In this second part of our Select Electric Motor Show special the variety of electric vehicles on the market really comes into light. Electric cars come in all shapes and sizes - and they also slot happily into all sorts of household budgets.
And now the huge breadth of plug-in models available will be showcased at the upcoming Select Electric Motor Show 2021, which kicks into gear this week.
The exhibition is part of the British Motor Show, which takes place from Thursday August 19th to Sunday August 22nd at the Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre in Hampshire - get yourself a tickets today!
And whether you’re contemplating a wallet-friendly city car, a zero emissions family hatchback, or one of the new breed of futuristic SUV crossovers, you’ll find them all being displayed at the Select Electric Motor Show 2021, which comes courtesy of Select Car Leasing.
You can get advice from experts, take a car for a test drive, or immerse yourself in the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) technology theatre. You can also get up to speed on how to convert a cherished classic from petrol to electric as part of the thriving ‘Retro Electric’ scene.
Feast your eyes on the new Hyundai IONIQ 5, a car that recently had its digital world premiere and really pushes the envelope on modern design.
To celebrate the imminent launch of the Select Electric Motor Show 2021, here we take a look at some of the best lease deals currently available for the models on show at the event.
MINI Electric - 135kW Cooper S 3 33kWh
The MINI Electric has to be the perfect example of how to marry tradition and history with cutting edge technology.
The beloved shape of the MINI of old is retained, while there are subtle stylistic nods to the future in terms of the uprated front grille and aerodynamic alloy wheels.
And this ‘Level 3’ Cooper S version is packing some serious oomph.
Power comes courtesy of a 32.6 kWh battery producing 184 bhp. That means you enjoy an acceleration time of 0-62mph in just 7.3 seconds.
A range of 141 miles between charges is more than ample for darting across the city each day.
And this lease deal comes loaded with goodies, including a Park Assist system that allows the MINI Electric to park itself, as well as a full leather interior and a panoramic glass roof.
Want to know more? Read our Mini Electric review here.
Fiat 500C Electric - Icon 42kWh
The traditional - and much loved - petrol-powered FIAT 500 has been reborn as a stylish all-electric city car.
And like the MINI Electric (see above), the modern makeover means the 500 has lost none of its retro charm.
This ‘Icon’ trim level sits just one rung down from top-of-the-range ‘La Prima’ and comes with pretty much everything you could ever want in terms of options.
That means a large 10.25" touchscreen infotainment system with sat nav, front and rear parking sensors, autonomous emergency braking and eye-catching 16 inch alloys.
You also get 118 hp from the battery along with a range of almost 200 miles before the 500 Electric needs to be plugged in again.
Want to know more? Read our Fiat 500 Electric review here.
VW ID.3 Life - Life Pure Performance 45kWh
First and foremost, take a look at the monthly rental cost of this particular Volkswagen ID.3. Even when you factor in the initial payment for the lease deal, you’re getting an incredible amount of car for the money.
The ID.3 started appearing on UK roads in the summer of last year and was released to great fanfare. And as an all-electric five door hatchback that’s built with families in mind, the ID.3 goes up against the likes of the Citroen e-C4 or the Kia e-Niro (see below).
What’s great about this particular model is that it boasts the larger ‘Pure Performance’ 45kWh battery, which unlocks a 217 mile range as well as considerable power of 150 PS.
Standard equipment on the ‘Life’ trim levels also brings you wireless phone charging, heated front seats, ambient lighting, an infotainment system with sat nav, and driver assistance software like VW’s Auto emergency braking Front Assist with pedestrian and cyclist monitoring.
Want to know more? Read our VW ID.3 review here.
Kia e-Niro - 4+ 64kWh
You can’t really talk about the Volkswagen ID.3 (see above) without mentioning the Kia e-Niro, as the pair are extremely close rivals.
And with an e-Niro lease you get an abundance of choice in terms of configuration.
There are three main trim levels - base ‘2’, mid-range ‘3’ and range-topping ‘4+’, the latter of which features goodies like black leather upholstery, a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with satellite navigation, and a suite of driver assistance systems.
There’s also a choice of two battery sizes - 39 kWh or 64 kWh - with either 134 bhp or 201 bhp respectively. The smaller of those two batteries offers a range of 180 miles while the bigger battery was reserved for the ‘3’ and ‘4+’ models.
That all changed, however, with the recent launch of the ‘2 Long Range’ - which gets the 64 kWh battery and also boasts a range of 282 miles between charges.
Want to know more? Read our Kia e-Niro review here.
Tesla Model 3 – Performance AWD
The original electric car for the masses - and still arguably one of the very best.
You get seating for five adults, an interior that looks as if it’s been swapped-out from the Starship Enterprise, and an enormous 15 inch centre touchscreen.
And with this ‘Performance’ model you also get to out-gun pretty much every traditionally-powered car on the roads.
A dual motor, all-wheel-drive system translates to a 0-60mph acceleration time of just 3.1 seconds. While ‘Performance’ models also boast a class-leading range of 352 miles between charges - which will get you from Brighton to Newcastle-upon-Tyne from a single charge.
You also get a super-practical 425 litres of luggage space from areas in the boot and under the bonnet.
Want to know more? Read our Tesla Model 3 review here.
Porsche Taycan Turbo S
There’s a very, very good reason the all-electric Porsche Taycan is one of the most desirable vehicles in the UK right now - because it’s both lightning-quick and extremely easy on the eye.
First unveiled in 2019, the Taycan represented Porsche’s first-ever electric car. And if traditionalists might have had their doubts initially, one look at the level of performance and they were won over.
There’s a range of Taycans available, which come as both a practical estate and a swooping four-door coupe.
And this Turbo S version sits at the pinnacle of the range. It boasts an astonishing 761 PS of power, when using launch control, and a 0-62mph sprint time of just 2.8 seconds, as well as a top speed of 162 mph.
Despite those stats, you can still expect a range of up to 258 miles in normal use or 296 miles if you’re criss-crossing the city.
Want to know more? Read our Porsche Taycan review here.
** For full details of the Select Electric Motor Show 2021, head here: https://thebritishmotorshow.live/select-electric-motor-show/
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