Selecting an EV which is right for you requires careful comparison of the many models now available. To complicate matters, various EV models can charge at different slow and rapid speeds depending on what on-board charger has been fitted, with some plug-in hybrids unable to rapid charge. Battery capacities also have a significant influence on charging speeds, with larger EV batteries more likely to require rapid charging.
To help you understand the strengths of each particular EV model, we’ve created a number of EV charging guides for the UK’s best selling electric vehicles. The guides cover all aspects of charging an EV, including vehicle range, charging inlets, charging times, charging costs, and how to charge each model.
Click on any of the EV models below to view its charging guide.
The Audi e-tron looks set to compete in the premium EV SUV market, taking on the likes of Tesla, Jaguar, and soon Mercedes Benz. The e-tron badge is used for the first time on a pure-electric model, with a range of around 250 miles available on a single charge.
BMW’s i3 is now on its second battery upgrade, which has seen the capacity double since the original was launched. Offering a competitive range and sharp driving experience, the i3 is available as a sportier ‘s’ model, and previously as a range-extended REX.
Hyundai Ioniq Electric
The Hyundai Ioniq Electric is a practical family car that just happens to be electric. A good range allows for decent long-distance EV-ing too, meaning the Ioniq Electric can reasonably be used as a family workhorse.
Hyundai Kona Electric
Hyundai’s Kona Electric is the first model to offer a long-distance EV range at mass-market prices. Two battery sizes are available, the largest offering a 270+ mile range, with both models able to charge at up to 100 kW.
Jaguar’s I-Pace is one of the most exciting EVs on the market, promising performance, comfort, and practicality – all in a premium package. With a range of around 300 miles, Tesla has competition.
The Kia e-Niro is a key model, offering the sort of long range usually found in premium EVs, but for mass-market money. Practical, and with a range of more than 280 miles, the e-Niro will tempt a number of buyers into EVs.
Kia Soul EV
Kia’s Soul EV combines a practical crossover car with nippy electric drive. Motorway performance is a particular strength, with the Kia resisting a plummeting range when driven at higher speeds.
Mercedes Benz B 250e
The Mercedes Benz B 250e is a practical MPV with an all-electric powertrain. Spacious inside and able to cover more than 100 miles, the B 250e is not rapid charge capable, but a good option as a cheap-to-run runabout.
The Nissan e-NV200 is rare in the sense that you can buy the EV as either an MPV or van. Extremely practical, the e-NV200 shares the Nissan Leaf powertrain, and can seat up to seven, though it is available in a range of configurations.
Nissan’s Leaf 40kWh is the first EV to make it to second-generation status, bringing with it more range, increased power, and added refinement. It’s a big step forward, and will keep Nissan at the top of the sales board for some time to come.
Nissan Leaf MkI
The Nissan Leaf is the best-selling pure-EV in the world, and the first-generation model is also one of the most famous. Available with two different battery sizes, the Leaf brought electric vehicles to the masses.
Renault’s Zoe has one of the longest ranges of any mass-market EV around. The popular supermini has a range of around 200-250 miles achievable on a single charge, and Renault keeps developing it too.
Smart forfour ED
Smart’s forfour ED has much of the agility and compact footprint of the two-door Smart fortwo, but with added practicality in the shape of rear doors and seats. Add in an electric range of around 100 miles, and it makes for a great urban runabout.
Smart fortwo ED
The Smart fortwo ED range sees both the two-door models – coupe and cabrio – available as a pure-EV. Compact and ideal for urban driving, Smart’s fortwo ED line-up will cover around 100 miles on a single charge, with a choice of two charging options.
Tesla Model S
The stylish Tesla Model S is the long-distance champion for the EV market. The Model S also offers supercar-baiting performance, and is one of the most famous EVs in the world.
Tesla Model X
Tesla’s Model X has just about all the power, range, and performance of its Model S stablemate, but with added practicality. The SUV is the pick of the practical EVs.
The VW e-Golf has benefited from a battery and equipment upgrade. As such it is one of the best EVs around; offering all the attributes of the ‘normal’ Golf, with the benefits of EV motoring.
Small, light, and electric, the VW e-up! makes a great city car. The nimble and compact up! is made better with an electric powertrain, and provides miles of smiles when driven in town.
Audi A3 e-tron
Audi’s A3 e-tron is a true premium hatchback – a quality product that combines practicality with comfort and refinement. With its PHEV powertrain, it adds low running costs and the ability to complete shorter trips on electric power alone.
BMW’s 225xe is the only MPV available as a PHEV, matching interior practicality to plug-in performance. Coming under the iPerformance banner, the 225xe is one of a wide range of BMW electric vehicles, but is certainly the most family-friendly model offered by the German marque.
BMW’s 330e has quickly become one of the best-selling plug-in cars in the UK. Combining all the usual class-leading features of the 3 Series with an electric powertrain has produced an excellent saloon with the potential for very low running costs.
The BMW 530e has rapidly shot up the UK electric vehicle sales charts. The PHEV version of one of the best executive saloons around is popular with company car drivers, with a good electric range available thanks to a larger battery than many other iPerformance models.
BMW i3 REX
The BMW i3 REX has gone through a series of updates over the years, and continues to evolve and improve. Available with longer range, and in either standard i3 or sporty i3s spec, the BMW provides an engaging drive – with the ‘safety net’ of an on-board generator to top up the batteries.
Hyundai Ioniq PHEV
Hyundai’s Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid is the last of the three Ioniq models launched, completing the electrified range. A practical and highly-efficient family car, the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid immediately became a strong choice in a competitive PHEV market, with a good electric range and easy-to-drive nature.
Mercedes Benz C 350e
The Mercedes Benz C 350e combines the comfortable executive model’s established attributes with a plug-in powertrain to create an excellent company car. Available as either a saloon or estate, the C 350e is one of just a few PHEVs that can be specified with different body styles.
The Mini Countryman Cooper S E blends compact SUV looks with a PHEV powertrain – covering two popular elements of the UK car market. Sharing PHEV components with BMW’s 225xe iPerformance, the Mini Countryman Cooper S E is a good first plug-in model from the brand.
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is the UK’s best-selling plug-in car, and by some distance too. A hugely popular model, the Outlander PHEV offers a combination of a versatile powertrain, lots of load space and practicality, and good value for money – both in terms of purchase and running costs.
Toyota Prius Plug-In
The Toyota Prius Plug-In is one of the most efficient PHEVs on sale in the UK, building on the conventional hybrid Prius but with greater focus on the electric powertrain. In fact, the Prius Plug-In works better when driven as an EV than as a hybrid, and has plenty of range to make the most of that fact.
Volvo XC90 T8
The Volvo XC90 is one of the UK’s most popular plug-in cars, and the stylish SUV hasn’t gained sales with looks alone. Lots of space and refinement combined with a good electric-only range and low running costs have won buyers over – despite plenty of competition.
VW Golf GTE
VW’s Golf GTE helps make the Golf line-up one of the most versatile around. The PHEV Golf GTE has proved very popular following a range refresh that boosted kit and reduced prices. Able to be driven like an EV or hot-hatch, the Golf GTE is a car for all situations.
EV Charging at Home
Having a charge point at home is generally essential for EV owners. The Zap-Map guide provides info on suppliers and government grants as well as an overview of the latest offers and prices.
EV Charging at Work
Whether you are an EV fleet owner or an employee charging at work has many benefits. The Zap-Map guide provides businesses and employees details on the key suppliers, grants and offers available.