EVs we wish we had in the UK

The UK is a strong market for electric vehicles, but it doesn't get everything electric. We have highlighted some of the most interesting electric cars sold elsewhere that we'd like to see here.

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Despite a wide-ranging choice of electric cars for customers, there could always be a few more models to pick from right? Well here are our pick of the models to import should we make the decisions, from the tiny to the Goliath - and everything in between.

Ford F150 Lightning

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Ford's F150 pick-up is one of the best-selling cars of all time. And this latest version has switched the Lightning badge from a performance-focused model to an all-electric pick-up; still performance-focused however.

With greater design flexibility afforded by electric powertrains, Ford has maximised the storage capacity, with not only a huge load bed as you would expect from a US pick-up, but also a large frunk/froot.. each a horrible name, so we'll go for front load area.

A range of around 320 miles on a charge is possible thanks to a 131 kWh battery, and it will still cover the 0-60mph sprint in 4.3 seconds despite its huge size.

The biggest news? In the US, the F150 Lightning starts from around $40,000, so it's certainly "affordable" compared to other rivals that cost twice the price or more.

Citroen Ami Buggy


The complete opposite to Ford's pick-up above, Citroen's Ami is tiny - in fact, it almost fits in the F150's load bed - has a short range, and has been designed to be easy to make. And then the Buggy version makes its easier still by discarding a number of body panels.

A little scaffolding rather than proper doors, a folding canvas roof, khaki paint job, and nippy electric motor mean the Ami Buggy is a true modern day Mini More. This thing is tailor made for running around the Med.

Range remains small because it's only got a little battery, and it's not really a car, rather a quadricycle. But it has seats, a windscreen, 46 mile range, and top speed of 28 mph.

Originally a concept, the Ami Buggy was so well received that Citroen decided to build it properly, though in a very limited production run of 50 units.

Rivian R1S/R1T


Slightly cheating by combining two albeit similar models, the Rivian R1S is a conventional SUV, and Rivian R1T a pick-up. Scheduled to head over to Europe at some time, the Rivian models have been promised for a while now without seeing them on this continent - which is why they are on this list.

Range is a little over 300 miles, and the conventional sprint time is covered in only 3.0 seconds. On a par size-wise with a Land Rover Defender, the Rivian will charge at up to 190 kW DC for faster charging times. However, the battery is considerable at 129 kWh.

Stylish inside and out, the Rivian features a number of clever design ideas, and an efficient brake energy recuperation system.

Fisker Ocean


The Fisker Ocean should arrive in the UK in 2023, but electric vehicle manufacturers from the US have a notoriously tricky time sticking to deadlines so, we shall have to see.

The mid-sized SUV will compete with the likes of the Tesla Model Y, and it's planned to arrive with a range 275 miles and starting price under £35,000.

A long range version will arrive for a little under £50,000 and have a huge 390 mile range for this wanting more, and power is good across the board - the fastest model will cover 0-60mph in 3.6 second, while torque vectoring means it will get around corners quickly too.

Dacia Spring


It's such a shame that the Dacia Spring is not scheduled to arrive in the UK, since the compact crossover fits in with the brand's no-nonsense, affordable ethos, but is a full-EV.

It's one of the cheapest EVs available to buy in Europe and might arrive here in the UK in 2024 - but it's only a "might". Range is modest at 140 miles on a charge, and DC charging is possible at up to 30 kW, which isn't particularly fast.

However, the starting price in Europe currently equates to just over £18,000, and the compact crossover is a great little EV for those that don't need to cover long distances.

Lightyear 0


Certainly not cheap at more than £200,000 each, and definitely rare with less than a thousand units made per year, the Lightyear 0 uses a 60 kWh battery but can cover 388 miles on a charge.

The reason behind that is two-fold; solar panels and aerodynamics. The former sees panels affixed to the car that can generate up to 1 kW of electricity, boosting the battery's charge on the move or parked up.

The unusual, slippery shape helps too, reducing drag and cutting easily through the air for maximum mileage. To compare, a similar range is possible from the Mercedes-Benz EQS saloon, but it needs a battery around twice the size of the Lightyear's.

Chevrolet Bolt 


Chevrolet's Bolt was one of the first mass-market long range EVs, but it has never made it to the UK. Which is a pity considering in the US, £21,500 will get a brand new, 259 mile EV.

Compact for the US market, but family-sized here, the hatch/crossover still features 200 hp and covers 0-60mph in 6.5 seconds. 

Plus, it features rapid charging and "one-pedal" driving, with a suite of driver assistance systems. But as Chevrolet doesn't sell cars in the UK, you'd have to import one yourself, and it would be left-hand drive.

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Set to rival the likes of Tesla's Model 3 saloon, the Nio ET5 supposedly offers a range in excess of 621 miles thanks to a massive 150 kWh battery.

Whether it achieves that figure in the real-world is somewhat moot, because even achieving three-quarters of that quoted number would still offer a huge range.

Plus, as Nio is due to enter the UK market next year (again, don't hold your breath - it's probably going to take some time) the company specialises in battery-swap stations, making really long distance travel even more convenient.