Byton Car Price

What is the Byton Car Price? Designed in Germany, engineered in Silicon Valley, and manufactured in China, Byton’s first model—the 2021 M-Byte SUV—is a truly global effort that the upstart automaker hopes will make a splash in the premium EV marketplace. Similar in size to compact luxury SUVs such as the BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC-class, the M-Byte adds a competitive all-electric driving range and ground-breaking interior technology in the form of an absolutely massive 48-inch curved infotainment display that stretches nearly the entirety of the SUV’s dashboard. As with key EV rival Tesla, Byton’s sales pitch includes heavy mentions of self-driving features. Byton says the M-Byte should hit the market sometime in 2021.

Byton is a new automobile brand. It is a Chinese startup company and it is going to enter the car industry in 2020. Byton is not just another startup company that is trying to sell an electric car but it has taken some different routes and features to deliver a car which users would be able to use for their day to day life.

Byton Car Review

The M-Byte is a brand-new entrant in the compact luxury SUV segment and will be the first vehicle from all-new brand Byton to reach the market.

Byton Car Price

  •  Standard range: $45,000 (est.)
  •  Long range: $55,000 (est.)

Since buying an electric vehicle is all about how far you can drive on a single charge, we’d opt for the long-range model. We’ll know more about pricing, features, and options closer to the M-Byte’s on-sale date.

Byton electric SUV promised for 2019 with $45,000 starting price, loads of  tech

Engine, Transmission, And Performance

When it goes on sale, the M-Byte will be available with either a rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive electric powertrain. Rear-wheel-drive models are powered by a single 268-hp electric motor, while all-wheel-drive models come with two motors and a combined horsepower figure of 402. Byton says the single-motor rear-wheel-drive setup is good for a 7.5-second zero-to-62-mph time but the dual-motor all-wheel-drive powertrain shaves two seconds off that time.

Range, Charging, And Battery Life

The M-Byte’s driving range will likely vary from model to model, as entry-level models will come with a 72-kWh battery pack while more expensive variants will offer a 95-kWh unit. Byton says the smaller battery pack can provide up to 224 miles of driving range on the global WLTP cycle; the larger 95-kWh battery is good for up to 286 miles. Either battery can be charged via 150-kWDC fast charging for up to 80-percent battery capacity in just 35 minutes; the M-Byte also will be able to charge at home outlets using either 110 or 220 volts.

Fuel Economy And Real-World MPG

The EPA hasn’t released estimates for the M-Byte’s fuel efficiency and obviously we haven’t completed our own testing. We expect to get a chance to take the M-Byte on our 200-mile highway fuel economy-test route closer to the SUV’s on-sale date.

Interior, Comfort, And Cargo

Besides being packed full of tech features, the M-Byte’s interior appears to be well appointed in stitched leather with metallic accents. Diamond-patterned textures throughout the cabin provide some visual punch, but the M-Byte’s party piece is the front seats, which can swivel inward to make it easier to have a conversation with rear-seat passengers while on the move. The rear seat can be optioned as a three-across bench or as two individual bucket seats divided by a tall center console with integrated cupholders. There’s no word yet on how big the M-Byte’s cargo hold is, but it should be similar in size to key rivals such as the Jaguar I-Pace and the upcoming Tesla Model Y SUV.

Byton's electric SUV concept is another wild stab at the future of cars -  The Verge

Infotainment And Connectivity

A giant, monolithic 48-inch infotainment display called the Byton Stage runs almost the entire length of the dashboard and provides access to the M-Byte’s entertainment, settings, and telematics as well as serving as a gauge display for the driver. It will be by far the largest infotainment display ever used in a production vehicle when the M-Byte goes on sale. A tablet on the steering wheel and a duplicate touchpad on the center console allow both the driver and the front-seat passenger to interact with the display, which can be reconfigured to show a variety of information including weather, sports scores, Wall Street’s latest activity, and communications from linked smartphones.

Safety And Driver-Assistance Features

Autonomous driving is a big part of what makes the M-Byte appealing, but it’s unclear if a full self-driving system will be available upon the SUV’s launch. If we had to guess, we’d say that kind of technology is at least a few years away. Tesla’s Autopilot semi-autonomous driving system is a rather robust feature and Byton’s setup should at least offer similar capabilities. We’ll know more about the M-Byte’s standard and optional driver-assistance features closer to the SUV’s on-sale date.

The Best Electric Cars To Buy Are Reviewed Below:

  1. Jaguar I-Pace
  2. Hyundai Kona Electric
  3. Kia e-Niro
  4. Mercedes EQC
  5. BMW i3
  6. Tesla Model 3
  7. Volkswagen e-Golf
  8. Audi E-Tron QuattroRenault Zoe
  9. Tesla Model X
  10. Nissan Leaf
  11. Hyundai Ionic
  12. Volkswagen e-up
  13. Porsche Taycan
  14. Honda e
  15. Vauxhall Corsa-e
  16. MINI Electric
  17. Peugeot e-208

But what about the next 12 months? We’ve peered into the future to see what new electric cars are just around the corner.

Electric cars coming in 2020:

  • Tesla Cybertruck
  • Volkswagen ID.3
  • Tesla Model Y
  • BMW iX3

1. Jaguar I-PACE

The recent release of Jaguar’s brand new electric ‘I-PACE’ model has taken the industry by storm. It’s being hyped as the best of a new breed of uncompromising electric vehicles which not only takes on its fossil fuel predecessor, but outperforms it.

One of the first electric SUVs, it not only trumps the original F-PACE which it supersedes, but it’s also in strong competition with Tesla’s Model X (also a stand-out electric SUV). The I-PACE is hands down the strongest Tesla alternative on the market.

The Tesla Model X will set you back a minimum of £79,000, whereas the Jag  I-PACE starts at just £60,995. But how does it actually stand up to the Tesla?

The new I-Pace may be UK built, but can it take on the Tesla Model X?
Jaguar’s new I-PACE electric is taking on the Tesla Model X.

Very well it seems. Auto Express have suggested the I-PACE can transform the Jaguar brand – this is high praise indeed…

But considering the car’s luxury feel, spacious interior and futuristic additional features (there’s a setting that allows you to replace the absence of engine noise) we feel comments like this are well deserved. Not only that, but it has a top speed of 125 mph. It’s no slouch.

To conclude, it’s the first electric car to really take on the Model X and survive on all fronts. If you are going down the electric SUV route, it’s an important vehicle to consider.

Price: Starts at £60.995

Distance on a full charge: 298 miles


  • Impressive top speed 
  • Plush exterior
  • Spacious interior 


  • Expensive
  • A bumpy ride at low speeds

2. Hyundai Kona Electric

In early 2018, the Hyundai Kona Electric became known as something of a game changer in the auto industry.

Some industry experts called it the first of a ‘second generation’ of electric cars, combining excellent range with a low cost.

This thing will do 300 miles on one charge. That’s impressive. Before its release, you had to pay upwards of £60,000 to own a new car that will go that far before needing a re-juice.

The Hyundai Kona Electric starts at around £29,100 – at just half the price of the Jaguar iPace, you can see why they’re calling it a game changer.

Hyundai have taken the affordable EV fight right to Tesla's front door with the Kona.
The 2018 Hyundai Kona Electric in all its efficient, long range glory.

Range aside, at a weight of 1.7 tonnes, it’s a bit heavy and not the most practical car – and it doesn’t feel quite as fast as many other slicker EVs.

But it’s got all the features you’d want in 2020 – including a smartphone charging pad with higher-end models. The handling isn’t bad, and the range you see is what you’ll actually get, unlike most of the other current EV’s whose range evaporates as soon as you turn the heating on.

This one should definitely be on your short list. 

Price range: £29,100 for the 39KWh battery – 64 KWh £35,100

Distance on a full charge: 200-300 miles


  • Futuristic looks
  • Excellent value
  • Incredibly high mileage for the price


  • Poor ride, mediocre handling and it’s heavy
  • Less spacious and more impractical that the Jaguar I-Pace and Tesla Model X
  • Expensive to service and insure

3. Kia E-Niro

The new fully-electric Kia e-Niro has the potential to completely change the electric car market in the same way as the electric Hyundai Kona has. In fact the Kia E-Niro shares many components with its Hyundai compatriot. For example its motors and batteries are identical.

Kia claims it will do an impressive official range of 282 miles between charges and all that at a price that’s around half the cost of many of its rivals… £34,495 to be exact.

In real world driving conditions the Kia managed 253 miles in one charge – a staggering result. That’s further than a Tesla Model S, and double the VW e-Golf (which is in the same price bracket).

The ride is impressive. You’ll get a smooth, easy drive with plenty of punch from the 201bhp electric motor. Handling will never be quite as good as a petrol or diesel equivalent (mainly because of the heavy battery pack) but this electric Kia handles more than well enough around corners and in town.

The Kia E Niro has been around a while but still offers some great EV range on a budget.
Need a bit more space? The Kia Niro is a great option for your next family car.

So what is the difference between this and the Hyundai Kona? Well for a start the handling is slightly better (even though Kia is a tad heavier).

The interior of the Kia is slightly higher quality than the Kona too and you’ll get a better driving position. There’s also more space in the rear seats.

For the price it’s very hard to argue that the Kia E-Niro shouldn’t be on your wishlist. The downside is that at the time of writing, the Kia E-Niro has a waiting list. So contact your local Kia dealer to see how long it will take to get one on your drive.

Price range: Starts at £34,495 (depending on spec/ finance choice)

Distance on a full charge: claimed 282 miles, real world 253 miles


  • Bargain price
  • 7 year Kia warranty 
  • Quiet
  • Incredible range


  • Average performance, average handling
  • Heavy car
  • There’s a waiting list…

4. Mercedes EQC

The Mercedes EQC is the first in an all-electric range from Mercedes. It’s a totally bespoke, built-for-purpose electric vehicle – not a re-boot of an existing model.

The EQC should be able to get you a whopping 280 miles on a full charge and the battery can be charged from flat to 80% full in just 40 minutes.

It has two electric motors (for both sets of wheels) and will do 0-60 in just 5.2 seconds.

As well as being speedy, it’s worth noting that this is a super-luxurious model, as you’d expect from Mercedes. It has ‘metallic textiles’ and inside it looks like something straight out of a futuristic sci-fi film.

Not surprisingly, it is not cheap. Prices start from £65,720 with prices spiraling if you pick higher level trims or optional extras.

The Mercedes EQC is the first EV by Merc.
The Mercedes EQC at the Paris Motor Show 2018. Hello future!

It’s more expensive than the Hyundai Kona Electric of course, but given you get two crystal-clear Mercedes ‘infotainment screens’ and speech recognition software built-in, it’s probably more than worth it to feel like you’re living in the future. It’s amazing to look at too. Bonus.

Price range: from £65,720

Distance on a full charge: 250-300 miles


  • Luxury exterior and interior
  • Spacious (thanks to being an SUV-style vehicle)
  • 2 x electric engines for speed and performance 


  • Expensive
  • There may be limited stock as early orders are fulfilled

5. BMW I3

If any electric car can credibly described as a ‘Tesla killer’ it would be this one. Top Gear named it the best small premium EV you can buy and you can see why. Its stunning looks never fail to impress.

The i3 has been around for more than four years now, yet still manages to look like it’s fallen from another world. You’ll get to 0-62mph in 7.3 seconds and reach a top speed just shy of 100mph (93mph to be precise).

The BMW i3S is the sporty version of the i3.
BMW’s flagship BMW i3, one of the very best electric cars to buy in 2020.

There’s only one trim level these days but the choice of two different power outputs, one with 125 kW, the equivalent of 170 HP or a more powerful 135 kW, which is roughly 184 HP. The latter sacrifices range in favour of power, but will still manage around 173 miles on a single charge.

With the new and improved i3S (Sport Edition) also on sale that 0-62 drops to 6.9 seconds, it will cost you from £37,840 though.

Price range: £35,350 – £37,840

Distance on a full charge: 173 – 189 miles


  • Speed
  • Build quality
  • Futuristic looks


  • Expensive to service and insure
  • Poor low speed ride

6. Tesla Model 3 

The Tesla model 3 is the electric car everyone is currently talking about. Stunning, futuristic and eventually reasonably priced, this Tesla is a smaller, cheaper (half the price) version of the original Tesla, the Model S.

The all important budget version of the Model 3 hasn’t hit the market yet, to do that Tesla first need to shift a lot of the more expensive dual motor long range models, so you’ll be waiting a few more years until that elusive £25,000 Model 3 can be yours.

The Tesla Model 3 is the newest electric car for 2019.
Tesla’s latest – the ‘Model 3’

That being said, there are still a fair few to buy on the market (whether new or used) and Tesla recently announced a successful ramp up in production. Waiting lists are still rather long though.

All in all, there may be more available to purchase in 2020 than some auto pessimists suggested earlier last year. But whatever the supply situation, the auto press has been singing the Model 3’s praises since it was first announced.

This thing is quick, it’ll do 0-62mph in just 5.3 seconds while the more expensive ‘Performance’ version does it in a super car killing 3.2 seconds and it handles much better than many of its rivals. Not only that, but it drives up to 350 miles on a single charge which thumps many of its power-hungry rivals.

It’s also full of cutting edge tech, you start the thing with a credit card you ‘wave around’. Another benefit to owning a Tesla is the potential for autonomous driving. An ‘autopilot’ option will give you all the cameras you’ll need in the future for some slick, autonomous functions. It may not be the cheapest or the most unique, but it’s still the one to beat for futuristic tech.

Price range: £39,000 – 52,000

Distance on a full charge: 250-348 miles


  • Full of tech (it’s a Tesla after all)
  • Performance version is supercar quick


  • There could be a lengthy waiting list
  • Still not the affordable EV Tesla have promised

7. Volkswagen E-Golf

The historic e-Golf was the first ever VW Golf to drop the internal combustion engine and go 100% electric. If you have ever driven a petrol or diesel Golf you’ll know how solid, dependable and fun-to-drive they are.

The electric version doesn’t differ from a regular Golf too much, other than the fact it’s got a 32kW lithium ion battery between the axles. Going electric gives you speedier acceleration, but generally a lower top speed (93mph for this Golf).

The Volkswagen e-golf might be small on range but it looks just like a Golf with no frills.
VW’s eGolf. An updated electric design for an ever-popular model

All the internal goodies are top notch, as we’ve come to expect from the Volkswagen Golf range. Just make sure you spec the optional ‘heat pump’ if you’re buying in a cold country like the UK, otherwise those chilly months will see the range dip as low as 60 miles.

Also the model may not be round for much longer, the upcoming ID.3 will kill the e-Golf as we know it, currently you can only purchase them from stock already in the UK.

Price range: £27,575

Distance on a full charge: 144 miles


  • Comfortable ride and handling
  • Practical
  • Cheaper to run than the BMW i3


8. Audi E-Tron

The Audi E-Tron has recently hit our roads, it is without doubt an electric car you should have on your radar. It’s Audi’s flagship SUV, taking on the Jaguar I-PACE and Tesla’s Model X.

Its 248-mile real-world range means it comes in at a little under the Model X’s roughly 300 mile range but with a charging time of less than 30 minutes on 150kW you won’t need to stop long to go further.

Audi's new e-tron is the first fully blown EV by Audi.
The Audi E-Tron.

The E-Tron will manage 0-62mph in 5.7 seconds and has a top speed of 124mph, like many electrics it’s extremely nippy off the mark – especially for an SUV of this size and weight.

It also comes with a “Range Mode” which will allow you to reduce the electricity consumption and travel further by taking power away from things like the air conditioning (not required much outside of summer in the UK).

Price range: from £71,560

Distance on a full charge: 248 miles


  • Be an owner of the first ever Audi electric
  • Audi build quality
  • Full of tech
  • Good range


  • Super expensive
  • Incredibly heavy

9. Renault Zoe

We’ve chosen to look at the second generation Renault Zoe electric car as they start at just £25,670 (with a Government grant).

Renault used to force you to lease the battery at an additional monthly cost, thankfully they’ve now ditched that in favour of allowing you to purchase the whole car outright…like every other EV model on th emarket.

Renault keep updating their cute and cuddly ZOE EV.
Renault’s Zoe, the budget-friendly electric car for 2020.

Renault constantly update the Zoe with increased battery sizes and different motors, so if you’re buying second hand beware, they may all look the same but underneath that cuddly interior is some very different tech depending on the year and badge on the back.

Currently the only model you can get is the R110 with the Z.E.50 battery, this should give you a range of up to 250 miles on a full charge around town, or 150 at motorway speeds. It will also give you 90 miles of range in 30 minutes from a 50 kW charger.

The Zoe has the biggest driving range of any sub £30,000 EV so if range is a worry, the Zoe could be for you.

Price range: £25,670 – £28,620

Distance on a full charge: 250 miles


  • Very low running costs
  • Quiet
  • Great range


  • Average performance, poor brake feel
  • Build quality average

10. Tesla Model X

The Tesla Model X is Elon Musk’s most costly electric car to build, he often says the doors were a considerable unnecessary headache.

It was designed to crush the opposition in the SUV/ MPV markets and during its ‘first to market’ three year reign it did a pretty good job.

It’s been around since December 2015. Back then there were no rivals, but now we have direct competitors like the Jaguar I-Pace and Audi E-Tron .

So how does the Model X stand up now? Well, the new ‘Performance’ version sill packs a punch with a 0-62 time of 2.7 seconds!

For a start, the falcon wing doors will always give it a wow factor and for that alone, it feels like something out of Back to the Future (available to buy in the present)…

The Tesla Model X had no rivals, until now.
Tesla’s popular ‘Model X’.

For a car that weighs 2000kg, it’s performance is seriously impressive. Again, all new Tesla’s come equipped with Tesla Autopilot (one of the best driving assistance packages on the market).

Thinking about stopping distance? Tesla has you covered by locking in automation to slow you down if required. It can also change lanes for you. Still a contender then…

The only (and perhaps the only) downside is the price…

Price range: £82,200 – 96,400

Distance on a full charge: 300 – 315 miles


  • Impressive falcon doors
  • Smooth drive
  • Great range


  • High cost
  • Doors can be awkward

11. 2019 Nissan Leaf

WhatCar? Have named the Nissan Leaf their Electric Car of the Year for 2018 and it’s hard to argue with them.

Now in it’s second generation, the original Leaf was launched back in 2010 – making it the world’s first mass-market EV model.

The Nissan Leaf was first to market, but is it still any good?
Top of the tree of electric cars in 2020? The Nissan Leaf

Improvements for this year include an all new 62 kWh battery pack giving a range of 239 miles from a single charge. Dubbed the Leaf e+ it will set you back £35,895 but will also give you a 0-62 time of 7.1 seconds, far quicker than any Leaf that’s gone before it.

The normal version is still capable of 168 miles and both feature the Nissan e-Pedal which effectively lets you drive with just one foot. Charging from 20-80% takes just 60 minutes on a 50kW fast charger, 90 minutes for the e+ model.

Price: £27,995 – £35,895

Distance on a full charge: 168 – 239 miles


  • Cheap to own
  • Very quiet and smooth drive
  • Spacious


  • Boxy design is a bit over-used and boring
  • Not many options beyond the standard spec
  • Awkward driving position

12. 2019 Hyundai Ioniq

Hyundai may not have been the first brand that popped into your head when thinking about electric cars, but they should be considered. The Ioniq is key to Hyundai’s plan to produce a range of 22 green cars as soon as 2020.

This model is also available as a petrol/ electric and plug-in petrol electric hybrids, but it’s the fully electric model we’re focused on here.

Hyundai's Ioniq comes in three different variants.
Hyundai? Not a brand normally associated with electric cars, but the Ioniq is a great fresh pick for 2020.

This car has a modest maximum range of 194 miles and a super-smooth feel and ride, but it can be a bumpy drive when dealing with rough roads. Performance is also a little lackluster at 9.9 seconds.

2019 also saw the inclusion of rapid DC charging, this enables the Ioniq to charge to 80% in just 57 minutes from a 50kW charger.

Price: £29,450

Distance on a full charge: 194 miles


  • Plush exterior and interior
  • Spacious
  • Low running costs


  • Options on specs are limiting
  • A bumpy ride on less-smooth roads

13. 2020 Volkswagen E-Up

VW’s teeny tiny electric car has been out for a few years now, but for 2020 they’ve rebooted the model giving it an incredible range of up to 164 miles, the old model could manage just 99 on a good day.

To boost the range VW have shoehorned in a 32.3kWh battery to fill the space of the old 18.7kWh pack. It will be priced just under £20k after the Government plug-in car grant is applied.

A new electric up! is on the way in 2020.
The new Volkswagen e-up! is on its way.

Deliveries should start to arrive in spring 2020, VW have ruled out adding the e-up to their new I.D range, but there could well be a small Polo sized I.D vehicle in the pipeline for 2023.

Price: £19,500

Distance on a full charge: 164 miles


  • Small, great for around town driving
  • Could well be the cheapest EV on the market


  • Lower range compared to the Renault Zoe
  • Based on a traditional ICE car, not a lightweight platform

14. Porsche Taycan

Taycan is the German marques first ever fully electric vehicle, it could well be the Tesla killer that the industry is waiting for. High build quality, German engineering and a badge with a performance pedigree.

But expect to pay a lot for it, the cheapest model we’ve seen starts at a cool £86,367.

The Porsche Taycan is one of the most hotly anticipated super EV's of 2020.
Stunning looks are all part of the Taycans attempt to be the best EV the world has ever seen.

It looks a lot like an extended, four door Porsche 911 rather than the stretch limo looking Panamera. 0-62 will be around 2.8 or 3.2 seconds depending on what power output you go for, one will have 680 bhp, the other 761. Both powered by a huge 93.4 kWh battery.

Top speed will be around 161 MPH and both models carry the ‘Turbo’ badge, even though they lack any sort of turbo device. Porsche, clearly going for the performance aspect of the name.

Range will be between 256 and 280 miles, you’ll also be able to charge up quickly on one of Porsche’s new ultra-fast 800-volt chargers, which are currently few and far between.

Price: From £86,367

Distance on a full charge: 280 miles for the Turbo, 256 in the Turbo S


  • German engineering and know-how
  • Superb handling


  • Incredibly expensive
  • Lack of 800v fast charging infrastructure

15. Honda E

Possibly one of the cutest cars of the last decade, the ‘e’ is Honda’s first fully electric car. Oozing Japanese style the e is a small hatchback designed for around town use.

It takes retro styling that harks back to the first generation Civic but mixes it up with modern lines and LED’s galore.

In terms of range it’s nothing impressive, a mere 136 miles form a 36kWh battery pack. The charging port is centrally located on the bonnet and can be topped up from 0 to 80% in just 30 minutes.

Taking the cute and cuddly fight to Renault the Honda E looks set to be a sales winner.
Some gorgeous design features set the Honda e apart from the crowd, but they come at a cost.

There will be two models available at launch, a 136 HP ‘e’ and an ‘e Advance’ with 154 HP. The former has a 100kW motor while the Advance has a 113kW version for faster acceleration.

Pricing will start around the £26,000 mark after the Government grant. The Advance model costs £28,500.

Neither are cheap, and when you consider the price of the current Renault Zoe the cost per range tips in favour of the Renault. You’d really have to love the looks of the Honda e to forfeit the extra range the Zoe offers for far less money.

You can order the Honda e Advance now, while the normal e will be available from early next year. Deliveries for both will happen in summer 2020.

Price: Starting from £26,000

Distance on a full charge: 136 miles


  • Cute looks
  • Gorgeous modern interior
  • Retro chic


  • Low range
  • High cost

16. Vauxhall Corsa-E

One of the most popular cars on UK roads, the humble Corsa, most of us will have owned or driven one in our lives and now the Corsa is getting an electric reboot.

Vauxhall haven’t scrimped on the development of the Corsa-e either, underneath that familiar exterior sits a huge 50kWh battery pack, which can be juiced up from 0 to 80% in 30 minutes from a 100kW rapid charger, while charging at home will take around five hours for a full charge.

Vauxhall have produced their first ever electric hatchback, the Corsa E.
The Vauxhall Corsa-e could become a big seller in the UK.

Range is stated to be around 211 miles, but if using ‘Eco’ mode you could boost that by an incredible 40%. Equally there’s a ‘Sport’ button which will increase acceleration but lose you around 20 miles off the stated range.

0-62 takes just 8.1 seconds, but 0-31 is a rapid 3.1 meaning the 136HP will feel incredibly nippy around town.

Production starts early 2020 with deliveries in the spring.

Price: Starting at £27,815

Distance on a full charge: 211 miles


  • Great looks
  • Affordable


  • Slightly less boot space than the petrol/diesel model
  • Long wait for deliveries

17. MINI Electric

Another favourite on our UK roads is the MINI, yes it may be owned by BMW these days but they still sell in the thousands. The brand may have come up trumps with one of the most affordable EV mid sized hatchbacks, he MINI Electric.

Prices will start around the £24,400 mark, putting it roughly in line with the likes of the Renault ZOE, but for that money you get far more style and quality.

Built at the MINI plant in Oxford the new electric Mini has filled order books already.
Built at the MINI plant in Oxford.

Range will be a little on the low side though, just 145 miles on a single charge. This pales into insignificance when you put it against the Zoe or the Corsa-e, but as with all these small EV’s they’re meant for around town or commuting short distances.

MINI say they went for the best balance of performance, cost and weight so only opted for a 32.5kWh battery. It could well be a hard sell when everyone is seemingly only interested in range when it comes to EV’s.

That being said they’ve already had 40,000 registrations of interest.

0-62 is a spritely 7.3 seconds, with a top speed of 93 MPH, order books are open now with deliveries expected summer 2020.

Price: £24,400

Distance on a full charge: 145 miles


  • Looks just like any other MINI
  • High build quality
  • Great interior


  • Lots of interest – long waiting lists
  • Styling not individual enough

18. Peugeot E-208

Most likely sharing many components with the Corsa-e, the all new Peugeot 208 could well be the car that brings EV’s into the mainstream.

Looking like any other petrol/diesel 208 the changes are subtle so you don’t stand out as an EV driver. Priced from £28,550 after the Government grant deliveries will start in early 2020.

A brother of the Corsa E the new Peugeot e208 has some prettier external looks.
The new Peugeot 208 is a smart looker with the EV model starting off extremely affordable.

Peugeot offer an 8 year or 100,000 mile battery warranty as standard, while the 208 will have a range of up to 211 miles on a full charge. It can also be filled to 80% in just 30 minutes from a rapid charger.

In ‘Sport’ mode the 208 will hit 60 from a standstill in 8.1 seconds, there’s also a ‘Normal’ mode for everyday driving and an ‘Eco’ that will save as much juice as possible to give you more range from that 50kWh battery.

The EV model is available across four trims, Active, Allure, GT Line and range topping GT, the latter costing nearly £30k. All models are available to order now.

Price: £28,550 – £32,750

Distance on a full charge: 211 miles


  • Incredible interior
  • Great French design flair throughout
  • Affordable in base spec


  • Not a huge range
  • Best looking ‘GT’ model is incredibly costly

New Electric Cars In 2020

So we’ve looked at the current line-up of EV’s on sale right now, but what about the next 12 months? Here’s what we can expect to see hit out streets soon.

Tesla Cybertruck

Scheduled for deliveries in late 2021/2022 the Tesla Cybertruck aims to reinvent the way we think of pickups.

Angular lines are the order of the day, with the rear bed section dubbed the ‘Vault’ it features a built-in roller door to keep your cargo secure.

Made from stainless steel it also claims to be bulletproof, so parking dents should be a thing of the past. It will only withstand a 9mm rounds though, and as their demo famously showed, the armour glass is a work in progress.

So yes, it will be incredibly tough and durable. There’s no official UK pricing as of yet, but if you base the $40,000 entry price on exchange rates, expect it to be around the £31,000 mark – incredibly affordable.

That is however far cheaper than any Tesla has sold for new in the UK, a figure of around £35,000 is probably more realistic.

Tesla Cybertruck a vizion of the future
Tesla’s Cybertruck rips up the car design rulebook.

That entry price will be for a single motor, rear-wheel drive Cybertruck with a range of 250 miles and a 0-60 time of 6.5 seconds, a top speed of 110 MPH and a towing capacity of 3400 KG

A dual-motor, all-wheel-drive model, will increase the range to 300 miles, drop the 0-60 time to 4.5 seconds, increase the top speed to 120 MPH and the towing capacity to 4545 KG.

Lastly is an all-new setup for the brand, a tri-motor all-wheel drive. This increases range to a whopping 500 miles, lowers the 0-60 time to just 2.9 seconds and ups the top speed to 130 along with the towing capacity to 6350 KG.

Fully autonomous driving is an extra £5,800 in the UK, and you can reserve a Cybertruck now for £100.

Price: Probably starting from £31,000 – 35,000


  • Looks like no other road going vehicle on Earth
  • Dent-proof
  • Lots of range


  • Not all will like the looks
  • Long wait time for deliveries

Volkswagen ID.3

As we mentioned earlier the VW e-Golf isn’t long for this world, the new ID.3 is its replacement.

A five door hatch, of similar size to the Golf, but with smooth, curvier lines it will feature three different sized battery packs, these should offer between 230 and 340 miles of range.

Volkswagen ID.3 Front
You can see the Golf design cues in the new ID.3.

An airy interior looks modern and simplistic, appealing to the Millenials they’re aiming the ID.3 at.

Battery packs range from 45, 58 and 77 kWh. They will also be able to quick charge via DC which enables super fast 125 kW charging. There are a range of charging options for topping up at home, including an 11 kW model.

You’ll have to wait until they hit showrooms in summer for full pricing, but rumour has it they’ll start around the same money as a higher end Golf.

Price: Probably starting from £27,000 – 36,000


  • Futuristic looks
  • Great choice of cost vs range options
  • 148 to 201 BHP


  • Not all will like the looks
  • Long wait time for deliveries

Tesla Model Y

Completing Elon Musks (Model) S 3 X Y lineup is the Y – yes he really did plan for them to spell ‘sexy’.

Model Y is a crossover/MPV of sorts based on the Model 3, just with an inflated cabin area, much as the X is a larger Model S.

Tesla Model Y Front
Looking like a taller Model 3, the Y is set for pre-roder in the UK late 2020.

It will have an option to spec a third row so it can fit up to 7 adults, those rear seats fold almost flat too transforming the Y into a huge pickup if needed.

Thanks to the Tesla Supercharger network you can juice up to 186 miles in just 15 minutes of charge time, the Model Y will also boast up to 336 miles electric range.

At launch there will just be two models, ‘Performance’ and Long Range AWD’. The former getting that famed 3.5 second 0-60 time, while the long range makes do with a still rapid 4.8 second time.

While you’ll be able to pre-order your model Y later this year, it could be 2022 before you see it. There’s no official pricing as such.

Price: Probably starting from £35,500


  • Looks just like a Model 3
  • Can seat 7
  • Superb range


  • Only two models to currently choose from
  • Long wait time for deliveries


Another car maker first, this time BMW with it’s first ever fully electric SUV. Based on the existing BMW X3 it will pack a 70 kWH battery, that should equate to around 270 HP.5034

The iX3 can be charged in just 30 minutes form the latest generation fast chargers, and expect up to 249 miles from a full battery.

The BMW iX3 is still under wraps, but we know a few details.
Much is still under wraps about the iX3 so details are scant.

BMW have also tidied up the design of the X3, add in the electric blue touches around the badges, grille and skirts the iX3 certainly stands out as something just a little bit different.

There’s no word on UK pricing yet, or a release date, but you can register your interest.

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