From the very first Tesla models to the latest luxury Porsche Taycan and BMW I-4 models, electric cars embody the vision of the future of personal transport.
Cheapest Electric Cars
- Smart EQ4
- Mini Cooper SE
- Peugeot E-208
- Opel Corsa E
- Skoda Citigo EIV
- Seat Mii Electric
- Volkswagen ID3
- Volkswagen E-Up
- Twingo ZE
- Dacia Spring Electric
- Renault City KZE
Some people are attracted by the environmental friendliness of modern electric vehicles, and some prefer to save on fuel costs or enjoy modern high-tech solutions.
It’s known as an electric car that is more expensive than the comparable vehicle with an internal combustion engine,
although the overall cost of ownership is very competitive
However, all-electric vehicle enthusiasts generally agree that the main problem when buying an EV is the high starting price, that’s why manufacturers are trying to enter the market with new and cheaper models of electric vehicles.
Besides, many countries apply various measures to stimulate demand for electric cars.
Today we’re going to talk about the most exciting and affordable electric cars that will be available all over the world from 2020 to 2021.
One of the most promising Renault models for the next couple of years is the city KZE, a crossover presented for the Chinese market.
Renault City KZE
The price of the low specs modification, which is less than eight thousand seven hundred dollars after all available incentives, is one of the main advantages of this model.
The vehicle is equipped with a small electric motor of 33 kilowatts that limits the top speed at 65 miles per hour.
A twenty-six point eight-kilowatt hour battery pack provides about 170 miles in any DC cycle, but the real range is expected to be close to 118 miles.
The company announced its plans to bring this affordable EV to other markets as well. Finally, after one and a half years, Renault will bring its cheap KZE electric cross over to Europe under its Dacia brand.
Dacia Spring Electric
For the moment, no technical data has been announced on the Dacia spring electric, but the company says the production version of the vehicle will have a range of more than 125 miles.
The electric Dacia spring that is to be launched in 2021 should be one of the cheapest electric cars in Europe would be expected price of less than $20,000. One thing is certain, Dacia sure will benefit from the know-how of the Renault group in the field.
Twingo ZE, an all-electric version of the famous Twingo city car, is one of the most recent Renault models. It has a single rear-mounted electric motor providing 60 kilowatts power to the back wheels.
The electric car uses a 22-kilowatt hour battery source from LG Chem, which can fill up in 63 minutes at a level 2 charging station to achieve a driving range of about 110 miles.
The company says it’s designed to support urban transformation with its three different external pedestrian sounds based on speed. The vehicle is built on the same platform as the Smart forfour EQ. The Twingo ZE goes on sale in Europe in late 2020 and is expected to be priced at about $23,000.
Volkswagen Group is one of the toughest rivals of Renault on the market of affordable EV’s. Over the next few years, Volkswagen intends to become the world market leader in mobility with 36 billion dollars investments throughout the group by 2024.
One-third of this money will be invested mainly in the Volkswagen brand, and this will help reach the first strategic milestone of 1 million electric cars already by the end of 2023.
The latest generation of the Volkswagen e-up unveiled last year comes with an upgraded 32.3-kilowatt hour battery pack to achieve a longer driving range of close to 150 miles.
The base price is around 24,000 dollars before subsidies, but thanks to incentives increase in Germany, the ER cost six thousand five hundred dollars less.
No wonder Volkswagen has received more than 20,000 E-Up electric car orders in Germany over the past three months, compared with the demand for its ICE models.
Volkswagen’s new ID3 electric model has a starting price of less than thirty-two thousand five hundred dollars, but it’s going to be extremely competitive in Germany, including the $6,500 government incentives.
It’s the first vehicle in the company’s new generation of affordable long-range electric cars. It’s not accidental that Volkswagen has already received more than 30,000 reservations for the upcoming EV.
The ID3 will be available with three different battery packs. The base version equipped with a 45-kilowatt hour battery will be able to achieve a WLTP based range of up to 205 miles, but Volkswagen will first deliver a more expensive variant able to overcome a distance of 340 miles.
The first pre-Booker will have the possibility to get the ID3 already from June 17th, 2020. Unfortunately, the ID3 will not be available in the US since Volkswagen thinks the demand will be too low.
The company has also planned to bring the cheapest ID branded electric model to market by 2024, which is expected to cost less than $20,000 after incentives.
Seat Mii Electric
The most affordable EV from other VW Group brands are Seat Mii electric and Skoda Citigo EIV that share the E-Up platform. The Spanish Seat Mii comes with a 36.8-kilowatt hour battery pack that drives a 61-kilowatt electric motor.
It’s claimed range of 161 miles is good enough for the price it is sold for. The base version of the Seat Mii electric is available for about $22,000 without incentives, so deducting the bonuses of up to $6,500 the price could attract a lot of potential buyers.
Skoda Citigo EIV
The Skoda Citigo EIV that comes with almost the same specs as its brothers can develop a top speed of 81 miles per hour, and when the battery is fully charged, the vehicle can overcome a distance of 160 miles.
The Skoda Citigo EIV costs slightly more than the Seat Mii and is already available in Europe for about twenty-two thousand five hundred dollars before incentives.
Opel Corsa E
The Opel Corsa E and Peugeot 208 are built on the same platform and could be considered as a reliable alternative for the Volkswagen ID3. If you are ready to pay more, they are among the most affordable options in higher-level IV segments.
The Corsa E features a 50-kilowatt hour battery pack and 100 kilowatts electric motor, which delivers 192 pound-feet of torque. The highest claimed range and a WLTP cycle is about 205 miles.
The 50 kilowatts fast charging socket allows the Corsa E to get 62 miles of range in about 19 minutes. It is offered at about thirty-two thousand five hundred dollars without incentives, so the buyer’s final price should be significantly lower.
As Peugeot E-208, it comes as part of Peugeot long term ambitious strategy aimed for an all-electric lineup by 2023. There are no visible differences between electric Peugeot and the Opel Corsa E in terms of the specifications.
They share the same powertrain and come with the same battery pack of 50-kilowatt hour capacity. At the same time, the French carmaker announces a 12 miles more driving range for its compact EV.
The vehicle costs 33 thousand dollars before incentives that customers have the opportunity to buy it with twenty-six thousand five hundred dollars, including incentives.
Mini Cooper SE
Our next hero has inherited its 135 kilowatts electric motor from the BMW I3S. Despite the standard power unit, the all-new Mini Cooper SEI got a slightly smaller battery pack than its elder brother.
The t-shaped 32.6-kilowatt hour battery has enough capacity to deliver a manufacturer estimated range of 110 miles. Due to a 50 kilowatt DC fast charger, the car can get from 0 to 80 percent charge in just 35 minutes.
In its highest sport driving mode, the vehicle can reach 60 miles per hour in 6.9 seconds, and develop a top speed of 93 miles per hour.
The 2020 Mini Cooper SE has a starting price of twenty-nine thousand nine hundred dollars before incentives in the US, but after federal state and local incentives, it could be available for less than twenty thousand dollars in some markets.
While previous smart family vehicles were often criticized for high prices, the new Smart EQ forfour and the Smart EQ fortwo can easily compete with all these already mentioned EV’s on build quality. However, they are way behind in terms of specifications.
The model range is still powered by the old 17.6-kilowatt-hour battery pack, which officially should be enough for a range of 81 miles between charging. At the same time, the standard Smart fortwo kilowatts onboard charger can feed the battery to 80% within 40 minutes.
The Smart EQ fortwo is available as a convertible and a coupe. The cheapest Smart EV fortwo coupe is available in Europe for about twenty-four thousand dollars, and the Smart EV forfour starts at twenty-four thousand five hundred dollars before incentives.
These are some of the cheapest electric cars with good quality and enough performance for an average daily commute.
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