The 20 cheapest electric cars to use in 2022: cost and km

When we talk about electric cars, we focus above all on autonomy, power, then on weight, free space, charging power and so on. In real use, though how much an electric car actually costs us? Do all models on the market have similar operating costs? Not really, as you can guess from the latest report of Zutobi – which listed the 20 cheapest BEVs based on the cost of charging and the mileage that can be covered for $ 100.
The ranking was created taking into account several factors such as the size of the battery, the cost of charging, the actual range, the estimated price per battery. it’s easier for you to read. However, the analysis must be understood as “global”, in fact we are talking about models also available in Italy, which is why we – euro more, euro less – can easily translate the data to our market as well. So let’s find out which electric cars are most comfortable.

The Tesla domain

On these pages, we often emphasize how Tesla is ahead of all direct competitors in terms of innovation and research. Elon Musk’s electric motors, known for being compact, light, powerful and super efficient, lead to tangible benefits, as the Zutobi report also shows. Tesla Model 3 in particular occupies the first two places in the rankings. At the top of the podium we find the Long Range Dual Motor variant, which is capable of having 483 km of real autonomy compared to a 70 kWh battery.

The average cost of recharging (calculated on the basis of the latest data from US Energy Information Administration for housing refill, and which should therefore be retouched for a moment in Europe) would be equivalent to $ 9.88 / 8.92 euros, with a price of only 0.03 euro cents for 1.6 km of road. With $ 100 / 90.31 euros expenses, you can travel 4,884 km with the Tesla Model 3 Long Range.

Remember that energy prices are based on the US market, but they are identical for all the models studied, so even in Europe the result would not change, it should only be scaled up due to more expensive energy prices.
So let’s continue with our location, which you can see in its entirety at the top: In second place we have the Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus RWD, which with 57.5 kWh of energy can travel 378 km real. The average cost of recharging it is equal to 8.12 dollars / 7.33 euros, with a price of about 0.03 euros per. 1.6 km. With $ 100 / 90.31 euros expense 4,657 km have been traveled with this car.
Conquer the third step on the podium there Hyundai IONIQ Electric (attention, not IONIQ 5 but IONIQ sedan): in this case we have a compact 38.3 kWh battery, 250 km real autonomy, only $ 5.41 / € 4.89 in charging costs and always 0, 03 euros for 1, 6 km. For $ 100 / € 90.31 you can cover 2,588 km.

The revenge of the little ones

The electric car market seems to have taken a clear direction: Manufacturers, especially the premium ones, are aiming for ever larger batteries to increase the range of vehicles (and to be able to cope with the low efficiency of very powerful engines).

In this still very immature landscape, we have a small large revenge of the “small” electric cars with batteries below (or equal to) 45 kWh. In the Top 20 of Zutobi we find e.g. Fiat 500e in fourth place, with a battery of only 21.3 efficient kWh. The little Italian wins at top-up costs, only $ 3.01 / 2.72 euros, and with $ 100 / € 90.31 he drives 4,548 km, really excellent as a result. The list then continues with 28.9 kWh MINI Electric, 39 kWh Hyundai KONA Electric, 36 kWh Nissan LEAF, Peugeot e-208 / Opel Corsa-e sisters with 45 kWh, Fiat 500e with 37.3 kWh efficient, the small Volkswagen e- UP! with 32.3 kWh, 37.3 kWh Fiat 500e Cabrio, 39.2 kWh Kia e-Niro and finally paired BMW i3 and i3s with 37.9 kWh batteries, now officially out of the picture with the new course for the German brand ( goodbye to the BMW) i3 after 8 years of service).

The only car with a battery over 70 kWh is Tesla Model 3 Power from 76 kWh towards the end of the rankings, where virtually all German prizes with batteries over 80 kWh are missing. Usually very powerful and heavy cars that certainly do not shine for their efficiency. In light of higher charging costs, they may offer real autonomy equal to or lower than those seen in this Top 20. Top 20, which Zutobi has also enriched with a price ranking.

These are prices in dollars, which do not always agree with the Italian, but also considering the start-up costs there The Nissan LEAF seems to be the most affordable of them all, along with the Volkswagen e-UP !, Fiat 500e with a 24 kWh battery and MINI Electric, all for under $ 30,000. The three Teslas on the list are the most expensive at the moment, ranging from $ 48,490 for RWD to $ 61,990 for Performance (and remember that Tesla recently raised the prices of Model 3s in Italy).

The huge absences in the Top 20, premium cars like the BMW iX and Porsche Taycan (just to name two), would not have made a big figure even in this ranking, with prices that in Europe usually start at 80,000 euros and can reach 250,000 euros (think of the Taycan Turbo S).
We are therefore dealing with a market divided into two, where brands that focus on brute power have been completely removed from the efficiency rankings. The winners are above all city cars, small cars and electric sedans, which to date have found the best possible balance between performance, size and efficiency (even though the technologies are constantly evolving). Which of these 20 cars would you take home??

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