ELECTRIC car drivers are facing plummeting prices as the ten worst motors to sell on have been revealed.
Vehicles with reported crashing hazards, poor batteries, and unreliable ranges have all made the list.
Demand for electric vehicles is continuing to fall and drivers could be out of pocket if they try to sell certain models.
Industry figures revealed drivers are going back to fuel, with only 11.3 per cent of Brits searching for battery-powered vehicles this year.
And as the interest shrinks, drivers selling their old EVs could be at risk of losing their cash.
Average prices for all secondhand cars on dealership website AA Cars dropped by 3.9 per cent from £32,549 to £31,276 between April and June 2023.
AA Cars director Mark Oakley said: “Prices for used EVs onCars website are falling, which may entice more drivers to consider a secondhand electric vehicle for their car.
“However, while the cost of used EVs remain high compared to their petrol and diesel counterparts, more support may be needed from the Government in theto help cash-strapped consumers with their purchases.”
Experts have listed the ten vehicles they say buyers should stay away from as they could face disappointing gains when reselling.
1. Renault Zoe
Average asking price – £16,150
Price Drop – 13%
Renault Zoe has been crowned the biggest disappointment for car dealers after losing more than £2,000 in value this year.
The drop in value comes after the full electric 2020 version was only the third car in the history of health and safety regulator Euro NCAP to be awarded zero stars for crash safety.
The 2021 Euro NCAP report, said that: “Protection of the driver’s chest was rated as weak”, and also noted poor performance in tests that simulated hitting a tree or lamppost side on.
Renault responded by saying the car does comply with all regulatory safety standards.
2. Nissan Leaf
Average asking price – £17,441
Price Drop – 10.8%
What was once one of the longest-running EVs on the market is now one of the hardest cars to sell.
Drivers trying to sell their old Nissan Leaf can expect to be £1,882 worse off.
According to AA Cars, Leaf offers a range up to 168 miles but drivers said the battery is not powerful enough.
3. Tesla Model 3
Average asking price – £35,478
Price Drop – 10%
Although the Tesla Model 3 is still one of the best-selling cars among Brits, its prices in secondhand online markets place have plummeted down to £31,927.
Long-suffering Tesla drivers have previously claimed the car “doesn’t live up to expectations” slamming material around the doors “poor and easily to scratch.
4. Hyundai Ioniq Electric
Average asking price – £22,608
Price Drop – 9%
The Korean Hyundai Ioniq was once the first fully-electric model showcased in showrooms.
But the popular car has now dropped to £20,564 fro not being a “fun car to drive”.
Experts at AA Cars branded the its brakes “hard to get used to” with a vague steering.
5. Toyota Auris Hybrid
Average asking price – £14,902
Price Drop – 7.5%
The Toyota has suffered a crashing drop down to £13,788 in just three months from April 2023.
Car owners are struggling to sell the hybrid after people complained abut the odd noises coming from the front brakes.
Buyers with range anxiety can be put off as its battery goes out quickly.
6. Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Hybrid
Average asking price – £18,466
Price Drop – 7.1%
Mitsubishi’s Outlander was once a leading plug-in hybrid in on the market.
But since the departure of Mitsubishi in the UK its popularity has taken a huge nosedive with a loss of more than £1,300 in value.
7. BMW 330e Hybrid
Average asking price – £23,724
Price Drop – 6.9%
Sales for the compact electric BMW have dropped by over £1,600, according to AA Cars.
Drivers reported failures in the charging system – making it not a reliable car to drive.
8. Toyota Prius Hybrid
Average asking price – £19,664
Price Drop – 6.4%
The Toyota Prius was once the face for hybrids and it led the green revolution among taxi and private hire vehicle firms.
But its popularity has significantly been damaged as drivers claimed it has a poor air quality.
9. Volkswagen e-Golf
Average asking price – £23,077
Price Drop – 6%
Volkswagen’s e-Golf was hailed as the go-to electric family car up until 2020.
But when the model was discontinued following the arrival of the manufacturer’s ID.3, drivers lost interest – resulting in a reduced price of £22,099 on the market.
10. Hyundai Kona Electric
Average asking price – £25,189
Price Drop – 5.7%
Hyundai Kona seems to be the least affected car on the list.
It’s still an appealing option with 279 miles of range available from two 64kWh batteries.
However, its hefty original price has put the second-hand models at the back of the EV market.