Not everyone keen to migrate from internal combustion engine (ICE) driving to zero-emission driving, has the budget to buy a new electric vehicle. Many are considering the option of buying a second hand electric car. Though the used electric car marketplace in the UK is growing, it is still relatively small compared to availability of second hand petrol and diesel cars. As an example, if you conduct a quick search on any of the well established used car marketplace websites, the available inventory of second hand electric vehicles, is no more than 3 % of total second hand cars offered for sale. This of course is understandable, given that, modern electric vehicles have only been around for a decade, compared to conventional cars. However, buying a used electric car in the UK is still very much a viable option. The first step is to identify what type of ultra low emission vehicle (ULEV) you are seeking to acquire. There are two main types. The first is a battery electric vehicle (BEV), also referred to as an all-electric car or pure electric car. These electric vehicles use an EV battery to power the electric drivetrain and do not have an internal combustion engines. BEVs do not pollute the environment, a concept referred to as zero-emission driving. A good example of a BEV is the all-electric Nissan Leaf. The second type of ULEV to consider is a plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV). These electric cars use both an electric motor, powered by an on-board EV battery and a tradition internal combustion engine (ICE). PHEVs are not emission-free driving, but are capable of driving emission free for a certain range, usually up to 40 miles. However, PHEVs emit far less toxic pollutants compared to conventional petrol or diesel cars. The advantage of buying a used plug-in hybrid electric car versus a used all-electric car, is simply, an extended range capability, given the access to a conventional fuel tank and internal combustion engine in a PHEV. There is also a third type of EV to consider, which is a hybrid electric vehicle (HEV). These are not referred to as ULEVs, as such vehicles are not capable of zero-emission driving. The vehicles are classified as low emission vehicles. Though HEVs emit more pollutants than an all-electric car or a plug-in hybrid, hybrid electric vehicles are less polluting than conventional diesel or petrol vehicles. A good example of an HEV is the ubiquitous Toyota Prius, most often driven by Uber drivers. The advantage of buying a used green car versus a new one, is that, depending on the age of the electric car, much of the early depreciation impact would be out of the way, further lowering the financial burden for acquisition i.e. making the transition to lower emission driving more affordable. The downside is that older electric vehicles will not be as sophisticated as new EVs, in particular, in relation to EV battery capacity and range. This is more important when considering acquiring a used all-electric car versus a used plug-in hybrid electric car. 2018 and 2019 have witnessed significant improvements in electric driving range for BEVs. However, not all drivers require significant range for their daily needs, specially so, if the ULEV is going to be a second car. The average commute in the UK is 12 miles, and this is no surprise, as most cars used for leisure are primarily used for school runs, grocery shopping, visit to gym and local high street etc. It will therefore be the case that the battery for a used electric car amply meets your needs. Moreover, the EV battery has a warranty for a number of years, quite often up to 8 years. Do check the outstanding warranty on the EV battery carefully at the time of purchase. Please note that the vehicle warranty is separate to the battery warranty. We at e-zoomed are often asked by aspiring buyers, ‘should I buy a used electric car?’. The answer is simple: if your budget is limited or you are keen to commence your migration to ULEV driving without a significant investment, then certainly, second hand electric vehicles are worthy of consideration. They key is not to buy ‘the cheapest second hand electric car’, but to look for a used EV that is suitable for all your needs, to include, driving comfort, range, interior space, design etc. The best used EV is one that meets as many of your needs at a competitive price. What is a good examples of a used electric car?: We believe looking for EVs that have established a strong track record over a period of time are a good bet. The reason for this are many to include, significant availability of ‘real world’ consumer feedback on the second hand model, more established depreciation rates and residual values (RVs), and a potential stronger market for resale in due course. A good example is the ubiquitous Nissan Leaf electric car. The Leaf has been the best selling all-electric car in the Europe. Of course, we strongly recommend that you compare a number of used electric cars before buying one. If you are seeking a competitively priced finance or lease offer for your purchase, e-zoomed is well placed to assist. You can contact us at email@example.com. Used electric cars are for sale across a number of online and offline destinations. We at e-zoomed are well placed to source a second hand electric car for you. Also, please keen in mind that used cars for sale in the UK do not qualify for the UK government, plug-in car grant (PiCG).