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With the dawn of a new year comes one of our favourite modern traditions: the ‘in’ and ‘out’ comparison. 

Our contribution for 2023?

Out: Fossil fuels
In: Electric cars

We’re not dreaming: the electric revolution is gathering momentum. In December of 2022, EV registrations in the UK – for the first time – outstripped petrol and diesel cars. So, whether you’re looking for the best innovation in motoring, to reduce your impact on our environment, or you simply want a fantastic driving experience, going electric is a no-brainer.

Electric vehicles (EVs) have come a long way in recent years, and 2023 is shaping up to be one of the biggest yet. With more models on the market than ever, enviable ranges, and more affordable prices (and even more so with an EV salary sacrifice employee benefit), it's an exciting time to be in the market for an EV. New all-electric offerings coming this year include the Polestar 3, alongside electric cars from Volvo, Ford, Rolls-Royce, Bentley and more.

But with so many options available, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. So, if you’re in the market for a new car and considering going electric, look no further. Here are the top five electric cars gracing UK streets in 2023. 

Ready to make the change but looking for the most affordable way to go electric? Look no further: loveelectric’s employee benefit can save you up to 60% on your new EV lease through salary sacrifice. Learn more about how you can get involved! 

Genesis GV60

Promotional photo of the Genesis GV60 on an orange mountainous backdrop
Photo via Genesis

Introducing the (soon to be) hottest electric car of 2023, the Genesis GV60. The self-professed “future of luxury mobility”, it’s no secret that the GV60 will boast top-of-the-range performance and specs that will make even the best EVs jealous. 

While Genesis is no newcomer to the SUV scene, this is the manufacturer’s first foray into the electric car world. At its top range, the GV60 will reach 0-60mph in just 3.7 seconds with 483 horsepower rushing you along. Enjoy each of the 248 miles of range your new GV60 offers at the pace you love.

The Genesis GV60 only recently hit UK shores but is already making a splash. This is the brand to watch and the GV60 is the car to drive.

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Polestar 3

A white Polestar 3 on a stretch of tarmac in the desert
Photo via Polestar

Rivalling Tesla’s industry-leading power and range, the Polestar is a serious competitor: and we think it has the chance to creep ahead this year with the launch of the Polestar 3.

The Polestar 2 was all about power, luxury and style. This year, the Polestar 3 will start rolling onto driveways – all power, all style, but this time wrapped up in a shiny SUV exterior. 

And this SUV is ready to close the lid on any fears of range anxiety. With a massive range of up to 379 miles and a charge time of just 30 minutes, you’ll cruise to your destination without a fear in the world. Truly an SUV for the modern age. 

Ready for the power? We loved the Polestar 2 for its spine-tingling acceleration, but Polestar has completely outdone itself this year. The Polestar 3 will reach 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds with an electrifying 510 bph maximum output. 

The Polestar 3 is more than an electric car: it's a statement. It’s a symbol of the driver’s commitment to a sustainable future – and that they’ll do so in style. The Polestar 3 will turn heads wherever it goes, and the spacious interior and advanced technology will make every trip a joy. This is a car to get excited about.

Want to unlock the best EV prices across the UK? Get you company signed up with loveelectric - the UK’s best green employee benefit - so you can reap the EV salary sacrifice rewards. 

Tesla Model Y

A grey Model Y speeding along a stretch of road
Photo by Tesla UK

Hang on, we hear you say: wasn’t the Tesla Model Y launched in 2020? Good catch, but we think it’d be remiss not to have the Model Y on our list with its rocketing popularity. 

Launched in 2020, the Model Y quickly jumped to the top of the EV must-have wish-list. As a perfect balance between the earlier Model X and Model 3, the Tesla Model Y has, as a result, a luxurious cabin, sportscar performance and a 5-star Euro NCAP rating. It’s no wonder the Model Y was our most sought-after car of 2022!

So, why is the Model Y so beloved? It really is a case of 1+1=3: its versatility makes it a perfectly practical family car, while the impressive performance offers a true sportscar feel. For those Saturday mornings when you have to pack extra sports gear, each second-row seat folds flush, providing massive amounts of room for all-day activities. But don’t underestimate its power when you get to the open road: you’ll know why so many people are adopting the Model Y once you hit the accelerator. 

The Model Y’s electrifying performance capabilities set it apart from the rest. With a top speed of 150mph, the dual motors launch the Model Y from 0-62mph in just 4.8 seconds. And with a massive range of up to 326 miles per charge, any concerns about getting where you need to go are quickly quelled. 

But if you do find yourself in a grind, never fear: Tesla’s network of almost 1,000 Superchargers across the UK will make sure you drive easy, no matter how far you want to go. 

Are you unsure whether you’d like to lease or buy your Tesla? While prices recently fell, leasing with loveelectric’s green employee benefit will see you saving up to 60% on your monthly lease. 

Let us tell you about how our bespoke salary sacrifice is really as good as it sounds.

Kia EV4

Image of the Kia badge on a dark grey bonnet
Photo by Mark Chan on Unsplash

While we love all electric cars equally, it seems like a couple of manufacturers have really figured out the winning formula. We all know that Tesla has its bases covered, but Kia’s EV4 2023 is hotly anticipated following on from the award-winning EV6. 

Don’t just take our word for it! The Kia EV6 was introduced to the UK with huge acclaim in 2022, taking home prestigious awards from WhatCar?, the Car of the Year Awards and Top Gear. With its sleek body and sloping roofline, this refined SUV is a jewel in the electric car crown. 

Set to rival the Mercedes EQA and BMW iX1, the Kia EV4 will offer over 300 miles in uninterrupted cruising. The first of 14 new EVs that Kia is set to launch before 2027, the EV4 will be a large SUV and is rumoured to seat seven.

At loveelectric, we're committed to making the latest in electric vehicle technology accessible to everyone. The Kia EV4’s modern design, advanced technology and affordable price pitches it as the perfect choice for families who want to make a difference in the world while enjoying the comforts and conveniences of modern driving.

Learn more about our green employee benefit – and why our savings are as good as they seem.

Tesla Model 2

Tesla badge with raindrops on a black boot-lid
Photo by Austin Ramsey on Unsplash

When Elon Musk first conceived Tesla, he wrote a master plan. Split into four stages, the plan outlined his path to world domination making electric cars accessible to people across the world. 

  1. Build sports car
  2. Use that money to build an affordable car
  3. Use that money to build an even more affordable car
  4. While doing above, also provide zero emission electric power generation options

Unveiling plans for the Model 2, Musk has brought his third stage of that plan is coming into motion. Starting at just £18,000, the Tesla Model 2 is the culmination of the learning, technology and beauty of the S-3-X-Y lineup – at a fraction of the cost.

Okay, the Model 2 isn’t technically coming in 2023. But it’s safe to say that we - along with most EV enthusiasts and techies - are absolutely amped to see this electric car hit the market in 2025.

There are few technology releases that gather quite so much excitement as the launch of a new Tesla model – and the Model 2 is no different. It is rumoured that the proposed hatchback will come in six designs, but initial concepts have been kept closely under wraps. With battery technology improving year on year, there’s no doubt that the Tesla Model 2 will benefit from cutting-edge technology, offering drivers a huge range with enviable power. And, of course, drivers will benefit from the nearly 1000 Tesla Superchargers across the UK. 

Of course, Tesla will see a number of competitors in the affordable EV market by 2025. The MG4 launched just last year, reimagining what an electric car should cost – and they have already announced the next model in their series. But there still isn’t an EV manufacturer that holds quite as much brand power as Tesla, so it’s a safe bet that the Model 2 will be just as luxurious, punchy and successful as its predecessors – at a fraction of the cost. 

The Tesla Model 2, set for launch in 2025, will be the most affordable Tesla on the market to date. And there’s good news: the UK Government has confirmed that the ultra-low Benefit in Kind rate will remain in place until at least 2028, meaning that you could get the Model 2 at the most affordable rate in the country. 

Learn more about how EV salary sacrifice can unlock up to 60% off your monthly lease! 

There’s no doubt about it: electric cars are here, and they’re here to stay. 2023 is set to be the most exciting year yet for EV tech, and we’re passionate about bringing the most affordable prices so you can enjoy your new electric car without a care in the world. 

The electric revolution is underway. Why not join us?