The new electric cars that will retain their value best

It’s hard enough trying to predict how rapidly a normal car will depreciate, but estimating the loss of value of an electric vehicle is a whole other ball game. 

As battery technology advances and manufacturers launch newer models with longer ranges, more performance and shorter charging times, the electric cars of today could soon be considered old hat in a relatively short period of time.

For that reason, it is vital that an electric vehicle you buy today has the best chance of enduring the test of time. 

Fortunately, vehicle valuations experts CAP has named those among the strongest value retainers on the market right now.

Low emissions; slow depreciation: With the help of valuations experts CAP, we've named the electric cars on the market that retain the most value after 2 years. Where does the Nissan Leaf (pictured) feature? Find out below Renault thought it was being smart by selling customers the Zoe and offering the option of leasing the battery to improve residuals. It hasn't quite gone to plan The i3 was a technological tour-de-force when it arrived 7 years ago. It's now starting to feel dated compared to rivals The e-NV200 makes it into the list, mainly because is the only electric vehicle offering the option of 7 seats The Fortwo Cabrio is the first of 3 Smart EQ electric models to make it into the list. It's currently the only electric convertible car you can buy The Smart Forfour is the Daimler offering in the battery-powered supermini segment. Of all the cars here, it's the one that sheds the least over 2 years and 20,000 miles in monetary terms The standard Smart Fortwo is the slowest depreciating of the three models. It's also the most popular A Model S is expected to retain over 60% of its value after 2 years, however you're still likely to lose close to £40,000 after just 24 months The Hyundai Ioniq is the Korean brand's answer to an all-electric family hatchback. It will lose two fifths of its value over 2 years Nissan's Leaf is the best-selling electric car around the world to date. The latest model offer more range and shorter charging times The Model X is the priciest electric model to feature in this list. That said, it retains almost two thirds of its value after 2 years and 20,000 miles. Still, you'll lose £37k Volkswagen Golfs traditionally hold their value exceptionally well. The e-Golf is no different If you're in the market for an electric car that holds its value best, the Jaguar I-Pace is the model for you. Just a quarter of the original value slips over a 2 year ownership period If you're in the market for an electric car that holds its value best, the Jaguar I-Pace is the model for you. Just a quarter of the original value slips over a 2 year ownership period

If you’re in the market for an electric car that holds its value best, the Jaguar I-Pace is the model for you. Just a quarter of the original value slips over a 2 year ownership period

Price from: £64,495

Average price paid: £69,090

 Value lost after 2 yrs/20k miles: 25.4%

Average depreciation (£): -£17,590

The I-Pace is the electric car to have right now. It’s cheaper than a Tesla, better built, arguably more stylish and has racked up a whole host of accolades, including the title of the World Car of the Year for 2019. 

Waiting lists for models are pretty long, which might explain why they are holding three quarters of their value after two years and 20,000 miles.

That’s right, buy an I-Pace today for just under £65,500 and CAP says you’ll get £48,000 for it when you sell 24 months later.

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