Inexpensive electric cars: models up to 30,000 euros before funding

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Opel Rocks-e: From around 7,000 euros

Admittedly, the Opel Rocks-e is not a real car, but a light vehicle of the L7e class. But the equivalent of the Citroen Ami is cheap.

You can expect around 7,000 euros.

Because that's how much the Citroen Ami costs in France, where the tiny thing is already on the market – while it doesn't start with us at first. A 6 kW electric motor provides the drive, which brings the vehicle to a maximum of 45 km / h. This is why the Rocks-e can be driven with an AM driver's license from the age of 15. The WLTP range is 75 kilometers. The Rocks-e is configurable "from autumn".

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Microlino: From 12,000 euros (still 2021)

The Microlino 2 is not yet on the market, but it should be launched in 2021. And with a target base price of 12,000 euros (we hope that the funding has not been deducted here), the sympathetic, rounded electric egg is undoubtedly one of the cheap electric cars on the market.

You can visit the two-seater, which is only 2.43 meters long, with a "refrigerator door" at the front at the IAA. It is according to the website to a light electric vehicle of the class L7e. The range is 125 kilometers, optionally with the larger battery it is 200 km. With the 11 kW electric motor, 90 km / h should be possible.

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Dacia Spring Electric: From 20,490 euros

According to the manufacturer, the cheapest electric car on the market is the Dacia Spring. That is also true if one excludes the light electric vehicles (which are not "real" cars of the M1 approval class). The small SUV costs just 20,490 euros, before funding; this leaves only 10,920 euros left after the federal grant – and so the car is even cheaper than the Microlino.

At 3.73 meters, the Spring is shorter than a normal small car a la VW Polo; the trunk is also not exactly huge with 270-1,100 liters. The range of 230 kilometers according to the WLTP standard and the power (33 kW) are also modest. The top speed is at least 125 km / h. It is charged with 2.3 kW at the Schuko socket, which takes 13.5 hours. With 3.7 kW it is a more reasonable 8h30. A CCS charging connection for DC fast charging (30 kW) is available at an additional cost.

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Smart EQ Fortwo: From 21,940 euros

Before the expiry of the VW e-Up, Seat Mii Electric and Skoda Citigo e iV, it was hardly attractive, but now the Smart EQ Fortwo can be seen again with its basic price of 21,490 euros.

The electric motor delivers 60 kW, but the range is poor at 159 km according to WLTP – the Dacia offers significantly more, and also more seats and trunk. In the city center, the 2.70-meter-long Fortwo is easier to park than the 3.73-meter-long Dacia Spring. The Fortwo is also available as a convertible.

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Smart EQ Forfour: From 22,600 euros

The four-seater version of the Smart has the same drive system as the two-seater. The Smart EQ Forfour therefore needs 12.7 seconds for the 100 km / h sprint, while the Fortwo is ready after 11.6 seconds – free.

The range is barely less at 153 km, and the price is only around 700 euros higher. At 3.50 meters, the Forfour is even shorter than the Dacia Spring, but like it offers four seats. The trunk volume is lower at 185-975 liters (Dacia: 270-1,100 liters).

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Renault Twingo Electric: From 23,790 euros

A structurally identical alternative to the Smart EQ Forfour is the Renault Twingo Electric. According to the configurator, the car is available from 23,790 euros. That is around 1,000 euros more than Smart charges. But Renault also gives you more range, namely 190 WLTP kilometers instead of 153.

As with the Smart, there is no quick charge connection, but this hardly seems necessary because of the small battery. Even with 11 kW alternating voltage, an 80 percent charge only takes a little more than two hours.

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E.go Life: From 26,560 euros

You have been able to order the e.Go Life again since June, but the 3.35 meter long cart from the haze of car professor Gunther Schuh has become expensive. In 2019, a base price of 15,900 euros was promised, but the now configurable variant costs 26,560 euros before funding.

The 57 kW electric motor brings the four-seater up to 122 km / h; the battery provides a range of just 125 km according to the WLTP standard. With the high price and the short range, the vehicle is actually hardly interesting anymore.

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Fiat 500e: From 26,790 euros

The "new 500", as the electric 500 is officially called, appears in the price list with a base price of almost 27,000 euros. However, the car cannot yet be configured, so far there is only the La Prima introductory edition for 34,990 euros. Let's hope that changes soon.

The basic version with the Action equipment has a 70 kW motor that brings the 3.63 meter long 500 up to 135 km / h. The range is 190 km in the WLTP cycle. A 50 kW quick charge function is standard on board. Anyone who can spend 30,990 euros gets a version with a range of 320 km and an 87 kW engine.

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Opel Corsa-e: From 29,900 euros

The Opel Corsa-e is available for 29,900 euros. With an output of 100 kW and a WLTP range of 337 km, the small car is a really well-rounded offer. The top speed is 150 km / h and the trunk is 267–1,042 liters, hardly smaller than the normal Corsa (309–1,081 liters).

Charging is single-phase with 7.4 kW alternating current, the more expensive versions can also be ordered with a three-phase 11 kW charger. A CCS connection for charging with 100 kW direct current is standard on board. This means that charging to 80 percent takes 30 minutes.

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Renault Zoe: From 29,990 euros

The best-selling electric car in the lowest price range is the Renault Zoe. The car may not be brand new anymore, but it has been updated several times, most recently with a quick charge function and a larger battery.

The basic version Life costs 29,990 euros and thus just fits into our budget. In return, you get an 80 kW motor and a WLTP range of 316 kilometers. This puts the Zoe a bit behind the slightly cheaper Corsa-e. Charging is carried out with up to 22 kW AC as standard, with a DC charging device for 50 kW available as an option.

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Nissan Leaf: From 29,990 euros

It was a surprise for us that the Nissan Leaf is also available for less than 30,000 euros. With a length of 4.49 meters, the car belongs to the compact class – the only model in this overview. The basic version ZE1 MY21 costs 29,990 euros like the Renault Zoe.

The electric motor on the front axle with 110 kW accelerates the car in a respectable 7.9 seconds to 100 and then further up to 144 km / h. The range is 285 km according to the WLTP standard, well below the values ​​of the Corsa-e and Zoe. Another disadvantage: You can only charge with 3.6 kW alternating current, or via the rare ChaDeMo connection (50 kW). But the trunk with 435-1,176 liters is significantly larger than that of the small car.

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Cheap electric cars: That almost sounds like a contradiction in terms. But they do exist, electric cars for less than 30,000 euros. And before funding. If you subtract the almost 10,000 euros from the state and manufacturer, you end up with around 20,000 euros. We have put together the cheapest models.

Not surprisingly, most of the models are small (very) electric cars, but also a small SUV and, surprisingly, a relatively large sedan are among them. We have also included a few light electric vehicles, even if they do not receive any funding. We have left out models for which the market launch still seems uncertain, such as the Uniti One or the ACM City One.

Of course, the cheapest electric cars on the market are neither suitable for sporty driving nor for eating kilometers on the motorway. The ranges are between about 150 and 300 kilometers, in winter the value should be significantly lower. But if you only ship the youngsters to kindergarten or school or drive to the supermarket, the hairdresser or the doctor, that's enough.

In any case, the tiny ones are more environmentally friendly than electric monsters like a Hummer EV or an Audi e-tron. Because cheaper usually also means less expensive to build and more resource-efficient. And the power consumption is even lower because of the low weight.

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