The world is undergoing a big electric car revolution at the moment. Just a few years back, electric cars made up only a fraction of vehicle sales, even in developed economies. However now, with companies committing to shift to a greener tomorrow by gradually phasing out fossil fuel cars and sheer uncertainty of the world’s oil supply, we are finally here.
Electric cars are not fancy toys anymore but the real deal as they cost only a fraction to own. Granted, they have a somewhat higher initial cost, but improved battery technology and mass production have also brought them to a lower price point. However, we still see some bizarre electric cars around like the Honda E which is quite expensive and has an insufficient range that renders it useless outside the city. So, automakers need to understand that the time for gimmicks with electric cars is over. End-users need the most affordable cars with a good driving range to boot.
Here are the top 10 affordable electric cars with long range in no particular order:
No list of Electric cars can be complete without a Tesla. Tesla is not one of the cheapest EVs around and starts at $38k after a recent price increase, but it is still a formidable car that touts impressive figures, even without the long-range battery pack.
The entry-level “Model 3 standard Range Plus” has a range of 272 miles (436 km) and benefits greatly from Tesla’s supercharger network which is miles ahead of any other EV charging infrastructure in place. It starts from around $38k, and more expensive models offer a lot more range and goodies but they are also priced much higher than this entry-level version.
The Ford Mustang Mach is an affordable fully electric crossover vehicle. It is among the company’s latest electrified lineup which includes the Ford F-150 Lightning pickup truck.
The new “Mustang” starts from around $44k and has a 266-horsepower setup. However, the range is not its best feature with the entry-level having just 211 miles (337.6 km).
The Volkswagen ID3 is a small compact electric car manufactured by Europe’s best-known maker. It is part of the company’s electric future as it looks to heavily cut down fossil fuel cars in the next decade.
The ID3 starts from around 36k GBP in the UK and almost similarly in Europe. It is not yet available in the US because of the lack of demand for smaller cars. The car boasts an impressive range of 257 miles (414.4 km) which is longer than the Tesla Model 3. However, the power figure is lower as well with only 201 HP.
The Volkswagen ID.4 is a cheap(ish) crossover that was specially designed with the USA in mind. The vehicle is one of the cheapest electric crossovers in the world with a starting MSRP of around $40.5k. Its range is around 260 miles for the base variant with 201 HP.
However, it lags behind Tesla Model Y in range.
The Hyundai Kona is a new electrified version of a gasoline car to come from South Korea. The car is part of Hyundai’s efforts to make a name in the EV market.
Power comes from a 201 HP FWD setup that has a range of around 258 miles. It starts at an attractive price of around $36k.
The Polestar 2 is an electric car from a partnership between Volvo and Geely, two big names in the business from Sweden and China respectively.
The Polestar 2 has a range of around 270 miles (432 km) from a 405 HP setup. It starts from around $46k.
The Renault Zoe is a small city electric car from the French manufacturer exclusively designed for the city centers.
The car costs 25.5k GBP in the UK with a range of 239 miles (382.4 km) from a small 107 HP setup.
The Chevrolet Bolt is not a new name in the electric car world. General Motors, the company behind the Chevrolet marquee has given us a reliable Bolt over the years but its design flaws and company reputation stopped it from becoming successful.
Nevertheless, the latest iteration is a quite competitive one. Pricing starts from around $31.5k with a range of around 259 (414.5km) miles from a 200 HP setup.
This electric car is from an experienced maker in China. The sheer volume and numbers from China have reduced EV costs and improved their access to the masses.
This small crossover starts at around 31k GBP in the UK and has a range of 249 miles (398.5 km) from a relatively small 194 HP setup.
The MG ZS EV is a small compact crossover electric vehicle that is one of the cheapest options available in Europe. The technology is part British and part Chinese with the ownership mostly in China.
The small crossover starts from around $28.5k in the UK with a claimed range of around 270 miles (432 km) from a 175 HP setup. It is among the least powerful on the list, but its range is very impressive.
The Electric car market is at the cusp of global adoption. As prices decrease and range increases, we will see more and more of them penetrating into the world.