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New ARK Zero is the cheapest electric car you can buy in the UK

The ARK Zero has arrived as a cheap electric quadricycle to rival the Citroen Ami

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Electric cars are steadily becoming more affordable to the masses, but the average model will still set you back over £30,000. 

But what if you don’t have that much to spend? What about if you only have, say, £5,995? Well, you’re in luck as the ARK Zero has arrived as the UK’s cheapest new electric ‘car’.

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Like the previous record holder, the Citroen Ami, the ARK Zero is actually classed as a quadricycle. This means that it cannot only be driven by those with a full driver’s licence, but by those with a moped licence, too. You can’t take it for a spin with just a provisional licence, though.

Powering the shopping trolley-sized Zero is an electric motor that produces 3bhp – almost a third of the Citroen Ami’s comparatively monstrous 8bhp output. The question of how fast the ARK Zero reaches 62mph is a rhetorical one as the teeny EV has a maximum speed of 28mph, meaning it cannot be used on the motorway.

Still, ARK believes this should be sufficient for where the Zero is primarily designed: the city. Here, the British-Chinese brand claims its budget electric car will offer a range of up to 50 miles, which is actually four miles more than Citroen’s official figure.

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Once the battery runs dry, owners can charge the ARK Zero using the included Type 1 cable which you can use to plug-in at any standard three-pin socket. A full charge is said to take anything between six and eight hours, though; an MG4 can top-up at a public DC rapid charger from 10-80% in just 35 minutes.

The ARK Zero measures just 2,500mm long, which is over a metre shorter than a MINI Electric. Despite its minute footprint, ARK says that the Zero has enough space for a driver, a passenger and even a dog (other furry companions should also be compatible!). The driver and passenger sit in front of one another, while a standard-fit glass sunroof and electric windows should help make the cabin feel a little less claustrophobic.

The Zero’s biggest rival will undoubtedly be the Citroen Ami, as well as its Italian counterpart, the Fiat Topolino – if that car ends up coming to the UK. Unlike the relatively spartan Ami, the Zero gets quite a lot of standard equipment including a colour instrument cluster, a Bluetooth radio and speaker system, a heater and even a reversing camera.

Buyers can place their orders for the ARK Zero now which, as mentioned, starts from just £5,995 – almost a grand less than the Ami. ARK says deliveries are expected to begin within the next 14-16 weeks.

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Hello there, I’m Tom Jervis and I have the pleasure of being the Content Editor here at DrivingElectric. Before joining the team in 2023, I spent my time reviewing cars and offering car buying tips and advice on DrivingElectric’s sister site, Carbuyer. I also continue to occasionally contribute to the AutoExpress magazine – another of DrivingElectric’s partner brands. In a past life, I worked for the BBC as a journalist and broadcast assistant for regional services in the east of England – constantly trying to find stories that related to cars!

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