How to buy an electric car for not (too) expensive? – How to choose your electric car

Bet on small premium models

However, electric cars are cheap to use, but they are still expensive to buy new, mainly because of the price of their batteries. To get below 15,000 euros, you have to look at mini-urban cars. In this niche, the Dacia Spring is the cheapest with an entry ticket of 19,290 euros, an amount that, however, continues to rise due to inflation of raw materials and the shortage of semiconductors. Ecological bonus of 5,208 € deducted (can not exceed 27% of its value), the small car of the Renault group flirts with the most affordable price of 14,000 euros. But for this price, no miracle: you have to be satisfied with a battery capacity of 27 kWh that offers a range of 230 km in the WLTP cycle and an anemic power of 44 hp.

Despite its constantly rising price, the Dacia Spring still manages to stay below 15,000 euros when the new bonus is deducted. (Dacia)

For twice the power, Renault offers its Twingo E-Tech from 23,650 euros. He benefits from the full bonus of 6,000 euros, which finally allows him to drop from 18,000 euros. Bad point for her, her tiny 22 kWh battery that only allows a range of 190 km (WLTP cycle), but that may be enough for short daily trips.

To complete this trio of the cheapest “wattures” of the new management, Volkswagen. The e-Up! is sold from € 18,690 minus the bonus. Relative strong point, its 32.3 kWh battery for a range of 260 km (WLTP).

Tests, news: discover the car section of the Telegram

Finally, to stay just below 20,000 euros, deducted bonus, we can move on to the always crunchy Fiat 500e, in its version with a battery of 23.8 kWh (190 km range) and 95 hp.

Buy a second hand

To drive a more exclusive car with a stay of less than 10,000 or 15,000 euros, you need to resort to the second hand market. The cars – first registered more than two years ago – also benefit from an ecological bonus, reduced to 1,000 euros. A quick tour of second-hand sites reveals that Renault Zoé are legions, at prices starting at around 7,000 euros. Distrust, however, because the first generations are necessarily accompanied by the rental of batteries (between 70 and 130 euros per month, depending on the annual mileage). The Citroën C-Zero and Peugeot Ion twin sisters arrive without battery rental, and at the same prices. But with only 16 kWh of batteries and a range of a hundred kilometers, those who are afraid of running out of juice will be thrilled. There are also some 6,000-euro Bluecars, inherited from car-sharing systems, such as the Paris Autolib. In unattractive body conditions and with an even bigger flaw: the need, when parking, to leave them plugged in so that they do not unload.

PHOTO FRANCOIS DESTOC / LE TELEGRAM CAUDAN (56): Autolib Bluecar Bolloré electric car in the Autopuzz garage
Bolloré Bluecars sold in the garage Autopuzz de Caudan (56). (François Destoc / The Telegram Archives)

Finally, to drive in an unconventional way, for a check for 10,000 to 13,000 euros, you can be tempted by a car that, in the recent past, was built near Rennes: the rustic but endearing e-Mehari!

Try the rental

Instead of dropping a big nest to buy an electric vehicle, the current trend is toward long-term lease (LLD) or purchase option lease (LOA). For Tesla Model 3 fans, however, it will cost a minimum rent of 600 euros a month in LLD, with no contribution. An e-208 will be negotiated from 149 euros per month but with a first rent of about 4,000 euros, instead of the 25,290 euros to pay to be an owner. A Hyundai Kona is offered with a rent of 139 euros per month and after a deposit of about 3,000 euros. These prices take into account the ecological bonus and a premium of 2,500 euros to store your old diesel. The advantage of these formulas? The costs of use (warranty, maintenance, etc.) are monthly and the purchase price of the car is known in advance at the end of the rental agreement. The customer can benefit from a new vehicle at the end of the rental agreement by signing a new contract. Disadvantages: It is not the cheapest formula out there, although the offers are becoming more competitive thanks to the enthusiasm they arouse. Another weakness of these long-term rentals is their lack of flexibility: signatures for a specific duration and mileage. The bill can go up quickly if the distance is exceeded. The same goes if the car is not returned in excellent condition: repairs must be paid for by the customer … Please note that used cars can also benefit from this type of rental.

Or driving a car without a license …

The cheapest solution for driving a four-wheeled vehicle powered by an electric motor is to switch to a quadricycle without a license … In this category, the Citroën Ami offers an unbeatable price level in new products: from 6,490 euros, bonus deduced. . You can even rent it for 20 euros a month, after a first rent of 2,200 euros …

If its cube-on-wheels silhouette splits, the Citroën Ami concept may appeal to motorists confined to the city.
If its cube-on-wheels silhouette splits, the Citroën Ami concept may appeal to motorists confined to the city. (Productions Type)

Its use, from the age of 14, is limited to the city with its maximum speed of 45 km / h and a range of only 75 km …

How to Choose Your Electric Car

Leave a Comment