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Top 10 best Motability electric cars 2022

The Motability scheme these days includes a number of electric cars, which can all help eligible drivers keep their motoring costs down

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The Motability scheme gives eligible people in the UK the opportunity to lease a new car, scooter or powered wheelchair in exchange for their mobility allowance. Those who qualify can pick any car, scooter or wheelchair accessible vehicle (WAV) they want, provided it’s offered on the Motability scheme.

But it’s not just a lease: insurance, breakdown assistance, tyre repair and replacement, windscreen repairs, servicing and maintenance are all included in the package, making it a convenient and hassle-free option.

Plus, every three months, the organisation negotiates discounted leasing rates with car manufacturers, potentially offering big savings that aren’t available elsewhere. And now, more and more electric cars are becoming available on the scheme, including superminis and family SUVs, to even larger and more practical options like the Citroen e-SpaceTourer nine-seat minibus.

After finding the car you want, you can also decide who drives the vehicle and which dealership to operate through, plus you’re eligible for a new vehicle every three years. Drivers still have to pay for fuel, however choosing an electric car could offer huge savings over the course of the lease compared to a petrol or diesel-powered equivalent. Motability has also partnered with Ohme to offer home charging points to clients who choose an electric model.

Do I qualify for the Motability scheme?

To be eligible for the Motability Scheme, you must receive one of the following four mobility allowances:

• Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance (HRMC DLA)

£62.55 per week

• Enhanced Rate Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment (ERMC PIP)

£62.55 per week

• Higher rate mobility component of Child Disability Payment

£62.55 per week

• War Pensioners' Mobility Supplement (WPMS)

£69.85 per week

• Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP)

£62.55 per week

You must have at least 12 months left to run on any of the above allowances to qualify for Motability. There are also terms and conditions that need to be met: any car leased through Motability must be used for the benefit of the disabled person, even if it's predominantly or entirely driven by another named driver.

Any named driver must have a valid driving licence, and also meet RSA’s insurance underwriting criteria. Misuse of a Motability car – ranging from driving without insurance to sub-leasing the vehicle – could result in the termination of the lease and a bill to cover any repairs or loss of resale value. You may also be prevented from getting another car through the scheme.

Vauxhall Combo-e Life

What’s included on the Motability scheme?

As mentioned above, leasing through Motability lets you roll insurance, breakdown assistance, servicing and maintenance into one package, with all of the above organised for you. Insurance is provided by RSA Motability, and includes personal accident cover. Servicing is included, too, and if you give the dealership three weeks’ notice, it'll arrange a courtesy car so you can travel home while the service is being carried out.

Motability arranges full breakdown assistance, and you may have up to two named drivers. Cars have a mileage allowance of 60,000 miles, while MOTs and road tax are covered as well. Perhaps most importantly of all, the scheme allows you to choose a variety of adaptations to accommodate a variety of disabilities. Some adaptations are free, while others have a price attached.

All manner of adaptations can be arranged, including hand controls, steering aids, pedal modifications and personal hoists. Consult with your dealer to have these fitted. It’s important to note that there are cars on the scheme that cost less than a full week’s mobility allowance to lease, and therefore it could still be cheaper overall to run a petrol, diesel or hybrid vehicle. We've also made a list of the best Motability hybrid cars if you can't make the switch to electric just yet.

It's worth noting that drivers aged under 25 are restricted to cars that sit in insurance group 16 or lower, and have a power output of 120bhp or less. Our list below features details of electric cars on the scheme along with their respective advance payments, calculated with the Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance in mind. Advance payments can vary from our figures for those receiving one of the other allowances detailed above.

Citroen e-C4

Citroen e-C4

Weekly rental: Full allowance

Advance payment: £1,295 (Shine Plus)

The Citroen e-C4 is a family hatchback  based on the same platform as the Peugeot e-2008 and Vauxhall Mokka-e elsewhere on this list. It's styled much like a coupe-SUV, but Citroen doesn't refer to it as such. Range stands at 217 miles thanks to a 50kWh battery, which powers the 134bhp electric motor.

The 100kW charging makes for speedy top-ups from public rapid chargers, while the interior is both comfortable and practical despite that sloping roofline. Perhaps most importantly, the e-C4 requires a lower advance payment than some closely related models. It's well worth a look if you prioritise comfort and refinement. Read our full review for more details.

Citroen e-SpaceTourer

Citroen e-SpaceTourer

Weekly rental: Total allowance 

Advance payment: £4,995 (M Business Edition nine seat), £7,895 (Medium Flair eight seat)

If practicality and versatility are what you’re after, nothing comes close to Citroen’s van-derived people carrier. Well, except the all-but-identical Vauxhall Vivaro-e Life. Available on Motability in eight or nine seat configurations, the e-SpaceTourer’s 50kWh battery is enough for a claimed 143-mile range, while a 134bhp electric motor features, too, as does 100kW rapid charging.

The e-SpaceTourer and Vivaro-e Life are the biggest electric cars you can get through the Motability scheme, and also among the most costly – even though this is the entry-level e-SpaceTourer with the M body-length in Business Edition trim, it needs a £4,995 advance payment, while the more generously equipped Flair model requires nearly £8,000 upfront. Still, if you need the space and flexibility, almost nothing can match it. Read our full review for more details.

Fiat 500 electric

Fiat 500

Weekly rental: Full allowance

Advance payment: £0 (Action, Icon, RED Edition), £395 (La Prima), £795 (Icon Cabrio), £995 (RED Edition Cabrio), £1,195 (La Prima Cabrio)

The latest generation of Fiat’s style-conscious city car is electric-only, and one of the best EVs on sale, too. It’s fun to drive and some models come with a larger battery for nearly 200 miles of range. That’s why we’d recommend going for the Passion trim or above, as these  also get a touchscreen and 85kW rapid charging capability. Thankfully, all specifications of the Fiat 500 are available on the Motability scheme, including in convertible form, and it’s available to under 25s, too. Plus, in certain trims, it’s one of the few electric cars on this list that doesn’t require an advance payment. Read our full review for more details.

Hyundai Kona Electric

Hyundai Kona Electric

Weekly rental: Full allowance

Advance payment: £0 (39kWh SE Connect), £399 (39kWh Premium), £1,099 (64kWh Premium), £1,599 (64kWh Ultimate)

The Hyundai Kona Electric is a great all-rounder: it’s comfortable, well-equipped and even looks pretty good, too. Plus, Kona Electrics with the larger 64kWh battery are available on the Motability scheme and offer up to 300 miles of charge. Rapid charging is also supported at up to 100kW for a 44-minute 10-80% top-up, while recharging fully from a home wallbox takes around 10 hours. 

The Kona Electric is brisk, good to drive and while not the most practical EV on this list, it is safe and has enough space for a family of four. Only the less expensive 39kWh Kona Electric models can be driven by under-25s on the scheme. Read our full review for more details.

Nissan Ariya

Nissan Ariya

Weekly rental: Total allowance

Advance payment: £7,299 (Advance), £7,399 (Advance + 22kW charger), £7,449 (Advance + Sky Pack), £7,599 (Advance + Bose Tech Pack), £7,649 (Advance + 22kW charger + Sky Pack), £7,849 (Advance + 22kW charger + Bose Tech Pack)

It’s been over a decade since the Nissan Leaf was launched, but the Ariya SUV is a worthy follow-up to the pioneering hatchback. It’s striking to look at, has a spacious cabin and comes with a dual-screen infotainment setup as standard, plus loads of kit. The only version of the Ariya available on Motability is the base front-wheel drive model with a 63kWh battery, though that combo should still be enough for a range of around 223-250 miles.

A 10-80% top up will take 31 minutes thanks to 130kW rapid charging speeds, while ‘e-Pedal Step’ mode is great when driving around town. Of course, while you can’t upgrade to the 87kWh battery or all-wheel-drive, on Motability you can get the Ariya with a 22kW on-board charger, the Sky Pack – which adds a openable panoramic sunroof – or the Bose Tech Pack with its upgraded 10-speaker sound system. Read our full review for more details.

Nissan Leaf

Nissan Leaf

Weekly rental: Full allowance

Advance payment: £599 (Acenta), £849 (Acenta + Tech Pack), £1,349 (N-Connecta), £1,599 (N-Connecta + ProPilot Pack), £2,099 (Tekna)

It may be one of the original mass-market electric cars, but the Nissan Leaf remains one of the best EVs you can buy. The latest iteration is spacious, comfortable and very well engineered. The Leaf only comes in 40kWh form on the Motability scheme, but is very reasonably priced in its lower trims.

The 168-mile range offered by this smaller battery may not be that impressive, but it's more than flexible enough for most drivers' average daily mileage – especially given that we consistently managed to get more than 160 miles in real-world tests. Topping up on the go is easy enough if you have 100kW charging access – 10-80%  charge is dealt with in 35 minutes.

If you like an easy-to-drive car, the Leaf's effortless e-pedal system will also appeal; it allows for near-single pedal operation of the car, with regenerative braking boosted to the point that it can almost slow the car down to a complete stop when you lift off. Read our full review for more details.

Peugeot e-208

Peugeot e-208

Weekly rental: Total allowance

Advance payment: £1,549 (GT), £1,749 (GT Premium)

If you only need a small car, but would like it to have a decent breadth of ability, the Peugeot e-208 is a great contender. The e-208 is small inside but still roomier than a Renault ZOE; four adults can fit in comfortably. The boot is of a useful size, too, but there’s nowhere to store the charging cables out of the way other than a bag. The car’s focus on style – and its accompanying sloping roof – mean access to the rear seats may be an issue for some.

An official range of 225 miles is strong for an electric car of this size, offering a little more flexibility than some urban-focused rivals, and the e-208 will charge fully from a wallbox in around eight hours. It’s worth noting that despite the youthful looks, those under 25 can’t drive one on Motability. Read our full review for more.

Peugeot e-2008

Peugeot e-2008

Weekly rental: Total allowance

Advance payment: £2,499 (GT)

Based on similar underpinnings to its e-208 stablemate, the e-2008 is a larger, more practical and higher-riding SUV alternative. The pair share similar interior design and use the same 50kWh battery, but because the SUV is heavier, range drops slightly to a still-useful 214 miles compared to the e-208’s 225.

One of the best reasons to choose the e-2008 over its sibling is practicality: there’s a 405-litre boot, 60:40 split-folding seats and plenty of room for adults in the back. Access is easier, too, thanks to the raised ride height and high roofline. Sadly, those under 25 miss out on the e-2008 due to its insurance rating. Read our full review for more details.

Vauxhall Combo-e Life

Vauxhall Combo-e Life

Weekly rental: Total allowance 

Advance payment: £4,099 (SE, SE XL seven seat)

The sister model to the Citroen e-Berlingo and Peugeot e-Rifter, Vauxhall’s zero-emissions MPV is available in five and seven-seat configurations, with a range of up to 174 miles. Like the e-Berlingo and the other Stellantis Group models on this list, it's powered by a 50kWh battery and 134bhp electric motor.

The standard version is 4.4 metres long; the XL extends to 4.75 metres. In five-seat mode, there’s plenty of head and legroom for all, with the third row in the XL offering a surprising amount of space, even for taller adults. It only comes in SE trim, but that includes plenty of kit including parking sensors, a reversing camera, cruise control, speed-limit recognition and an eight-inch screen. Read our full review for more details.

Vauxhall Mokka-e

Vauxhall Mokka-e

Weekly rental: Total allowance 

Advance payment: £0 (GS Line), £199 (SRi Premium), £199 (Ultimate), £299 (Elite Premium)

The Mokka-e also shares its underpinnings with the Peugeot and Citroen products on this list: that means a 50kWh battery, 209-mile claimed range, 134bhp electric motor and 100kW rapid charging. Those familiar parts don't stop the Mokka-e from having its own character, though; it's a good-looking, comfortable car – if not quite as good to drive as its Peugeot counterpart. But, standard equipment is good, plus even the top-of-the-range Ultimate model requires an extremely low advance payment. Read our full review for more.

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