When is the right time to change to EV as a business owner?

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Chris Lindsay of First-EVC – Why now is the right time for businesses to change to EV

Is it now time to have a greener and more cost-effective approach to transport within your organisation? We spoke to Chris Lindsay – co-founder of First-EVC to explain why he believes there’s never been a better time than now to consider switching.

Business Responsibility

“Global warming will be a major challenge over the next 20 years.” Chris explains. “As a responsible business we can help reduce the impact of global warming by changing to EV and realising some commercial benefits.”

As many of you will know, the change to EV is inevitable – and unavoidable. Production of combustion engine vehicles will cease by 2030 – but already many manufacturers are concentrating their production efforts on EV.

This evolution has been sped up because of the realisation the impact of combustion engines have on the environment is stark.

The benefits of being a responsible business to the environment aren’t the only reason to switch though… 

Other Commercial Benefits of Switching to EV.

Many businesses have used their switch to EV as a huge positive PR angle. Being seen to be green has great kudos at the moment – particularly if a business is seen to be “ahead of the curve”.

But switching to EV goes beyond being a PR opportunity or being the right thing to do. Switching to EV has other commercial benefits.

“A business can set the full cost of an electric vehicle asset against profits in the year of the purchase of the car, if it satisfies certain criteria of emitting 0 g/km.”  Chris explains, before continuing This can help reduce the Corporation Tax bill whilst reducing the businesses overall CO2 emissions, realising corporate goals.”

And what of the running costs. Are there benefits there too?

“Absolutely. The running cost of electric cars is significantly less than the equivalent petrol / diesel vehicle which ultimately reduces the businesses operation costs. With the average UK electricity price sitting at around 17.2p per kWh. If you assume an electric car will travel 3.5 miles per kWh on average, to travel 100 miles would cost around £5 or 4.91p per mile.”

And how does that compare?

“A petrol car would cost around £12 or 12p per mile if fuel cost £1.34 per litre and we assume the UK’s average new car fuel consumption was 49.2 miles-per-gallon. This is a significant saving over the life of the car.”

Whilst this is only an indication and those amounts may vary slightly – fuel costs are currently spiralling – and so it does give an invaluable insight as to why this is also an excellent time to switch to EV vehicles.

Once you have made the change, how can you charge your Electric Vehicle?

So making the switch to electric vehicles does seem somewhat of a no-brainer. But it doesn’t end there. The next consideration for a business needs to be vehicle charging.

Many EV users will look to have charging solutions at home. But this isn’t always possible. Having a Charging Scheme at the workplace is something businesses should also be considering – as Chris explains.

“Business Owners can apply for a Workplace Charging Scheme grant up to a maximum of 40 sockets (£350 per socket) equating to a total saving of £14,000.”

And it’s with thanks to companies like Chris’ that the prospect of applying for grants or installing EV charge points needs to be as daunting as it may seem right now.

“Here at First EVC, we can help reduce the headache of installing EV charging points within your organisation.”

“We offer a turn-key solution to help our customers realise their environmental and green goals. This means we can offer a complete service from initial funding to on-going support. Our services include :-

    • Help securing the government grant
    • Survey your site/s
    • Complete any Ground Works
    • Conduct the EV changing Installation
    • Commission the charging points
    • Maintenance
    • Software management and any billing requirements.”

With many financial incentives still available starting to get your ducks in a row on this now makes complete sense.

It is probably equally important as switching to EV is in working with a company who can take away the stress and complexity of making the switch seem less daunting.

Undoubtedly one of the biggest hurdles stopping businesses at the moment is uncertainty. That is why working with companies like First-EVC makes sense. Having support and advice tailored to your business needs will help ensure you get the biggest benefits, and ensuring you don’t miss out. 

That in itself has to be at least worth a conversation to discuss your options?

If you require any help or advice then Chris at First-EVC can be contacted on 0161 519 7998 or you can request more information by emailing info@first-evc.net. Alternatively have a look at their website by clicking the button below.

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What are the best 5 Electric SUVs?

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What are the Best 5 Electric SUVs available in the UK right now?

If you recently saw our article looking at the best 5 small electric cars – we have run the same criteria to work out the best 5 Electric SUVs currently on the road.

The popular family cars are one of the most sought-after vehicles on the road. The good news is that with the transition to elecric there is plenty of choice out there – so which one do you choose? Well, there’s also lots of reviews out there, which means doing your research could be time-consuming.

To save you time we have Googled “best electric SUV’s” and looked at the first 7 review sites to appear.

We have then worked out an average score from the vehicles featured in these reviews and based it on;

  • How many times the car appeared in the reviews
  • An average score based on the scores available
  • The comments in the review articles
  • Our own scores

So with the leg work done, sit back, grab a brew and a notepad – because here are the best 5 Electric SUVs available in the UK right now……

No. 5 – Audi Q4 e-Tron (Averaged 4.17 / 5)

Audi e-Tron - a top 5 Electric SUV

In the first of our top 5 spaces is the Audi Q4 e-Tron. Slightly smaller than the Audi e-tron SUV, the Q4 still manages to score higher – featuring prominantly in 4 of the 7 reviews we looked at.

The Plus Points

The Q4 e-tron has consistent themes – notably it’s interior design and user-friendliness – running through all the plus points noted in it’s reviews;

Car Magazine Superb interior | Extremely easy to use | Suits a broad range of driving needs
DrivingElectric.com Impressive technology | Comfortable ride | Spacious interior
Autoexpress Great practicality | Good real-world range | Slick infotainment system
Car Buyer Attractive design | Strong performance | Fairly practical

The Q4 e-tron gives a nice rounded balance by being comfortable, easy to use and with a decent range, making it a good solid choice for most drivers.

What Stops It Being The Best?

In a word – Price. There are similar quality electric SUVs that aren’t as pricey as the Q4 e-tron. Still, in choosing to pay more for the Audi Q4 e-tron, you would be getting an excellent electric SUV.

Our Verdict

Ultimately, the Audi Q4 e-tron is a classy electric SUV. It’s rapid-charging, it’s interior space and it’s ease of use makes it a real stand-out SUV and well worth it’s place in the top 5.

Find out more about the Audi Q4 e-tron models on our vehicle guide.

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No. 4 – VW Id.4 (Averaged 4.31 / 5)

The VW Id.4 has earned it’s place in the top 5 Electric SUVs after scoring well in 4 of the 7 review articles we looked at. So what did the reviewers find so appealing?

The Plus Points

For the reviews that we looked at – the main plus points were;

Car Magazine Spacious rear interior | Affordable entry-level spec models | Ideal for families
Car Buyer Good to drive | Competitive range | Great practicality
AutoExpress Comfortable | Decent boot space | Good standard kit
What Car Lots of space in the back and a big boot | Excellent Euro NCAP safety score | Well equipped

The reviews for the ID.4 offer a similar outlook to the Audi Q4 e-tron above. Practical, spacious, ideal for families and pretty user-friendly to drive. It probably nudges the Audi out of 4th spot on slightly more palatable pricing. The Safety Ratings as well garner favour in the reviews.

What Stops it Being The Best?

The main factor picked out is that some of the trim materials feel tacky and cheap, whilst the top-end models are still picked out as being pricey. There are also comments about the infotainment system being frustrating – but when all said and done – it all depends on what you need it for and how tech-minded you are.

Our Verdict

The VW Id.4 claims it’s rightful place as one of the top electric SUVs available in the UK. It ticks all the main boxes you would need from an SUV – and it ticks them emphatically.

With decent range, rapid-charge options for longer trips, plenty of space, easy to drive – and a great-handling, assured drive at that, there aren’t many electric SUV’s offering anywhere near this much car for this price – just don’t go too crazy on the extras!

Find out more about the VW Id.4 in our vehicle guide.

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No. 3 – Skoda Enyaq (Averaged 4.71 / 5)

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Over the last 30 years, the Skoda brand has come a remarkably long way. Since it was taken under the VW wing, it has become a serious player in the automotive market, bringing forward some of the most underrated vehicles of the last decade or so.

The Skoda Enyaq is their electric SUV and in our opinion is one of the best on the market. As we found, it also scored incredibly well in 5 out of the 7 review sites we looked at too.

The Plus Points

What Car Well priced | Extremely practical | Comfortable and easy to drive
Car Buyer Versatile Interior | Good value | Spacious
Carwow Spacious cabin and huge boot | Decent to drive with good range | Very good all-rounder
Driving Electric Very spacious | Two battery options | Excellent refinement
Parkers Clever Design makes for a roomy interior | The claimed battery range | Good value for money

As with the Audi and the VW Id.4 – the spacious interior, comfort and drive make it an excellent electric SUV to choose from. 

One of the reviews also comments that this isn’t just a VW with a different badge. It feels like a car in it’s own right, with it’s own personality. In some ways, it uses the basis of the VW and offers a slightly better version of it with a more luxurious interior. 

WHAT STOPS IT GETTING 5/5?

The top models can be a little pricey, whilst some reviews point out that if you are wanting a more sportier drive, this probably isn’t the one you’d go for.

OUR VERDICT

In all honesty, I thought the Enyaq might come out on top. It’s a great all-rounder and offers excellent value for money. 

When I realised what came above it though in the top 5, it was hard to argue with those choices. 

All of which means, in the Enyaq, you would be switching into a great, spacious, easy to drive, value for money electric SUV. Also, if I was offered either this, the Audi or the VW Id.4 – the enyaq is also the one I’d choose.

To find out more about the Skoda Enyaq visit our vehicle guide.

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No. 2 – Jaguar i-Pace (Averaged 4.76 / 5)

When you think “electric” and “SUV”, Jaguar might not be the first manufacturer that springs to mind. But, the Jaguar i-Pace featured in all 7 review articles, scoring incredibly well in each one. 

The Plus Points

Here are the main plus points of the Jaguar i-Pace from the reviews we looked at;

What Car Big range between charges | Entertaining handling | Comfortable ride
Car Magazine Excellent interior | Excellent range | Cutting-edge engineering
CarBuyer Impressive real-world range | Great to drive | Smart interior
Carwow Fun to drive | Good sized boot | Plush, high-tech cabin
Driving Electric Good standard equipment | Great handling | Striking looks and performance
AutoExpress  Brilliant performance | Surprisingly practical | Impressive range
Parkers Claimed range of up to 292 miles | Rapid charge times, roomy interior | Impressive handling and performance

The Jaguar i-Pace ticks so many boxes it is almost perfection. Jaguar’s electric SUV is exciting to drive and capable of decent range for it’s performance, and yet offers incredible practicality and is a really luxurious place to be for driver and passengers alike.

In some ways, it’s the surprise package of the top 5 electric SUVs – simply because Jaguar has spent so long at the top of the saloon car tree. But the reviews simply love this car.

WHAT STOPS IT BEING THE BEST?

Quite simply, it’s the pricing. The price of the i-Pace means this amazing car won’t be an option for everyone.

OUR VERDICT

If money was no object, the Jaguar i-Pace would probably be the one I’d go for out of the 5. It literally has it all – but that comes at a premium. A truly phenomenal car, but it’s pricing also means it isn’t the “best” electric SUVs…

Find out more about the Jaguar i-Pace in our vehicle guide.

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No. 1 – Kia e-Niro (Averaged 4.83 / 5)

Surprised? Well you shouldn’t be.

For a while now Kia have been serious car manufacturers, producing high-quality cars. The Kia e-Niro is not only one of the best electric SUVs, but arguably one of the best EVs full-stop. And to back it up, the Kia e-Niro featured in all 7 reviews we looked at and scored remarkably well across the board, sneaking just ahead of the Jaguar. 

The Plus Points

What Car Winner of WhatCar of the Year Award | Excellent range | Extremely affordable
Car Magazine Excellent range | Reasonably priced | Well equipped and well built
CarBuyer Long battery range | Very Practical | Well equipped
Carwow Impressive driving range | Roomy for a family | Kia’s 7 year/100,000 mile warranty
Driving Electric Long real-world range | Comfortable and practical | Bells-and-whistles equipment list
AutoExpress  Great real-world range | Excellent value for money | Impressive performance
Parkers High standard spec | Brilliant infotainment | Long range

All of the reviews agree that this isn’t just a great electric SUV, it’s one of the best cars out there.

It ticks all the boxes for range, charge times, equipment, drive quality, interior space for a family, ease of use and price.

When all those boxes are ticked, then it’s hard to look past it – but when you factor in Kia’s 7 year warranty, then it starts to become a complete no-brainer.

What stops it getting 5/5?

One of the reviews admitted that if you were looking for a vehicle that comfortably fits 5 adults in, then e-Niro wouldn’t be for you – and whilst fair enough, let’s be honest, how often is that needed?

The other argument would be that there are better looking cars out there – but ultimately, it’s not an “ugly” car, and beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Our Verdict

The Kia e-Niro is a worthy winner. It is all the things the reviews say – and more. It might not be an obvious choice (most people would have said a Tesla would be the winner – particularly after our teasing lead picture at the top of the article!) but when you sit and think about which car is very good at everything AND reasonably priced – the Kia e-Niro really is the best electric SUV.

Find out more about the Kia e-Niro in our Vehicle Guide.

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How the EV Charging Grant Schemes Will Change for Homes & Workplaces in 2022.

With the dark nights now with us and the likelihood of poorer weather, Autumn and Winter are the seasons that drivers of all vehicles should take even more care in. As there is a chance of it raining or snowing, drivers should be prepared for harder journeys and here is a guide for driving in Winter Conditions and how to minimise the risk of having an accident.

4 Tips for Driving in Rainy conditions

  1. Stopping distances need to be twice the amount as normal. Tyre treads should be at least 3mm and air pressure per the manufacturers recommendations.
  2. Drive smoothly, brake gently and use dipped headlights
  3. If a road is flooded, avoid the deepest water near the curb or avoid completely if possible
  4. If your vehicle starts to aquaplane, take your foot off the accelerator and slow down to let the tyres make contact with the road surface.

11 Top Tips for Driving in Snow/ice conditions

  1. It is recommended that you leave yourself more time to prepare before setting off in your vehicle in poor conditions and this should include a check that your lights are working, clean and muck free.
  2. Make sure that your windscreen is fully clear of muck, snow or ice.
  3. Do not start the trip until snow and ice is cleared off all other windows and your mirrors and ensure that your windows are demisted.
  4. Be mindful of snow sliding down on your windscreen during braking so clear snow off the vehicle roof before you set off.
  5. Rear wheel drive vehicles operate better on snow and ice if there is additional weight in the boot of the car.
  6. Ensure that your vehicle battery is in good condition as battery problems are the most common cause of winter breakdowns.
  7. Regular maintenance/inspection should become part of your routine eg make sure there is windscreen washer fluid in the windscreen wash reservoir to prevent the water freezing.
  8. Plan your route in advance allowing for more major roads as these are often gritted or clearer.
  9. Listen to weather forecasts and travel bulletins.
  10. Adjust your schedule to allow for longer travelling times.
  11. Keep an ice scraper and de–icer in the vehicle so you can clear the windscreen.

Thank you to Kevan Naughton from B&M Insurance Brokers of Bury. To get a competitive quote on your fleet insurance, visit the B&M Insurance website by clicking the button below.

 

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Changes to EV Charging Grant Schemes for Homes & Workplaces from 2022.

Changes to EV Charging Grant Schemes for Homes & Workplaces from 2022.

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Changes to EV Charging Grant Schemes for Homes & Workplaces from 2022.

How the EV Charging Grant Schemes Will Change for Homes & Workplaces in 2022.

OZEV – the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles have announced there will be significant changes from April 2022 for the Home & Workplace EV Charging grant schemes. 

In broad terms, the changes can have significant implications for small businesses as well as home owners, landlords and those in the accommodation sector.

Here are some of the main criteria and changes coming in from 1st April 2022.

For the Workplace

  • A grant of up to £350 is available per socket
  • A maximum grant of up to £14,000 is permitted
  • Applicants must be registered with Companies House or have a VAT registration
  • Workplaces must be able to provide private parking reserved for staff or fleet use only

For small accommodation businesses and charities

  • A grant of up to £350 grant is available per socket
  • A maximum grant of up to £14,000 is permitted with a limit of 40 applications
  • Applicants must be a registered charity or, if an accommodation business, employ less than 250 employees
  • Accommodation providers and charities must be able to provide off-street parking but staff and visitors are permitted to use the charge points

For owners of commercially let properties

  • A grant of up to £350 is available per socket
  • A maximum grant of up to £35,000 is permitted with a limit of 100 applications
  • Applicants must be a registered business or a public authority. If they are a private entity, they may be registered with Companies House, have a VAT registration, or be a private registered provider of social housing
  • The property must be a commercially let unit and have associated parking with it
  • The charge point must be installed in private parking space that is reserved for staff or fleet use only

For SMEs

  • A grant of up to £850 is available per parking bay
  • A maximum grant of up to £15,000 is permitted per building with a limit of 5 applications
  • Grants will also be given towards supporting infrastructure to allow a charge point to be installed at a later date, up to £500 per bay is available
  • Applicants must be a registered with Companies House or have a VAT registration
  • Businesses must employ less than 250 employees
  • The charge point must be installed with private parking
  • A minimum of five bays should be set aside for EV charging however only one must have a charge point installed

OZEV Home charge scheme – for homeowners.

For employees who are looking at getting EV charging systems at their home, then there are changes to the current criteria which they need to bear in mind. 

The current criteria is; 

  • A grant of £350 is available towards the cost of a charge point
  • Applicants must have a qualifying electric vehicle
  • Applicants must have off-street parking
  • Only one application is allowed per person
  • The scheme will run until 31 March 2022. Charge points must be installed by this date with claims submitted by 30 April 2022.

The fact that the Homecharge Scheme for home owners with off-street parking will cease from April is an indicator that the domestic market is starting to bed in without the support – and that this support can go to other priorities.

Instead, it will now focus more on building owners.  By providing provisions for landlords, social housing and owners of apartment blocks to apply – the onus away from the individual flat owner and opens the scheme to those living in these types of accommodation.

What does this all mean for business fleets?

In a nutshell – the electrification of vehicles is gathering momentum and these revised guidelines should help give more access to the schemes for businesses. 

Other changes, such as the improvement of the process by the removing of aspects of paperwork in favour of online portals will (should) speed things up.

Overall though – the opportunities for commercial fleets to help minimise the costs of switching to electric are there right now – and look to be so in the mid-term to.

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What are the best 5 Small Electric Cars

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Overall Average Score for the Best 5 Small Electric Cars

Whether we like it or not, choosing an electric vehicle is a choice we will all have to make sooner or later. To help ease the burden, we are putting together a series of articles to help you make better choices without trawling the internet. First up we’re looking at the small electric cars currently available.

To work out which ones are the best, we have taken a cross-sample of SEVEN of the most prominent review sites when searching for “small electric cars” on Google. We have then worked out an average of all the scores handed to all the small cars across these website and come up with an Overall Average Score  – giving us our top 5 based on the results.

So strap yourself in and find out which are the best 5 small electric cars out there at the moment….

No. 5 – Peugeot e-208 (Averaged 4.10 / 5)

Peugeot e-208

The Peugeot e-208 is one of the more established small electric cars currently on the road and it featured prominently in the “best of” reviews we looked at (5 of the 7).

The Plus Points

In the reviews where the Peugeot e-208 featured, the main plus points highlighted are;

AutoExpress Youthful, energetic and familiar feel | Easy to Charge | Good to drive | Excellent looks | Tech-savvy interior
AutoCar Good usable battery range | Pleasant, generally inviting interior | Performance and drivability | Comfortable ride
Parkers Handsome design and styling | Familiar driving experience | Reassuring range | Identical practicality
TopGear Looks | Interior | Better range than most electric superminis
CarBuyer Low running costs | Stylish design | Punchy performance

The common themes here being the stylish looks, it’s familiarity, it’s interior and the element of fun it brings in it’s driving performance.

Other complimentary comments

What Stops It Being The Best?

From the reviews we checked though – there were 2 things that seemed to be holding it back compared to the other leaders in it’s class; it’s range (WLTP range is 211 miles) and slightly limited space in the rear.

Our Verdict

If you are looking for small electric car then the Peugeot e-208 is a great choice if you need something stylish, with low running costs, that is tech-savy, easy to charge and predominantly for localised use. 

Find out more about the Peugeot e-208 models on our vehicle guide.

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No. 4 – Honda e (Averaged 4.18 / 5)

honda e

The Honda e will perhaps be the “surprise package” of the bunch for many (and it certainly was to us!) It featured in 4 of the “best of” articles we looked at – and it’s high scores across the reviews means it features in our this top 5.

The Plus Points

For the reviews that we looked at – the main plus points were;

AutoCar Stylish | Genuine Compactness | Urban Agility | Zippy performance
DrivingElectric.com Great to drive | Packed with equipment | Striking looks inside and out
Top Gear A dash like no other | Irresistible looks | Tidy handling | Excellent City driving
CarBuyer Charming retro looks | Nippy acceleration | Hi-tech interior

The retro looks inside and out of the Honda e mean that it stands out – and in the case of the reviews we looked at – for all the right reasons. Another stand-out factor was how well the car drives and handles in city driving conditions. The tech features also garnished a positive response.

WHAT STOPS IT BEING THE BEST?

There are a couple of main factors which impact on the Honda e’s scoring, stopping it from scooping the best small electric car plaudits. These are chiefly it’s price (compared to others in it’s field) it’s range and it’s lack of space in the rear and boot.

Our Verdict

Ironically, the looks are the one thing that would put us off. However, looks are subjective and the quality build and performance – especially around town – make this a great small electric car for localised use. 

The range could be an issue if you need to venture further afield – but for businesses where the day-to-day journeys are under 30 miles, the Honda e is a reliable, strong performer, packed full of great kit.

Find out more about the Honda e in our vehicle guide.

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No. 3 – BMW i3 (Averaged 4.39 / 5)

BMW i3

The BMW i3 is pretty much an antique in the world of electric cars. First surfacing almost a decade ago now, it would be easy to think the i3 has stood still. Well, it hasn’t…and it featured prominently in 4 of the “best of” reviews we looked at.

The PLus Points

AutoCar Genuinely innovative design | Brilliantly responsive in town | Excellent to drive
HeyCar Great to Drive | Decent Range | Eye-catching design | Feels BMW quality
Parkers Futuristic style | Smooth, electric drive | Excellent acceleration | Tight turning circle
TopGear Design | Great to drive | Easily seat 4 people

BMW’s small electric car comes with heaps of praise across the reviews. It’s drive, it’s interior and it’s sense of space (for a small car) are all common themes.

For a car that is designed to whizz about the city and local areas, the drive is generally described as unlike anything else (in one case it is claimed to be the best EV to drive until you hit the Tesla’s.)

WHAT STOPS IT BEING THE BEST?

It’s badge – or should I say, the premium that comes with it’s badge. For a car this good you will have to be prepared to pay for it. The question is can you get something nearly as good for less cost if cost is the overall deciding factor.

OUR VERDICT

The BMW i3 might be the “old guard” of the small electric car world, but not many of the “new guard” have captured it’s drive quality yet. The i3’s recent refreshes are keeping it amongst the leaders in it’s field. With an interior quality to match the drive quality you are getting a lot of car. It’s whether you are willing to pay the price for that.

Find out more about the BMW i3 in our vehicle guide.

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No. 2 – Fiat 500 Electric (Averaged 4.47 / 5)

Fiat 500 electric

The Fiat 500 is one of the most popular small cars of all time, so it comes as little surprise that the electric version is too. So what are the reviews saying about this popular little car?

The plus Points

AutoExpress Great real world range | Value for money | Stylish
HeyCar Stylish & Retro Charm | Some versions will cover up to 199-miles on a single charge | Easy to Drive | Packed with useful tech
Parkers Wonderfully stylish | Quick & Fun to drive | Cheap to buy and run | Long range for a small car
DrivingElectric.com Fun to drive | Decent real-world range | Good value mid-range models

All of the reviews we looked at said the same about the Fiat 500 Electric – stylish, great value for money and great range for a small car – and when you have a small electric car ticking all of those boxes, it’s hard to look past it.

WHAT STOPS IT BEING THE BEST?

The scores couldn’t have been much closer between the Fiat 500 Electric and the no.1 car (revealed below) – but the reviews seem to feel the slight lack of rear space and practicality in the Fiat is the differentiating factor.

Our Verdict

As we’ve said, if you are looking for a stylish, retro feel small car that’s cheap to buy and then run – the Fiat 500 Electric is one of the best choices for local journeys – and a bit further afield if needed.

Find out more about the Fiat 500 Electric in our Vehicle Guide.

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No. 1 – Renault Zoe (Averaged 4.54 / 5)

Renault Zoe

And so, to the best small electric car on the market (based on average scores). The Renault Zoe.

One of the longest established EV’s on the market – the first version appearing in 2013 – the latest incarnation of the Zoe featured in all the “best of” reviews we looked at and highly in 5 of them – scoring really well across the board. So what makes the Zoe the stand-out small electric car?

THE plus POINTS

AutoExpress Refined and relaxing drive | Well equipped | Spacious cabin
Heycar Decent space inside | Excellent range | Slightly raised driving position | Excellent design features
DrivingElectric Smart interior with ethical materials | Loads of equipment | Long driving range
TopGear Efficiency and range | Stylish interior | Option to lease battery or buy outright | Free wallbox
CarBuyer Plenty of great deals available | Well equipped as standard | Up to 245-mile range

Like the Fiat 500 Electric, the Renault Zoe is affordable, well-equipped, stylish and comes with an excellent range (the best of the ones in the top 5 at 245miles). With practicality that pretty much matches the Clio, it just offers that little bit more than the others – literally. 

WHAT STOPS IT GETTING 5/5?

The top models can be a little pricey, whilst the fast-charging is an optional extra. However, with the amount of range and overall quality of the car, the Zoe scores the best across the board.

OUR VERDICT

The Renault Zoe is the best across the board, and on reflection – that’s about right. It doesn’t particularly ‘stand out’ above the others for style, or drive quality, or interior quality – but instead it just does EVERYTHING very well – and that’s enough to give it the highest scores.

And for this car, that’s about right.

It’s a very good small electric car and certainly the one out of these 5 that we would recommend.

To find out more about the Renault Zoe visit our vehicle guide.

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In-Depth Study Shows Why Tesla Are Seen As Market Leaders

If this was Family Fortunes and 100 people were surveyed and asked to “name an electric car” – we would wager the top answer would be a Tesla.

Over the last decade, the Californian company seem to have become synonymous with electric cars. Of course – as anyone who follows the exploits of their relentless CEO, Elon Musk, would testify – electric cars is just one of their many facets.

And yet Musk epitomises everything Tesla are about. Pushing boundaries, setting new parameters, and basically leaving their competitors trailing by always being 3 or 4 steps ahead. Whatever they turn their hand too – they are leaders.

At least this is the perception.

Does the reality match the perception though?

Well one company decided to take on the task and carry out an in-depth analysis into Tesla’s electric cars. We take a look at what they found.

The Research

It’s a mammoth task, but the sort of thing we love – and Cararac do too by the looks of it.

The research provides in-depth comparative analysis into various aspects of Tesla car performance compared to other EVs and Petrol/Diesel cars.

From driving range to energy consumption and many other power and performance stats such as Torque and Acceleration. It is pretty much the Tesla Bible.

In the research, in all, they analyzed 214 electric vehicles and here’s what they learnt in full.

The Results

On looking through the research there are several standout points that leap forward. Here’s what the main takeaway points are from the research.

Takeaway 1

Modern Tesla cars have 23.4% more power than the company’s first vehicles. 

In isolation this stat in its own right might not sound much – but it’s huge when you consider what it means in real terms. 

Firstly, adding almost a quarter more power to its vehicles over a decade shows considerable on-going improvement – that willingness to never settle and always be pushing its boundaries.

But equally importantly, it also shows they started off from quite a high base. They were getting a lot of things right from the very beginning.

Takeaway 2

Tesla EVs are 156.8% more powerful than the average petrol/diesel car.

One of the most interesting – and perhaps most surprising – aspects of the research is how the average Tesla model and average petrol /diesel car power stats compare. 

The average Horsepower for Tesla models is a whopping 446hp.  The average for petrol/diesel cars is just 173hp.

Takeaway 3

The average driving range of a Tesla car is 293 miles (471.1 km).

As always – when it comes to range, mileage can be affected by weather, weight being carried etc… but what you can see with this is that Tesla cars give you a lot of range for the level of performance.

The range varies across Tesla models from 190 miles to an impressive 603 miles – a figure many EV manufacturers have yet to achieve.

What was interesting here was that the newer vehicles offer more range and greater spec, but have larger batteries (almost doubling in size) and more weight. The batteries are just that much better – and will continue to be so as time moves on.

Takeaway 4

On average, Tesla vehicles accelerate 118.9% faster than ICE cars.

One of the main things that leapt out from the report was just how many things Tesla vehicles out-perform petrol/diesel cars.

This one though is pretty impressive.

The fastest Tesla – the Roadster 2 Gen – can reach 60mph in 1.9s, which is basically the time it takes to sneeze.

The slowest – the Cybertruck Single Motor – takes 6.5 seconds, which is far from sluggish. Infact, it puts it alongside the Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric – which also takes 6.5 seconds and a smidgeon behind the BMW i3 at 6.4 seconds.

In Summary

There is lots more interesting facts in the article and it really is a good read. If I was to be picky – and I’m generally not, but for the sake of it – then perhaps a section on cost comparisons would have been the icing on the cake – but not all cakes need icing.

This article provides a reminder at just how prominent Tesla are in the EV marketplace. They are deemed to be the “Godfathers” if you like – and when the evidence is presented in such a comprehensive way – it’s completely justified. 

If you want to know more about Tesla cars and what they are capable of, go and have a read.

 

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