UK electric car grant: Which electric cars can you buy in 2019 using the government’s £3,500 grant?

Sian Bayley
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UK electric car grant: Which electric cars can you buy in 2019 using the government’s £3,500 grant?

With ULEZ now in action and the government pushing for electric vehicles, many motorists are left wondering where they should look for their next car.

The government’s decision to change which cars are eligible for the plug-in car grant, excluding many plug-in hybrid models, has also caused confusion. Future London takes a look at some of the best electric cars you can buy using the government’s maximum £3,500 grant.

Tesla Model 3

The Model 3 is Tesla's cheapest range (Tesla)

Tesla is often synonymous with a hefty price tag, but their new Model 3 Standard Range starts at a more affordable £38,900, including the £3,500 UK Plug-In Car Grant. First deliveries for reservation holders begin in June, and users have access to the Supercharger network reserved for Tesla owners.

Kia e-Niro

The Kia e-Niro can be recharged in just 54 minutes (Kia)

The electric version of the Niro can be recharged to 80 per cent battery life in as little as 54 minutes, and has a driving range of 282 miles. It can be purchased from £32,995 (after the Plug-In Car Grant deduction). However, demand is outstripping supply, and the waiting list in the UK already stretches to 2020. Kia will also soon be releasing the Soul-EV, which Autocar expects to be slightly cheaper due to its smaller size.

Hyundai KONA electric

The Hyundai KONA is a popular electric car (Hyundai Motor UK LTD)

This is one of the most popular electric cars on the market at the moment, due to its price tag (from £27,250) and driving range up to 279 miles. It is also an SUV, but due to high demand its website says it is no longer available in 2019, so you’ll have to go on the waiting list available or opt for the Ioniq Electric or NEXO.

Jaguar I-Pace

The Jaguar I-Pace is an upmarket electric SUV (Jaguar)

For those who want something a bit fancier, Jaguar’s new I-Pace is their first all-electric performance SUV. The price tag is heavier, from £60,495, but this can be expected from a sports vehicle that can go from 0-60 in 4.5 seconds.

Nissan Leaf

The Nissan LEAF was the best selling electric vehicle in Europe last year (Nissan)

The bestselling electric vehicle in Europe last year was the LEAF, which has a starting price of £27,995 including the Plug-In Car Grant. However the range is lower than some of the sportier EVs, with the standard LEAF going up to 168 miles.

Volkswagen e-Golf

The Volkswagen e-Golf is an electric version of the traditional model (Volkswagen AG)

The electric version of the traditional gold retails from £30,340 (including Plug-in car grant) and has a range of 144 miles. Volkswagen also offer a more compact e-up! vehicle but like many electric cars at the moment it is currently closed for ordering due to long delivery lead times.

BMW i3 and i3s

The BMW i3 costs just over £31,000 (BMW i-automobiles)

BMW’s main offer to the electric vehicle market comprises of the i3 and i3s, which can be purchased from £31,680 on the road price including grant. It also has a range up to 160 miles.

Renault ZOE

The Renault Zoe has a range of 186 miles (Yannick Brossard)

At the cheaper end of the scale is the Renault ZOE which starts from £17,720 with the plug-in grant, but excludes mandatory battery hire. It has an impressive range for its price of up to 186 miles.

Citroen C-Zero

The Citroen C-Zero has been marketed for city driving (Citroen C-Zero)

This compact car is marketed for city driving, with a smaller price tag of £17,020 which including the Plug in Car Grant (PiCG). It can also offer zero fuel for a range of around 93 miles.

Smart EQ fortwo

The Smart EQ fortwo is a fairly cheap electric city car (Smart)

Another small city vehicle with a low on the road price tag of £17,695 (also including the Plug-In Car Grant). The Smart EQ fortwo is fully electric and therefore has a smaller range of around 65 miles.

Audi e-tron

The Audi e-tron is at the pricier end of the scale (Audi AG)

At the pricier end of the scale, this retails at £71,520, but can go up to 241 miles on a single charge and reach speeds of 62 miles per hour in under six seconds. It can also charge to 80 per cent within 30 minutes when using 150kW terminals.