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Last updated April 29, 2024 by Tom Wiltshire

Best electric cars for sale in 2024

Whether you need a small hatchback, a luxury saloon or a massive, seven-seat SUV, there’s an electric car to suit your needs. The best EVs are great to drive, offer fast charging and big miles from a full battery. You also don’t have to worry about Vehicle Excise Duty, and company car tax is incredibly low, too.

EVs still don't make much sense for ultra high-mileage drivers, and those who can't charge their cars at home have quite a hard time of it. But with longer ranges, improvements in public charging and more affordable models going on sale all the time, these issues are dwindling.

Our expert car reviews team have been putting the latest EVs through their paces to put together this list of the very best on sale…

BYD Seal

20. BYD Seal

BYD Seal review
Battery range up to 354 miles
Ford Mustang Mach-E

19. Ford Mustang Mach-E

Ford Mustang Mach-E review
Battery range up to 379 miles
Cupra Born

18. Cupra Born

Cupra Born review
Battery range up to 341 miles

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Skoda Enyaq
Smart Spender Award
Highly Commended

17. Skoda Enyaq

Skoda Enyaq review
Battery range up to 351 miles
Tesla Model Y
Family Values Award
Highly Commended

16. Tesla Model Y

Tesla Model Y review
Battery range up to 331 miles
Hyundai Ioniq 5

15. Hyundai Ioniq 5

Hyundai Ioniq 5 review
Battery range up to 315 miles
Volkswagen ID.Buzz

14. Volkswagen ID. Buzz

Volkswagen ID.Buzz review
Battery range up to 258 miles
Mercedes-Benz EQS

13. Mercedes EQS

Mercedes-Benz EQS review
Battery range up to 481 miles
BMW i5
Comfortable Cruiser Award

12. BMW i5

BMW i5 review
Battery range up to 354 miles
Hyundai Kona Electric

11. Hyundai Kona Electric

Hyundai Kona Electric review
Battery range up to 319 miles
BMW i7

10. BMW i7

BMW i7 review
Battery range up to 386 miles
Porsche Taycan

9. Porsche Taycan

Porsche Taycan review
Battery range up to 360 miles

8. BMW iX

BMW iX review
Battery range up to 382 miles
Kia EV9

7. Kia EV9

Kia EV9 review
Battery range up to 349 miles
Urban Living Award
Highly Commended

6. MG4 EV

MG MG4 EV review
Battery range up to 323 miles
Kia EV6

5. Kia EV6

Kia EV6 review
Battery range up to 328 miles
Audi Q4 e-tron
Outstanding EV Award
Highly Commended

4. Audi Q4 e-tron

Audi Q4 e-tron review
Battery range up to 329 miles
Smart #1
Urban Living Award
Highly Commended

3. Smart #1

Smart #1 review
Battery range up to 273 miles
Tesla Model 3
Outstanding EV Award

2. Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3 review
Battery range up to 391 miles
Volvo EX30
Car Of The Year Award

1. Volvo EX30

Volvo EX30 review
Battery range up to 295 miles

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Everything you need to know about electric cars

Electric car FAQs

There are lots of people who are open to the idea of an electric car as their next car, but many still have unanswered questions about what making that transition will actually mean for them on a day-to-day basis. Where and when do I charge it? Will it be safe? Will running an electric car actually work out any cheaper in the long run? Will it actually be any better for the environment?

Read on for answers to all those questions and more, to see whether electric motoring really is for you.

The amount of time that it takes to charge your electric car varies based on car’s battery capacity and the power of the charging point, but figuring it out should be pretty simple a pretty simple calculation. For example, if your car has a 70kWh (kiloWatt-hour) battery and is plugged into a 7kW (kiloWatt) charger then it will take ten hours to charge from empty to full. Using a faster public charger will reduce this to more like 30-60 minutes, depending on the car and charger, but will cost much more. For more details read our blog: How long does it take to charge an electric car

How much it costs to charge an electric car depends on the type of electric car you drive, the batteries it has and where you buy the electricity from. You can charge your car at home, at a public charging point or at fast-charging points at motorway service stations and each entail slightly different costs. Generally, charging at home is the cheapest but you will probably need to install a charging point. It can be worth it though, because some energy providers offer EV-specific electricity rates that can reduce the cost of charging by over 75%.

For more details read our blog: How much does it cost to charge an electric car

How far an electric car can go on a single charge varies depending on the car you drive, how you drive it and the conditions in which you drive it – much like a petrol or diesel car's fuel economy, in fact. You can use our electric car battery range calculator to compare different options and find the right car to match your mileage needs.
Most modern electric cars can go over 200 miles between charges, with the many of the latest cars having a ‘range’ of around 350 miles or more.

For more details read our blog: How far can an electric car go.

To find out where you can find a charging point, take a look at our electric cars charging points finder.

To find out if an electric car is for you, use the Carwow Fuel Chooser.

Owning an electric car brings quite a lot of benefits, including zero emissions driving, low running costs and the ability to stick your foot down for eye-opening acceleration without the usual histrionics.
Better still, an EV will save you even more money in tax — be it as a personal vehicle or a company car.

Read our in-depth advice guide to see how much you could save: How much does it cost to tax an electric car?

The interest-free Electric Vehicle Loan, funded by Transport Scotland (an agency of the Scottish Government), currently offers loans of up to £35,000 to cover the cost of purchasing a new pure electric/plug-in hybrid car or up to £10,000 to cover the cost of purchasing a new electric motorcycle or scooter.

If you can’t find your nearest charger, Carwow has a handy Electric Car Charging Points Map. It knows every electric car charging point in the UK and even lets you search by town, city and/or postcode.

In a word, yes. Well, in as much as any car is. After all, any object so big and heavy travelling at speed is always going to carry risks of potential injury for anyone – or anything – it hits.

For those inside the car, however, it’s thought that EVs are actually safer than their conventionally powered counterparts. This is because an EV’s big, heavy battery pack is normally incorporated into the central structure of the car, usually in the floor, and this provides extra stiffness to the car’s bodyshell, meaning better protection of the passenger compartment in a crash. Look at the Euro NCAP website, and you’ll notice that all dedicated EVs tested (with the exception of the Chinese-manufactured Aiways U5) score the full five-star rating.

Some worry about the risk of fire that the lithium-ion batteries used in EVs carry; after all, there have been well-documented cases of such batteries catching fire in phones and laptops, so what’s to stop it happening in a car? Well, manufacturers use a wide range of measures to prevent this happening, including super-strong steel casings to prevent damage, separation of cells to prevent fire spreading, and a whole host of fuses, circuit breakers and cooling systems. In fact, research suggests that EVs are actually less likely to catch fire than conventional cars as they don’t carry flammable petrol or diesel.

No. In actual fact, they’re usually a little bit more expensive to insure than a comparable petrol or diesel car.

There are a couple of reasons for this, the most influential being the cost of repair. Electric cars have fewer moving parts than conventional cars, meaning there’s less to go wrong, but some of the components they do have – the lithium-ion batteries being case-in-point – are enormously expensive to repair or replace if they do become damaged. Another factor that’s not often talked about is the availability of technicians qualified to work on electric cars, as these are far lower in number than those who can repair regular cars, which also pushes costs up.

It’s worth bearing in mind that there are companies that specialise in providing electric car insurance, and going with one of these could drop your premiums significantly. Even with these providers, though, it’s essential you shop around for the best deal. What’s more, all the usual tricks for dropping your premiums still apply with electric cars. Consider paying up front rather than monthly, or getting a black box or dashcam fitted.

But the fact remains that while electric cars do reduce daily running costs in most areas, insurance isn’t one of them, sadly.

All cars – electric or otherwise – lose their value to some degree over time. This is known as depreciation. The question is, is the natural deprecation on electric cars any heavier than on conventionally powered cars?

Well, the depreciation on any particular make and model of car depends on a wide number of variables, including how desirable it is and how dependable it is perceived to be. And a few years ago, when the first electric vehicles appeared on the market, depreciation on them was very heavy indeed. This was because car buyers had very little appetite for electric cars due to the difficulties over range and recharging, as well as a general lack of understanding on the realities of electric motoring.

These days, however, that situation has pretty much turned on its head. The cars have got better – in terms of range, quality and appeal – the charging infrastructure has improved, and the general public now has a better understanding of – and openness to – electric motoring. This means there’s now much more appetite for electric cars, both new and used, to the point where many now hold their value better than conventional cars. And as time goes on and electric motoring becomes more and more established, this gap will only get bigger.

It is true that batteries lose capacity over time, and the more often they’re charged up, the quicker this happens. However, it’s important to realise that not all charges are the same, and the way you charge your car is a lot more important in conserving battery life than how often you charge it.

What you want to avoid, if your use of the car allows, is regularly charging up to 100% and depleting the battery down to 0%. This is the quickest way to shorten the life of your battery. Instead, try only topping your battery up to around 80%, and not letting it drop below 20% before recharging if you can. It’s also worth noting that the smaller you can make this window, and the closer that window is to the middle of the scale, the healthier your battery will be ( keeping the charge between 60% and 40% will be even better, for example).

Most electric cars these days come with associated smartphone apps that let you limit the amount of power the car takes on when it’s plugged in, and this should help you manage the maximum end of the scale, while keeping an eye on your instruments, not to mention sufficient journey planning, should take care of the lower end.

For many would-be electric motorists, this will be the million-dollar question, yet it’s also the one that there’s probably most argument over. Supporters of electric mobility will tell you that having fewer cars chucking out CO2 into the atmosphere can’t help but cut down on greenhouse gases. Meanwhile, sceptics will argue that electric cars take more energy to build in the first place, and that having more of them on the road just means an increased burden on the national grid, meaning more CO2 emissions from the coal-fired power stations that make the electricity used to charge them. So, who’s right?
Unfortunately, nobody really knows for sure. Countless studies have provided evidence on both sides, but it’s such a complex equation with so many variables that nobody has managed to prove their case conclusively.

What you can say with confidence, though, is that electric cars definitely improve local environments. If you ignore carbon dioxide for a moment, petrol and diesel cars kick out all sorts of other pollutants (nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, particulates, etc) that pollute the atmosphere and can cause breathing difficulties for those in the vicinity.

And the bigger picture? Well, as fossil fuel reserves run dry, power producers will have no choice but to move towards more renewable energy sources, so as power stations become greener in future, so will electric motoring.

More and more energy providers are incentivising tariffs for electric car drivers to get more value for their money. Read our advice guide on the best energy providers for EV owners.

Choosing an electric car follows the same concept as buying a petrol or diesel car. First you need to decide what your budget is to exclude anything you can't afford.

You then need to consider your needs, such as how many seats you require and how much boot capacity suits your lifestyle.

With electric cars, range is also important for some drivers. Most people only travel short distances at a time, but if you do big miles you want a car with a long range because relying on the public charging network isn't ideal.

Choosing a body style, such as an estate or saloon, is partly personal preference, but there can also be practical benefits to certain vehicles. For example, SUVs tend to have a higher ground clearance and four-wheel drive, which can be particularly useful if you live in a rural area.