It wasn’t that long ago that if you asked someone if they’d consider an electric car as their next second-hand buy, you’d be met with blank expressions, if not outright laughter. Old-school electric vehicles weren’t actually all that useful in some cases, a lot less practical and a lot more expensive than their more traditional petrol or diesel counterparts. But that has changed, and in a big way.
These days, electric cars are starting to lose the idea that they’re something weird or strange. They’re turning from specifically ‘electric cars’ into just… ‘cars’. But new ones are still on the pricey side, which means a lot of people who want to drive an electric vehicle are on the hunt for something pre-loved. And thanks to the massive explosion of new models and huge investment from the car industry, there’s now an actual second-hand car market for electric cars, rather than just the odd one cropping up in the classifieds. And that means choice. Which is always good.
Don’t forget, a used electric car offers up all the same benefits as a new one: they tend to be perky to drive, emit no emissions at the roadside, are quiet and comfy and - if you make some effort with your charging - very cost-effective to run.
Electric-power is also proving to be far more reliable than anyone expected, with batteries lasting longer than manufacturers thought (leading to some excellent warranties that last well into the car’s life), and mechanical bits much more robust than a car with an engine. Don’t forget, an electric motor has far fewer moving parts than an internal combustion engine, which simply means there’s far less that can go wrong.
But what are the electrifying.com best used electric cars? Well, if you want to buy a used electric car this year, it’s probably worth checking out our little guide and browse your way through some of our used car reviews.