The age of the electric car is on us as more people move to embrace zero emission motoring and more manufacturers release an increasing number of models to choose.
While there's still some way to go to establish a nationwide charging network, there's expansion all the time, removing the worry that some might have about charging their car on the move.
These are our favourite electric cars, all fully reviewed by us covering a range of crossovers, compact and larger SUVs, across all price points. These cars are all available to buy now, with many more to come in the future.
Best electric cars available in the UK
- 282 mile range, 64kWh battery
- Prices from £32,995
What the Kia e-Niro does is squeeze a long range out of a modest battery, thanks to its efficient design. It's a crossover so has appeal with a high ride height - great for the school run - but it doesn't go to the luxury extremes that some other models do, and it's lighter as a result, which is beneficial in an EV.
It's a great car, because you get a lot of miles for your money, features to support EV driving and a great spec even at the entry level. The problem? There might be a bit of a waiting list to get one, but as EVs go, it's superb.
Tesla Model 3
- Compact saloon
- 254 miles (standard range)
- From £38,500
The Tesla Model 3 is shaking up the EV world. Pitched as the affordable electric car, it comes in several variations, with the cheapest having the shortest range - but while the step-up (Long Range) offering an impressive 310 miles and all-wheel drive.
There's a minimalist interior but with a customary huge central display, safety features like Autopilot, as well as huge brand value because it's a Tesla - and that's very much the name in electric cars right now.
Tesla's advantage also extends to the Supercharger network, which at busy points in the UK's road network often provides many more rapid chargers than are available to other EV drivers.
Hyundai Kona Electric
- Crossover, SUV style
- 64kWh battery (range-extender, 300 miles)
- Prices start at under £35,100
The Hyundai Kona is perhaps the most attractive all-electric cars available. You get a lot of tech and safety gear, plus ample space for a family of four thanks to the SUV styling. Originally launching in standard and range-extended versions, it's now only the more expensive 64kWh version that's available, so the price has lifted from its original sub-£30k position.
It shares a lot with the Kia e-Niro, so you get a lot for your money. Yes, the price is elevating, but it's still competitive against its rivals, with SUV charms.
Nissan Leaf and Leaf e+
- 168 mile range, 40kWh battery
- Prices from £27,995
The Nissan Leaf builds upon one of the best selling electric cars in the UK, firmly lodged in the hatchback segment. A brand new design, a bigger battery with longer range and a great drive give the Nissan Leaf plenty of appeal. There's options for trim - without getting too expensive - and a drive that's positive and fun.
There's a Leaf e+ for those wanting more power and range, but that ups the trim level too, so pushes up the price.
There's oodles of tech - including the option for ProPilot for semi-autonomous driving - in a package that's plenty refined. Looking for a small electric hatch? It's probably the Leaf you want.
- 193 mile range, 38.3kWh battery
- Prices from £29,450
The Hyundai Ioniq is a nod to efficiency. While cars like the Kona push SUV styling, the Ioniq is designed to be as efficient as possible. That it can achieve the range it does from the limited battery is a testament to that and that also helps keep the price in check. Because you get a lot for your money in the Ioniq which is why it's proven popular - and is now in its second generation.
There's a lot of tech no board, a long warranty and pretty much everything comes as standard. Hyundai offers two levels of trim, but when it comes to value for money, you get a lot from the Ioniq.
- 300 mile range, 90kWh battery
- Prices from £64,495
The Jaguar i-Pace was one of the first big marque, completely electric, cars on the road. The i-Pace pushes into SUV styling, giving you space and practicality inside, but with a sporty drive. It's very much the luxury electric car to excite. There's oodles of tech, but it's the smoothness of the driving that really makes this car feel like the embodiment of an electric future.
There's oodles of power, while the realistic driving range comes in somewhere in the 220-250 mile range. Jaguar wants to offer refinement in the premium segment and it manages that with aplomb.
- 250 mile range, 95kWh battery
- Prices from £71,520
The Audi e-tron is the company's first all-electric vehicle - and perhaps the car to normalise electrification. Why? Because this Audi SUV looks, feels and drives, well, just like most other Audi cars. It just happens to be electric.
With a 95kWh battery, capable of over 400km/250 miles range, the extra size and weight means it can't go quite as far as some others, so it's not really a long-range beast.
Where the e-tron really wins is with its tech. The interior offers Audi's Virtual Cockpit and a similar layout to Audi's recent cars, with dual touchscreen interfaces - it's a great car to drive overall.
Tesla Model X
- Up to 7-seater SUV
- 315 mile range, 100kWh battery
- Prices from £82,200
The Model X is the fastest SUV on the planet and will catapult you to 60mph in 2.9 seconds, although that's a costly update you probably won't opt for. The other talking point of the Model X is the falcon wing doors, that open up and out the way to allow passengers to easily access the second and third rows of seats. What Tesla has really done, however, is make electric cars sexy and it's very much a car of the moment.
You get long range, access to Tesla's Supercharger network and the infamous Autopilot - as well as the chance to own a Tesla. But the price is high and the competition is getting stronger all the time, with rival luxe brands starting to flex their marque muscles. None yet will match the speed, however, but Jaguar and Audi both come in cheaper than the Model X.
Tesla Model S
- 375 mile range, 100kWh battery
- Prices from £77,200
If you were looking for the daddy of electric cars, it has to be the Tesla Model S. It marries the economic and environmental benefits of electric power, with a serious helping of luxury and speed. It also has the intelligent Autopilot mode that can keep you in lane on the motorway whilst monitoring cars around you adapting your speed and changing lanes for you.
The Tesla Model S was wowing with its speed and huge interior touchscreen while electric cars were still a twinkle in many other manufacturers' eyes. While most have focused on small car or SUV, the Tesla Model S cuts a swathe through the executive saloon segment. There are two versions to choose from: long range and performance. Ludicrous Mode is extra.
- High-roof hatchback
- 160 mile range, 42.2kWh battery
- Prices from £35,350
The BMW i3 certainly turns heads with its somewhat unusual looks. But under that boxy exterior, the i3 is as much a BMW as any of its regular, fuel-powered cars. One of the first pure electric - and designed to be electric first - cars, the BMW i3 is also one of the most popular on the roads. It's not got the size of an SUV, instead being a high-roof hatchback design.
It's practical, it's comfortable, it's futuristically designed - and it's a reasonable performer. The battery is small compared to some others, but that helps keep the pricing in check. BMW has updated the i3 a couple of times, but there's a feeling that it's slowly reaching the end of its tenure.
- 186 mile range, 36kWh battery
- Prices from £30,340
The e-Golf takes the regular, well-selling Golf, rips the engine out and replaces it with an 136PS electric motor, with a 36kWh battery instead. It's 186 mile claimed range is pretty respectable, although we were hitting closer to 125 miles per charge.
With VW now pushing new models designed to be electric first - like the VW ID.3 - the future of the e-Golf seems questionable to us. Still, it's a great car that's entirely normal. Apart from the lack of sound, no one will really know you're driving an electric car.
Kia Soul EV
- 105 mile range, 27kWh battery
- Prices from £25,995
The Soul EV was the first all-electric SUV in Europe and unlike many others on this list, Kia took an IC engine car and converted it for electric. It also took a slightly odd car in the Soul, with looks that divide, but we have to admit we love its larger than life toy-like looks. It's now being replaced with a new version, so we'd hang on for the new model to become available, rather than commit to the outgoing model.
As it's old the capacity of the battery is a little lower than some and there aren't quite as many tech toys - but it's a solid electric car for those who want zero emissions for cutting around town. It's fun to drive, has great SUV-style visibility lots of space and it's pretty affordable too.
- Up to 250 mile range, 22-40kW battery
- Prices from £21,220 plus monthly battery rental
The Renault Zoe is well engineered, enjoyable to drive and - although the interior has a certain eco feel - not an unpleasant thing to be in. It's often forgotten in the sea of BMW i3s and Teslas, but as an everyday electric car, it barely puts a foot wrong. A new model has just been announced, so it's probably worth hanging on for the updated car.
The price is pretty low, but the cheapest models require ongoing battery leasing at £49 a month for the 22kW battery, or £59 a month for the 40kW battery - and they come with milage limits etc, which need to be factored into ownership.