Which small(ish) electric car are you most looking forward to?
A load of more affordable EVs are incoming. Here are some of them
Electric cars make perfect sense for inner-city driving. As long as you’ve got somewhere to plug in, they’re quiet, simple to maintain and nippy off the line. Now, with battery tech improving and prices coming down, a plethora of EV superminis are on the horizon. So, we’ve decided to rack our brains and collate all that we know so far about each one.
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The most recent baby EV to be announced was of course the Mini Electric. Prices will start at £24,400 after the £3,500 government grant, and for that you’ll get 181bhp, three doors and 144 miles of range on the WLTP cycle.
VW Up/Seat Mii/Skoda Citigo
The VW e-Up originally arrived a whole five years ago. However, we recently learned that its sister cars (the Seat Mii and Skoda Citigo) were catching up and going electric only. The tech has improved though, with 83bhp motors that give 161 miles of range, so expect the little Volkswagen to follow the same path for now.Advertisement - Page continues below
It’s been said before, but the Honda e really will be the Apple iPhone of the EV world. It’ll certainly be expensive, we’re guessing around £32,000 before the grant, and the battery life really isn’t fantastic – range will be around 125 miles. But just look at it. It really is a desirable thing.
In exciting news, the electric version of Peugeot’s new 208 will actually be the quickest in the range, with a 0-62mph time of 8.5 seconds.
The 50kWh battery should give 200 miles of real-world range too, and you’ll get 80 per cent charge from 30 minutes at a rapid charger.
Vauxhall went bold with the new Corsa, showing us the electric version on its own before we’d even had a chance to think about internal combustion.
Thanks to Peugeot-Citroen’s buyout of Opel/Vauxhall a couple of years ago though, technical details are almost identical to the e-208.
The new Renault Zoe looks very similar to the old Renault Zoe. Given that it’s been around for a while though, the tech has had plenty of time to develop. Buyers of the new one can choose between a 106bhp or a sportier 132bhp electric motor, and the 52kWh battery will give a comparatively massive 242 miles of range. That’s impressive.Advertisement - Page continues below
You could argue that the ID.3 is more hatchback than supermini. And you’d be right. It’ll be small and affordable though, and it’s definitely upcoming, so it deservedly gets a place in this gallery.
Thanks to some cheeky photoshopping, we’ve got a decent look at what it might look like once VW finally takes that crazy camo off. We also know that it has been hugely popular, with 10,000 orders placed for the 260-mile mid-spec version in the first 24 hours.
Smart ForTwo Electric
We first drove the Smart ForTwo Electric back in 2017, but the company consistently promised it would go fully electric in 2019. So, expect any new model to surpass that 2017 car’s 96 miles of range.Advertisement - Page continues below
Fiat 500 EV
The Fiat 500 will also be going fully-electric, after the old 500e from 2013 (above) was a resounding failure. Earlier this year, Fiat’s marketing boss Francois Olivier confirmed to TG.com that the wraps will come off the new car at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show. He also said that it’ll be priced between €22-24,000, as that’s where most ICE 500s are specced to.