9 Cheapest Electric Cars You Can Buy Right Now

Electric cars are the future, but the upfront cost can be overwhelming for many prospective buyers. If you can’t afford a Tesla, there’s a booming market for budget electric cars. These cars are often tiny, with room for just two people and minimal luggage space. We’ve found 9 of the world’s cheapest electric vehicles – the cheapest one sells for around $1,000 on Alibaba. Watch them all in action here!

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Why should you go for an electric vehicle?

Apart from the apparent reason that electric cars don’t have any exhaust emissions, they are quieter and cheaper to drive. The total cost of ownership is actually lower than many conventional cars due to the lower fuel and maintenance costs.

Citroën Ami

Price: The French Citroën Ami costs €6000 (≈ $7,000) in Europe, and around £6,000 when it launches in the UK. Range: 75 km / 47 miles. Top speed: 45 km/h / 28 mph. Classification: Quadricycle, which means it can be driven througho… Read full text

Citroën Ami on the official website

Citroën Ami

Price: The French Citroën Ami costs €6000 (≈ $7,000) in Europe, and around £6,000 when it launches in the UK.

Range: 75 km / 47 miles.

Top speed: 45 km/h / 28 mph.

Classification: Quadricycle, which means it can be driven throughout Europe without a driving license by people 16 years and older.

Wuling Hongguang Mini EV

Price: Wuling’s Hongguang Mini EV is a Chinese electric vehicle that retails for €3,800 / $4,500 / £3,250 in China. The Mini EV ranks as the world’s second best-selling plug-in car after the Tesla Model 3. The Wuling brand is part… Read full text

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Wuling Hongguang Mini EV

Price: Wuling’s Hongguang Mini EV is a Chinese electric vehicle that retails for €3,800 / $4,500 / £3,250 in China. The Mini EV ranks as the world’s second best-selling plug-in car after the Tesla Model 3. The Wuling brand is part of General Motors.

Range: 120 km / 75 miles (with a higher capacity battery 170 km / 110 mi).

Top speed: 100 km/h / 62 mph.

Classification: Microcar.

ChangLi

Price: The ChangLi, which retails for around $1,200 with a battery (€1,000 / £850) on Alibaba, is probably the world’s cheapest car and positively the cheapest electric car. It works like a real car but undisputedly looks like a t… Read full text

The ChangLi on Alibaba

ChangLi

Price: The ChangLi, which retails for around $1,200 with a battery (€1,000 / £850) on Alibaba, is probably the world’s cheapest car and positively the cheapest electric car. It works like a real car but undisputedly looks like a toy car.

Range: 40 km / 25 miles (with a higher capacity battery up to 100 km / 62 mi).

Top speed: 30 km/h / 20 mph.

Ari804

Price: The German Ari804 retails for €10,999 / $13,000 / £9,500 in its basic configuration. Optional solar panels for the roof. Range: 120–250 km / 75 –156 miles depending on chosen battery capacity. Top speed: 80 km/h / 49 mph. C… Read full text

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Ari804

Price: The German Ari804 retails for €10,999 / $13,000 / £9,500 in its basic configuration. Optional solar panels for the roof.

Range: 120–250 km / 75 –156 miles depending on chosen battery capacity.

Top speed: 80 km/h / 49 mph.

Classification: Microcar.

Today Sunshine M1

Price: The Chinese electric vehicle Today Sunshine M1 retails in Europe for €12,000 / $14,250 / £10,300. There are a few optional add-ons, like a backup camera. Range: 198 km / 123 miles. Top speed: 50 km/h / 31 mph. Classificatio… Read full text

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Today Sunshine M1

Price: The Chinese electric vehicle Today Sunshine M1 retails in Europe for €12,000 / $14,250 / £10,300. There are a few optional add-ons, like a backup camera.

Range: 198 km / 123 miles.

Top speed: 50 km/h / 31 mph.

Classification: Microcar.

Renault Twizy

Price: Released in March 2012, the French Renault Twizy is one of the first electric microcars. It retails for  €12,150 | $14,400 / £11,995. Range: 90 km / 56 miles. Top speed: 80 km/h / 50 mph. Classification: Microcar Quadricycl… Read full text

Renault Twizy on the official UK website

Renault Twizy

Price: Released in March 2012, the French Renault Twizy is one of the first electric microcars. It retails for  €12,150 | $14,400 / £11,995.

Range: 90 km / 56 miles.

Top speed: 80 km/h / 50 mph.

Classification: Microcar Quadricycle.

Chery eQ1

Price: The eQ1 is manufactured by the Chinese state-owned car company Chery. The entry model starts at $6,500 / $7,700 / £5,600. Range: Estimated 200 km / 124 miles (301 km / 187 mi. according to manufacturer). Top speed: 100 km/h… Read full text

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Chery eQ1

Price: The eQ1 is manufactured by the Chinese state-owned car company Chery. The entry model starts at $6,500 / $7,700 / £5,600.

Range: Estimated 200 km / 124 miles (301 km / 187 mi. according to manufacturer).

Top speed: 100 km/h / 62 mph.

Classification: Microcar.

Tazzari City

Price: The Italian electric car Tazzari City starts at €16,300 / $19,400 / £14,000 for the basic model. Range: 94 km / 58 miles (150 km / 93 miles with a higher capacity battery). Top speed: 90 km/h / 56 mph. Classification: Micro… Read full text

Tazzari City on its official website

Tazzari City

Price: The Italian electric car Tazzari City starts at €16,300 / $19,400 / £14,000 for the basic model.

Range: 94 km / 58 miles (150 km / 93 miles with a higher capacity battery).

Top speed: 90 km/h / 56 mph.

Classification: Microcar.

Leapmotors T03

Price: Leapmotors T03 is a Chinese electric car that features level 2 autonomous driving. Pricing starts at €8,600 / $10,200 / £7,350 in China. Range: 300 km / 186 miles (403 km / 250 miles, according to the manufacturer). Top spe… Read full text

Official website for Leapmotors T03

Leapmotors T03

Price: Leapmotors T03 is a Chinese electric car that features level 2 autonomous driving. Pricing starts at €8,600 / $10,200 / £7,350 in China.

Range: 300 km / 186 miles (403 km / 250 miles, according to the manufacturer).

Top speed: 100 km/h / 62 mph.

Classification: Microcar.

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