If you’re anything like me you’re well…broke. What are eco-warriors like me who want to save the environment but don’t have a lot of dough to do? Are we doomed to drive gas-guzzlers because we can’t afford to do otherwise? Absolutely not! Here are the cheapest all-electric vehicles (EVs) that can be purchased in the United States today.
Please note that there may be cheaper models for sale in different markets. This article only covers base model, street-legal vehicles that are available today in the U.S. As we noted here, there are several Chinese companies such as Kiyun Motors who will be offering EXTREMELY affordable cars in the U.S. in the near future. We may revisit this topic when those cars hit the showroom floor.
The Smart EQ Fortwo is a cute little EV. With a range of up to 58 miles and a top speed of 81 miles per hour, the Fortwo is designed for city driving as opposed to longer trips or commutes. It should be noted that 2019 is the last year that the Mercedes-owned company will be producing this line for the North American market.
Still the best selling EV in North America, the Leaf is the perfect car for the environmentalist on a budget. While the price listed is for the base model Leaf with around 150 miles of range, Nissan has also introduced the Leaf Plus which is capable of around 215 miles. The Leaf plus will also cost you about $6,000 more for the privilege.
With excellent safety ratings and a stylish look, Hyundai’s EV sedan is sure to be a bestseller. The Ioniq comes with a range of about 124 miles, not too shabby for such a reasonably priced car. For those who may be a bit squeamish about buying an EV, Hyundai does offer the best warranty in the business.
Volkswagen’s affordable EV offering features some pretty cool standard features such as a 6.5-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. In addition to the car’s 124 mile range, the e-Golf can also seat five adults comfortably and has a decent amount of room for cargo. It will be interesting to see if Volkswagen customers will be charged at similar or reduced rates when the company’s Electrify America program is completed and operational.
Coming in at the top of what I consider to be “cheap,” the Fiat 500e is a sharp looking little car. On the down side, the 500e only gets about 85 miles per charge and is only available in California and Oregon at this time. While range is certain to improve in future models, buyers will have to consider if they can live with a lower amount of mileage in the meantime.
What do our readers think about these affordable EVs? Any current owners out there who would like to chime in on the good, bad, and/or ugly? Please leave us a comment below and let us know.
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