The increase in dog ownership during the pandemic has coincided with the growth in the number of electric cars in the UK, up more than 120 percent from last year. As many pet owners consider taking their four-legged friends on longer trips, the experts at Electrifying.com have chosen their best electric cars for dogs.
The Tesla Model Y, Skoda Enyaq and MG 5 EV are among the best cars for puppies, founder and CEO of Electrifying.com Ginny Buckley has announced that the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo is a dog’s dream car if money is no object.
Ms Buckley said: “The fact is that electric cars are quiet, smooth and have no smelly exhaust fumes and your dogs like them for the same reasons we do.
“So it’s a good idea that they’re the best way to transport your pet, whether it’s on extended summer vacations or into the woods for a run in the bluebells.”
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If you’re looking for something bigger and your dog is used to spending time in a crate, the Skoda Enyaq’s huge boot has plenty of room for it.
Also the winner of our 2021 Family Car of the Year award, the Enyaq comes with a range of over 300 miles – meaning you won’t have to stop too often to recharge, especially on long weekends away. It’s comfortable, smooth and quiet, making for a happy dog in the back.
Tesla Model Y
A favorite of drivers and passengers alike, the Model Y has an impressive 531 miles of range, making it perfect for long-distance travel.
In addition to a huge trunk, it also features a ‘dog mode’ function, a climate control system that allows drivers to keep the car’s air conditioning or heating on when you leave your pet in the car for a short period of time.
The temperature stays where you set it as long as you’re away from the car, and a large message on the Tesla’s huge screen informs concerned passers-by that your dog is perfectly cooled.
If the battery drops below 20 percent, a notification is sent to the driver’s phone asking him to return to his pet.
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For drivers who want a cheaper car for shorter trips with their dog, the Mazda MX-30 is an option to consider, as it has a larger luggage space than other city cars in this price range.
The unusual design of the rear doors also means it’s harder for your dog to escape from the car when you open them, meaning they can stay more secure when you arrive at a destination.
Audi Q4 e-tron
Experts will point out that the Q4 e-tron shares its crucial hardware with the cheaper Skoda Enyaq, but the Audi has a better quality interior for your dog to make her stand out.
The boot, with a capacity of 520 litres, should be big enough for most puppies, and the tailgate is nice and low so they don’t have to jump too high. But don’t opt for the coupe-shaped Sportback if they’re bigger, because they’ll bump their heads against the rear window.
Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo
Owning a dog doesn’t have to mean giving up dreams of owning an electric sports car.
The Cross Turismo version of Porsche’s beautiful Taycan has a practical hatchback that opens to reveal an extra 80 liters of payload.
The 446 liter capacity isn’t much bigger than a family hatchback, but it’s big enough for most dogs.
The raised ride height and four-wheel drive will also help in muddy parking garages and once you drop the dog off you can enjoy the barking crazy performance.
Ginny told Express.co.uk exclusively: “One of the things I love about my electric car is that it’s a relaxed ride, it’s quiet, calm and smooth. I know my cocker spaniel Ziggy enjoys it for the same reasons he usually falls asleep in it before we get to the end of the street!
“That’s why I enlisted Ziggy’s help to test the best electric cars for dog lovers. We looked at space, usability and easy access, important considerations for our four-legged friends (and their owners!) to create our list of perfect plugins.”