Our Top 5 Most Popular Electric Cars

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Electric cars are here to stay it seems and plenty of our customers are queuing up to get a car lease deal on one. To help those who are thinking of switching to an EV decide on their next model, we’ve compiled a list of our most popular electric cars.

There are some brilliant models in here and we’ll run you through the key stats on each one in this blog, including the real world range, charging times and prices for public and domestic charging, plus highlights of what we like about them.

Read on to discover the most popular EVs and find out how Moneyshake can help you get the best deal on a brand-new electric car.

 

1. Tesla Model 3

 
Our best electric cars - Tesla Model 3
 

Key highlights

 
  • Real range: 215-280 miles
  • Home charge cost*: £6.72
  • Home charge time*: 6.9 hours
  • Home charge cost per mile*: 3.5p
  • Public charge cost**: £10.80
  • Public charge time**: 42 minutes
  • Public charge cost per mile**: 7.4p
 

*Home charge time and costs based on average cost of electricity in a UK property (14p/kWh) and using a 7kW charger for a 10%-80% charge.

**Public charge time and costs based on average cost of electricity at chargepoints (30p/kWh) and using a 50kWh charger for a 20%-80% charge.

 

What we think about the Tesla Model 3

 

Tesla production issues aside, there’s a reason there’s always been a backlog of orders for the Model 3. It’s a very well-rounded electric car thanks to its many luxury onboard features, exclusive charging network availability and rapid performance.

Capping it all off is the fact that it does the basics very well too. That is, you’ll get over 200 miles real range from it even in this most basic spec. If you want more from your EV, there are higher-spec models in the line-up that get a near-300-mile-range and dual motors that deliver blisteringly quiet speed.

Our only gripe with the Tesla Model 3 is that inside is almost too futuristic. There’s no physical buttons, switches or dials like you’d expect in a car – everything is controlled or viewed on that massive central touchscreen. Not only is this distracting on the move, but it feels a little gung-ho on the whole futuristic EV concept.

 

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2. Kia E-Niro

 
Our best electric cars - Kia E-Niro
 

Key highlights

 
  • Real range: 171-230 miles
  • Home charge cost*: £4.34
  • Home charge time*: 4.5 hours
  • Home charge cost per mile*: 3.2p
  • Public charge cost**: £7.02
  • Public charge time**: 30 minutes
  • Public charge cost per mile**: 6.8p
 

*Home charge time and costs based on average cost of electricity in a UK property (14p/kWh) and using a 7kW charger for a 10%-80% charge.

**Public charge time and costs based on average cost of electricity at chargepoints (30p/kWh) and using a 50kWh charger for a 20%-80% charge.

 

What we think about the Kia E-Niro

 

Since it came on the EV scene in 2016, the Kia E-Niro has always impressed with its generous range between charges while still managing to maintain a cutthroat asking price.

Drivers can choose between two different versions of the E-Niro – the entry-level one of which has a 39kWh, while a ‘Long Range’ version is available that injects the car with the capacity to travel longer between charges thanks to a larger 64kWh battery.

Whichever version of the Kia E-Niro you choose, you’ll always have a good bit of ‘oomph’ from the electric motors. If you go for the entry-level spec with a single 134bhp motor that whizzes you from 0-60mph in a very respectable 8.2 seconds. This can be improved on even more when you go for the range-topping Long Range model with a more powerful 201bhp electric motor. Put your foot down in this model and the acceleration time cuts down to just 6.5 seconds.

When you consider how much kit you get with the standard ‘2’ trim, it’s no surprise that our customers chose it as their second favourite EV. These Kia E-Niro models come with a reversing camera, smart cruise control and two screens – an 8in central touchscreen and a 7in driver’s digital display behind the steering wheel.

 

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3. Nissan Leaf

 
Our best electric cars - Nissan Leaf
 

Key highlights

 
  • Real range: 140-200 miles
  • Home charge cost*: £4.48
  • Home charge time*: 4.6 hours
  • Home charge cost per mile*: 3.5p
  • Public charge cost**: £7.20
  • Public charge time**: 30 minutes
  • Public charge cost per mile**: 7.5p
 

*Home charge time and costs based on average cost of electricity in a UK property (14p/kWh) and using a 7kW charger for a 10%-80% charge.

**Public charge time and costs based on average cost of electricity at chargepoints (30p/kWh) and using a 50kWh charger for a 20%-80% charge.

 

What we think about the Nissan Leaf

 

There aren’t many electric cars as complete as the Nissan Leaf. It’s seen as the EV that kick-started the whole modern buzz around zero-emissions models.

Since the first generation Leaf, Nissan has given its multi-award-winning EV a much-needed facelift to keep it bang up to trend with the competition too. No longer does it look like a fuddy duddy runaround, but instead a proper car with angular body lines that make it much easier on the eye.

All Nissan Leaf models get a good amount of equipment from the off, but if you want a 200-mile range you’ll need to look at the e+ N-Connecta spec at least. This gives the car a bigger 62kWh battery pack and more powerful 217bhp electric motor.

There are better alternatives to the Nissan Leaf from a driving perspective, such as the Volkswagen e-Golf, which feels more engaging to drive, though the Leaf is by far one of the quickest models in its class.

 

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4.Volkswagen ID.3

 
Our best electric cars - Volkswagen ID.3
 

Key highlights

 
  • Real range: 170-215 miles
  • Home charge cost*: £5.04
  • Home charge time*: 5.1 hours
  • Home charge cost per mile*: 3.6p
  • Public charge cost**: £8.10
  • Public charge time**: 30 minutes
  • Public charge cost per mile**: 7.8p
 

*Home charge time and costs based on average cost of electricity in a UK property (14p/kWh) and using a 7kW charger for a 10%-80% charge.

**Public charge time and costs based on average cost of electricity at chargepoints (30p/kWh) and using a 50kWh charger for a 20%-80% charge.

 

What we think about the Volkswagen ID.3

 

There’s a reason why the Volkswagen ID.3 is considered one of the best small EVs on the market. Over its chief rivals like the Renault Zoe, the ID.3 handles and performs much more adeptly.

It’s not got the same levels of engagement as the Volkswagen Golf has, but by electric car standards it’s very impressive. Then you’ve got the interior of the car, which might not have that typical VW quality build you’d expect, but there’s a lot to like about the fact that it looks innovative and fresher than the likes of the Leaf and the Zoe.

By far the best thing about the ID.3 is how affordable the top-spec ‘Performance Pro’ model is. It’ll have enough power to embarrass some hot hatches at traffic lights thanks to a 201bhp electric motor which sends the car from 0-60mph in just 6.6 seconds.

 

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5. Volkswagen e-up!

 
Our best electric cars - Volkswagen e-up!
 

Key highlights

 
  • Real range: 125 miles
  • Home charge cost*: £4.06
  • Home charge time*: 4.2 hours
  • Home charge cost per mile*: 3.4p
  • Public charge cost**: £6.62
  • Public charge time**: 24 minutes
  • Public charge cost per mile**: 7.3p
 

*Home charge time and costs based on average cost of electricity in a UK property (14p/kWh) and using a 7kW charger for a 10%-80% charge.

**Public charge time and costs based on average cost of electricity at chargepoints (30p/kWh) and using a 50kWh charger for a 20%-80% charge.

 

What we think about the Volkswagen e-up!

 

One can’t overlook the appealing simplicity that the Volkswagen e-up! offers. In terms of a cheap A-to-B short-distance commuter, it epitomises everything that electric cars were created for in the first place.

Considering that the average UK driver does no more than 100 miles per week, the standard 32kWh battery inside the e-up! that promises a real range of around 125 will be more than enough for most.

Yes, there are obvious limitations to it. For one, it’s got dinky city car dimensions which make regularly carrying more than one person less than ideal. However, because of its boxy shape there’s a surprising amount of room in the back. though we would recommend something like the Renault Zoe if you’re always carrying someone in the back.

We’d refrain from doing regular long motorway journeys in the e-up! because it takes a while to build up speed and its battery will soon lose range.

Keep to short commutes and take advantage of the car’s small stature to make nimble manoeuvres and park easily then you’ll have a great time in this car.

 

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Want to consider more electric cars before making your mind up? No problem! Moneyshake finds you the best electric car lease deals on the market, bringing you all brands, products and special offers together in one place.

 

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