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What type of electric car is right for me? – MSN


The choice of electric cars is expanding rapidly. While a Tesla Model S was once the default option for wealthy early adopters, new EVs are now available from around £20,000.



a green car parked on the side of a road: The Mokka name might be familiar, but this new version represents a radical departure from the lacklustre model of old. It’s more stylish, inside and out, while the electric version gets a 50kWh battery to provide up to 201 miles of range. Prices start from around £30,000, with first deliveries expected shortly.


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The Mokka name might be familiar, but this new version represents a radical departure from the lacklustre model of old. It’s more stylish, inside and out, while the electric version gets a 50kWh battery to provide up to 201 miles of range. Prices start from around £30,000, with first deliveries expected shortly.


Equally, buy a used car and you can start ‘motoring electric’ from £5,000 – but choosing the right vehicle is vital.

Here, we run through the important considerations before you buy. Answer these questions and your path will become clearer.

Should I buy a new or used electric car?



Volkswagen ID.4 First Edition


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Volkswagen ID.4 First Edition

There have been viable electric cars on sale for 10 years, but only recently have decent used options become available.

We discuss the issues around used EVs here. The overriding factor that might steer you towards a new car, however, is the technology ramp-up.

Year-on-year, manufacturers simply build better electric cars. The technology is still young, so development happens at a rapid pace. Even existing models receive mid-life tech updates to increase their range and efficiency.

New cars also come with some great finance packages that you’d be hard-pressed to match with a used model.

Also, bear in mind that electric car batteries degrade over time. This isn’t catastrophic, but it’s enough to be a concern.

Consider the original Nissan Leaf. When new, it might have covered 100 miles on a charge. That looks weak today, but with a well-used battery that figure might fall to just 60 or 70 miles.

Do you drive in town or on motorways?



Audi Ionity


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Audi Ionity

“How far will it go on a charge?” It’s always the first question electric car owners are asked, often followed by a dismissive response that it would be impossible to live with such a limited range.

Electric cars do require their owners to adopt a new mindset. Even the best only nudge over 300 miles before you need to charge. For comparison, an Audi A6 can manage 700 miles on a tank of diesel.

That’s why Teslas remain popular for those who need to drive long distances. Their range is the benchmark, and their Supercharger network is the fastest and best.

Many electric cars offer a range of between 100 and 200 miles, but owners learn to live with that. They reason that the vast majority of trips are short, so recharging overnight at home becomes part of their routine.

The Honda e, for example, offers a range of just 130 miles. Honda says, perhaps rightly, that urban cars like e simply won’t be used for long-distance travel.

You have to make that call. Many electric car owners will own another car, with petrol or diesel power, which is capable of making a long trip when needed.

What size of car do I need?



Most Instagrammed EVs


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Most Instagrammed EVs

There used to be a trade-off here. To get the best range, you’d need a car with a big battery, and that generally meant a large car to accommodate it. Think Jaguar I-Pace, Audi E-Tron or Tesla Model S.

That’s no longer the case. Smaller electric cars such as the Kia e-Niro and Hyundai Kona Electric use clever engineering and a lighter package that places fewer demands on the battery. Both can cover around 280 miles on a charge, blurring the boundary between urban and long-distance use.

If you want to go for the smallest option possible, the Renault Twizy is a zany two-seater akin to a four-wheeled motorbike. It’s an exhibitionist’s choice: great fun, but very exposed and with a range uncomfortably close to 50 miles.

Family-sized cars such as the Nissan Leaf start from around £26,000 after the Plug-in Car Grant is deducted.

The decision has to be yours



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EV charging

Which electric car is right for you depends on many factors – only you can make the final call.

Price is obviously a big deal, but if you are considering an EV you have already accepted you will pay a premium.

Size and range are two other key factors. There’s no point paying thousands more for the best possible range if you don’t take advantage of it. If you do need to make longer trips, though, plenty of sub-£40,000 electric cars could fit the bill.

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