Selecting an EV which is right for you requires careful comparison of the many models now available – with particular attention required for charging. 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. Models currently available new are under the respective EV and PHEV tabs, whilst those models no longer on sale new can be found in the Used tab below.
Audi’s e-tron competes in the premium EV SUV market, taking on the likes of Tesla, Jaguar, and Mercedes Benz.The first pure-electric model from Audi provides 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 also available as a sportier ‘s’ model.
DS 3 Crossback E-Tense
The DS 3 Crossback E-Tense packs a useful EV powertrain into its compact proportions, with a range of 200 miles available and ultra-rapid charging possible. It shares a platform with other PSA Group models from Vauxhall and Peugeot.
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, meaning the Ioniq Electric can easily be used as a family workhorse.
Hyundai Kona Electric
Hyundai’s Kona Electric is the first model to offer a true long-distance EV range at mass-market prices. Two battery sizes are available – the largest offering a 270+ mile range – with ultra-rapid charging possible on both.
Jaguar’s I-Pace is one of the most exciting EVs on the market, promising performance, and practicality in a premium package.With a range of around 300 miles, it’s not just a great EV, but a great car.
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 appeal to a number of buyers.
Kia Soul EV
The second-generation Kia Soul EV offers an excellent range for mass-market money. The spacious crossover provides providing nippy performance alongside a range or around 270 miles on a single charge.
Mercedes Benz EQC
The Mercedes Benz EQC kicks off the all-electric EQ sub-brand for the Stuttgart marque. The EQC has ultra-rapid charging and a range of around 260 miles on a charge to compete in the premium electric SUV market.
MG ZS EV
MG’s ZS EV is based on the ZS crossover, and is the company’s first pure-electric model. A range of more than 160 miles on a charge, low purchase cost, and good levels of practicality are sure to draw buyers in.
The Mini Electric is sure to prove a best-seller, combining the famous Mini handling and style with an electric powertrain. Although not class-leading, a range of more than 140 miles on a charge will prove plenty for most.
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’s battery, and is available in a range of seating configurations.
Nissan’s Leaf is the first EV to make it to second-generation status, bringing with it more range and increased power. Two models are available – a 40 kWh with 170 mile range, or Leaf e+ with 240 mile range.
The Peugeot e-208 brings an electric powertrain into the mainstream 208 line-up – and it’s proving popular. Stylish, and with plenty of pace, the Peugeot e-208 will cover 211 miles on a single charge.
Renault’s Zoe has received a powertrain upgrade, boosting range and performance. With a class leading range, the Zoe Z.E.50 will cover up to 245 miles on a charge, and now has CCS rapid charging as an option.
Smart EQ forfour
Smart’s EQ forfour has much of the agility of the two-door Smart fortwo, but with added practicality in the shape of rear seats. Add in an electric range of around 70 miles, and it makes for a great urban runabout.
Smart EQ fortwo
The Smart EQ fortwo range sees both models – coupe and cabrio – available as a pure-EVs. Compact and ideal for urban driving, Smart’s EQ fortwo line-up will cover around 70 miles on a single charge.
Tesla Model 3
Tesla’s Model 3 is the entry-point to the popular EV brand’s line-up. Despite being smaller and cheaper than the Model S, the Tesla Model 3 still features a long range and plenty of performance, regardless of version.
Tesla Model S
The Tesla Model S is a champion for the EV market. Spacious and featuring a minimalist interior, the Model S offers supercar-baiting performance, and is one of the most famous EVs around.
Tesla Model X
Tesla’s Model X has all the power, performance, and just about all the range of its Model S stablemate, but with added practicality. The spacious SUV is the pick of the practical EVs, and offers a range of seating options.
The Vauxhall Corsa-e sees the British brand offer a pure-electric version of the best-selling supermini for the first time.Sharing systems with the Peugeot and DS EVs, the Corsa-e features a range of more than 200 miles.
Volvo XC40 Recharge
Volvo’s XC40 Recharge is the company’s first EV, having already added PHEVs to its range.Based on the popular XC40, the pure-electric Recharge version features a range of 249 miles and ultra-rapid charging.
VW’s e-Golf has benefited from battery and equipment upgrades, increasing range to 140+ miles. As such it is one of the best EVs around; offering all the attributes of a’normal’ Golf, with the benefits of EV motoring.
BMW’s 225xe is the only MPV available as a PHEV, matching interior practicality to plug-in performance. The 225xe is one of a range of BMW electric vehicles, but is the most family-friendly PHEV offered by the German marque.
BMW’s 330e has quickly become one of the best-selling plug-in cars in the UK. Combining the usual class-leading features of the 3 Series with an electric powertrain has produced an excellent PHEV with very low running costs.
BMW’s 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, and improved performance and efficiency.
Hyundai Ioniq PHEV
Hyundai’s Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid is part of the Ioniq electrified triumvirate. A practical and highly-efficient family car, the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid is 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 executive model’s established attributes with a plug-in powertrain An excellent company car, the C 350e is offered as either a saloon or estate, one of only a few PHEVs available with different body styles.
The Mini Countryman Cooper S E blends compact SUV looks with a PHEV powertrain – covering two popular themes with buyers. Sharing PHEV components with BMW’s 225xe, the Mini Countryman Cooper S E is a good first plug-in model from the brand.
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
Mitsubishi’s Outlander PHEV is the UK’s best-selling plug-in car. A hugely popular model, the Outlander PHEV offers a versatile powertrain, lots of space & 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 Prius but with greater focus on the electric powertrain, the Prius Plug-In works better when driven as an EV than as a hybrid.
Volvo XC90 T8
The Volvo XC90 is a popular PHEV, 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. Following a range refresh that boosted kit and reduced prices, the popular Golf GTE is able to be driven like an EV or hot-hatch.
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 i3 REX
The BMW i3 REX has gone through a series of updates over the years. Available with two different batteries, 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.
Kia Soul EV Mk I
The first generation Kia Soul EV combins practicality with a stylish crossover design<./br> Alongside a natural suitability for urban driving, motorway performance was 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.
Nissan Leaf MkI
The Nissan Leaf is the best-selling pure-EV in the world, with the first-generation also one of the most famous.Available with two different battery sizes – initially 24 kWh and then 30 kWh – the Leaf brought electric motoring to the masses.
Small, light, and electric, the VW e-up! makes a great city car. The nimble and compact VW up! is made better with an electric powertrain, with nippy performance, rapid-charge capabilities, and a range of around 80 miles on a charge.
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.