Of course, most are not without their limitations – most have a real-world range of no more than 100 miles, they’re comparatively pricey to buy and you need easy access to charging facilities.
But live within these restrictions (and more people than will admit it, can…), and an electric car is a very sensible choice.
And by buying now you can take advantage of the £4,500 plug-in car grant from the government to ease the pain on your wallet.
There are a growing number of electric models on the road too, from leading manufacturers like VW, BMW and Nissan.
So with the help of the expert reviewers at Auto Trader we’ve rounded out the top five electric cars to buy now.