Top 5 Affordable Electric Cars in 2017

2017 Ford Focus Electric.

Many of you consider today that an electric car is very expensive and doesn’t deserve the investment because a petrol or diesel vehicle is much more practical and more affordable.

However, the electric car market provides today a nice list of electric vehicles with zero emissions at an affordable price of under $30,000 (some of them even under $20,000).

Top 5 Affordable Electric Cars in 2017

We are starting the top with the most expensive car in the list, and we are ending with the most affordable one.

2017 Volkswagen E-Golf

2017 Volkswagen E-Golf is the most expensive EV in this list due to the MSRP of $29,815 and a price of $22,315 after $7,500 federal tax credit.

2017 Volkswagen E-Golf.

The car uses a new 35.8 kWh Lithium-ion battery pack (an upgrade from the 24.2 kWh battery pack used by the 2016 Volkswagen E-Golf).

The battery pack powers a permanent-magnet synchronous AC electric motor that develops now 134 HP and 214 lb-ft. of torque.

2017 Volkswagen E-Golf does 0 to 60 mph in 9.3 seconds, and the 1/4 mile in 17.1 seconds, while reaching a top speed of only 85 mph (136 km/h).

The new E-Golf provides now an improved range of 125 miles (much better than the 83 mile range provided by the 2016 Volkswagen E-Golf).

The charging times are the following: 4 hours (charging at 80%) if the normal AC charger is used, and only 45 minutes for an 80% charge by using the DC charger.

Volkswagen says that is not necessary to fully charge the battery pack all the time, 80% charge is enough to use the vehicle in the city.

2017 Ford Focus Electric

2017 Ford Focus Electric is the second most expensive EV in our list with an MSRP of $29,120.

This green vehicle uses a 33.5 kWh Lithium-ion battery that powers a permanent magnet electric traction motor generating 107 kW (143 HP), and 184 lb-ft. of torque.

2017 Ford Focus Electric Hatch.

Five seats are available in the 2017 Ford Focus Electric, and the car accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 10 seconds, which is more than enough for a family car that tries to save energy to ensure a longer range.

The top speed is limited at 84 mph (135 km/h) because again, the car is made for family and for energy saving.

The battery pack ensures an EPA estimated range of 115 miles at full charge.

In terms of charging times, by using a standard 120-Volt outlet you can charge the battery pack at 100% in 30 hours.

By using a DC fast charger, you can get 75 miles of range in just 30 minutes.

There is also the option to use a 240-Volt charging station that will charge your battery pack at 100% in just 5.5 hours.

2017 Mitsubishi I-MiEV

2017 Mitsubishi I-MiEV has an MSRP of only $22,995, which makes it a very affordable electric vehicle for families on normal incomes.

I-MiEV uses a 49 KW electric motor that develops 66 HP and 132 lb-ft. of torque.

Mitsubishi I-MiEV provides only four seats, and an EPA rated range of 62 miles.

2017 Mitsubishi I-MiEV using a quick charging point.

The small electric motor that powers the 2017 Mitsubishi I-MiEV is able to reach a top speed (claimed by the company) of 81 mph (130 km/h), which confirms the name of city car for this small EV.

The standard charging port used by I-MiEV accommodates 120-volt charging that includes a portable charging cable, but also 240-volt Level 2 recharging used at the charging station.

Every I-MiEV comes today with the CHAdeMO DC quick-charging port, which allows the owner to get an 80% charge of the battery pack in only 30 minutes.

2017 Renault Kangoo Z.E.

2017 Renault Kangoo Z.E. is a very practical and affordable electric van for families and small businesses due to an MSRP of only $22,100.

The 2017 Renault Kangoo electric uses a new 33 kW battery pack that powers an electric motor developing 44 KW and 60 HP.

2017 Renault Kangoo Z.E.

The new battery pack ensures an improved range of 125 miles (200 km) for this electric van that can load much more stuff than a sedan or even an estate vehicle.

2017 Renault Kangoo Z.E. comes with a new-generation 7 kW AC charger that reduces the charging times.

By using the 7 kW WallBox, you can charge the battery at 100% in only six hours, and you can recover a range of 19 miles (35 km) in only one hour of charging.

2017 Renault Zoe

2017 Renault Zoe is even cheaper than the 2017 Renault Kangoo Z.E. due to its tiny MSRP that starts at $17,350.

2017 Renault ZOE Z.E.40 uses a new 41 kwh Lithium-ion battery pack that powers an electric motor developing 89 HP.

The new electric supermini from Renault does 0 to 62 mph in 13.5 seconds, and reaches a top speed of 84 mph (135 km/h).

2017 Renault ZOE.

The slow acceleration definitely shows that the new 41 kWh battery pack was set for better range not for faster acceleration and top speed.

Renault claims that the new ZOE has a range of 250 miles, but in the real world the car reaches a maximum range of 186 miles (298 km), and only 124 miles (198 km) in “extreme cold” conditions.

The charging times have been improved because every new Renault ZOE comes with wall box charger (comes with free home installation) that can fully charge the battery pack in three to four hours.

By using the 43 kW charging point, ZOE’s battery can be charged at 80% in 60 minutes (the 22 kWh battery) and 100 minutes for the 41 kWh battery.

I know that many of you have expected to see in this top, electric cars such as the 2017 Chevy Bolt EV, Tesla Model 3, Toyota Prius and many other green vehicles, but to create the top, I’ve tried to find EVs that are truly affordable for the families on normal income (and this means the best compromise in terms of low price and usefulness for a single person or for a family).

Danny Ovy

Danny Ovy

I am a writer and reporter for the clean energy sector, I cover climate change issues, new clean technologies, sustainability and green cars.

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