► The best electric cars 2018 in the UK
► Our guide to the best EVs
► Battery cars, plugs-ins and more
In 2018 electric cars aren’t just a novelty – they’re a viable form of transport and all the major manufacturers are releasing more and more of them every year. From the Jaguar I-Pace to the new Nissan Leaf and Tesla Model S, EVs are proving very popular. But which one should you buy, and is an electric car right for you in the first place?
In this guide, we talk you through CAR magazine’s pick of the best electric vehicles (EVs) that you can buy now, and in the near future. So, want to know the best electric car for you? Keep reading to find out.
Best electric car 2018: buying guide
Like any fossil-fuel powered car, EVs come in all shapes and sizes, and which EV is best for you will depend on a variety of factors. You’ll need proper access to charging points at work and/or home so you can top up your battery enough to meet your typical daily range.
And if you intend to use an electric car for longer journeys, make sure your local trunk roads and motorways have the infrastructure to support charging en route or consider an alternative, such as a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) which mixes battery tech and petrol or diesel power to provide a get-out-of-jail-free card for when pure electric range simply isn’t enough.
We’ve split our favourite EVs into categories to suit different lifestyles, budgets and demand for green credentials. Browse 2018’s best electric cars in our listings below – and be sure to sound off in the comments at the foot of the page.
New 2018 Nissan Leaf
The world’s first mass-market electric car is back in v2.0 as a better-than-ever family electric car. Priced from around £26k, the new 2018 Nissan Leaf uses carryover mechanicals but sprinkled with a whole lot of better battery tech and a fresh wardrobe to bring it in line with the latest Nissan family look espoused by Qashqai et al. Nissan quotes a real-world range approaching 200 miles, giving the Leaf true everyday practicality creds.