This week we take a look at the best of these mini EVs to help you decide where to splash your hard
earned cash, as you do your bit to save the planet.
The small electric car market is growing
Just five years ago, there was almost no choice if you wanted a decent vehicle in this sector, but all
of the major manufacturers have cottoned onto the public interest, and now they’re all producing
excellent small electric cars.
Here are our favourites…
The e-Golf is as well built and classy to sit in as its dinosaur guzzling brothers, and its 5-star Euro
NCAP rating makes it a solid choice for the small family. It’s fantastic to drive, looks great and is fully
loaded with gadgets, but the range isn’t class leading at only 125 miles on a full charge, so it’s ideal if
you tend to drive locally.
We have a real soft spot for the Zoe, and the 2020 version is the best of the bunch. It’s incredibly
cute to look at, and although the drive isn’t up to the standards set by the e-Golf, it’s still decent. The
real selling point of the Renault Zoe is the range, with a class-leading 240 miles (or thereabouts) on a
full charge, which translates to around 233 miles in warm weather in real driving conditions.
Vauxhall’s first EV shares many of its parts with its cousin, the Peugeot e-208, but with more
understated styling. It features a decent range of over 200 miles in normal mode and a regenerative
braking system that stores kinetic energy to send to the batteries. Vauxhall also claims that the
Corsa-e can be given an 80% charge in just 30 minutes at a public fast-charge point – great if you’re
planning a long journey.
If your pockets are deep and you want the class leader, we recommend checking out the BMW i3. It’s beautifully built, a doddle to drive and park, and the interior is as good as anything we’ve seen in
any car. It’s really designed for urban driving with a realistic range of around 160 miles, but if you
want to do your city driving in silent style, it’s the EV for you.
We love the latest range of small electric cars and look forward to seeing more of them down at
Trafalgar Street Car Park, as the public continues to transition away from fossil fuels.