So this week, I want to talk about all things Electric…vehicles more specifically. EV’s have (in a very short time) gone from quirky niche products to a genuine option for many new car buyers. With the options seeming to be endless, it is becoming increasingly difficult to ensure you get one that suits you and your way of life. And with many of the fears that previously put off EV buyers, such as range and battery longevity being addressed, the use of EVs is becoming even more attractive. So which one do you invest in? Well I have hand picked 3 of my favourite models to share with you.
Hyundai Ioniq 5
The Ioniq 5 family hatchback is perfect for EV buyers who are motivated by stylish design, great on-board tech, practical range and charging speeds. It’s 4.6 metre long sleek looking frame offers more space and day to day practicality than other EV’s in the same price range – perfect for a family.
It is also available with two battery choices along with three individual power outputs, so you are really spoilt for choice. The Ioniq 5 is also reasonably priced, starting from around £37,000. For this price, you get enough battery capacity to cover 240 miles on a full charge and can be topped up from 10-80% in only 18 minutes on a fast charge. On top of all this, you also get a massive 527 litre boot capacity, making this car ideal for the whole family… and the dog!
Looking like a large hatchback, but really a full size SUV the KIA EV6 offers a lot to the EV market. Historically, KIA wasn’t exactly late to the EV party. They actually released their first EV back in 2014 with the SOUL EV. Although this launch did not exactly go completely to plan, if we fast forward to 2021, it is a completely different story with this model.
The EV6 is moderately priced at £40,000 however there are some more expensive options if you so prefer. This price range puts it in the territory of AUDI, Mercedes and BMW making it a higher end EV… and you can see why! All EV6s get a 77.4kWH battery (This is bigger than the Ioniq 5s 72kWH unit) managing to reach 62mph in only 7.3 seconds, this also gives you a range of around 328 miles on a full charge. It also has three driving modes (ECO, normal and sport) each feeling perceptively different, along with regen braking, which is controlled by the paddles on the back of the wheel.
This model comes with all sorts of tech as well. With a 12.3 inch touchscreen compatible with Android and Apple CarPlay (all as standard) as well as numerous safety features.
So I’ve given you two of my (more affordable) favourites, but the Porsche Taycan is the real winner when it comes to being the love of my life (don’t tell the other half). The Porsche Taycan is a four door, all electric saloon that looks more like a sports car and is the first all electric car Porsche has produced. So let’s look a little deeper.
The Taycan has been built from the ground up to be a high performance EV. Which means it’s an absolute beast to drive! The 4S model packs a 79.2kWh battery, giving 523bhp and 640Nm of torque, enabling you to reach 0-62mph in just 4 seconds! On top of that, the battery will give you around 300 miles on a full charge and takes around 20 minutes to completely recharge on a rapid charger.
As well as top performance, you also get all sorts of tech inside the cabin. The model has a dual touch screen layout: a 10.9 inch central touchscreen display as well as a 16.8 inch curved display in front of the driver. This can be used for standard infotainment and along with fast loading times and amazing graphics it does a great job. The Taycan can seat 4 adults in comfort and has a 366 litre boot at the back.
But, unfortunately for everyday joes, all this doesn’t come cheap. A Taycans entry level model is just shy of £73,000 and goes up to a whopping £139,000 for the Turbo. If I had that sort of money this would definitely be my first purchase, but I may not be able to afford food afterwards!