As September comes around, it signals the introduction of the new registration plate, and this year it’s the turn of the 72-reg.
Many manufacturers wait to launch their new cars at this time of year, so there are plenty of new models coming to market – particularly when it comes to EVs. Here we’re focusing on the best new electric cars available on the 72-plate.
Please be aware that there is a lengthy delay on many factory-ordered cars, so it might be worth trying to track down an unregistered model from stock.
BMW is rapidly expanding its line-up of electric cars, and its best model yet is the BMW i4. Rivalling the Tesla Model 3, this EV proves that battery-powered cars can still be huge fun to drive – particularly if you choose it in flagship ‘M50’ guise when it serves up a huge 536bhp.
The i4’s interior is also a real highlight, gaining BMW’s latest infotainment system, which is among the best in the business, while also offering plenty of space.
Ford Mustang Mach-E GT
Ford didn’t introduce the Mach-E all that long ago, but it wasn’t long before its ‘Performance’ division got its hands on it. Gaining a dual motor set-up, the result is a huge 480bhp and 860Nm of torque, allowing this electric SUV to accelerate to 60mph in just 3.5 seconds.
But there’s more to the Mach-E GT than just its power, with a raft of other changes turning this into a proper driver’s car. Combined with its impressive, tech-laden interior, this EV is one of the most appealing around from a performance point of view.
At the more affordable end of the spectrum we’ve got the Mini Electric – essentially the EV version of the regular three-door hatch. It’s huge fun to drive, and is as entertaining as the Cooper S hot hatch, perhaps even more so!
Now accounting for a decent number of Mini sales, the Electric retains the standard car’s stunning interior, style and personalisation and is one of the best compact EVs on the market,
It took Nissan a number of years to follow up the game-changing electric Leaf, but the Ariya is just that car. Only reaching dealers in the last month, this is a big step forward for Nissan, particularly with its stunning, upmarket interior.
A range of versions are available to suit different budgets and requirements, all very generously equipped and with practical and welcoming interiors.
Skoda Enyaq iV
Skoda’s first bespoke EV has proven a huge success since its introduction last year. Based on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB electric car platform, it’s arguably the best model to come from it yet, with the Enyaq iV offering vast levels of interior space that makes it a perfect family car.
It’s packed with technology as well, and offers decent value for money by electric SUV standards – particularly considering it has a range of up to a claimed 339 miles. Generous equipment and impressive comfort levels mean this Skoda is among the best electric cars on sale today.
The Cupra Born is the sportier twin to the Volkswagen ID.3 and has been a very welcome addition to this brand’s line-up as its first EV. Getting a sportier chassis than rivals, it means the Born is great to drive, with an almost hot hatch-like feel to it.
It’s got sporty looks as well, while the Born’s minimalist and modern interior will appeal to those wanting something a bit more futuristic. With a very impressive range of up to 340 miles (from the largest 77kWh battery), this Cupra certainly ticks plenty of boxes.
A bespoke electric car platformwas adopted for Kia’s EV6 and the result is seriously impressive. Already winning a number of awards, this Kia is among one of the fastest-charging on the market – with a 10 to 80 per cent charge taking as little as 18 minutes.
It’s fantastic to drive as well, while its futuristic design is a sharp departure from many of Kia’s other designs. Thanks to a 328-mile range, this is an EV that will be perfect for longer trips.
Fiat’s models have been average at best in recent years, but the new electric 500 is a significant leap forward for the firm, and is one of the best city cars on the market today. Retaining all the style of the petrol 500, it has a far more advanced and plusher interior, and is packed with technology.
The electric 500 is also good to drive, particularly around the city, while its 199-mile electric range will mean out of town trips are easy too.
Tesla Model 3
Tesla has undoubtedly helped move the electric car game along, and its Model 3 remains one of the best EVs on the market. Now one of the UK’s most popular cars, this Tesla’s tech-laden interior and simplicity make it a hugely attractive choice to those who love technology.
It’s got some seriously impressive stats to back it up too, with a range of up to 374 miles and a 0-60mph time of just 3.1 seconds (on Performance versions) making sure the Model 3 continues to excel.
Electric cars have been a key part of MG’s line-up for a few years now, and the brand has really hit the jackpot with the new MG4 electric hatchback. With a starting price of £25,995 (or around £300 a month), it significantly undercuts the opposition for price.
But there’s so much more to the MG4 than just its value, as it’s also good to drive and gets a particularly smart interior. Combined with loads of equipment and a spacious interior, the MG4 is set to be a huge success.