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Whether you're after a city car or a family SUV, there are now a huge number of fully electric cars to choose from. Smaller EVs include the Renault Zoe and Honda e, while family car choices include the Volkswagen ID.3, Hyundai Ioniq 5 and MG 5 estate. SUV buyers are spoiled for choice by the likes of the Skoda Enyaq, Audi e-tron and Mercedes EQC. Of course, there are some super high-tech EVs, too, like the Tesla Model 3 and Kia EV6.

Electric cars offer smooth, quiet progress, often coupled with breathtaking acceleration. They tend to offer the latest infotainment systems, while increasing ranges and fast-charging capability mean long journeys shouldn't be too difficult.

One of the drawbacks of new electric cars is that they are more expensive than petrol or diesel alternatives, but that's less of an issue with used electric cars.

Why buy an electric car?

There are over 35,000 EV charging ports across the country, thousands of which are free or inexpensive. So not only are you saving money in the long run, but you're also doing your bit to help the environment and the planet. Drivers of electric cars also benefit from zero road tax until 2025.

Even if you find you're not saving money with an EV, there are other benefits that might make you stay away from petrol and diesel cars. The driving experience is so serene and the acceleration is silky smooth, and even some mainstream EVs offer acceleration that you'd otherwise only get in a sports car.

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Currently, that's the Mercedes EQS – an S-Class sized luxury car with a range of up to 453 miles. The Tesla Model S manages over 400 miles. Most of the longest-range electric cars are expensive range-toppers, although the Tesla Model 3 and Ford Mustang Mach-E both manage around 370 miles according to official figures.

The distance you can travel in an electric vehicle once it has been charged will depend on the size of the battery, the type of driving you are doing and the vehicle itself.

As mentioned above, the longest-range electric cars manage over 400 miles between top-ups, but most mainstream electric cars can manage 200-250 miles on a charge. How often do you travel 200 miles in one go? If the answer isn't very often, and you can charge at home or have a reliable charging network nearby, then an electric car would fit your lifestyle.

Many EVs come with fast-charging capability, so you can often recharge to 80% in half an hour or so. In the time you've consumed a coffee and cake in a motorway service station, you'll probably have enough charge to get home.

Electric cars are powered by electric motors and an internal battery as opposed to a combustion engine like purely petrol and diesel-powered vehicles and hybrids are. The battery needs to be recharged from the mains, either from a home wallbox or from a public charger. Home wallboxes are usually less powerful than public fast-chargers, but you can usually fully recharge an EV from a home charger overnight.

Electric cars have zero emissions, so don’t pump out any harmful tailpipe emissions as a petrol- or diesel-powered vehicle does. In this respect, they are much better for the environment.  

Some may argue that the materials the battery itself is made from, as well as the coal burning power stations that create the electricity required to charge them impact our environment in other ways. However, they are a positive step in the right direction towards a more sustainable society.