Top 10: Electric cars to buy in 2019
Driving an electric car is no longer the alternative, compromised choice it once was. There's now a wide selection of electric vehicles on the market, from urban runabouts to SUVs capable of travelling hundreds of miles. These are some of the best on sale in 2019.
The new Mercedes-Benz EQC shares a platform with the GLC. It’s loaded with technology and has a delightfully premium interior, as you’d expect from a Mercedes-Benz. It’s got an official range of 259 miles and prices start at £65,640.
Hyundai Kona Electric
If there's a car that's going to convince the masses to buy electric, the Hyundai Kona Electric is arguably it. Crossover? Tick. Range? Up to 279 miles. Price? From £27,250. The biggest problem will be actually getting one - Hyundai's only taking orders online, and it's temporarily sold out.
Audi's electric SUV is everything you'd expect from an electric Audi: big (and arguably brash), with a well-built interior and lots of clever technology - including optional digital door mirrors. It can cover around 250 miles off a charge while prices start at £71,490.
Like the closely-related Hyundai Kona Electric, the Kia e-Niro is a genuinely affordable and useable electric crossover. It's more practical than the Kona, and its official range of up to 282 miles will be enough to convince many people to trade in their petrol or diesel car.
The Volkswagen e-Golf combines all the qualities of a normal Golf (namely classy looks and a superb interior) with the advantages of an electric car (low running costs and excellent refinement). It's the sort of car that'll change the mind of climate car sceptics. We enjoyed our six months with a Volkswagen e-Golf.
Jaguar shocked the world when it beat the premium German manufacturers to the market with its electric SUV. Not only was it the first, the I-Pace is also one of the best - with an impressive 298-mile range. It's also excellent to drive and really looks the part.
In a world that includes electric SUVs capable of transporting a whole family in comfort for hundreds of miles, it's easy to overlook the Renault Zoe. But the little Zoe was designed from the ground-up as an electric car, and the manufacturer's battery rental scheme makes it surprisingly affordable. It does everything you could possibly want from an electric city car.
Tesla Model X
In electric car hierarchy, the Tesla Model X is in dream car territory. Priciest versions cost more than £100,000 - and understandably so, with their 300-mile range and 0-60mph time of just 2.7 seconds (no, that's not a typo). Not only is it quick, it also has seven seats and enough space for all the family. It can even tow a caravan.
Smart EQ ForTwo
One of the most fun urban runabouts on the market, the Smart EQ ForTwo's range of just 70 miles will have some buyers turning up their nose. But if you can charge at home and only use the car for a short urban commute or popping to the shops, do you need any more? Its diddy dimensions make it a breeze for parking, too.
The UK's most popular electric car, the Nissan Leaf does it all without a fuss. It's not premium, but it's not expensive, either. The standard model has a range of 168 miles, while its clever e-pedal will change the way you drive around town.