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Best small electric cars 2021

One of the wonderful things about electric cars is their ability to silently whizz around towns without contributing to local emissions. Manufacturers know this, and that's why there's an ever-growing choice of small electric cars to choose from — perfect for the urban commute and the occasional bit of longer-distance driving. These are the best small electric cars you can buy today.

1. Peugeot e-208

9/10
Battery range up to 217 miles
£267* / month (£25,342)

2. Renault Zoe

8/10
Battery range up to 245 miles
£123* / month (£21,875)

3. Vauxhall Corsa-e

8/10
Battery range up to 209 miles
£194* / month (£24,701)

4. Volkswagen ID.3

8/10
Battery range up to 340 miles
£246* / month (£26,411)

5. Hyundai Kona Electric

8/10
Battery range up to 301 miles
£249* / month (£27,055)

6. Kia Soul EV

8/10
Battery range up to 280 miles
£259* / month (£31,245)

7. Mini Electric

8/10
Battery range up to 145 miles
£184* / month (£25,441)

8. BMW i3

8/10
Battery range up to 188 miles
£263* / month (£28,673)

9. Nissan Leaf

8/10
Battery range up to 239 miles
£152* / month (£21,548)

10. Honda e

6/10
Battery range up to 132 miles
£285* / month (£27,929)

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This list has the Peugeot e-208 as the best small electric car you can buy today. To recap the list in full, though:

Peugeot e-208

Renault Zoe

Vauxhall Corsa-e

Volkswagen ID.3

Hyundai Kona Electric

Kia Soul EV

Mini Electric

BMW i3

Nissan Leaf

Honda e

Electric cars are no doubt the future — and for many, it may be the right choice for you now. That’s not the case for everyone though, so use our fuel chooser to help you find the right type of car for you.

You can get a discount on the price of brand new low-emission vehicles through a grant the government gives to vehicle dealerships and manufacturers. This is called the Government Plug-in Car Grant.

You do not need to ask your dealer about the grant nor do you have to apply for it – the dealer will include the value of the grant in the vehicle’s price.

The grant means you can get up to a maximum of £2,500 off the price of an electric car – for EVs priced under £35,000. This grant was £3,000 for vehicles under £50,000 but was changed in March 2021 when the government announced it wanted to target less expensive models and allow the scheme’s funding to go further.

Some public chargers in the UK are available for free use, and these typically appear at supermarkets. That’s not the case with all though, so it’s worth checking out our electric charging point map to see free and paid-for chargers near you.