Electric Cars

Today's Most Affordable Electric Vehicles

May 11, 2022

Let's Define "Affordable"

There is no such thing as a low dough EV unless you find a used 2013 Nissan Leaf on sale for $9,400, (which we did!) at a lot in Palo Alto. But if we are talking about new 2022 model all-electric vehicles with all the bells and whistles, the cheapest new EV is probably a brand spankin’ new Nissan Leaf that has an entry level MSRP of around $27,000.

That said, GreenCars has put together this list of EVs that are currently the lowest dough all-electric vehicles available on the market today. Note that many of the least expensive EVs also have the least range, but honestly, the average American drives less than 50 miles per day and that means that any of these vehicles will more than handle your daily driving needs before being plugged in overnight to charge.

Also keep in mind that the prices listed here are the starting manufacturer’s suggested retail prices (MSRP) for base models, meaning there are trim levels of these cars that offer more range and horsepower. Also remember that most of these EVs are still in line for price savings through local, state, and federal incentives and rebates so you can save even more.

The Most Affordable Electric Vehicles Today

Our list of low dough EVs are presented to you starting with the lowest priced car on the market, that being the new Nissan Leaf, and then the prices go up all the way to the excellent new Ford Mustang Mach-E with a price tag of $42,895. Not cheap by any means, but you’ll get an idea of what is out there and what your hard-earned bucks will buy. All mileage ranges shown are EPA-estimates.

You’ll find all of these EVs and more for sale both new and used right here on the GreenCars Marketplace powered by Driveway.com.

2022 Nissan Leaf

2022 Nissan Leaf

The mighty Leaf has been around since 2010 and Nissan has worked hard to improve the all-electric people mover, introducing a second-generation Leaf in 2017 with updates every model year since. It is the lowest cost EV on our list and offers 149 miles of range in its base trim. The Leaf Plus gives you a larger battery pack with 226 miles of range. Nissan lowered the price on all Leaf models for 2022 and added features to the two lower trim variants.

Starting MSRP $27,400.

Range 149 miles 

2022 Mini Cooper SE

2022 Mini Cooper SE

The all-electric version of Britain’s wildly popular Mini Cooper debuted in 2020 with the SE. It features a 181-horsepower electric motor that puts out 199 pound-feet of torque. The quick and fun to drive Mini is filled with clever features based on the Hardtop 2 Door. A larger touchscreen is new for 2022. The price is low but so is the range with an EPA-estimated 114 miles between charges. However, industry insiders say you can squeeze closer to 150 miles out of this little beastie.

Starting MSRP $29,900.

Range 114 miles

2022 Chevy Bolt

2022 Chevy Bolt

The Bolt debuted in 2017 and was named Motor Trend’s Car of the Year. It received a major redesign for 2022 including a more comfortable interior, new headlights, grille and trim. The upgraded infotainment system includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Chevy also dropped the price on the Bolt for 2022. You’ll get a healthy 259 miles of range even in the base trim and a new EUV variant adds a bit of length to the wheelbase for more cargo space.

Starting MSRP $31,500.

Range 259 miles

2022 Mazda MX-30

2022 Mazda MX-30

Though not the least expensive vehicle on our list, the MX-30 offers the least amount of range at just 100 miles between charges. However, the little Mazda makes up for this with stylish looks, cool clamshell doors for easy access to the back seat, an upscale cabin, generous cargo space, and the latest safety and driver assist technology. It boasts a 141-horsepower motor, is fun to drive and can be charged to 80 percent in just 30 minutes of DC Fast Charging.

Starting MSRP $33,470.

Range 100 miles

2022 Hyundai Kona Electric

2022 Hyundai Kona Electric

This subcompact crossover first appeared in America in 2019 and is available in both front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive variants. It also has two battery packs to choose from; the 39.2-kWh or the 64-kWh battery that offers 258 miles of range. It is a quick and nimble little car with an attractive interior. For 2022 the Kona Electric adds a refreshed look and such features as automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control and lane centering.

Starting MSRP $34,000.

Range 258 miles

2022 Kia EV6

2022 Kia EV6

Introduced in 2021, the EV6 is Kia’s new and very sporty compact crossover that took the European Car of the Year award. In GT trim, it can rocket you from zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds! Inside the futuristic interior, the EV6 features a panoramic curved display for all infotainment and secondary controls. There’s also a 360-camera option, remote controlled parking, and the latest safety tech with driver assist features that boarder on autonomous travel.

Starting MSRP $40,900.

Range 232 miles

2022 Volkswagen ID.4

2022 Volkswagen ID.4

Volkswagen is investing heavily in all-electric vehicles and the ID.4 is the automaker’s first EV that was designed completely from the ground up. This comfortable family hauler offers an impressive range of 280 miles. While it is rear-wheel drive, an all-wheel drive version will soon be available. A 10-inch infotainment screen offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. Expect a price drop for the ID.4 when production begins at its Tennessee plant this year.

Starting MSRP $41,230.

Range 280 miles

2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E

Debuting in 2021, the Mach-E won the North American SUV of the Year award. The highest priced vehicle in our list, the new Mustang is Ford’s first all-electric mass-produced vehicle and is worth every penny of its $43,895 entry level price. It is a blast to drive, offers superb styling, a clean and sleek interior and extremely cool infotainment, safety, and driver assist tech on its 15.5-inch touchscreen. There’s ample cargo and passenger space and this ‘Stang is fast! The GT version will hit zero to 60 in just 3.8 seconds.

Starting MSRP $43,895.

Range 247 miles