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While purchasing a brand-new EV can be expensive, there are plenty of more affordable second-hand options. At Bristol Street Motors we have a wide range of used electric cars for sale to suit your budget requirements.
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The Best Used Electric Cars Under £12,000

The Best Used Electric Cars Under £12,000

  • Searching for a cheap electric car, but not keen on the brand-new price tag?
  • We have a wide range of quality used electric vehicles available.
  • Check out our top picks under £12,000 to find the right car for your budget.


Electric vehicles are rapidly gaining popularity. They provide smooth driving, lower running costs compared to traditional cars, and free travel in Low and Zero Emission Zones. Moreover, the government plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2035 as part of its Net Zero Strategy. These factors make transitioning to electric an appealing option.

While purchasing a brand-new EV can be expensive, there are plenty of more affordable second-hand options. At Bristol Street Motors we have a wide range of used electric cars for sale to suit your budget requirements.

Continue reading to find your match.

Please note: Due to the dynamic nature of our available used car stock, models shown may not always be available under £12,000. We strive to bring you the best offers across our range of used electric cars. If you have any questions, please contact your local dealership for more information.

Renault ZOE


The multi-award-winning Renault ZOE needs little introduction in the world of EVs. Released in 2012, it's considered a pioneer of mainstream electric vehicles. It haconsistently been a top seller across Europe over the last decade, a testament to its desirability.

Stylish, compact, and fun to drive, it’s the perfect choice for a wide range of lifestyles. Whether you need a nippy city car for commuting or a versatile option for family adventures, the ZOE will get you there. With a practical range of over 200 miles (WLTP) and flexible charging options, the ZOE keeps you on the road.

In terms of technology, the ZOE features a user-centric interior designed for your comfort and convenience. It’s an all-round great package and could be the perfect option for your next car.

Used Renault ZOE

Citroen Ami


The super compact Citroen Ami is a funky electric vehicle with bags of character.

It’s not a car by definition – it's actually a quadricycle. This means it is the ideal urban solution for short trips around the city, with a range of up to 48 miles (WLTP).

It’s easy to drive, and there is no engine noise as you zip from A to B. With a turning circle of 7.2m, the Ami allows for fuss-free manoeuvring. Think city driving made simple.

Affordable and ultra-modern, the Ami brings electric mobility to the masses.

Used Citroen Ami

Nissan LEAF


The Nissan LEAF is something of an icon when it comes to electrification. It has played a key role in popularising electric vehicles since its introduction in 2009. In fact, it was the world's first mass-market EV.

It is a practical and reliable hatchback, packed full of useful technology to enhance your driving experience. With a range of over 150 miles (WLTP) and a variety of charging options, it's flexible enough to meet the demands of a busy lifestyle.

Spacious and comfortable inside, with room for passengers and luggage, the LEAF is a fantastic way to transition into the electric era.

It is one of the most well-known electric vehicles on the market, and for good reason.

Used Nissan LEAF



The SEAT Mii is a charming city car, offering simplicity and reliability day in and day out.

Despite its compact proportions, there’s plenty of room inside. The battery has been intelligently packaged meaning there’s no compromise on passenger or boot space. It also has a false boot floor with space underneath for your charging cables. This helps keep things tidy or provides more storage space should you need it.

With a range of over 150 miles (WLTP) from a single full charge, it's a truly practical option for modern life.

The SEAT Mii is a smart choice if you’re looking for an affordable electric supermini. With great looks, practical features, and nippy performance, we think it’s one of the best used electric cars around.

Used SEAT Mii

Hyundai Ioniq Electric


The Hyundai Ioniq Electric is known for its stylish design and everyday practicality. The fact that it has an all-electric powertrain is simply a bonus!

Inside, there’s plenty of space, and quality materials create a premium feel. The boot capacity is decent, with around 443 litres on offer, depending on the trim.

It comes with plenty of standard equipment to make journeys more convenient and connected.

In terms of range, you can expect around 150 miles (WLTP) from a full charge. This makes it an ideal choice for busy families or business users.

The Ioniq is ready to slot into everyday life. It's supremely easy to drive. Plus, if a fully electric model isn’t quite right for you just yet, there are hybrid and plug-in hybrid options in the range that could be worth considering.

Used Hyundai Ioniq

With a variety of cheap used electric cars for under £12,000, and our expert team on hand to assist, it’s never been easier to make the switch to electric power.  

Whether you prioritise range, comfort, or style, there's a vehicle to suit your needs and budget. 

Looking for more information on electric and hybrid cars? Check out our EV Hub. 

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