Electric cars are becoming increasingly popular, and no wonder: the best ones are quiet, cheap to run and smooth to drive. But what are the vivid sparks-and what are the loose connections? 

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Electric cars are now entering the mainstream, and their growth will only intensify as regulations are enforced to restrict the type of vehicles that are allowed into major cities.

The main thing that has traditionally prevented them from selling in larger numbers is anxiety about the range – the fear that you won’t have enough juice to get to where you go. But with plenty of models now able to cover over 200 miles between charges, this is becoming less of a concern.

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So, why do you call electric cars? We list our favourites down here and tell you the one to stop.

1-Tesla Model 3

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Before its launch, few cars earned as much attention as the Model 3 and even fewer can equal what it actually offers. Tesla’s most affordable car is still nice to drive, packed full of tech, strong and surprisingly practical. Add in a competitive price, particularly given its sheer speed, and it is not only a great electric car but also one of the best executive cars that you can purchase.

2-Peugeot e-208

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The Peugeot e-208 is even better as well as the Zoe is, with a higher quality interior, more rear headroom and extra safety kit. Compared with the petrol models of the 208, there’s no compromise on boot space either, so you can expect to do almost 200 miles between charges.

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3-Renault Zoe

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The key strength of the Zoe is that it looks like a traditional, sleek, nippy little car and it just happens that it costs a few pennies to drive. The electric motor has enough shove for the Zoe to take the charge away from the traffic lights, and its interior has space for four people to sit in comfort. Even the boot is bigger than you’ll find in many standard little cars; it’s easily big enough for weekly shopping for a family.

4-Kia e-Niro

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Another car that banishes range anxiety is the e-Niro, which manages 253 miles when we test it. It also offers good convenience, performance, comfort and equipment – all at a competitive price. We personally rate the e-Niro so highly that we made it our 2019 Car of the Year.

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5-Jaguar I-Pace

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The I-Pace SUV is the first electric car from Jaguar, which can drive between charges in real-world conditions for more than 250 miles. It can also be charged in just 90 minutes to 80 per cent capacity, and its futuristic interior features two 12.0 in displays and another 5.5 in the climate settings panel. Add fun to handling and this is a very attractive choice.

6-Hyundai Kona Electric

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The strong Kona Electric 64kWh blasts out of the water range fear, travelling 259 miles between charges in our pockets. It is also reasonably priced and well fitted, while Kia e-Niro, which is closely related, provides more rear space and is easier to drive.

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7-Audi E-Tron

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The Audi E-Tron doesn’t feel as sporty driving as the Jaguar I-Pace counterpart and has a shorter range. This is the inside classier of the two and the smaller cruiser, however. Buyers can improve the aerodynamics in a first for a production car by opting to remove the door mirrors of the E-Tron and replace them with cameras that feed into small screens inside it.

8-Tesla Model S

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The Tesla Model S saloon is as capable as desirable, offering stunning performance and a spectacular range. It is also functional, as nearly all controls of the car are accessible through a massive 17 in touchscreen that is simple to personalize, and updates wirelessly to carry new features as they are rolled out.

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9-Mercedes EQC

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If you want to optimize the peace and quiet offered by going electric, the EQC is a fantastic choice: it is truly incredibly hushed on the move. Yet even on motorways, it’s relatively easy, it doesn’t travel anywhere else as well as the very best rivals and its range is somewhere off the Jaguar I-Pace.

10-Seat Mii Electric

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If you’re looking for a small electric vehicle, the Mii Electric should certainly be on your shortlist to use primarily in the area. It may not have the battery capacity – and therefore the range – of some alternatives, but that means its price is smaller, and the 111 miles it managed in our Real Range test are still adequate for the needs of many.

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