Electric Cars – To help you on your search, we’ve compiled a list of the eight best used electric cars for 2021 shoppers.
List of Electric Cars
01. Porsche Taycan
This is Porsche’s first all-electric vehicle, which was previewed in 2015 by the Mission E concept.
First, let’s get a few things out of the way. Despite Porsche’s titanic engineering attempts to improve electric car technology – which, as I’ll try to understand, it has – the Taycan remains an electric vehicle. That means it also has drawbacks in 2021, including range (280 miles for the Turbo if you drive like a learner), charging time (5 to 80% in 22.5 minutes if you can find one of the relatively few DC chargers capable of delivering 270KW in Europe), and weight (2.3 tonnes).
When solid-state batteries become available in a few years, Stefan Weckbach, the guy in charge of supplying the Taycan, expects that you’ll be able to buy a Taycan with the same power output and range as this one, but 400kg smaller. For the time being, the Taycan is at the very limits of what is conceivable.
It’s also slower to 62 mph, has a shorter range, and costs more than a Tesla Model S P100D. Thank you, Teslerati, for noticing that once every 14 seconds since the Taycan debuted. Numbers, though, aren’t anything. Although Weckbach claims to have driven every electric vehicle on the market, he maintains that the only benchmark that mattered was having it drive as closely as possible to a Porsche 911.
Weckbach insists that while he’s driven every EV on the market, the only benchmark that mattered was making it drive as much like a 911 as possible. Aim for the moon and all that. So, starting from a very blank piece of paper in mid-2014, this is what Porsche has come up with
02. Tesla Model 3
“Everything Tesla has done up to this stage has been oriented toward the Model 3 – a fully affordable mass-market electric vehicle – but it will all be for naught if the car fails to produce. But the question is: do I want one after spending a day with it? Is it desirable enough to entice not only early adopters and tree-hugging progressives out of their gasoline and diesel-fueled vehicles, but even the general public? The response is a resounding yes, thanks to a car that is genuinely well-engineered under the hype.”
03. Honda e
The Urban EV Concept became a legend, and the legend became a prototype, which became the tiniest, most coveted car since the Suzuki Jimny. The Honda e is Honda’s first mass-market, pure-electric car (yes, Honda dabbled with the EV Plus in 1997, but only 350 were built), and we want one.
Honda is clearly not following Tesla with this one; the dimensions are Fiat 500-plus-a-bit, broader than a Jazz but smaller when you remember it lacks wing mirrors. This is pretty much a city errand. With a range of 137 miles, you won’t want to go too far out of town, but there are 134bhp and 152bhp models available, all with good fuel economy.
A range of 137-miles means you won’t want to stray too far from town, but a choice of 134bhp and 152bhp versions, both with decent performance especially up to 30mph, a chassis that’s been shown some of Honda’s handling love and a configurable driving experience mean it’s not out of its depth if you fancy a ‘proper’ drive… and have the battery to spare.
04. Polestar 2
A new electric vehicle from a new electric vehicle manufacturer. Polestar was once Volvo’s racing arm, but it’s now a stand-alone electric subsidiary owned by Volvo and its Chinese parent company, Geely. Its vehicles are assembled in China and sold all over the world.
Although Polestar’s first homebrew project was a stunning £140,000 plug-in hybrid, this is where things get serious. The 1 was a one-of-a-kind news grabber. This is the Polestar 2, a full-fledged production car built to help Polestar develop itself as a major player in the EV market. It’s actually shooting for the largest target of them all: the Tesla Model 3.
05. Hyundai Kona Electric
When the Hyundai Kona Electric went on sale in 2018, the EV world had changed. Since right-hand drive Tesla Model 3s were already a long way off, the only EVs with more than 200 miles of range on sale were the Tesla Model S, Model X, Jaguar I-Pace, and Audi e-tron, both of which cost £70,000 (or more).
Then the Koreans arrived with the Kia e-Niro and now the Hyundai Kona Electric. Two little, front-wheel-drive crossover SUVs – obviously – with a claimed range of nearly 300 miles for less than £30,000.That was almost unbeatable back then, and there’s even more to come (the VW ID.3 will soon get a 77kWh battery with a range of up to 336 miles, for example).
That was all but unbeatable back then, and even now there’s a bit more choice (and more to come – the VW ID.3 will soon get a 77kWh battery with up to 336 miles of range, for example) and prices have gone up slightly, you’ll struggle to go further on a charge for less money.