10 Electric Cars for Private Hire

by | Apr 27, 2023 | PCO Driver News

It’s started, the push for all private hire vehicles to become fully electric. From the beginning of 2023, TfL has started to only license new private hire vehicles that are zero emission capable (ZEC). Uber is working on making all their vehicles electric by 2025 and Addison Lee has already upgraded their fleet of private hire vehicles to fully electric as well. No doubt many more private hire operators will join the mission to go fully electric.

Electric vehicles are the future for the Private Hire industry and you as a self-employed private hire driver should be planning to future-proof your trade by slowly working towards upgrading to an electric vehicle.

We’ve compiled a list of popular electric cars used for private hire work to help you plan for the future. We’ve added electric cars of all sizes suitable for private hire work, along with how much they cost, and charge times based on fast charging speeds. Find out which one is our favourite from the list!

10 Popular Electric Vehicles for
Private Hire Work in London

  1. Tesla Model 3
    The Tesla Model 3 is one of the first electric cars available in the market, it has a very futuristic design and comes with lots of fun tech. A popular choice, but not the largest in terms of size.

Body Type: Saloon
No. of Seats: 5
Boot Space: 425 litres
Range: 340 miles
Charge time: 7 hours
Price: New £42,990 Used: £26,998
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  1. Hyundai Ioniq 5

A very retro yet futuristic looking design, which is a common trend with electric vehicles.  The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is a SUV hatchback, which makes it look small but is surprisingly spacious.

Body Type: Hatchback
No. of Seats: 5
Boot Space: 527 Litres
Range: 298 miles
Charge time: 6 hours
Price: New: £42,299 Used: £37,490
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  1. Volkswagen ID.4

The ID.4 is very similar in style and size as the Hyundai Ioniq 5, it is also the electric vehicle of choice for the Addison Lee electric vehicle fleet upgrade.

Body Type:
Hatchback
No. of Seats: 5
Boot Space: 543 litres
Range: 328 miles
Charge time: 8 hours
Price: New: £38,105 Used: £34,650
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  1. BMW i4

A premium electric vehicle ideal for executive use, the BMW i4 is similar size to the BMW 3 series and has the classic BMW styling.

Body Type:
Saloon
No. of Seats: 5-Seater
Boot Space: 470 litres
Range: 365 miles
Charge time: 7 hours
Price: New: £49,995 Used: N/A
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  1. Skoda Enyaq
    For a long while there where not many 7-seater electric vehicles available and the ones that were available were either ugly or very expensive. The Skoda Enyaq EV is a great 7-seater electric vehicle and is our favourite choice for electric cars to use for private hire work.

    Body Type:
    SUV
    No. of Seats: 7-Seater
    Boot Space: 585 litres
    Range: 260 miles
    Charge time: 6 hours
    Price: New: £38,970 Used: £33,450
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  1. Jaguar I-Pace

Another prestigious brand with a unique looking SUV that stands out from the rest.  A great option if you’re looking for a stylish car to use for private hire work.

Body Type:
SUV
No. of Seats: 5-Seater
Boot Space: 656 litres
Range: 292 miles
Charge time: 10 hours
Price: New: £69,425 Used: £66,350
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  1. Tesla Model X

The Model X from Tesla was the first electric 7-seater on the market.  It is definitely on the high end when it comes to price, but is a very desirable car and can be used for executive travel.

Body Type:
SUV
No. of Seats: 7-Seater
Boot Space: 544 litres
Range: 348 miles
Charge time: 6.5 hours
Price: New: £90,000 Used: £39,290
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  1. Citroen e-SpaceTourer

This is one of the best priced electric cars on the market, especially as you get 9 seats.  We know the range isn’t great, but the vehicle offers quick charging of 30 mins for 80% charge. 

Body Type: MPV
No. of Seats: 9-Seater
Boot Space: 603 litres
Range: 136 miles
Charge time: 6.5 hours
Price: New: £34,735 Used: £33,990
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  1. MG 4 EV

The MG 4 is a very affordable electric vehicle, which has super futuristic styling. 

Body Type: Hatchback
No. of Seats: 5-Seater
Boot Space: 363 litres
Range: 281 miles
Charge time: 8 hours
Price: New: £25,995 Used: £23,499
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  1. Kia e-Niro EV
    Finally another well priced electric vehicle, which is an SUV and feels a little bit more spacious even as a 5seater vehicle.

Body Type: SUV
No. of Seats: 5-Seater
Boot Space: 348 litres
Range: 235 miles
Charge time: 10 hours
Price: New: £27,405 Used: £26,499
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