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Compact EV riders; WANT BATTERY POWER, BUT IN A SMALL CAR? THESE ARE SOME OF THE BEST OPTIONS, SAYS JACK EVANS.

Byline: JACK EVANS

THE electric car segment is moving forwards at a frantic pace, with newer and sharper models being released every month.

There are a variety of different sizes and shapes too, with many carmakers opting to go straight for battery-powered SUVs off the bat.

However, for many people, a large car simply isn't fit for purpose. So if you want to make the switch to an electric vehicle, but want a car that won't prove too large, then what are your options?

We've picked out a few of the best compact EVs on sale today...

MINI ELECTRIC Mini has delved into the electric market with an attractive-looking offering. The Mini Electric brings you the same exciting driving experience that you get from the firm's range of conventionally-driven cars, but with the added bonus of an electric powertrain.

It matches the performance of the sporty Cooper S, in fact, and though its 145-mile range is quite limited, it makes up for it with character.

HONDA E If you're after styling that'll draw a crowd, the Honda e could be the electric car for you. It's a properly eccentric-looking thing, with round headlights and matching rear lights combining with the car's compact dimensions to create a vehicle which looks like nothing else on the road today.

Though its 125-mile range sits on the shorter end of the scale, the e's small proportions make it ideal for darting around the city.

HYUNDAI KONA ELECTRIC The Kona Electric is somewhat of a dark horse in the EV segment.

This car is absolutely jam-packed with technology, while its claimed 300-mile range outclasses those offered by far more premium alternatives.

It's well made inside and good to drive, too. In fact, the Kona Electric is one of the very best EVs on sale today - regardless of size.

It's little wonder that Hyundai experienced such demand for it when it was released.

RENAULT ZOE The Renault Zoe has been a common sight on the UK's roads for some time now, having been a key offering in the EV segment since 2021.

It's been updated since then, of course, with the most recent model arriving with a range of up to 245 miles.

It's this impressive range which gives the Zoe a long-legged ability that few other EVs in this segment can offer. It's also smartly designed and packed with features.

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Hyundai's Kona Electric is one of the very best EVs on sale today

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Author:JACK EVANS
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 6, 2021
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