Every time we feature a video about the cheapest electric cars in the world, people still complain that the prices are too high. Well, what about used EVs then? Unlike the common misconception leads us to believe, many of them are sold on the aftermarket with low mileage and consequently intact batteries, which are at times still covered by manufacturer warranties.
Let’s explore the most affordable options currently available on the market, and I bet that this time, you won’t be able to say that paying $5,000 for an EV is way too much.
More EV-related information that can be found on #AutomotiveTerritory:
New and upcoming all-electric crossovers in 2020: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=do2gyn2qgdY
Electric trucks that we all want to see in production: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_untxR-1u8
List of all vehicles that were shown in this #ATelectriccars episode:
Nissan Leaf: global.nissannews.com/ja-JP/channels/channel-NNG1441
On the market since the 2011 model year, the 1st generation Nissan Leaf can be considered the best-selling electric vehicle at the time, so you will have no trouble finding both CPO and non-CPO models on the market.
BMW i3: www.press.bmwgroup.com/global/article/detail/T0143924EN/the-bmw-i3
BMW i3 is the first mass-production BEV from BMW, that rides on the company-built monocoque chassis with Carbon-Fiber Reinforced Plastic bodywork and clamshell doors. We recommend you look into 2014-2016 models that sport a 170-hp electric motor, RWD, a 22kWh battery, and a standard 7.4kW on-board charger, and start from $13,000.
Renault Zoe: media.group.renault.com/global/en-gb/renault/media/presspacks/84846/nouvelle-renault-zoe-rouler-100-electrique-na-jamais-ete-aussi-facile
As in case of the new 50kWh model, you won’t find any of the used Renault Zoes in the US, but those of our viewers who are currently reside in Europe, should definitely consider the first 22kWh generation of the model as their cheap every-day transport.
Chevrolet Bolt EV: media.chevrolet.com/media/us/en/chevrolet/vehicles/bolt-ev/2015.html
Chevrolet Bolt EV is one of the most expensive pre-owned EVs in our list, as it was introduced to the market just a few years ago, in 2017, and can cover solid distances on a charge, up to 238 miles.
Kia Soul EV: www.kiamedia.com/us/en/models/soul-ev/2015
Kia Soul EV car first appeared on the United States market at the end of 2014, and unlike other vehicles in its class, it boasted a rather roomy cabin, quality interior materials and a generous cargo space.
VW eGolf: media.vw.com/models/e-golf
Without a doubt an electric version of VW’s best-selling hatchback was a compliance car. Nevertheless, this electric vehicle is one of the most popular models in Europe and in North America with the used options being sold at a third of the initial price.
Chevrolet Spark EV: media.chevrolet.com/media/us/en/chevrolet/vehicles/spark-ev/2016.html
Like many of its competitors in the compact electric vehicle segment, the Chevrolet Spark EV was built on the basis of an existing car with a gasoline engine. However, the electric model was much more powerful than its 84-horsepower oil-burning sibling.
Fiat 500e: media.fcanorthamerica.com/newsroom.do?id=246&mid=351
Fiat 500e 3-door hatch was launched in 2013 to follow California regulations for automakers, so Fiat has spent no money on updating it ever since. Still available for purchase or lease only in California and Oregon, the new 500e looks and drives pretty much the same as any of its older sibling, so if you are on the market for a tiny electric 4-seater, one of the 2014 through 2018 cars might be the right choice.
Mitsubishi iMIEV: mitsubishi-motors.com/en/showroom/i-miev
Such models as Mitsubishi iMIEV are often criticized for creating a stigma about electric cars being ugly and having golf cart characteristics, but this Mitsubishi was one of the first genuine attempts to bring to the market an affordable highway-capable electric city commuter.
Tesla Model S: tesla.com/inventory/used/ms
The Model S sedan has been produced since 2012, receiving a facelift in 2016 that removed the black nose cone from the front fascia. Through the years the battery and powertrain configurations of this premium EV have been constantly changing.
Volkswagen e-up!: volkswagen.co.uk/new/e-up
The VW up! Is one of those super compact hatchbacks, that characterize the modern European landscape of city commuters. Its electric version e-up! Was brought to the market in 2013 with the same dimensions as the gasoline counterpart seating 4 people.