The benefits of electric vehicle technology are, at present, partly offset by the limited nature of the battery the range of the offer, as well as the extra weight of these packs.
These obstacles are less of a barrier for small cars that will be mainly used for short trips in cities, it is somewhat surprising that a number of sedans are among the most successful EVs to date. This list of features pure electric cars along with a small number of transponders, equipped with a small back-up gasoline engine.
We have taken into account factors such as the range and user-friendliness, driving dynamics and affordability. The relatively high cost of purchase of EVs compared to normal cars can compensate for the lower operating costs, it is therefore important to evaluate what type of car that suits you first. But if you are looking for a small EV, these are the ones that we recommend.
1. BMW i3
The i3 has a rare quality for an electric car: an ability to appeal to people who love driving cars, especially in i3S form. While the i3 is short-form can make them nervous on the highways, its spritely handling ensures that it develops in the urban environment, it is designed for.
It is thanks to its innovative carbon fiber-reinforced plastic body, which ensures that the car is remarkably clear. The 168bhp electric motor (mounted to 181bhp for the i3S) provides maximum torque from zero revolutions, and although its top speed is 99mph, its strong performance to happen, there would be no shame in the hot hatchback.
That said, the extraction of the performance has an impact on the electric car, which in our tests varied between 68 and 94 km.
Opt for the range-extender version, which adds a two-cylinder motorcycle engine and can achieve around 150 miles without having to add power, turn the i3 into a truly viable go-anywhere vehicle.
2. Volkswagen e-Golf
Perhaps the biggest complement you can pay the e-Golf is that it feels a lot like any other Golf. It occupies the same dimensions as the other seventh-generation five-door models and, except for a slight reduction of start-up because of the floor space of lithium-ion batteries, is also very practical.
The e-Golf is powered by a 134bhp engine that delivers 199lb ft of torque, with a 24.2 kWh battery has a range of up to 186 km. It might not be as usable as the Nissan Leaf, or as entertaining of a BMW i3, but the e-Golf is a great EV, which is delivered with the Polish and the standard that you expect from any Volkswagen.
It is also easy to use and without compromise, as any mass-market, pure-electric car can be at this time.
3. Renault Zoe
The Zoe is a viable option as an everyday vehicle when it was offered with a battery of 22kWh with a 150-mile range, and that the practice has been strengthened by a new 41kWh option which has claimed 250 miles.
The Zoe offers exceptional value for money compared to its competitors, and is also pleasant to drive, quiet and chic, but with a little lead feel.
The battery lease allows you to spread the cost, and the price includes the installation of a fast-charge port, you cannot charge the Zoe on a standard three-pin plug. That aside, the Zoe is a perfect entry point into the EV of the property.
4. Hyundai Ioniq
The Hyundai Ioniq is a versatile platform, with electric, gasoline-electric and plug-in hybrid powertains.
The EV version without independent multi-link rear suspension of the other, in order to pack in a larger battery the lithium-ion battery to give a claimed range of about 174 km.
The Ioniq EV produced just 118bhp, but with 218lb ft of torque and can reach 62mph in less than 10 seconds. Driving dynamics are not bad, but don’t set your pulse racing: the steering has reasonable weight, but is a bit vague, and it is a car more happy to be pushed to its limits.
As EVs go, the Ioniq is convenient and of good value and worth considering against rivals such as the Nissan Leaf and the BMW i3.
5. Opel Ampera-e
The original of the Ampera has been a range-extender with separate gasoline engine, but it has now been transformed into a smaller one, and a purely electrical machine.
It includes a high-capacity battery pack with 288 cells for the delivery of a 60kWh, enough for a class-leading claimed range of 323 km (236 miles on more realistic WLTP tests).
The seating position is MINIVAN-top, the interior is elegant and there is good rear leg room and a decent 381-litre boot. With 201bhp and 266lb ft of torque, it is fun to drive, and it is a good value for the money.
The catch? He is currently the European market; if it comes from the UK, it is unlikely until 2019.
6. The Nissan Leaf
The original version of Nissan’s electric hatchback has just been replaced by a newer model â€“ a well-timed move, since the 2011 version, it starts to show its age.
At its launch, it has moved the EV with a claimed range of 124 km, an increase of 155 km with a 30kWh battery pack in 2016, and it is at a good price.
It is a force of city car, with ample space for a family of four, but his age shows against better treatment, better execution of his rivals.
7. Kia Soul EV
Based on the conventionally powered version of the Soul hatchback, the EV gets revised styling and a reworked, more rigid structure.
The only trim option includes a 8.0 touch screen and other features. The power is provided by a 27kWh battery, yielding a range of 132 miles for the 109bhp electric motor.
The whole package feels dated: he does not drive or handle brilliantly, and it is not much cheaper than the new rivals with a larger range and dynamic capacity.
8. Volkswagen e-Up
As with the e-Golf, Volkswagen has founded the EV of the existing town car, in order to reduce costs by sharing parts.
And driving the e-Up feels familiar to those familiar with the classic version: the 81bhp engine is at the front, and the extra weight of 230kg, from 18.7 kWh battery has no impact on the ride, even if the management lack of sensation. Claimed range of 75 to 100 miles.
Mechanically well executed, but the compact size makes it expensive.
9. Peugeot IOn / CitroÃ«n C-Zero
These are renamed versions of the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, which dates back to the early days of the production of electric vehicles.
They are cleverly packaged, and don’t compromise on the things that make city cars useful: they have four doors, room for four occupants and decent boots.
But they show their age, with a top speed of 88mph and a real-world range of around 93 miles.
10. Smart ForTwo ED / Smart ForFour ED
Smart is the only one to offer a convertible electrical, in the framework of three components, which includes the four-seater, four-door ForFour.
But its ambitions and its capacities are limited by the size and the price, and claimed 95 miles does not rank alongside the EV class leaders.
It is also hampered by below-par handling and unstable, ride, issues which also affect non-electric Smart models.