Top 5 EV Buys for Every Budget

With electric vehicles quickly becoming mainstream and new startups popping up everywhere, the question remains which one is the best purchase? The new generation of electric cars can travel 230-260 miles and can recover up to an 80% charge in just 30 to 40 minutes, making EVs a legitimate alternative to gas powered vehicles. Below we have gathered information about the 5 best buys with choices for every budget.

Renault Zoe (Compact car) – 

The Renault Zoe has a starting price of $33,500 which definitely isn’t the cheapest option. However, the EV is capable of almost 200 miles when fully charged. With it’s four-door hatchback, its perfect for the outdoorsy consumer who enjoys long journeys and camping trips. It comes with a 50kWh battery in addition to a 7kW home charger. Renault also offers a faster option when an upgrade to enable the use of rapid charging points is purchased (about $1,300). With the upgrade the driver is able to recharge to around 80% in about an hour. If you typically take longer road trips or find yourself out of town more often, the more powerful version is definitely the better option.

Kia e-Niro (Family car) – 

This five door model starts at $38,500 and is a practical choice for families or people who need a lot of storage space. It claims a range of 250 miles on a full charge. In addition, testers who used Kia’s 100kWh fast chargers said they were able to add around 150 miles of range in just 30 minutes. However, with a more common 50kWh charger, you will likely wait closer to an hour. While being a great family car, the small electric SUV easily tackles uneven roads with a controlled, stable ride, in addition to swift and accurate steering.

Jaguar I-Pace (Executive car) –

This sports utility model is another that is packed with technology and comes in at a starting price of $69,850. It claims a range of 292 miles when fully charged. It comes equipped with a 90kWh battery with utra-rapid 100kWh charging. If you have a need for speed look no further as the I-Pace does 0–60mph in 4.5 seconds and has a top speed of 124mph. The award winning electric Jaguar I-Pace doesn’t offer a huge interior but owners of the award winning car say the driving experience alone warrants the price tag.

Nissan Leaf (Used car) – 

The Nissan Leaf has been offering all-electric motoring since 2010. When opting for a used model, the Nissan Leaf seems to be the go to choice. With a range between 75 and 80 miles in older models it’s perfect for short range trips around the city. You can find a used Leaf for about $7,500. If a bigger range is what you’re looking for, you can opt for a 30kWh version that will give you around 115 miles on a full charge for around $15,000. Another upside is the fact that older Leafs are compatible with many of the the rapid chargers currently available. A great choice if you’re looking for a cheap, durable, low maintenance EV.

Tesla Model 3 (Best overall) – 

Possibly the most popular model on our list, comes at a starting price of $37,990. The standard design is capable of 254 miles on a single charge. The long-range model claims 348 miles but of course, will cost you more (around $46,990). These four seater cars come equipped with a ton of technology and great performance figures. Rapid charging is available from Tesla’s Supercharger network and conventional CCS charge points. Although popular, the Model 3 has had mixed reviews as far as the build quality. So if your budget doesn’t favor the Model 3 you may want to instead opt for the Kia.

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