The Renault Zoe is the best-value electric car on sale today, according to AutoTrader. It shows that electric cars are becoming much more readily available and affordable, as prices for the Zoe start from just £22,000.
That might still sound like a lot for a compact car, but that price doesn’t take the government’s current £4,500 plug-in grant. Plus, with battery rental, you could be closer to an electric car than you might’ve initially thought.
You can expect a real-world range of 186 miles in the Zoe. While that’s some way off the official range figure of 250 miles, it’s just like most petrol or diesel MPG figures – you’ll struggle to achieve a manufacturer’s quoted fuel economy.
If you’re an electric sceptic, you might worry that 186 miles isn’t far enough, especially if you’re used to a petrol car with a range of 400+ miles. But Renault provides a free wall charger to be installed at your home, allowing you to charge it overnight – just like your phone. And how often do you do 186 miles in a day anyway?
The UK is getting more and more charging points, so you should be able to charge your Zoe whilst out and about too. Many supermarkets, car parks and service stations have charging points, so you don’t have to worry quite so much about having enough range to get home.
The Zoe was named best-value ahead of cars such as the Nissan Leaf, BMW i3 and Tesla Model S. Besides the Tesla, which can be at least three times as expensive, the Zoe actually offers the largest range of any electric car on sale in the UK.
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