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Top 5 Affordable Electric Cars in 2016

Nissan Leaf

Electric cars have become more attractive this year because more and more people start to realize that these green vehicles have a reduced consumption of energy and they’re also protecting the environment.

Beside the green factor, electric cars don’t produce much noise when running, so the entire ride is way more relaxing.

Sadly, most of the current electric cars (with affordable price) provide a range of only about 100 miles, which means that you can use them mainly in the city where you live, and only for short trips outside the town.

However, if you plan to use them for slightly longer trips, the problem with the short range can be solved with a little more money (there are also long range versions available).

Today, we have many names in the car manufacturing business that decided to go electric.

If you don’t know what electric car to choose for you, here is a top of modern electric cars that might interest you.

2016 Affordable Electric Cars For Everyday Use

The following list contains three very affordable electric vehicles, and two electric cars that are premium, so their price is about 30 to 40 percent higher compared to the other three.

2016 Nissan Leaf

is the electric car that might convince you even if you are a skeptic regarding the utility of these green vehicles.

In the town and around it, this car is smooth, comfortable and almost silent.

With a starting MSRP of $29,010, this five seater uses a 24 kWh lithium-ion battery that powers an 80 kW AC synchronous electric motor, developing 107 HP and 187 lb-ft of torque.

The version that uses the 30 kWh lithium-ion battery, provides a range of 107 miles and 114 MPGe.

2016 Renault Zoe is the cheapest electric car in our top.

2016 Renault Zoe is the cheapest electric car in our top.

Renault Zoe

is a pretty cheap electric car, perfectly suited for town use due to its small size.

With a starting MSRP of $25,811, this four seater uses a 24 kWh lithium-ion battery that powers a 65 KW synchronous electric motor that develops 88 HP and 162 lb-ft of torque, and a range of about 132 miles.

2016 Volkswagen e-Golf is a green car desired by many young drivers.

2016 Volkswagen e-Golf is a green car desired by many young drivers.

2016 Volkswagen e-Golf

looks exactly like a regular VW Golf, but the version with the starting MSRP of $28,995 uses a 24.2 kWh lithium-ion battery that powers an 85 kW AC synchronous electric motor, which develops 115 HP and 199 lb-ft of torque.

Volkswagen e-Golf provides decent space for five people and a top range of about 83 miles and 115 MPGe.

2016 BMW i3 is a stylish and agile electric car.

2016 BMW i3 is a stylish and agile electric car.

2016 BMW i3

is an electric vehicle that provides exactly like a conventional BMW, the style and the sporty driving specific to the famous badge.

With a starting MSRP of $42,400 this four seater uses a 22 kWh lithium-ion battery that powers an 125 KW electric motor, which develops 170 HP and 184 lb-ft of torque.

This electric BMW provides a range of 81 miles and 124 MPGe.

Tesla Model 3

2017 Tesla Model 3, image source: pixabay.com

2017 Tesla Model 3

is the most affordable Tesla that will be available starting with 2017.
Being a Tesla, this cute electric car will have a very good acceleration, but will provide a range that will overcome all the electric vehicles listed above, even if its price will be around the price of a BMW i3.

With a starting MSRP of $39,500, the Long Range Tesla Model 3 RWD will use a 50 kWh lithium-ion battery that will power a permanent magnet electric motor developing about 271 HP and 307 lb-ft. of torque.

The base model of the Tesla Model 3 will reach 60 mph in just 5.6 second, and the top speed will be around 140 mph (225 km/h).

The range is also huge for this price, 254 miles (409 km).

Giving the fact that this is still a sporty electric car that has a price around $40,000, we can say that Tesla Model 3 can be a true game changer to make a very large number of drivers switch to electric.

Conclusion

The green future that will follow after the fossil fuel era, can be much closer to you, if you replace today your conventional vehicle with an electric car with zero emissions.

Article written by:

I write about the renewable energy sector, electric cars and climate change issues. I love nature and good food, so I travel all over the world to see new places and meet new people. Magda Savin

1 Comment

  1. Rakesh Vaisoha

    I’d like to be associated with the renewable and alternative energy sector for India.

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