For many people, the thought of electric cars triggers many different reactions, but the one that is the most common for these people is the price shocker. We see cars like Teslas or many big models that entice us to own an EV, but at the same time, discourage us to get one due to its high price. Fortunately, there are many alternatives for EV lovers that don't necessarily come with a huge price tag, that make owning an electric car possible. And there also are, of course, good high-end options for those that money is not a problem. This list will help you choose what kind of EV one, no matter what type of budget you have.
Here are the 5 cheapest and the 5 most expensive electric cars
10 Cheap: Volkswagen e-Golf
This VW hatchback combines good performance at an affordable price, not to mention a hot-looking design that is on the market for many decades. Starting at $30,495, the e-Golf comes with a 134-horsepower electric motor, that provides a fast acceleration, just like the gasoline versions, all with a powerful battery that is located right below the rear seats. In addition to the engine features, the e-Golf comes with a digital cockpit, Bluetooth, a USB port, HD Radio, satellite radio, and a rearview camera.
9 Expensive: Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive
This all-electric Mercedes SUV is definitely a fast car, that delivers high performance and great luxury. Starting at $264,840, this model can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in less than four seconds, reaching a top speed of 199 mph. The car uses the same technology applied by Mercedes' Formula 1 team, with carbon fiber body, four electric engines in the powertrain, and a torque that reaches 1000 Nm, with 6000 cc of capacity in the motor, and a lithium ion 60kWh battery. It takes 20 hours on standard outlet, or three hours on a 240 volt charger, for a full charge.
8 Cheap: Nissan Leaf
One of the first EVs that became successful in terms of sales, this Nissan compact comes in with affordability, good range, and driving performance. With prices starting at $29,990, the Leaf comes in with a 147-horsepower electric motor, which enables the EV to a range of 151 miles on a single charge, very adquate to the price tag it carries. Standard features on the Leaf include satellite radio, Bluetooth, and a 5-inch color display. Optional features include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, navigation, and ProPilot Assist, which is a semiautonomous system that enables the Leaf to drive itself on brief periods of time.
7 Expensive: Tesla Model S
One of the most popular Tesla models, the S comes in an aluminum chassis, added with good features. With its price set at $83,570, the EV comes with eight airbags, for a higher protection at the moment of a collision. The electric engine is able to reach a top speed of 125 mph, going from zero to 60 in 5.4 seconds, and it comes with three battery options -- 60kWh, 85kWh and an enhanced Performance 85kWh type -- being able to reach an estimated 240, 310 and 310 miles respectively on a single charge. Model S has a chargeable range of 60 miles per hour charged and an electricity cost of $640 per year based on a yearly mileage of 15,000.
6 Cheap: Hyundai Ioniq Electric
Even though this EV is only sold in California, the Ioniq has been ranked high in many evaluations regarding electric cars over the past few years. Starting at $29,500, the Ioniq has an all-electric range of 124 miles, which fares a little lower than similar cars from other brands. Standard features 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. Optional items include an 8-inch touch screen with navigation, wireless smartphone charging, and a sunroof.
5 Expensive: Tesla Roadster
Although this model is not available in the U.S., the Roadster proves that electric engines don't jeopardize high performance in sports cars. With an estimated price of $200,000, this Tesla is able to reach top speeds of 125mph, and it comes in two versions: sport and standard. Acceleration is very good, with the car reaching 62mph in 3.9 seconds when purchased in the standard version, and 3.7 seconds if you choose the sports one..
4 Cheap: Ford Focus Electric
This version of the famous Ford model may not be as exciting as the gasoline-powered versions for those who love speed. With an initial price of $29,120, this Ford EV is equipped with a 143-horsepower engine, delivering a 115-mile range on a full charge and a fuel economy of 107MPGe, which doesn't sound very impressive, but it is reliable and gets the job done when you need it. Charging the battery, however, is a low point of this car, as it takes over five and a half hours to complete a full charge on a 240-volt outlet, or whopping 20 hours on a standard 120-volt charger.
3 Expensive: Genovation GXE
Being the electric version of a Chevy Corvette Z06 C6, this EV does not disappoint fans of the famous sports car, as it delivers a truly sporty performance. With a price of $750,000, this model can speed up to 2o5.6 miles per hour, thanks to its two electric motors with 250kW of power each. The GXE comes with 602lb/ft of torque, on tap from a dead start, and the equivalent of 660bhp, and it's a front wheel drive, which this model was meant to be a sports car even with some extra weight.
2 Cheap: Smart Fortwo Electric Drive
If you are environmentally savvy, city person, who is conscious about the impact your driving makes on Earth, this is the car for you. Starting at $24,650, the Fortwo Electric Drive is the most affordable EV on the market, having a fuel economy of 124 MPGe in the city and 94 in the highway for the coupe version. The convertible model, the other option of the Fortwo, gets 112 MPGe in the city and 91 in the highway. Its range of 58 miles on a single charge is definitely smaller than most EV models available, and it needs three hours for a full charge using a 240-volt charger. Perfect for your daily commute.
1 Expensive: Rimac Concept One
This Croatian car maker, little known in North America, certainly made its mark in the electric sports car market with its mighty Concept One. Starting at $980,000, this limited production model breaks records in acceleration, being able to go from zero to 60mph in just 2.8 seconds. The car comes with the electrical equivalent of 1088bhp, as well as with a separate motor for each wheel, and it's powered by a 650V battery, with a capacity of 91kWh, protected by an aluminum capsule placed inside the carbon fiber chassis.