When looking for your next family car, an electric vehicle (EV) can be a great option depending on your situation. Electric cars are becoming more and more popular, with different styles such as city and SUV, to suit families of all sizes.
Know your budget and needs
Before deciding on which is the ideal car for you and your family, you’ll need to consider all your options. The most important aspect to think about is to work out how much you can afford, and whether you are better off buying a car outright or making monthly payments. We’ve made this process easier with our car finance calculator.
You’ll also need to know what you require from your vehicle. If you have a large family, will you need a bigger car? Do you mostly drive in the city and urban areas, or do you live in the countryside? What is your usual mileage?
All these factors need to be carefully thought about, as everyone’s situation is different. If you have a large family and need room for plenty luggage, for example, an electric family car like the Citroen ë-SpaceTourer could be ideal. Families needing room for five might find the new e-C4, a coupe SUV with sleek styling and a range of over 200 miles, more appealing.
If you drive long distances on a regular basis, then the C5 Aircross SUV Hybrid, with its blend of electric and petrol power, might be the best option.
EV running costs
There are plenty of benefits to making an EV your next upgrade, especially when it comes to running costs. They’re also very suitable for families, despite the misconception that EV driving range isn’t where it should be. Looking at the ë-C4's 200-mile-plus range, for example, you'll get a good distance between each charge.
Cheaper to maintain
While EVs may be more expensive to buy initially, they can be considerably cheaper to maintain in the long run. This is mainly due to the monetary saving on fuel across the vehicle’s lifetime. For those with a family, you may be used to a bigger car that burns through fuel at a quicker rate. You don’t have to worry about this problem with an electric car.
It’s not just on fuel where you can save money, though, as there are also tax incentives to owning an EV. To meet climate change targets, the government is looking to increase the number of EVs on the road – as such, fully electric cars will pay no Company Car Tax for 2020/21, before rising to just 1% per year thereafter.
Less wear and tear
As well as obvious savings, you can also save money in the long term due to the fact there is likely to be less wear and tear with an EV, compared to a petrol or diesel alternative. As EVs are generally made up of three main components (the motor, inverter, and charger), they are extremely efficient from a production standpoint. Due to fewer moving parts, the damage from constant use is far reduced with an electric car, meaning repair costs could be much lower.
You can charge at home
Although there should be plenty of charging points in the nearest city to you, charging your EV at home is becoming more accessible. In many cases, you can receive a government grant of £350 to install an EV home charging unit to help you with the transition. What this means is that you’ll be able to run and maintain your car at a much cheaper rate, just by plugging it in. It couldn’t be easier.
Depending on the type of home charging port you have, how long it takes to charge will vary. For example, a home charging port of 7kW can see your car fully charged within five to 10 hours.
Costs aside, EVs can also boast a more pleasant form of motoring – for both driver and environment. When moving a large family about, with all the baggage it brings, having an easier and more accessible vehicle can make all the difference.
A smoother driving experience
Many people would argue that due to an electric car being much quieter, it provides a more relaxing and smooth driving experience. Once again, it all depends on your preferences, but if you’re driving in the city a lot then an EV can be perfect. With the instant torque, speed tends to pick up quickly, and with electric cars usually having automatic gearboxes, there’s even greater ease of use.
The balance and distribution of weight in an electric car tends to be much better too, thanks to the batteries mostly being placed at the base of the car. This in turn makes for a lower centre of gravity, which can reduce body roll and instability through corners.
They’re better for the environment
It’s no secret that electric vehicles are greener than their petrol and diesel counterparts, with zero tailpipe emissions. By deciding to get an electric car for your family, you can rest easier knowing your vehicle of choice is a step in a greener direction.
Citroen’s electric family cars
There are some great options here at Citroen if you have decided to go with an EV for your next family car, spanning all-electric and part-electric options.
A hybrid car offers the best of both worlds
SUVs are often a great option when you have a family, no matter the size. The reason for that is simple: they often provide a lot of space and comfort. The Citroën C5 Aircross SUV Hybrid, with electric and petrol power, combines this with a setup that many drivers have more confidence in. You can enjoy 100% electric driving on every day journeys, with up to 34 miles range (WLTP test cycle) between charges, but also have the 180hp petrol engine for that little bit of extra power and for longer trips.
Combined, the 80kW electric motor and 1.6-litre PureTech petrol engine offer 225hp. The EAT8 gearbox also makes gear changing a lot smoother, while the all-electric mode allows access to restricted traffic zones in cities, for an even greater degree of seamless motoring.
It’s an extremely stylish model, too, with the blue inserts in the front bumper and Airbumps® giving the car a unique silhouette. And it’s not just the outside of the car that has stylish features, as the cabin also has a 12.3-inch digital display panel showing driving info such as electricity and fuel consumption, range and more.
Charging the C5 Aircross SUV Hybrid is an easy task as well, with the on-board 7kW charger fitted as standard offering the possibility of charging in under two hours for those with a 32A wall box at home.
There’s certainly plenty of room for larger families with the Citroen ë-SpaceTourer 100% ëlectric. It’s extremely efficient for a bigger vehicle, too, with a benchmark range of up to 148 miles (WLTP test cycle), and the ability to charge to 80% in just 30 minutes at a 100kw rapid charging station*. All these great features come with the added bonus of being 100% electric, with zero CO2 emissions.
With an 11kW wallbox,, your car can be fully charged in four hours 45 minutes, and with a 7.4kW wallbox, the batteries are topped up in seven hours 30 minutes – ideal for overnight charging. What’s more, it offers a smooth ride with very little noise or vibration. Impressive for something of this size. In the cabin, a seven-inch touchscreen is well placed for keeping an eye on everything you need, such as the ë-SpaceTourer 100% electric’s charge usage and range.
The ë-Berlingo also offers great practicality for drivers needing something that sits between the C5 Aircross SUV Hybrid and e-SpaceTourer. Despite the battery packs, the electric version of the Berlingo doesn’t sacrifice any space on the petrol or diesel models — even the five-seat version offers a boot capacity of 775 litres, rising to over 1,000 litres for the seven-seater.
Whether or not an electric vehicle is right for your family will depend on your personal circumstances, but there’s no reason you can’t find the right electric family car with Citroen. Contact your local dealership to find out more or visit the Citroen Electric For All hub for more handy guides on switching to an electric vehicle.
*You can obtain 15-80% of the vehicle charge in 30 minutes from a 100kw rapid charging station. The vehicle will rapid charge at a rate of up to 100KW, depending on the power of a rapid charging station used and will take longer to charge at a lower power.