Best Luxury Electric Cars 2024: The Complete Guide For The UK

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When the first-generation all-electric Nissan Leaf was launched in 2010, few could imagine electric cars as luxurious. Move forward a decade (plus), and the narrative could not be more different. Luxury is now synonymous with electric driving, as automotive manufacturers race for leadership of the lucrative premium EV segment.

As expected, the likes of BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, the familiar luxury automotive manufacturers have been aggressive in their efforts to launch premium pure electric cars. But also just as enthusiastic, are other car manufacturers, like Lotus, Volvo, Jaguar and many more. For most of the past decade, Tesla remained one of the only manufacturers of premium battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), to include, the all-electric Tesla Model X and the all-electric Tesla Model S.

But much has changed in the competitive landscape since then, with other automotive manufacturers challenging successfully the incumbent status of Tesla premium electric cars. We can expect the competition for the premium zero-tailpipe emission segment to only become more fierce, as more global car manufacturers launch new luxury electric cars.

In particular, Chinese automotive manufacturers, like Genesis, pose a threat to the incumbent European manufacturers. Of course, the Korean manufacturers are not far behind. For the consumer, this bodes well, as the greater the competition, the more vast the choice and lower the price.

Also worth noting are ultra-premium luxury automotive manufacturers, like the famed Rolls-Royce Motors Cars, that are also developing premium luxury electric cars. In fact, the all-electric Rolls-Royce Spectre is a defining chapter in the history of the famed luxury automotive manufacturer, as it migrates to the production of electric cars. From 2030, Rolls-Royce will electrify its entire portfolio of luxury cars. The Spectre is the first production pure electric car, which was announced in September 2021.

As with other Rolls-Royce cars, the Spectre offers an unimaginable breadth of options to customise the EV, to include, the new multi-coloured seat design. Also on offer are the Starlight Doors, the illuminated facia and Starlight Headliner. The Starlight Doors include 4,796 backlit perforations, each, positioned by hand! The illuminated facia has 5,500 stars depicting the Spirit of Ecstasy’s wing.

In the latest-generation of premium electric cars, luxury does not mean a lack of practicality. In fact, most premium electric cars, to include, the Top 10 Luxury Electric Cars 2024 on our list below, offer a practical and useful real-world pure electric range, suitable for both city and motorway driving.

All EVs on our list offer over 200 miles (WLTP) on a single charge, with some offering nearly 400 miles. As an example, the all-electric BMW i7 premium saloon has a range up to 387 miles (WLTP). Even adjusting for real-world driving conditions, it is clear that luxury and the environment can coexist!

Also, most premium electric cars offer enhanced DC charging capability, such that, the onboard high voltage EV battery can be charged up to 80% in less than 30 minutes. Moreover, many of the electric cars also offer a three-phase onboard AC charger as standard.

As an example, the all-electric Audi Q8 offers rapid DC charging up to 170 kW for the 55 e-tron variant. The 50 e-tron variant is available with 150 kW DC. The 95 kWh EV battery will take 28 minutes to achieve up to 80% charge at 150 kW DC, and will take up to 1 hour and 16 minutes to achieve 80% charge at 50 kW DC. The 114 kWh EV battery can be charged up to 80% in 31 minutes at 170 kW DC and 1 hour and 18 minutes at 50 kW DC.

Luxury is not confined to just plush cabin interiors. The latest generation of premium electric cars also offer a host of impressive onboard technology. As an example, the all-electric Volvo EX90 SUV incorporates Bi-directional charging and vehicle-to-grid (V2G). We can expect Bi-directional charging to become more commonplace, as EVs develop to the next generation.

Bidirectional charging allows the electric vehicle to be used to power the home (vehicle-to-home: V2H) or even to sell energy to the grid. It can also be used to power other devices (vehicle-to-load: V2L) or even charge another electric car (vehicle-to-vehicle: V2V).

Also on offer are improved safety features in premium electric cars. The EX90 EV is again a case in point. The electric SUV has fitted on its roof one of the most advanced sensor sets, a cutting-edge roof-mounted LiDAR sensor, which comprises: five radars, eight cameras, two interior cameras and 16 ultrasonic sensors. This is part of the company’s vision of Zero Collision in new Volvo Cars. The LiDAR system maps out via in-house developed software a highly accurate image of the EVs surrounding environment, therefore, enhancing the vehicle safety.

Given the price tag of premium electric cars, the performance is as we expect. Impressive! As an example, the all-electric Lotus Eletre Hyper-SUV, despite the weight of the onboard 112 kWh EV battery, offers fantastic performance. The Eletre and the Eletre S variants can achieve 0-62 mph in 4.5 seconds (max power: 603 hp/ 710 Nm torque). The top speed is 160 mph. The Eletre R, can achieve 0-62 mph in a whopping 2.95 seconds (max power: 905 hp/ 985 Nm torque). The top speed is 165 mph. The exterior sporty styling of the e-SUV certainly echoes the performance capability of the EV!

Another trend gaining strong momentum in the production of electric cars, to include luxury electric cars, is the incorporation of sustainable materials used in the EV. Automotive manufacturers are keen to lower the negative environmental impact from the production of a vehicle. Expect many EVs to incorporate between 10% to 20% recycled steel, aluminium, plastic etc. We at e-zoomed applaud this approach!

Bottom-line, with luxury electric cars, you can have your cake and eat it too! Electric driving is good for the environment and the wallet! You can follow the links below for a more detailed review of the EV.

Luxury Electric cars: Performance Torque (Nm)0-62 MPH
Audi Q8 e-tron Sportback6645.6 seconds
BMW i77454.7 seconds
BMW iX7654.6 seconds
Genesis G80 EV7004.9 seconds
Jaguar I-PACE6964.5 seconds
Lotus Eletre9852.95 seconds
Mercedes-Benz EQE9503.5 seconds
Porsche Taycan5005.1 seconds
Polestar 3 9104.6 seconds
Volvo EX909104.7 seconds

Best Premium Luxury Electric Cars 2024

Audi Q8 e-tron Sportback, BMW i7, BMW iX, Genesis G80, Jaguar I-PACE, Lotus Eletre, Mercedes-Benz EQE, Porsche Taycan, Polestar 3, Volvo EX90

Best Luxury Electric Cars: Top 10

Brand/ ModelBattery Size (kWh)Electric Range (WLTP)Body Type Price (£)
Audi Q8 e-tron Sportback95 kWh/ 114 kWh261 – 345 milesCoupé-SUV£69,585
BMW i7105.7 kWh367 – 387 milesSaloon£108,305
BMW iX76.6 kWh/ 111.5 kWh247 – 369 milesSUV (SAV)£77,305
Genesis G80 EV87.2 kWh323 milesSaloon£69,805
Jaguar I-PACE90 kWh286 milesSUV£66,350
Lotus Eletre112 kWh304 – 373 milesSUV£89,500
Mercedes-Benz EQE89 kWh/ 90.6 kWh289 – 384 milesSaloon£73,450
Porsche Taycan79.2 kWh/ 93.4 kWh208 – 288 milesSaloon£75,500
Polestar 3 111 kWh347 – 379 milesSUV£79,900
Volvo EX90111 kWh363 milesSUV£96,255

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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 large-scale 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 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 has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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