Electric cars might be clean and cheap to run, but they’re not generally cheap to buy. That hasn’t stopped people paying big money for Teslas, Audis and the odd big Mercedes, but there are cheaper options if you look. We cracked open the data files to see if cheap electric cars really exist and see if they offer good value.
Let’s start with a trio of electric cars that will be affordable once they finally arrive here.
The first is Citroen’s heroically ugly Ami electric city car, which looks like a pregnant Dalek without the sink plungers. This plastic urbanite has a 44 mile range and costs about £5,000 in Europe. It's not yet been confirmed for the UK, but the bosses at Citroen say that with a nudge and a wink so we think it's got the green light.
Another not-here-yet electric city vehicle is the Microlino, which is likely to sell for about £10k. This is a homage to the 1950s-launched BMW Isetta bubble car. Entry to the Microlino is through a single front door - as in, the whole front of the car. Top speed is 56mph and range about 77 miles, not far enough to get it from its Italian factory to Britain, but it will be fun to see it here when right hand drive versions are built.
Add around another £8,000 to the Microlino’s price and we come to the Dacia Spring, a proper five-door car about the size of a Hyundai i10. We reckon for non-motorway driving, this little car would make lot of sense. It has an eight year/100,000 mile battery warranty and a 140 miles range. We’d love to see it on British roads and again we've been told its likely to come here.