Used electric car best buys revealed

Consumer interest in electric cars is soaring. The market for what the industry body, the SMMT, refer to as alternatively fuelled vehicles (AFVs).  These include electric cars, plug-in hybrids and fuel cell vehicles, saw a record market share of 4.4% in June with more than 10,700 hitting the roads, a rise of 29.0%.

Over 60,000 new AFVs have joined Britain’s roads so far this year. The used market for electric vehicles has seen gains with values increasing by 7 percent this year.

BMW i3 charging at a POD Point Rapid Charger
The BMW i3 proves to be a great value used buy

Motoring expert Chris Plumb from hpi said:

“It appears to be the range extender models which is driving the recent strong performance as values of pure electric have struggled of late. The BMW i3 is a popular choice and is a great second hand buy. It brings a good level of specification and badge prestige.”

This news suggests now could be the right time to join the electric car revolution.  For example, in 2015 a BMW i3 retailed for £30,925. Two years later you can pick up a 20,000 mile example for £14,260, still with one years warranty and plenty of battery guarantee too.

Alternatively, a Nissan LEAF could be a cheaper, more practical choice.  The Nissan Leaf with the 30KWh battery pack is attracting higher used values than the 24kWh as it has a longer range, with an NEDC range of up to 124 miles in the LEAF 24kWh model or up to 155 miles in the 30kWh derivative.

Back in 2015 the list price of a top of the LEAF, the Tekna with the smaller 24kwh battery was £30,535.  Today you could drive away in one for £9,900, again with 20,000 miles on the clock. The larger battery model retailed for £31,435 and is now available for just £12,200.

Nissan LEAF charging
Top selling Nissan LEAF is popular with used car buyers

Demand for Petrol Hybrid used vehicles remains high. Used values bucked market trends in June and prices strengthened overall, moving up by an average of 0.2% at three years 60,000 miles. Certain derivatives performed particularly well such as the Toyota Prius (12-17) Plug-In which increased by 3.9%, Lexus RX (12-16) Hybrid which saw values rise by 2% as too did the Prius+ (12- ) Hybrid.

The Founder of driveEV. A driving and new technology fan enjoying learning all about the future of motoring. I drive a BMW i3.

2 thoughts on “Used electric car best buys revealed

  1. Hi I’ve just discovered your magazine and up till now have gotten by reading about ev’s in Auto Express albeit limited to one or two articles, I’m very pleased to have found you ! I recently bought a 12 month old i3 which puts a smile on my face every time I get behind the wheel, it’s put the fun back into driving for me.
    Many thanks
    Bob Harvey

    1. Hi Bob. Thank you so much for your kind words and I am really pleased to hear you are enjoying your i3, we love ours!

      driveEV aims to educate and spread the good words about electric motoring, it’s pleasing to hear we are hitting the mark.

      Thanks again

      Stephen

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