February 2, 2024
We know that many company car drivers are looking to electric vehicles (EVs) for their next company car, thanks to the lower cost (reduced BIK rates and salary sacrifice schemes) and reduced environmental impact. So, we’ve put together our top 10 EVs available for you to drive in 2024.
The Best Electric Cars of 2024
1. Audi A6 e-tron
The first car we’ve chosen is the Audi A6 e-tron. Ever since the introduction of the original Audi e-tron the manufacturer has been steadily building a catalogue of high quality electric cars. This year we’re expecting the Q6 e-tron and the A6 e-tron to land on UK shores. Whilst they’re not yet available in the UK they are both due to land in the next six months, which is why we’ve chosen to include the A6 e-tron in our top pick.
Both models will use a Premium Platform Electric (PPE), that has been co-developed with Porsche and shares many similarities with the Porsche Macan EV. There is talk that the A6 will also have the same dual-motor all-wheel drive train with a 100kWh battery for a range of up to around 400 miles.
The A6 e-tron will be available as both a coupe-esq sportback and the family favourite estate Avant models. And there will be a selection of trim models available on both.
The standard A6 model is very popular in the saloon and estate versions and we expect the A6 e-tron to be just as popular, especially when you consider the EV benefits for company car drivers.
2. Ford Explorer
Our next pick is the Ford Explorer. It’s only the second fully electric Ford model to come to the UK, after the Mustang Mach-e and will arrive in the summer.
While it might only be the second Ford EV to make it into the UK the Explorer is a key model in the brand’s move to electrify its UK and European offerings in line with EV sale targets. SUVs have been a growing segment of the automotive industry for several years now so it makes sense that Ford would choose one for their electric offering.
Some of us might remember the Explorer name as the behemoth American style SUV that Ford sold in the UK during the 1990s. At the time SUVs weren’t as popular a body shape, especially ones that were oversized for UK roads and parking spaces. However, the new electric Explorer is much better suited to our roads. It’s a mid-sized SUV and at 4.4 metres long is comparable to the current best-selling Nissan Qashqai.
Ford have partnered with the Volkswagen Group to share electric platforms and technology so the new Explorer will use VW’s MEB framework, which underpins all of the ID. Models. The entry-level model will offer drivers a range of 218 miles, but if you upgrade to one of the larger batteries you can get up to 335 miles from a single charge.
3. Volvo EX30
Volvo has built a reputation for being one of the safest manufacturers in the world, from the invention of the seatbelt in 1959 to today’s market leading driver assistance technology. So, it’s little wonder that we’ve chosen to include them in one of our top 10 picks.
The EX30 is the first of two Volvos we’ve chosen for our favourite EVs and is the smallest electric SUV in the brand’s catalogue.
There’s three versions currently available; a single motor 51 kWh battery option, a single motor 69 kWh battery version and a twin motor 69 kWh battery option. The milage range will be between 214 and 298 depending on the model you choose.
It comes with a range of safety features as standard including smart door opening alerts that let you know if something unexpected is coming behind you, for example if you’re about to leave the car and a cyclist is passing.
4. MG Cyberster
MG has been rising in popularity with UK drivers thanks to their affordable electric models.
The Cyberster brings a level of sportiness back to the brand’s offerings. The company was originally known for their compact sports cars but in the last 12 years or so they’ve focused on affordable hatchbacks and family cars. The Cyberster changes this.
It’s a fully electric convertible two-seater coupe that really brings the fun to electric driving. The 0 – 62 mph is an impressive 4.6 seconds, putting it up there with Porsche’s electric offerings and leaving the likes of the Mazda MX-5 in its tail.
MG have made some bold styling choices including the scissor opening doors and vibrant range of colour options that really make this a stand out EV.
5. Cupra Tavascan
It’s been four years since we were first introduced to the Tavascan at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, but it’s finally coming to UK roads this year.
Like the Ford Explorer the Tavascan is based on Volkswagen’s MBE platform so shares underpinnings with the popular ID.4 and Cupra’s own Born. It’s a spacious SUV with a driver focused interior that’s fun to drive.
There’s a 77 kWh battery which gives you a range up to 341 miles depending on the model you choose. There’s a single motor rear wheel drive option which offers 282 bhp or a dual motor all wheel drive version with an impressive 335 bhp.
In a unique design the centre console connects to the dashboard creating a divide between the driver and passenger. At the top of this spine like connection sits the large 15 inch touchscreen infotainment control centre, and there’s a smaller 5.3 inch digital instrument display just behind the steering wheel. Buttons are at a minimal but Cupra does offer voice control as an option if you think having to navigate all of the controls on the touchscreen may be an issue.
6. Dacia Spring
The next car to make it onto our list is the Dacia Spring.
One of the biggest criticisms that we see of EVs is that compared to their petrol or diesel counterparts they’re more expensive. That’s not the case with the Dacia Spring. Dacia is a brand that offers drivers low purchase prices along with low running costs to really provide affordable options for all drivers.
The Spring looks like it will be one of the most affordable EVs on the market when it lands this summer.
Though it doesn’t look it the Spring is designed to be a city car, it’s been termed a mini SUV as it’s just slightly larger than the VW Up. Dacia have given the car raised suspension and a more rugged look with roof rails but this is purely aesthetics as the car doesn’t have any off-road capability and is front wheel drive.
The mileage range is one of the smallest ones we’ve featured at up to 149 miles, but for a car that you run around town in it’s more than enough. Additionally, it’s capable of rapid charging going from 10 to 80 per cent on a 34 kW charger in just 38 minutes.
7. BMW iX2
The iX2 is a fully electric version of the X2 and due to land on UK shores in about two months, and you’re able to place orders now for a March car.
It’s a sporty looking SUV, with a body shape that clearly takes inspiration from classic coupe lines, that really mirror the joy of driving it. Currently, BMW is only offering one version of the car, though more are expected to follow. This is the top of the range xDrive30 option that has dual electric motors, all wheel drive and 313 bhp.
Drivers can get up to 266 miles from a single charge, though this will depend on the driving conditions including the mode you select.
8. Peugeot e-3008
Our next pick is the Peugeot e-3008, a fully electric version of their popular 3008 SUV. This car is also due to land in March and you can place orders today for one.
The 3008 was originally a boxier MPV but transitioned to an SUV body shape in its second generation and now with the third edition it’s transitioned again into what Peugeot calls a fastback, which is an SUV with sleeker coupe rooflines. The e-3008 also has this sleeker styling for it.
There will be two battery sizes for you to choose from, a standard 73 kWh and a long range 98 kWh option. You’ll see a mileage range of up to 326 miles initially and up to 435 miles from the 98 kWh battery in long range models but these aren’t due to land until later in the year.
9. VW ID.7
Volkswagen have been adding electric models to their range at a rapid rate but the ID.7 is their first attempt at an electric saloon.
Available to drive now, the ID.7 is a spacious and comfortable saloon that will be ideal for families and executives alike. Initial models are the top spec trim levels but there will be more joining the line up later in the year. We’re also expecting to see an estate version of the ID.7 before the end of 2024.
There will be two battery options available for drivers to choose from, the 77 kWh option that is in other models in the ID. range and a larger 86 kWh option. The smaller battery will offer a range of 380 miles and take rapid charging up to 170 kW whilst the larger option has a 435 mile range and 200 kW charging capabilities for a faster charge.
10. Volvo EX90
The final car to make it into our top picks is the Volvo EX90. The second Volvo to make the cut, the EX90 is the largest EV in the brand’s catalogue. It’s a fully electric successor to the spacious XC90 and is packed full of the latest in safety and convenience technology.
It’s a seven-seater option for those who need a larger car, and you’ll easily fit seven adults in though they may feel a little cramped in the rear seats on a longer trip.
It’s got a 111 kWh battery with a range up to 364 miles depending on the model you choose. Currently, there are two power outputs a 408 hp one and a more powerful 517 hp one, though this does have a slightly smaller mileage range as it uses more power. Thanks to its 250 kW charging capability you can get the enormous battery from 10 to 80 per cent charge in just half an hour.
Following in the footsteps of previous models the EX90 is recognisably Volvo, with the Thor’s hammer headlights, grille-less front and distinctive silhouette.
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