If you were looking to enhance the happiness in your life by giving yourself and your family a gift of a new electric car, then this article is for you. Electric cars have become really popular in the United Arab Emirates, and are now a common sight on the roads. As the world moves towards a greener future, popular brands in the UAE offer a range of electric vehicles to their customers.
From sleek and stylish designs to cutting-edge technology and impressive performance, these vehicles are eco-friendly, cost-effective, and offer a driving experience like no other. Here we have compiled our list of the 'top 10 electric cars to buy in UAE in 2023' across different price ranges, based on their performance and practicality.
Top 10 electric cars in the UAE in 2023:
Note: The below-mentioned numbers in the list are not rankings.
1) Hyundai Kona Electric SUV
Hyundai Kona EV is a practical and the most-affordable electric car on the list. Kona EV is perfect for your daily commute. It comes with a stylish design and an attractive look. The 5-seater SUV gets a high-capacity 64kWh battery that offers a maximum driving range of up to 484km.
The Hyundai Kona EV delivers an output of 201 horsepower and 395Nm of torque. The EV accelerates from 0 to 100kmph in just 7.9 sec and has a top speed of 167kmph.
The Kona EV charges from 0 to 100 per cent in about about 9h 35min with the optional 7.2kw in-home wall charger. Whereas a standard household 240V AC outlet requires 28hours to fully charge the SUV. It is priced across the UAE at AED 76,999*.
2) Chevrolet Bolt EV
The Chevrolet Bolt EV is a compact and affordable electric car that doesn't compromise on performance or style. It offers an impressive range of 547km on a full charge from its 65kWh battery, making it a great choice for those who want to switch to electric.
The Bolt EV produces 200 horsepower and 360Nm of torque, the car sprints from 0 to 100kmph in just 7.8 seconds and offers a top speed of 146kmph.
The EV can be charged for up to 153 km of range in about 30 minutes from a DC charger (around 1 hour 50 minutes for a full charge) and from a 240V household outlet providing a full charge in approx 7 hours. offered in 2 variants, the price of the Bolt EV in the UAE starts at AED 71,100.
3) Tesla Model S
How can we talk about the best electric vehicles available and not mention a Tesla? The Model S, with its futuristic looks, unparalleled performance and high-tech engineering, the car sets benchmarks for all electric vehicles. The Model S is a joy to drive and a true symbol of luxury. It comes with a 100kWh battery pack that delivers a range of 634km.
Tesla Model S is no less than a sportscar, as it produces 640 horsepower and Nm of torque, this Tesla can accelerate from 0 to 100kmph in just 3.2 seconds and gets a top speed of 250kmph.
From a Tesla Supercharger or a DC fast charge, the Model S can be charged from 0 to 80 per cent in around 30 minutes and will take around 7 hours to charge from a 240V charger. The Tesla Model S is priced at AED 374,990 across UAE. It also comes in a more powerful Plaid variant. However, if you are tight on budget you can also consider the more affordable Tesla Model 3 priced between AED 179,990 - AED 200,000.
4) BMW i4
The BMW i4 is an electric coupe from the German manufacturer that comes with cutting-edge features that offer a perfect balance of style and substance. Its sleek and modern design is matched by its impressive range and performance, making it a popular choice for those who demand the best. It packs an 80.7kWh battery that offers a maximum range of 590km, depending upon the use.
This electric bimmer's base variant produces 340 horsepower and 430Nm of torque. The i4 goes from 0 to 100kmph in just 5.7 minutes and the top speed is electronically limited to 190kmph. There is also an option for a more powerful i4 M50 variant with 544 horsepower and 795Nm of torque.
The i4 gets charged from 0 to 100 per cent and takes around 8.25 hours to be charged from a 380V socket. Available in three variants, the price of the BMW i4 in UAE is around AED 230,650* - 277,500*
5) Polestar 2
The Polestar 2 is a stylish and sleek-looking fully electric sedan that boasts impressive performance and technology. Providing a range of up to 434km on a single charge from its 78kWh battery pack, the Polestar 2 is perfect for long journeys and daily commutes alike.
The Polestar 2 single-motor variant produces 231 horsepower and 330Nm of torque. Can sprint from 0 to 100kmph in 7.4 seconds and has a top speed of 160kmph. The Long-range dual-motor variant packs more power and performance.
The electric sedan recharges from 0 to 80 per cent in 35 minutes from a DC fast charger and takes 8 hours for the same from a 16A home wall box charger. The Polestar 2 gets a starting price of AED 184,900.
6) Porsche Taycan
Porsche Taycan is the first electric sports car from Porsche, it doesn't compromise on power or style. This beautiful-looking machine boasts an impressive range and lightning-fast acceleration, making it a perfect choice for adrenaline junkies. The car delivers a range of 403km from its 71kWh battery pack.
The all-electric Taycan generates a total output of 402 horsepower and 345Nm of torque. The German car can accelerate from 0 to 100kmph in 5.4 seconds and from 0 to 200kmph in 17.6 seconds, and the sports car can reach up to the top speed of 230kmph.
It can charge from 5 to 80 per cent from a DC charger in 22.5 minutes, from DC with maximum charging power. The Taycan's price starts from AED 374,500. With a bigger budget, you can also check out other more powerful variants of the Taycan line-up.
7) Audi e-Tron GT Quattro
The Audi e-Tron GT Quattro is another standout electric car that combines style, luxury, and performance to create a truly unforgettable driving experience and provides ultimate comfort. Its sleek and elegant design is matched only by its incredible speed and handling, making it a great choice for those who want to make a style statement of their own. the e-Tron GT's 83.7kWh battery delivers a range of 488km.
The e-Tron GT Quattro produces a maximum of 530 horsepower and 640Nm of Torque. It sprints from 0 to 100kmph in 4.1 seconds and can go up to the top speed of 245kmph.
The e-Tron GT can be charged from 5 to 80 per cent from a DC fast charger and can also be charged at home. The luxurious electric sedan is priced at AED 469,000 and gets 4 other variants that you may wanna check out.
8) Jaguar i-Pace
The Jaguar i-PACE's eye-catching exterior and luxurious interior sets it apart from the competition. It is a stunning electric SUV that combines performance, luxury, and practicality. With its sleek and modern design, the I-PACE is a head-turner on the road. Its interior is equally impressive, with a spacious cabin and top-notch technology. The car has a 90kWh battery pack that provides a maximum range of 446km.
The Jaguar i-Pace produces 394 horsepower and 696Nm of torque. The electric Jaguar can accelerate from 0 to 100kmph in seconds and is capable of reaching a top speed of 200kmph.
The i-Pace can be fully charged from an 11kW charger in 8.5 hours. It comes in 3 trims with starting price of AED 345,345 in UAE.
9) Audi SQ8 Sportback e-Tron
Another Audi on the list, the SQ8 Sportback e-Tron gets a sleek and modern design complemented by a spacious and well-appointed interior that exudes luxury. The German carmaker equipped the car with a 106kWh battery offers a range of 513km.
The Q8 e-Tron generates 503 horsepower and 973 Nm of torque. The e-SUV can accelerate from 0 to 100kmph in 4.5 seconds and can travel to a top speed of up to 210kmph.
At a DC fast-charging station, the car can be charged from 0 to 80 per cent within 35 minutes, and at an AC charging station or wall box, the Audi Q8 e-tron charges at up to 11 kW, with Audi offering an optional AC charging performance of up to 22 kW. It is available The Audi Q8 e-tron is available for preorder and will be at showrooms in the second half of 2023, it is available in 3 trims and with starting price in the UAE of AED 420,000.
10) Mercedes-Benz EQS Sedan
The Mercedes-Benz EQS is a true game-changer in the world of electric vehicles, with its stunning design and innovative features set it apart from the competition. Its advanced technology, impressive performance and ride quality make it a top choice for those who want to stay ahead of the curve. The 107.8kWh battery provides a total range of 770km.
The EQS 580 4Matic produces a maximum of 523 horsepower and 855Nm of torque. With an acceleration from 0 to 100kmph in 4.3 seconds, the car features a top speed of 210kmph.
The Mercedes EQS can be charged in 31 minutes at a DC fast charging station. will take 5 hours to charge from an optional wall charger and 10 hours from a 240V house charger. It also gets two more affordable electric models with less power and is also available as an SUV model. The EQS Sedan's price in the UAE starts at AED 754,900.
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Our list of the top 10 electric cars available in the UAE includes from budget-friendly long range EVs to powerful and luxurious ones. This list offers something for everyone, from the eco-conscious driver who wants to ditch an internal combustion engine and drive cars with zero emission that doesn't cause pollution to the adrenaline automotive junkie who is in love with speed. With their sleek designs, impressive performance, and cutting-edge technology, these vehicles are truly a testament to the UAE's commitment to a greener future.
There are a few other options that you can explore including Nissan Leaf, Renault Zoe series etc. We would suggest you test-ride the car that you are considering before making the final buying decision.