The green trend is off and running and leave it to automobile companies to jump onto the consumer train and ride it. While you may only hear about the luxury Tesla X and S models that cost what the average person pays for their house, there are also some affordable vehicles that the middle class might want to consider.
While you may not reach zero to sixty in less than three seconds with some of these more affordable options, you can still avoid the dreaded stop at the petrol station weak after week.
10. 2018 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive
If you are wanting to downsize from your golf cart or feel like motorcyclists need something on the road that is smaller than them, Smart has an option for you. The 2018 Smart Fortwo Electric will get you to and from your place of travel without a recharge as long as it is less than 58 miles. A recharge for the 80 horsepower takes around 2.5 hrs (240v/32A) or 13 hrs (120v/12A). The rear wheel drive EV has a top speed of 81 mph and starts at a mere $23,900.
9. 2018 Ford Focus Electric
Since its release, Ford's Focus has been equipped with a long list of power plants and trim options. From the college commuter to World Rally, the compact wears its multiple badges like a master of disguise. The 184 lb-ft of torque 107 kW electric motor is the Focus' newest power plant option giving people a green option for a low price. Starting at $29,120 it is Ford's cheapest electric option and one of the cheapest EVs on the market. The compact seats five passengers and gives you a 115 mile drive range.
8. 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Electric
The Hyundai Ioniq has an all-electric range of 124 miles which is below that of comparable models like the Chevrolet Leaf and Bolt. Standard features on the Ioniq include a 7-inch touch screen infotainment system, HD Radio, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto connectivity, automatic climate control, push-button start, heated front seats, and a rearview camera. You can upgrade to get a multitude of driver-assistance features, like an 8-inch touchscreen with navigation, wireless smartphone charging, and a sunroof.
7. 2018 Nissan Leaf EV
The 2018 Nissan Leaf has been fully redesigned. Powered by a 147-horsepower electric motor, the Leaf can travel up to 151 miles on a single charge. That’s not as much range as some of its more expensive rivals, but it’s great for the price. Standard features in the new Leaf include satellite radio, Bluetooth, and a 5-inch color display. Spending a little extra money adds Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, navigation, and the impressive ProPilot Assist. ProPilot Assist is a semi-autonomous system that can help the Leaf drive itself, even in traffic, for short periods of time.
6. 2018 Volkswagen e-Golf
Powered by a 134-horsepower electric motor, the e-Golf offers the quick acceleration of its gasoline counterparts, and it handles well. The location of the battery (below the rear seats) gives the e-Golf a low center of gravity, which helps during cornering. The electric hatchback offers 125 miles of range on a full charge. A 240-volt charging station will give the e-Golf a full charge in less than six hours, and the optional DC fast charging system can charge the battery to 80 percent in just an hour. Standard features in the e-Golf include Volkswagen’s Digital Cockpit, which replaces the typical gauge cluster with an electronic screen that can be customized to the driver’s delight. Other standard features include Bluetooth, a USB port, HD Radio, satellite radio, and a rearview camera.
5. 2019 Fiat 500e
The 500e has an 84-mile range, which isn’t as impressive as some of the other vehicles on this list. It takes up to four hours to complete a full charge. The 500e is a good vehicle for people in cities, as its small size allows it to fit in small parking spots. Standard features include FCA’s Uconnect infotainment system with a 5-inch touchscreen, a rearview camera, and Bluetooth. Unfortunately, that’s where the standard features end. A 7-inch touchscreen is available.
4. 2018 Chevrolet Volt
The Volt offers exciting acceleration, an impressive array of tech features, and great fuel economy, even for a hybrid. It’s more like an EV than most plug-in hybrids, with a longer range and a higher electric-only top speed, so we’ve included it on this list. The Volt can travel 53 miles on electricity alone and has a combined city/highway fuel estimate of 42 mpg. The compact car is powered by a four-cylinder engine and a single electric motor that produce a combined 149 horsepower. Standard features in the Volt include two USB ports, a Wi-Fi hotspot, a rearview camera, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. You can upgrade your Volt to include a multitude of advanced safety features., including forward collision warning, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control.
3. 2018 Honda Clarity
The all-new 2018 Clarity is a long step in the right direction for Honda. The electric car features a luxurious interior and an efficient powertrain, though a lack of agility and a complicated stereo prevent it from being the best possible choice for many. The Clarity’s electric powertrain provides 161 horsepower. The car has a range of 89 miles and earns combined city/highway fuel economy of 114 MPGe. The Clarity features an abundance of standard features, including an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto connectivity, Bluetooth, and a USB port. Dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, and keyless entry also come standard.
2. 2019 Kia Soul EV
The Kia Soul has one of the funkiest designs in today’s car industry. That design becomes even more enticing when you can get it as an electric vehicle. With the gasoline-model sitting in the No. 2 spot of our compact car rankings, you know that you’ll be in a high-quality vehicle. The Soul EV has fuel economy estimates of 124 MPGe in the city and 93 on the highway. It also has an estimated range of 111 miles. When the Soul EV came to the U.S. market, it was only available in certain states. However, as the demand for electric vehicles has increased, the Soul EV is now available across the country. Standard features on the Soul EV include an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system with Apple Carplay and Android Auto connectivity, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, and much more. You can upgrade to the Soul EV+, which adds park assist, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a cargo cover.
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1. 2018 BMW i3
The BMW i3 is a great cheaper electric car due to its fun-to-drive nature, convenient one-pedal driving, and zippy acceleration. Among luxury electric cars, the i3 is the most reasonably priced. A 170-horsepower electric motor powers most versions of the i3, though you can upgrade to a 181-horsepower electric motor. The i3’s range isn’t as impressive as those of other vehicles on this list. With just 114 miles of all-electric driving, the i3 has one of the lowest ranges of any electric car in our rankings. You can add a range-extending gasoline engine to the small car that increases range to 180 miles, but then you’re not driving a true electric car anymore. Standard features on the i3 include a navigation system, a rearview camera, HD Radio, a 6.5-inch touchscreen, a USB port, satellite radio, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.