusted door mirrors
  • ‘iGo’ navigation system
  • Keyless entry and push button start system

Range

With a 163-mile range on a single charge, the ZS EV hardly leaves the competition shaking in their boots. It’s similar to the kind of range you’d get from a smaller battery-powered hatchback/city car, which can be off-putting if you plan on using the car for regular weekends trips away with the family.

When you compare the ZS EV with the likes of the Hyundai Kona Electric and Kia e-Niro – both of which have more than 100 miles additional range available at your disposal – the difference in price starts to make a lot more sense.

Nevertheless, it’s unfair to make a direct comparison between these models when you consider that MG Motor’s parent company, Chinese mass car manufacturer SAIC Motor, specialises in making affordable models.

Charge time and cost*

*Based on information from Zap-Map

  • Standard 7kW home charger: 0-100% in 6.5 hours for £7.12
  • Public 50kW rapid charger: 0-80% in 40 minutes for £10.68

Like the sound of the MG ZS EV and want to compare prices of both versions to find your ideal vehicle? See all MG ZS EV lease deals

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