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5 best EVs for under £30,000

5 best EVs for under £30,000


These are the best new electric cars for those on a tighter budget

Best new electric cars for £30,000

The technology involved in producing electric cars is by no means cheap, and it’s one of the factors that helps to explain why EVs are typically more expensive than their petrol and diesel counterparts.

While, of course, you have to consider the affordable running costs on electric cars, high list prices can put many buyers off.

However, it doesn’t have to be that way, with many versions being far more affordable. Here are the five-best new EVs costing less than £30,000.

What is the Peugeot e-208?

What is the Volkswagen e-Up!?

What is the Honda e?

What is the Seat Mii Electric?

What is the Nissan Leaf?

Peugeot e-208

Peugeot is one of the firms really pushing into the world of electric cars – offering a commitment to launch an electrified version of all its brand-new cars. The 208 is one of the first, and it’s the all-electric e-208 we’re interested in here.

Peugeot e-208

The stylish supermini is fitted with a large 50kWh lithium-ion battery and can achieve an electric range of an impressive 211 miles.

Prices for the e-208 start from just £25,050 for a model in ‘Active’ trim, with first deliveries expected in the first half of 2020.

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Volkswagen e-Up!

Next year is set to be a hugely important year for VW and its electric cars, and while the ID.3 is dominating the headlines, it’s the more affordable e-Up! that we’re interested in here.

Volkswagen e-Up!

An e-Up! has existed for several years, but the latest model, which arrives in 2020, boasts a much nearer battery enabling a 162-mile electric range – nearly double that of the first model. Prices are yet to be announced but expect it to start from around £30,000.

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Honda e

Another key new EV launching in 2020 is the quirky new ‘e’, which will be a hugely important for Honda.

Honda e

The city-aimed EV promises a 136-mile electric range, with prices starting from £26,160 and £28,660 for the ‘Advance’ version. This latter model adds heated front seats, a heated steering wheel and self-parking functionality.

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Seat Mii Electric

If the Mii Electric looks familiar to the e-Up!, that’s because it is, as they’re both based on the same platform, and each uses the same 36.8kWh battery pack.

Mii Electric

The Mii Electric is Seat’s first EV, and with prices starting from £19,300 it will be one of the most affordable electric cars on sale when deliveries begin at the start of 2020.

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Nissan Leaf

If you find these four previous models just a bit small for you, let the larger more family-friendly Nissan Leaf prove that practical EVs exist for under £30,000.

Nissan Leaf

For under that magic number you can choose a Leaf in entry-level Acenta trim (from £27,995) or N-Connecta (from £29,295. The latter comes exceedingly well-equipped with an around-view monitor, a heated steering wheel and an eight-inch touchscreen to name but a few features.

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