A petrol/electric supermini, the Toyota Yaris is technically a hybrid and not really a fully-electric vehicle. I’m including it though because it’s a fantastic car if you’re slightly sceptical about electric cars and want to ease yourself into the world of alternative fuels gently.
With the 1.5-litre petrol engine and the compact electric motor, you get a pretty respectable 100 bhp, which is more than enough for cruising around town. Cabin space is pretty good too, with a decent amount of legroom all round. You also get a Toyota Touch 2 multimedia system, complete with a 7-inch screen too, so it’s great if you’re keen on your tech.
As an interesting aside, the powerpack included in the car is essentially a mini-version of that in the Prius, so you get a hint of luxury in the Yaris, as well as proper practicality.