Electric Cars

Finding the Right EV for You

There is an electric car out there for everyone, but which is your perfect four-wheeled partner will depend upon how you use your vehicle. If you need to fit a dog in the back and regularly hit the motorway, a compact city car isn’t going to keep Fido happy.

To help navigate the different types and uses for EVs, here are some scenarios to help outline which EV is right for you.

Dave – city driving and works from home

Most people will primarily use their EVs around town, which is great because they are efficient and produce zero tailpipe emissions, thus keep the air free of pollutants. Dave zips about the shops at the weekend, but during the week he works from home and occasionally visits friends in the local area. An EV supermini would suit him best.

A short but respectable EV range is needed for these little trips and occasional adventures further afield. Dave doesn’t need space for children or a dog, and so a compact car fits the bill. Having a small car in a busy environment is also a big advantage when it comes to squeezing into tight spaces.

Vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf, Renault Zoe, Vauxhall Corsa-e, Peugeot e208 and Mini Electric are great choices for Dave.


Nissan Leaf


Sarah – daily commute and has two children

For those needing to regularly venture from home for work and who need something practical, an electric hatchback or SUV could work. Vehicles with a range of 200 miles will comfortably cover commuting and the school-run and negate any range anxiety regardless of season. Ideally Sarah will have a home charger, but charging at work might also be a good option.

A mid-size hatchback offers good space for a growing family, but the trend for more fashionable SUVs is also undeniable. SUVs can also offer easier access when getting in or out, adding some substance to their style.

Cars like the Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia EV6, MG4, Citroen e-C4, Kia Niro, or Hyundai Kona and could be ideal for Sarah.

Kia e-Niro

Alexandra – substantial commute

Many of us have long commutes into work, and so an EV with a long range is essential. Spending lengthy periods of time in your car may also lead you to wanting something a little more executive with added creature comforts.

Alexandra has some excellent cars to choose from, especially if she is looking for some added luxury. Traditionally, an executive saloon car would be the go-to choice, but luxury SUVs do offer some added practicality. This situation also calls for a battery range of around 300 miles or more with the ability to rapid charge.

The BMW iX, Tesla Model Y, Genesis G80 Electrified, VW ID5 or maybe an Audi e-Tron GT would find a home on Alexandra’s driveway.

Tesla Model Y

Barry – average commute, children and dog

We are a nation of dog-lovers, and so making sure there’s plenty of room for the pooch will be a key consideration for people like Barry. A busy family life means fitting the children in the back or runs to the tip, so space is high on the agenda.

In addition to needing a practical car, Barry also has a bit of commuting to do. The solution is an estate car or SUV with good battery range. Something to consider is that an SUV does require a dog to jump up and into the boot.

Models such as the MG ZS, Skoda Enyaq, Nissan Ariya, or Peugeot 2008 are good suggestions.


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