Top five electric vehicles for less than £300 per month
As with any first-adopter technology, electric cars have historically been a bit expensive for your average motorist to consider. But that’s changing. Prices are coming down and should continue to do so. In fact, here’s five reasons why NOW is the time to lease an EV.
But what can you get for under £300 per month? Let’s find out…
The Renault Zoe has been around a while now, and with a new model on the way it remains a popular choice for those wanting a small, reasonably practical electric vehicle. Offering an increased 52kWh battery, it will have a WLTP-approved range of up to 245 miles and faster charging and can be ordered now.
Like the Leaf it now has rapid charging capabilities too, and plugging the Zoe into a 22kW roadside charger can deliver a useful 78 miles of range in only one hour. The addition of 50kW rapid DC charging ensure 90 miles of range can be added every half hour. Equipment levels are good too with the centre console now featuring a 9.3in vertical touchscreen
MG ZS EV
The all-electric version of the budget MG ZS has been making waves since it was released. Positioned as one of the most affordable EVs available it features a 44.5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, fed to a front-mounted electric motor which delivers 143PS and 353Nm of instant torque.
That translates to a combined range of about 163 miles, with charging taking eight hours from 0-100% using a 7.4kW wallbox at a rate of 18 miles per hour charged.
The new Nissan Leaf is being billed as a gamechanger. It’s rammed with the latest tech, including innovations such as the energy-saving e-Pedal, Nissan’s semi-autonomous ProPilot system, and its near-silent drivetrain makes it a relaxing car to be in on those arduous commutes.
But how would an EV handle my kind of commute, you ask? Well, thanks to a theoretical range of 168 miles, we can safely say the Nissan Leaf will fit the bill for the majority. We should know… we lived with one.
You won’t find an electric car much cheaper than this. Seat’s oft-forgotten city car has recently been repurposed as their first electric car and offers a range of 161 miles.
As one of the most affordable EVs on sale, the Mii provides 81hp coupled with 212Nm of instant torque. Rapid charging of the Mii (DC at 40kW) takes an hour to get to 80% – about the same time as an average smartphone – while using a AC 7.2kW home charger takes four hours to reach the same percentage.
Hyundai Ioniq Electric
Hyundai’s Prius-rivalling Ioniq is available in full hybrid, plug-in and all-electric forms, and all are available for less than £300 per month. As a spacious, practical family hatch, only the Nissan Leaf can compete with the all-electric version.
It comes full of kit too, including automatic climate control, adaptive cruise control and an 8in touchscreen with satnav. However, range isn’t quite as impressive as the Leaf, with official figures suggesting you can travel 124 miles before charges. Alternatively, you could go for the Plug-In variant, that can still travel almost 40 miles on its batteries alone.