With the cost of fuel sky-rocketing this year as well as the ongoing government push for electric vehicles, many are looking at ways to make the change from gas-powered cars to electric.
For many years, the majority of people have found that the prices are just too high to purchase a new electric vehicle. However, with the price gap between electric and gas-powered vehicles becoming smaller, there are now many more options available to people to get an electric car for a more affordable price.
We have put together a round up of the cheapest electric vehicles for 2022, also taking into account the range.
What are the cheapest EVs to buy in 2022?
10. Hyundai Kona Electric
Starting at £28,950 ($35,281) with 189 miles of range, the Kona Electric offers an SUV with amazing interior quality and smooth driving experience. The smaller range of 189 miles is the only downside. There is a longer-range model available which comes with a 64kWh battery, however, the starting price for that is £30,450 ($37,109).
The standard range has a maximum speed of 155 km/h and a 0-62 mph time of 9.9 seconds, whereas, the long range model can reach a maximum speed of 167 km/h and can get from 0-62 mph in 7.9 seconds.
9. MG 5 EV
This electric estate wagon starts at £27,945 ($34,056) and is advertised to have a range of 250 miles. Again, there are longer-range models available which come with a higher price tag. The MG 5 EV has already proven a popular choice for estate wagon lovers, especially with its seven-year warranty.
8. Renault Zoe E-Tech Electric
This electric hatchback begins at £29,995 ($36,555) and offers great quality for value. The 52kWh battery provides an impressive range of 238 miles. However, the maximum speed of 87 mph is on the disappointing side and the Euro NCAP crash test score was a shocking zero, so there are definitely comparable cars out there which will offer more in terms of safety.
7. MG ZS EV
One of the cheaper electric SUV options out there is the MG ZS EV which starts from £29,495 ($35,945). The advertised range of 273 miles is pretty impressive too, especially as EVs with a similar range to this are a much higher price.
The 206 lb ft of torque and 0-62 mph time of 8.2 seconds, makes for a standard daily driver. Getting a long range and practical electric SUV for this price does come with some compromises on interior and driving dynamics, so don’t expect to be blown away.
6. Mazda MX-30
The Mazda MX-30 is a slightly more expensive SUV option that the MG ZS EV, however, this comes with a higher standard interior quality and specification as well as having a more impressive finish being available in four different multi tone colours. It also comes with an eight year warranty.
Interestingly, for a starting price of £30,050 ($36,622),the SUV only offers a range of 124 miles. For a family car, this is very disappointing and I imagine will be a deal breaker for many. If you go for the rapid charger, this will charge back up in only 26 minutes, so if you are more likely to do shorter trips, this could still work for you.
5. Mini Electric
The Mini Electric starts at £31,000 ($37,779) and offers a range of 143 miles. The electric hatchback can be personalised with various different packages, so be aware of the price creeping up. However, the go-kart-like handling of Minis has been much-loved for years, and the Mini Electric is no different. It is still just as fun to drive as the gas-powered models, as soon as you put your foot down you can feel the instant torque that Mini drivers will be used to as well as getting from 0-62 mph in 7.3 seconds.
4. Nissan Leaf
The Nissan Leaf is one of the earliest electric vehicles to come to the mainstream market. The newest offering of the Leaf starts at £28,995 ($35,336) and has a range of 168 miles, this can be extended to 239 miles with the long range model.
The standard range model is powered by a 40 kWh battery and has a 0-62 mph time of 7.9 seconds. The Leaf is a great option as a smaller family car as it has a lot of space on offer, it is comfortable to drive and comes with a high specification for the price.
3. Vauxhall Corsa-e
The Corsa-e is a similar offering to the Nissan Leaf, with the high-quality for the price and the amount of space available. Starting at £28,555 ($34,800), the Corsa-e is also a very comparable price to the Leaf but has a much better range of 222 miles.
The budget-friendly EV is powered by a 50 kWh battery and has a 0-62 mph time of 7.6 seconds. Not only is it one of the cheapest on the list, it also has some pretty enticing lease offers available.
2. Volkswagen E-Up!
The VW E-Up! is the electric version of the popular city car. It starts from £22,585 ($27,524) and offers 159 miles of range. It makes for a fun drive with the agile handling and nippy performance. The small, square body also makes it very easy for city driving, and parking!
The E-Up! has obviously been a very popular choice for EV buyers as it is now out of stock, but if this one tickles your fancy, be sure to keep an eye on the second hand market for one.
1. Fiat 500 Electric
The cheapest electric car available with still a decent range for daily use is the Fiat 500 Electric. Starting at £22,335 with 115 miles of range, which can be increased with the long-range model offering 199 miles of range.
The small hatchback is ideal for one or two people, is fun to drive and still has the popular design of the non-electric 500. If you are looking for a cheap EV for smaller journeys, you can’t go far wrong with this one.
It is fairly obvious to say you get what you pay for. The most important thing to consider when purchasing an EV is the range available and if this is going to suit your day-to-day needs.
If buying new isn’t your only option, it is always keeping an eye on the used market but be aware of the different types of battery and how long they last. As mentioned, others also look at electrically converting a gas-powered car which we have gone into the cost of.