We've got a list of five best used EVs in the UK for under £10,000.
Electric vehicles are enjoying more popularity than ever, with new EVs seeing an 18.7 percent boost in sales in the UK in May. But what about secondhand models? The used car experts at HPI have come up with five of the best electric vehicles to buy for under £10,000.
Of course, you’d be hard-pressed to name more than seven secondhand electric vehicles you could find for less than £10,000 and that includes building your own fusion-powered time machine. Not to mention that three of the cars on the list are basically the same car.
Still, a used Nissan Leaf or Renault Zoe represent great value at the moment, and you’ll be surprised what you can buy a Citroen C-Zero for these days.
Chris Plumb, motoring expert at HPI, said: ‘Drivers are becoming increasingly comfortable with electric vehicles as the technology improves. Second-hand models are becoming more affordable and can offer cost-effective motoring. Our picks provide value for money and are likely to hold their value in the years to come.’
Each of the picks has been valued at 30,000 miles on a ’15-plate. Click on the next button above to see the cars in the top five.
Nissan Leaf – £9,795
The entry-level Nissan Leaf offers a published range of 124 miles and would interest someone looking for a practical electric family car, says HPI. The first-generation car might have looks that some would consider challenging, but this is the most successful EV on the planet, so it must be doing something right.
Renault Zoe – £7,850
With a similar range to the Nissan Leaf, the Renault Zoe is seen by many as an alternative option, although you can pick one up much cheaper than a Leaf. Your first decision will be deciding between a car with leased batteries (around £50 a month extra) or one where they have been purchased outright with the car – the latter are more expensive secondhand because of that extra initial cost. The bonus of the battery lease is that when they go below 80 percent efficiency you can send them back to Renault for replacement.
Citroen C-Zero – £7,525
The Citroen C-Zero, Mitsubishi i-Miev and Peugeot Ion were all built on a shared platform, so they are basically the same car under the skin. Trim options and specifications aside, which one you go for does depend on which brand you like best. Although surprisingly there are some price differences between the cars.
Mitsubishi i-Miev – £7,295
The C-Zero, i-Miev and Ion are estimated to do around 92 miles on a full battery according to the official figures. Obviously that can vary due to driving style, conditions and the age of the batteries – but these cars are perfect for a city-based lifestyle or as a second car.
Peugeot Ion – £7,095
These cars cost approx between £1.50 to £2.50 to charge - depending on your electricity rate, there are some running cost savings to be had. Certainly EVs are much cheaper to run than the petrol alternatives. Drivers of electric vehicles also benefit from additional savings that include no road tax, no congestion charges and some councils even offer free on street parking.