Best Small Electric Cars 2022: The Complete Guide

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Small is beautiful’, certainly rings true for zero-tailpipe emission electric cars. We encourage the use of smaller cars to reduce the negative impact on our congested roads and polluted environment!


It is indeed good to note that global automotive manufacturers (OEMs) have been enthusiastic in their development and introduction of small electric vehicles (EVs), in particular, battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) hatchbacks. We have come a long way from the introduction of the first all-electric Nissan Leaf in December 2010! Today consumers have a vast and exciting range of family-friendly small pure electric cars, perfect for practicality and fun!


Top Reasons To Buy A Small Electric Car


We at e-zoomed encourage individuals and families seeking to migrate to zero-tailpipe emission electric driving, to opt (where possible), for a pure electric car (i.e. a battery-electric vehicle), instead of a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEVs). Over the past 3 years, we have witnessed the introduction of many new small electric cars that can meet the needs of most individuals and families. The sooner we all migrate to electric cars, the sooner we can reduce the negative impact on our environment and improve air quality for us all! The list below is not exhaustive, but does convey robustly the compelling reasons to say YES to small electric cars!

  • Cheap to drive (running cost per mile between 3p and 5p). Driving without the risk of ever increasing petrol prices!
  • A number of cheap (budget friendly) small EVs on sale in the UK.
  • Increased EV battery size and electric range of small electric cars (a range between 100 – 200 miles WLTP is now commonplace).
  • Improved public charging infrastructure and increased availability of high quality residential EV charging points (most EVs are charged overnight at home).
  • Easy to maintain (less household money wasted on maintenance and repairs of the family car).
  • Very good availability and vast choice of small electric cars for all budgets and aspirations.
  • Excellent environmental credentials and zero-tailpipe emissions (improvement in air quality in the immediate surroundings).
  • Easier to drive and park, in particular, in congested cities across the UK!
  • Latest smaller EVs are stylish in design and high quality interior specifications/ technology.
  • Many small pure electric cars are eligible for the plug-in car grant.

Best Small Electric Cars 2022: Top 10


The small electric cars listed below are not in any specific ranking order. Consumers have varied needs, aspirations and budgets, such that, a perfect EV for one consumer may not be for another. We encourage individuals and families to evaluate their needs carefully and not to be tempted to buy the most expensive or the longest range small electric car.

Keep in mind that the average distance travelled on a journey is a mere 12 miles. This should not come as a surprise, given that the significant volume of trips are to the local grocery store, school-runs, gym, local high street shops etc. Occasionally we also take a few day/ weekend trips and the EVs listed below are more than capable to ensure a family day or weekend trip. For those rare moments when we decide on longer road trips, one can always consider renting an electric vehicle (EV) with a longer electric range!

The Volkswagen ID.3 electric hatchback has the longest electric range (336 miles/ WLTP), while the Honda-e electric hatchback has the shortest EV range (137 miles/ WLTP). Though these EVs are small, practicality is real, with ample boot space. The VW ID.3 offer the most cargo volume (385 L), followed closely by the all-electric Renault Zoe (338 L). Prices range from £19,995 to £33,805.

Not all electric cars are eligible for the UK plug-in car grant. In fact, very few! However, the good news is that a number of the small pure electric cars on the list below continue to be eligible for the PiCG incentive (£1,500). We at e-zoomed do not expect the grant to remain for much longer, so do take advantage while still available!

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Pure Electric Car Range
Fiat New 500Hatchback (from £19,995)205 miles
SEAT Mii Electric(from £20,300)160 miles
Volkswagen e-up! Hatchback (from £23,555)159 miles
Vauxhall Corsa-eHatchback (from £24,140)209 miles
MINI ElectricHatchback (from £26,000)145 miles
Renault Zoe E-Tech Hatchback (from £27,595)245 miles
Honda eHatchback (from £28,215)137 miles
Peugeot e-208 Hatchback (from £29,725)217 miles
Volkswagen ID.3Hatchback (from £30,870)336 miles
BMW i3Hatchback (from £33,805)190 miles


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The All-Electric Fiat New 500 Hatchback


The Fiat 500 electric car has its roots in the classic 1957 Fiat 500, a car that has been hugely successful and iconic (sold more than 2 million cars globally). The Fiat New 500 EV is bigger than the internal combustion engine (ICE) car: 6 cm in width and length, 22mm longer wheelbase.

The pure electric car is well suited for those individuals and families living in towns and cities seeking an environmentally-friendly solution for daily commutes. The EV is available in two battery sizes (24 kWh/ 42 kWh), with a zero-tailpipe emission range up to 205 miles (WLTP) with the larger EV battery. Sufficient for most individual and family requirements.

The electric hatchback also include:Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Centering, Urban Blind Spot, Drone View (360° Parking Sensors), Rear view parking camera, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Traffic sign recognition and Speed Advisor, Attention Assist, Lane Keep Assist, Emergency Call.

PROSCONS
Perfect for city drivingRear seats with limited legroom
Stylish, fun & iconicNot practical for a larger family
Good zero-emission rangeExpensive compared to some alternatives
Good turning radiusBlind spots
Level 2 autonomous drivingParts of some interior cheap

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The All-Electric Fiat New 500 Hatchback (credit: Fiat)


At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Vehicle Type:Hatchback
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Available
Engine:Electric
On Sale In UK:Yes

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in two sizes: 24 kWh/ 42 kWh
Charging:2,3kW AChome outlet(single-phase 13A)(0-100%)MODE2, 11kW AC station (three-phase 16A) (0-100%)-MODE3, up to 85kW DC Fast Charging – MODE 4 (0-80%)
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Battery Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

Dimensions
Height (mm):1527
Width (mm):1900
Length (mm):3632
Wheelbase (mm):2322
Turning Circle (m):9.3
Cargo Volume:185 L

Model: 70 kW 93hp
Engine:70 kW 93hp
EV Battery Capacity:24 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):118 miles (combined)
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):160 miles (city)
Electric Consumption (kWh/100km):13
Charging:50 kW DC Fast Charging
Top Speed:84 mph
0-60 mph:9.5 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel drive
Electric Motor (kW):70
Max Power (hp):93
Torque (Nm):220
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:4
Doors:3
Kerb Weight (kg)1365

Model: 87 KW 118HP
Engine:87 KW 118HP
EV Battery Capacity:42 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):205 miles (combined)
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):290 miles (city)
Electric Consumption (kWh/100km):13.6
Charging:85 kW DC Fast Charging
Top Speed:93 mph
0-60 mph:9 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel drive
Electric Motor (kW):87
Max Power (hp):118
Torque (Nm):220
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:4
Doors:3
Kerb Weight (kg)1365

The All-Electric SEAT Mii Hatchback


The SEAT Mii electric is the first all-electric car from the Spanish automotive company. The pure electric car is targeted at the urban consumer, seeking affordable and clean zero-emission electric driving. The electric vehicle (EV) is suitable for individuals and small families seeking an affordable electric car.

The WLTP electric range of over 155 miles, is more than ample for those living in cities and towns across the UK. Do keep in mind that the average trip in the UK is just 12 miles! The compact electric hatchback is easy to drive and park in congested city centres. The EV is also suitable for day trips! The city electric car can be charged using both DC (40kW) and AC (7.2kW) charging, making it convenient to charge at home and on the road.

The Mii electric car features the SEAT CONNECT, allowing the remote access and management of the vehicle to include, Driving Data, Parking Position, Vehicle Status (incl. doors and lights), e-Manager and Remote Climatisation. The Mii BEV also features Climatronic, Traffic Signal Reminder, Lane Assist, Bluetooth, USB and Smartphone integration with holder and SEAT DriveMii App.

PROS CONS
An affordable compact electric carElectric performance won’t set the heart racing
Suitable for cities and townsInterior can be upgraded
Cheap to own and maintainLimited interior and boot space

The All-Electric SEAT Mii Hatchback Available To Lease Via e-zoomed (credit: SEAT)


At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Vehicle Type:Hatchback
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Available
Engine:Electric
Available In UK:Yes

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 36.8 kWh
Charging:40 kW Rapid Charging. On board charger: 7.2 kW AC
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
EV Battery Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

Dimensions
Height (mm):1481
Width (mm):1645
Length (mm):3556
Wheelbase (mm):2420
Turning Circle (m):9.8
Cargo Volume:251 L

Mii Electric
EV Battery Capacity:36.8 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):155 – 160 miles (combined)
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):14.4 – 14.9
Charging:40 kW Rapid Charging (on board charger: 7.2 kW AC)
Top Speed:81 mph
0-62 mph:3.9 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Electric Motor (kW):61
Max Power (PS):83
Torque (Nm):212
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:4
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg):1,235
Colours:9

The All-Electric Volkswagen e-up! Hatchback


The Volkswagen e-up! is a city car that was launched as an internal combustion engine (ICE) model in 2011. The battery-electric vehicle (BEV) variant was launched in 2013 at the International Motor Show Germany. The original pure electric e-up! had a 18.7 kWh lithium-ion EV battery. The second-generation all-electric VW e-up! was announced in 2019.

The compact EV has been positioned as a zero-emission city electric car. The VW electric hatchback is available in only one battery option (32.3 kWh), with a range up to 220 miles (WLTP). The electric hatchback is suitable for city driving and even day trips! The electric car has a 7.2 kW on board charger and is capable of rapid DC charging up to 40 kW.

PROS CONS
A good option for pure electric city drivingLimited interior space
Well equippedLacks automatic emergency braking
Easy to drive Limited range for out of city trips

The All-Electric Volkswagen e-up! Available For Lease Via e-zoomed (credit: VW)


At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Vehicle Type:Hatchback
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Available
Engine:Electric
Available In UK:Yes

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 32.3 kWh
Charging:40 kW rapid charging standard. On-board charger 7.2 kW AC
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

Dimensions
Height (mm):1492
Width (mm):1645
Length (mm):3600
Wheelbase (mm):2417
Turning Circle (m):9.8
Cargo Volume:250 L

VW e-up!
EV Battery Capacity:32.3 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):159 miles (combined)
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):220 miles (city)
Charging:40 kW Rapid Charging (on-board charger: 7.2 kW AC)
Top Speed:81 mph
0-62 mph:11.9 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel drive
Electric Motor (kW):61
Max Power (PS):82
Torque (Nm):210
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:4
Doors:5
Unladen Weight (kg):1,235
Colours:8

The All-Electric Vauxhall Corsa-e


Vauxhall (Opel) announced the launch of a battery-electric vehicle (BEV) Corsa in December 2018. The all-electric Corsa-e looks very similar to the hugely popular internal combustion engine (ICE) Vauxhall Corsa supermini. But this is where the similarity ends. The Corsa-e is fully electric and has zero tailpipe emissions. It also has a longer wheelbase compared to the petrol variant.

As is in the case with battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), the all-electric Corsa-e is cheap to drive. Depending on charging costs, the 50 kWh EV battery can be fully charged with £5, and the cost per mile can be as low as 3 pence. The Corsa-e electric hatchback is a good entry level EV for those seeking to migrate to zero-emission electric driving. It is practical, and has a good EV range (209 miles WLTP). Moreover, this electric vehicle comes with 100 kW DC charging as standard (public charging), allowing the EV to be charged up to 80% SOC within 30 minutes.

PROS CONS
Good all-rounderFor those seeking a more futuristic design, this BEV will disappoint
Familiar designInterior lacks inspiration
Impressive rangeInfotainment system could be improved
100 kW fast charging as standardVisibility from the car limited at the rear
Quicker than Zoe or Mii electricSlightly more expensive when compared to other smaller EVs

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The All-Electric Vauxhall Corsa-e (credit: Vauxhall)


At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Vehicle Type:Hatchback
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Available
Engine:Electric
Available In UK:Yes

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 50 kWh
Charging:100 kW rapid charging (charge up to 80% in 30 minutes). Two options of on-board charger (7.4 kW and 11 kW)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Warranty:8 years/100,000 miles/70% capacity

Dimensions
Height (mm):1433
Width (mm):1765
Length (mm):4060
Wheelbase (mm):2538
Turning Circle (m):10.6
Cargo Volume:267 L

Corsa-e SE NAV Premium (7.4kW)
EV Battery Capacity:50 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):209 miles
EV Operation Efficiency (kWh/100km):16.5 kWh
Charging:100 kW Rapid Charging (on board charger: 7.4 kW AC)
Top Speed:93 mph
0-60 mph:7.6 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel drive
Electric Motor (kW):100 kW
Max Power (PS):136
Torque (Nm):260
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg):1,530
Colours:6

Corsa-e SRI NAV Premium (7.4kW)
EV Battery Capacity:50 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):209 miles
EV Operation Efficiency (kWh/100km):16.5 kWh
Charging:100 kW Rapid Charging (on board charger: 7.4 kW AC)
Top Speed:93 mph
0-60 mph:7.6 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel drive
Electric Motor (kW):100 kW
Max Power (PS):136
Torque (Nm):260
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg):1,530
Colours:4

Corsa-e ELITE NAV Premium (7.4kW)
EV Battery Capacity:50 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):209 miles
EV Operation Efficiency (kWh/100km):16.5 kWh
Charging:100 kW Rapid Charging (on board charger: 7.4 kW AC)
Top Speed:93 mph
0-60 mph:7.6 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel drive
Electric Motor (kW):100 kW
Max Power (PS):136
Torque (Nm):260
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg):1,530
Colours:7

The MINI Electric Hatch


The MINI Electric was launched in 2020. BMW used its experience with the all-electric BMW i3 to develop the all-electric MINI. The MINI electric concept car was unveiled in the 2017 Frankfurt IAA. The MINI electric is currently manufactured in the UK (Oxford).

However, MINI first went electric in 2008. The 612 MINI E cars were modified and used between 2009 and 2013 for the BMW Group to assess driver response to electric cars. The MINI E electric cars clocked up more than 16 million kilometres in six countries. The company also manufactures the MINI Countryman PHEV.

The compact EV has been positioned as a zero-emission city electric car. The MINI electric has only one battery size option (32.6 kWh), with a range up to 145 miles (WLTP). The electric hatchback is suitable for city driving and even day trips! The electric car has an 11 kW on board charger and is capable of rapid DC charging up to 50 kW.

PROS CONS
Good looks and exterior styling (iconic)Limited cabin space and unpractical for a family (3-door)
Good electric performanceLimited zero-emission range
High quality interior and standard equipmentLimited visibility (rear)

The All-Electric MINI Hatch (credit: MINI)


At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Vehicle Type:Hatchback
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Available (Level 1 & Level 2)
Engine:Electric
Available In UK:Yes

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 32.6 kWh
Charging:50 kW rapid charging standard (80% charged in 36 minutes). On-board charger 11 kW AC
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

Dimensions
Height (mm):1432
Width (mm):1727
Length (mm):3845
Wheelbase (mm):2495
Turning Circle (m):11.4
Cargo Volume:211 L

New MINI Electric Hatch
EV Battery Capacity:32.6 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):140 – 145 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):15.2 – 15.9
Charging:50 kW Rapid Charging (on-board charger: 11 kW AC)
Top Speed:93 mph
0-62 mph:7.3 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel drive
Electric Motor (kW):135
Max Power (HP):184
Torque (Nm):270
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:4
Doors:3
Driving Modes:4 (Sport, Mid, Green, Green +)
Kerb Weight (kg):1,365
Colours:6

The All-Electric Renault ZOE


The all-electric Renault ZOE was first shown at the Geneva Motor Show in 2012, with deliveries commencing in the French market in December 2012. Since then, the ZOE EV has been a success for the French automotive behemoth, Renault. It has ranked as one of the best-selling top 10 electric cars globally in 2015 and 2016 and also been a top selling EV in Europe for the same years. In 2018, the ZOE won the ‘Best Green Car‘ at the inaugural FirstCar awards. In 2021, WHAT CAR? awarded the pure electric car, the prestigious accolade ‘Car of the Year 2021: small electric car best value’.

According to the company “Despite the sanitary situation, sales of electric vehicles in Europe remain very dynamic with growth rates of around 70 to 80% in the main European markets. EV sales now account for around 5% of the total market. More than 84,000 ZOE have been sold since January 2020, doubling the volume compared to 2019. The two main markets are France with 33,000 units and Germany, where more than 25,000 ZOE were sold. Throughout its evolutions, ZOE has been praised for its versatility and its best-in-class range, making it the most sold electric car in Europe year-to-date in November 2020.”

Renault has made significant improvements to its flagship plug-in electric car model, the ZOE pure electric car.  According to Renault, more than 150,000 ZOE zero-emission EVs have been sold across Europe over the past six years.

PROS CONS
Perfect for city drivingFast charger not standard
Good rangeReliability assessment poor in the 2020 What Car? reliability survey
Affordable and practicalHeadroom and legroom for rear seats limited
A good track recordDrivers seat positioned high, but cannot be lowered
High spec safety packageInterior materials feel cheap

The All-Electric Renault ZOE (credit: Renault)


At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Vehicle Type:Hatchback
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Available
Engines:R110 and R135
Available In UK:Yes

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 52 kWh
Charging:50 kW rapid charging available all variants except Play. On board charger: 11 kW AC
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Battery Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

Dimensions
Height (mm):1562
Width (mm):1730
Length (mm):4087
Wheelbase (mm):2588
Turning Circle (m):10.56
Cargo Volume:338 L

ZOE Play
Engine:ZOE i Play R110 Z.E. 50
EV Battery Capacity:52 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):245 miles
Charging:Rapid Charging not available. On board charger: 11 kW AC
Top Speed:84 mph
0-60 mph:11.4 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel drive
Electric Motor (kW):80
Max Power (HP):110
Torque (Nm):225
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg)1,502-1,563

ZOE Iconic
Engine:ZOE i Iconic R110 Z.E. 50
EV Battery Capacity:52 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):239 miles
Charging:50 kW Rapid Charging available. On board charger: 11 kW AC
Top Speed:84 mph
0-60 mph:11.4 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel drive
Electric Motor (kW):80
Max Power (HP):110
Torque (Nm):225
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg)1,502-1,563
Note: Available in 4 Engine Options (R110, R110 Rapid Charge, R135, R135 Rapid Charge)

ZOE GT Line
Engine:ZOE i GT Line R135 Z.E. 50
EV Battery Capacity:52 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):238 – 239 miles
Charging:50 kW Rapid Charging available. On board charger: 11 kW AC
Top Speed:87 mph
0-60 mph:9.5 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel drive
Electric Motor (kW):100
Max Power (HP):135
Torque (Nm):245
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg)1,502-1,563
Note: Available in 2 Engine Options (R135, R135 Rapid Charge)

The All-Electric Honda e


The all-electric Honda e-prototype car is based on the Honda Urban EV concept.  The Urban EV concept made its debut at the 2017 International Motor Show, in Germany. It is Honda’s first mass-market all-electric car.  Honda is ramping up its commitment to electrification with all new Honda’s in Europe to be electrified by 2025.  

An adorable, cute, clean and simple design.  The premium compact battery-electric vehicle (BEV), minimalist design has been inspired by the first-generation Honda Civic. Positioned primarily for driving in urban environments, with a range that is appropriate for shorter commutes. Honda is targeting urban commuter that drive up to 30 miles a day. Built on a dedicated platform, with rear-wheel drive.  A smaller lithium-ion EV battery pack (35.5 kWh) to keep weight down. The battery is liquid-cooled to maximise performance in all weather conditions.

The electric vehicle (EV) has a zero-emission range up to 137 miles. The EV can be charged up to 50 kW DC at public charging stations and has a 6.6 kW AC on board charger.

PROS CONS
Perfect for city drivingExpensive compared to other BEV city cars on the market
‘Retro’ design and styling well positioned to ‘win hearts’Limited range
Appealing characteristics for city driving: easy to drive and park (impressive turning radius)small boot
Packed with technology: side view mirrors replaced with cameras and extensive 12.3-inch dual touchscreensTouchscreens sluggish
High spec safety packageInterior materials feel cheap

The All-Electric Honda e (credit: Honda)


At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Vehicle Type:Hatchback
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Available
Engine:Electric
Available In UK:Yes

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 35.5 kWh
Charging:50 kW rapid charging
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

Dimensions
Height (mm):1512
Width (mm):1752
Length (mm):3894
Wheelbase (mm):2538
Turning Circle (m):4.3
Cargo Volume:171 L

Honda e
EV Battery Capacity:35.5 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):137 miles (combined)
EV Operation Efficiency (kWh/100km):17.2 kWh
Charging:50 kW Rapid Charging (on board charger: 6.6 kW AC)
Top Speed:90 mph
0-62 mph:9 seconds
Drive:Rear-wheel drive
Electric Motor (kW):100 kW
Max Power (PS):136
Torque (Nm):315
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:4
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg)1,513-1,514

Honda e Advance
EV Battery Capacity:35.5 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):131 – 137 miles (combined)
EV Operation Efficiency (kWh/100km):17.2 kWh
Charging:50 kW Rapid Charging (on board charger: 6.6kW AC)
Top Speed:90 mph
0-62 mph:8.3 seconds
Drive:Rear-wheel drive
Electric Motor (kW):100 kW
Max Power (PS):154
Torque (Nm):315
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:4
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg)1,513-1,514

The All-Electric Peugeot e-208


The Peugeot pure electric e-208 hails from the Peugeot 208 supermini  portfolio, first unveiled at the Geneva Motors Show in 2012.  The second generation 208 was unveiled by the French automotive manufacturer in 2019, at the Geneva Motor Show.  At the same time, the company also unveiled the all-electric e-208 hatchback supermini. Peugeot has retained ‘familiarity’ with the design, for the e-208 all-electric hatchback.  The battery electric vehicle (BEV) is very similar to its sibling petrol and diesel internal combustion engine (ICE) cars.

The pure electric e-208 comes with 3 driving modes: Sport, Normal and Eco. The Eco gives priority to range, while the Sport gives priority to performance (0-60 mph: 8.1 seconds). The Normal mode is for everyday use.

PROS CONS
A good option for zero-emission city drivingLimited interior space
Good looks and practicalMore expensive than other smaller EVs
Good range (rapid charging as standard)Infotainment system can be improved

Gallery


The All-Electric Peugeot e-208 Hatchback (credit: Peugeot)


At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Vehicle Type:Hatchback
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Available
Engine:Electric
Available In UK:Yes

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 50 kWh
Charging:100 kW rapid charging standard (80% charged in under 30 minutes). On-board charger 7.4 kW AC
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

Dimensions
Height (mm):1430
Width (mm):1745
Length (mm):4055
Wheelbase (mm):2540
Turning Circle (m):10.4
Cargo Volume:311 L

New Peugeot e-208
EV Battery Capacity:50 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):217 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/km):159 – 176
Charging:100 kW Rapid Charging (on-board charger: 7.4 kW AC)
Top Speed:93 mph
0-62 mph:8.1 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel drive
Electric Motor (kW):100
Max Power (PS):136
Torque (Nm):260
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg):1,455
Colours:8

The All-Electric VW ID.3 Hatchback


The launch of the Volkswagen ID.3 five-door family hatchback is part of the company’s broader strategy, to offer affordable EVs to the mass-market via the VW ID. family range of battery-electric vehicles (BEVs). The 2020 ID.3 was first shown as the concept ID prototype electric car at the Paris Motor Show in 2016. 

The all-new ID.3 five-door hatchback launch model ‘ID.3 1st Edition’ was revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The EV model has been positioned as an affordable electric car for ‘everyone’.  The battery-electric vehicle (BEV) ID.3 model is marked as ‘3’, as this will be the third most important chapter for the German automotive company, after the Beetle and Golf models.

The plug-in electric car uses the MEB bespoke electric platform. Manufacturing commenced in November 2019. As another first for Volkswagen, the ID.3 is carbon neutral upon delivery to its customers.

The pure electric ID.3 has received positive reviews from Auto CarAuto Express and What Car?. According to What Car “There are few electric cars that ride any better, unless you spend an awful lot more dosh.”

PROS CONS
A good option for families looking to switch to pure electric drivingWill disappoint those seeking a futuristic styling and design
Design is ‘familiar’ and not futuristicInfotainment system could be improved
Good range and vast options of battery sizesInterior materials feel cheap for some variants at higher price
Plenty of space (boot and interior)Rear view slightly limited
Good performanceSoftware delays

The All-Electric Volkswagen ID.3 Available For Lease Via e-zoomed (credit: VW)


At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Vehicle Type:Hatchback
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Available for certain models
Engine:Electric
Available In UK:Yes

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in three battery sizes: 45 kWh/ 58 kWh/ 77 kWh
Charging:50 kW rapid charging standard. Mid-range models 100 kW and top-end model 125 kW
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

Dimensions
Height (mm):1568
Width (mm):1809
Length (mm):4261
Wheelbase (mm):2770
Turning Circle (m):10.2
Cargo Volume:385 L

ID.3 City Pure Performance
EV Battery Capacity:45 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):217 miles (combined)
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):292 miles (city)
Charging:50 kW Rapid Charging (on board charger: 11 kW AC)
Top Speed:99 mph
0-62 mph:8.9 seconds
Drive:Rear-wheel drive
Electric Motor (kW):110
Max Power (PS):150
Torque (Nm):310
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Unladen Weight (kg):1,772

ID.3 Life Pro
EV Battery Capacity:58 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):263 miles (combined)
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):358 miles (city)
Charging:100 kW Rapid Charging (on board charger: 11 kW AC)
Top Speed:99 mph
0-62 mph:9.6 seconds
Drive:Rear-wheel drive
Electric Motor (kW):107
Max Power (PS):145
Torque (Nm):275
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Unladen Weight (kg):1,805

The All-Electric BMW i3


The BMW i3 electric hatchback is part of the BMW zero-emission sub brand ‘BMW i’. The plug-in electric i3 car is the first mass-market BEV manufactured by BMW. The BMW i3 made its debut at the International Motor Show in Germany 2011, with production commencing in 2013 in Leipzig, Germany.

The BMW i3 has won a number of awards, to include, the World Green Car of the Year, World Car Design of the Year, World Car of the Year and an iF Product Design Gold Award. The larger EV battery pack (42.2 kWh) was announced in 2018. In October 2017, the 100,000th BMW i3 rolled off the production line and the 200,000th BMW i3 rolled off the Leipzig production line in October 2020.   

The BMW i3 is a high quality compact electric car, perfect for families living in city centres or suburbs. The EV can easily fit children and young adults in the rear seat, with enough boot space for school gear, grocery shopping etc. The access to the unique rear-hinged rear seats is easy for children and adults. The 42.2 kWh EV battery size is sufficient for most requirements, to include weekend getaways and day trips. On a full charge, the hatchback electric vehicle can achieve nearly up to 200 emission-free electric miles (WLTP).

PROS CONS
Good performanceDC charging limited to 50 kW
Good design and stylingSmall boot and rear headroom limited
11 kW on-board chargerCheaper alternatives available

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The All-Electric BMW i3 (credit: BMW)


At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Vehicle Type:Hatchback
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Available
Engine:Electric
Available In UK:Yes

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 42.2 kWh
Charging:50 kW rapid charging (0%-80%: 42 mins). On-board charger 11 kW AC
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

Dimensions
Height (mm):1590
Width (mm):1791
Length (mm):4006
Wheelbase (mm):2570
Turning Circle (m):9.9
Cargo Volume:260 L

BMW i3 120Ah
EV Battery Capacity:42.2 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):182 – 190 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (miles/kWh):3.9 – 4.1
Charging:50 kW rapid charging (0%-80%: 42 mins). On-board charger 11 kW AC
Top Speed:93 mph
0-62 mph:7.3 seconds
Drive:Rear-wheel drive (RWD)
Electric Motor (kW):125
Max Power (hp):170
Torque (Nm):250
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:4
Doors:5
Driving Modes:N/A
Unladen Weight-EU (kg):1,345
Colours:7

BMW i3s 120Ah
EV Battery Capacity:42.2 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):173 – 175 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (miles/kWh):3.8
Charging:50 kW rapid charging (0%-80%: 42 mins). On-board charger 11 kW AC
Top Speed:93 mph
0-62 mph:6.9 seconds
Drive:Rear-wheel drive (RWD)
Electric Motor (kW):135
Max Power (hp):184
Torque (Nm):250
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:4
Doors:5
Driving Modes:N/A
Unladen Weight-EU (kg):1,365
Colours:7

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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