Top 10 Best Electric Cars on the European Market in 2016

Electric is the new cool. You save the planet, and don’t need gasoline.

Electric is the new cool. You save the planet, and don’t need gasoline. The only stops at a gas station will be to get a coffee and to answer nature’s calls. Here are some of the coolest electric cars on sale in Europe.

 

1. Renault Zoe

Renault is betting all on full-electric cars. It does not believe in hybrid propulsion systems, and offers three electric cars on European markets. Zoe is Renault take on a subcompact electric car. Renault Zoe is one of the most affordable electric cars on the European market and it’s a decent alternative to a conventional car.

With a range of around 100 miles, it’s not one of the best, but for the daily city commute is enough.

Pros:

  • Zero emissions
  • Nice driving experience
  • Well equipped

Cons:

  • Limited electric range
  • Awkward design
  • Noisy suspension

Price: €22,000 – €24,000

 

2. Tesla Model S

Born in the USA, Tesla Model S has quite some fans in Europe, too. It’s extremely popular in the northern countries like Norway and Sweden, countries that adopted very quickly the electrical solution. In Norway, Tesla Model S has been the best sold car, and that alone deserves a prize or something.

Pros:

  • Very fast for an electric car
  • Quality interior
  • Biggest range available

Cons:

  • Perfectible dynamics
  • Very expensive
  • Limited number of fast-chargers in Europe

Price: €68,000 – €80,000

 

3. Nissan Leaf

The Leaf from Nissan is also available in Europe. Not on all markets, but most of them. Nissan was one of the pioneers of the electric cars, the Leaf model being launched in 2010. Today Nissan Leaf faces a stiff competition but still can be a top contender. It takes 12 hours to fully charge the batteries from a household power outlet, but you can order the home charging unit that reduces the charging time to four hours. In Europe you can choose between two sizes of battery, the smaller 24 kWh version has a quite reduced range of 124 miles. The bigger version, 30 kWh, increases the range to 155 miles.

 

Pros:

  • No emissions
  • Easy to drive
  • Nice interior

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Limited range
  • Not so nice to drive

 

Price: €18,500 – €27,000

 

4. BMW i3

Popular in the States, BMW i3 is gaining ground in Europe also. The smaller electric car from BMW is available as a full-electric or as a hybrid that uses a gas engine for extending the range. BMW i3 uses a revolutionary carbon-fiber/aluminum structure and it’s full of gadgets and the latest safety systems.

 

Pros:

  • Fun drive
  • Fantastic looks
  • Decent running costs

Cons:

  • Limited trunk
  • Expensive
  • Limited range in electric mode

Price: €35,000 – €40,000

 

5. Volkswagen e-Up!

Volkswagen’s latest problems with the Dieselgate scandal helped promote the electrical solutions offered by the German brand. Europeans can choose from a range of electrical VW’s, and because they like small cars, VW sells a city car by the name of e-Up! Yes, the exclamation mark is part of the model’s name. E-Up! it’s the electrical version of the normal Up! city car. Its electrical engine can deliver 80 hp. It has almost all the ingredients for a green city car, but the price tag is quite hefty.

 

Pros:

  • Low maintenance costs
  • Fast and quiet
  • Complete equipment list

 

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Boxy looks
  • Needs a garage to charge at home

 

Price: €27,000

 

6. Renault Twizy

Another weird electrical car sold in Europe is the Renault Twizy, a minimalist solution that can be used strictly for the city. It's an interesting alternative to a scooter, or any other two wheels solution. One thing is sure, it’s a show stopper  with its part moon buggy, part golf cart looks. Officially, it’s not a car, it’s quadricycle. Not very practical also, only two seats, and no heater makes the Twizy unusable in the winter.

 

Pros:

  • No emissions
  • Small and zippy
  • Useful in the city

Cons:

  • No cabin heater
  • No side windows
  • Short driving range

Price: €7,500 – €8,500

 

7. Volkswagen e-Golf

The electric Golf is on sale in all Europe. After the Dieselgate scandal, VW is promoting more aggressively the electric and hybrid cars from its range. The visual changes are subtle, but you can spot it if you look for the blue accents and the low-drag wheels. The e-Golf badge is also blue. The electric motor delivers 115 hp, available at the first touch of the accelerator

 

Pros:

  • Quick off the start
  • Low running costs
  • Quality interior

Cons:

  • Stiff suspension
  • Regenerative braking can be confusing
  • Limited range

Price: €35,000

 

8. Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric

Mercedes-Benz cannot stay behind and offers to its European customers an electric version of the B-Class model. It’s a compact minivan that competes directly with the BMW 2-Series Active Tourer. The B-Class is the only premium minivan that comes with an electric motor. The electric version is called B-Class Electric Drive and it can hit 60 mph in 6.8 seconds thanks to its 177 hp electric motor.

 

Pros:

  • Stylish looks
  • Excellent build quality
  • High safety standard

 

Cons:

  • Expensive to buy
  • Pricey options
  • Artificial steering feel

Price: €39,150

 

9. Ford Focus electric

Ford is betting big on the electrical and hybrid versions of its models. The Focus it’s the best selling model in Europe for Ford, and now clients can choose an electric version. It offers low running costs, but it has quite a price tag. The electric Focus uses a 143 hp motor connected to two batteries for a range of around 100 miles.

 

Pros:

  • Quiet car
  • No maintenance costs
  • Well kitted

Cons:

  • Big price tag
  • Limited range
  • Heavy car due to the batteries

Price: €35,000

 

10. Citroen C-Zero

Citroen C-Zero is basically the same car with Mitsubishi i-MiEV and Peugeot iOn. It’s similar in every form, even the design, only the front logo is different. It is powered by the same 64 hp electric motor and has a range of 93 miles. Best suited for the city due to the narrowness that makes it ideal to squeeze in traffic.

 

Pros:

  • Cheap to run
  • Practical
  • Excellent for town use

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Long charging time
  • Limited range

Price: €27,000

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