The car as we know it is undergoing a revolution. Petrol and diesel is fast losing favour for electrified and full EV models — and that means we’re seeing a more diverse market of zero-emissions vehicles.
Some are huge, some are just a little on the big side and others are smaller and more city-friendly — though that doesn’t mean they compromise on practicality. We’ve picked out some of the most practical small EVs out there…
The i3 is a quirky little EV that upholds all the premium standards you’d expect from a BMW. It’s interior – high-quality, tech-filled and spacious. And just to sweeten the deal, there’s a lot of great standard kit on offer, such as heated front seats and LED headlights.
The Honda e has caused quite the stir in the motoring world. With its small yet roomy proportions, claimed 50:50 weight distribution and entirely electric powertrain, it might just be the car to entice enthusiasts to take the step into EV ownership.
Nissan Leaf e+
As a long-standing class leader, the Nissan Leaf e+ only goes to further the model’s already praised breadth of ability. The e+ adds increased range and performance over the standard Leaf – 215bhp and a range of 239 miles.
If you just want a conventional hatchback, just one with an electric powertrain, it doesn’t come much better than the e-Golf. With everything you’d expect from a regular Volkswagen Golf, like a practical boxy shape and a no-nonsense interior layout, the only thing you’ve got to remember is to plug it in and not attempt to fill it up with petrol or diesel.
Another car that should feel familiar to people who’ve owned hatchbacks in the past is the Peugeot e-208. It has all the usability of the small French hatchback – which means a spacious cabin and generous boot – just with the added benefits of an electric powertrain.