Electric cars available on the Motability Scheme

Motoring expert Richard Aucock reviews his top new electric car picks from the Motability Scheme’s latest quarterly car price list for 2024 (January – March 2024).

The prices shown are valid for applications placed before 31st March 2024.


Electric cars are getting better and better all the time. On the Motability Scheme, the choice of electric cars is growing all the time too. 2024 could be the perfect year for you to make the switch and enjoy the convenience of being able to charge at home. The latest electric cars also have great driving ranges, helping to travel further on one charge.  

What is driving range?  

Driving range is the distance you can travel on a fully charged battery before you need to plug it in and recharge. Think of it as the equivalent of how many miles you get from a full tank of petrol.  

For example, if an electric car has a 250 mile range, and you cover the UK average daily miles of 18 miles a day, you can drive it for around two weeks without having to plug it in. It’s worth noting different factors can affect driving range including weather, road conditions, and driving speed.

You can see how the Renault Megane e-tech, one of my long-range picks, compares to a petrol car, including how much it will cost you to charge here. 

To show how electric car range has developed, I’ve chosen six long-range electric cars, guaranteed to give you plenty of driving miles.  

 

Renault Megane E-Tech Electric

Renault Megane E-Tech Electric

Driving range: up to 280 miles  

What sort of car is it?

The Renault Megane E-Tech Electric is the electric version of the French firm’s well-liked family five-door hatchback. The Megane is now only available as an electric car, with a 60kWh battery as standard. Battery size is measured in kWh. The bigger the number, the larger the battery capacity, meaning it carries more electricity and will power more miles of driving.   

Why is it so popular?

The latest Renault Megane E-Tech Electric is a modern-looking car with lots of premium detailing. I love the LED headlights, which have a distinctive wavy LED strip that provides daytime illumination so pedestrians will spot you on the move. It is a five-door hatchback that looks appealingly futuristic.  

This modern feel continues inside, thanks to the useful Google-based touchscreen system. You can sign in with your Google account and access a full range of features, including the ‘Hey Google’ voice assistant. The system will locate public charging points easily, but with the Renault electric car boasting a 280-mile range, you may use this feature less frequently than you expect. The Renault Megane E-Tech Electric, in Techno+ trim, has the added appeal of an affordable £195 Advance Payment.  

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 Skoda Enyaq

Skoda Enyaq Electric car

Driving range: up to 249 miles

What sort of car is it?

The Skoda Enyaq iV is a large, family-friendly electric car with a huge amount of space for passengers both front and rear, plus a giant 585-litre boot, meaning it’s big enough to easily hold four large suitcases, with space to spare. The Skoda Enyaq electric car has a bigger boot than some estate cars. 

Why is it so popular?

The Skoda Enyaq is a super spacious electric car, but it is also a model that is easy to live with. The driving position is very flexible and getting in and out is easy thanks to wide doors and high-set seats. The view out is good, and sensors help make it easy to park.  

The 58kWh battery gives an electric range of almost 250 miles. A power output of 177bhp means it is responsive to the accelerator pedal too, and copes easily with five passengers and a boot full of luggage. This Skoda Enyaq electric car is also currently available on the Motability Scheme for nil Advance Payment, meaning it is an accessible and affordable way to ultra-practical electric car motoring.    

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Lexus UX300e

Lexus UX300e

Driving range: up to 280 miles 

What sort of car is it?

The Lexus UX300e is a luxurious and upmarket electric car with an alluring dose of premium desirability. It is a compact crossover-style electric car, with a raised seating position, but still has manageable exterior dimensions. It’s good for those who live in the city, as it’s easier to park and manoeuvre than larger SUVs.  

Why is it so popular?

The Lexus UX300e has recently been updated, and now has a large-capacity 72.8kWh battery. This gives it an excellent electric range of 280 miles, which will make day trips much more convenient. For those who mainly drive at a slow speed in the city, the realistic range could even nudge over 300 miles.  

The interior of the Lexus UX300e will be a real draw in showrooms. The materials are beautiful to the touch and there is a lot of high-tech equipment as standard. The Lexus is a really quiet and refined electric car to drive, and the powerful 201bhp motor gives a fun performance. It even has a roomy 486-litre boot, which is big enough to take four large suitcases. The Lexus UX300e has an Advance Payment of £995, which you can choose to use the New Vehicle Payment to to cover the cost. 

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 Cupra Born 

Cupra Born 

Driving range: up to 260 miles

What sort of car is it?

The Cupra Born is the first electric car from this youthful and sporty brand. Cupra is a sister company to SEAT, often available from the same dealers, and its cars stand out thanks to their bold styling and eye-catching bronze detailing. The Cupra Born has an engaging interior too, with cool and modern trims and materials.  

Why is it so popular?

The Cupra Born V1, with a 58kWh battery, immediately appeals thanks to being available on the Motability Scheme for nil Advance Payment. That’s despite this model having a sporty 201bhp, which gives plenty of performance to support the sporty looks. Drivers will enjoy the engaging handling, but this doesn’t come at the expense of comfort. 

With a range of 260 miles, it has more than enough range to be both a useful daily driver, and an electric car you can easily use on longer trips. The interior is roomy, with high-mounted seats and plenty of glass for a good view out. The Cupra Born has a 385-litre boot too, which our calculations show to be spacious enough for three large suitcases.  

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Volkswagen ID.3

Volkswagen ID.3

Driving range: up to 266 miles

What sort of car is it?

The Volkswagen ID.3 is the electric car equivalent to the well-known Volkswagen Golf. It has a modern, futuristic appearance, which has recently been enhanced by a facelift. This brings smoother-looking trim and some stylish new colours. It’s well worth checking them out in the metal at your local dealer.  

Why is it so popular?

The Volkswagen ID.3 Pro has a 58kWh battery that gives a range of up to 266 miles. Like all electric cars, the ID.3 uses regenerative braking to top up the battery on the move, and a clever forward-facing camera automatically engages this energy harvesting feature. Your dealer will explain how it works in everyday driving and what a difference it can make to your range.  

Inside, the Volkswagen ID.3 has a more upmarket finish than before, with soft-touch materials and an improved touchscreen system. It is spacious both front and rear, while the boot is a useful 385 litres. It is well shaped too, so it is easy to load, while the raised seats also mean the Volkswagen ID.3 is easier to step in and out of than regular family hatchbacks.  

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Hyundai Kona Electric

Hyundai Kona electric

Driving range: up to 319 miles

What sort of car is it?

The new Hyundai Kona Electric is a really distinctive looking car. It is packed with unique design features, and the full-length pixel LED light bar at the front gives it a space-age appearance. You won’t fail to notice it out on the road. The new Kona Electric is also a larger car than its predecessor, which brings big benefits inside

Why is it so popular?

The new Hyundai Kona Electric’s extra all-round space will be appreciated by those who regularly carry rear seat passengers. There’s now lots of legroom, and all the seats are mounted high so they’re easy to step in and out of. A 466-litre boot is generous too, with space for three suitcases, and a flat load sill helps with large loads.  

The Hyundai Kona Electric has a large 65kWh battery, and this gives a very impressive range of 319 miles. Owners will be able to drive for longer distances between recharges, and having a range of over 300 miles will make seaside trips to the coast much easier. Adding further to the appeal of the new model is this well-equipped Advance version being available for an accessible Advance Payment of just £299.  

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Interested in joining the Scheme?

About the Scheme

The Motability Scheme offers an all-inclusive package with insurance, breakdown cover, servicing, tyres and glass repair and replacement included.

If you are in receipt of a qualifying mobility allowance you can use it to lease a car, scooter, powered wheelchair or Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle. The Scheme provides flexible and hassle-free access to a brand new, reliable vehicle of your choice. As well as a great choice of cars, we also provide a wide range of Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles, scooters and powered wheelchairs.

Eligibility

To join the Scheme, you must be in receipt of one of the following mobility allowances:

  • Enhanced Rate of the Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment
  • Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance
  • Higher Rate Mobility Component of Child Disability Payment (Scotland)
  • War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment 

Use our eligibility checker tool to see if you’re eligible.

How do the payments work?

Payments are deducted from your qualifying mobility allowance every four weeks, then paid directly to us by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) or Veterans UK. If you choose a car that costs less than your allowance, the remainder is paid directly to you by the DWP or Veterans UK.

What are the pricing options?

There are three pricing options available when leasing through the Motability Scheme:

Cars that cost less than your mobility allowance:

There are several cars that cost less than your mobility allowance, giving you money back to spend as you wish. The amount you pay is fixed during your lease and the remainder is paid directly to you by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) or Veterans UK, depending on which mobility allowance you receive.

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Cars that cost all of your mobility allowance:

There are also many cars that cost the same as your allowance, which means you swap the whole of your weekly mobility allowance for the car of your choice. There is no Advance Payment on these models. These cars will display the words ‘Total Mobility Allowance’ on the specifications page for weekly rental amount on the Car Search tool.

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Cars that cost all of your mobility allowance and have an Advance Payment:

You can increase your choice further by paying a one-off, non-refundable upfront payment which we call an Advance Payment. The Advance Payment covers the cost between your mobility allowance and the total cost of your lease.

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Search the full range

If you’d like to join over 700,000 customers already enjoying the benefits of a worry-free lease package through the Scheme, start exploring the full range of cars available using our Car Search tool to narrow down your options.

Our price lists are updated every three months, so you can be assured you’re getting the best prices from each manufacturer. The dates the new prices are published are:

  • 1 January
  • 1 April
  • 1 July
  • 1 October

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