10 of the least expensive electric cars you can buy today


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Thought electric cars were only for the rich? Think again. 

In February, the average U.S. non-luxury car (including both gas and electric) retailed for about $44,700

But there are at least 10 electric cars that cost less than that. And three electric cars that sell for under $30,000. 

Federalstate and local incentives and rebates can also trim thousands of dollars off an EV’s sticker price. (Another pro tip: Leasing an EV might make you eligible for a larger federal tax incentive than buying one.)

In the market? Here are 10 electric cars you can buy on a budget.*

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Chevrolet Bolt – $27,495

Fun to drive, great range and eligible for a full $7,500 federal tax credit. But get one while they’re hot: General Motors is phasing out the Chevy Bolt by the end of the year.

Estimated range: 259 miles

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Chevrolet Bolt EUV – $28,795

With room for five, the Bolt EUV is a larger version of GM’s original Chevy Bolt. (But move fast: As with its little sibling, production is winding by the end of 2023.)

Estimated range: 247 miles

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Nissan Leaf S – $29,135

The Leaf S is a great option for those who drive shorter distances and charge primarily at home.

Estimated range: 149 miles

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Mini Electric Hardtop – $31,895

A zippy import, the Mini Electric gets kudos for its agile handling and quick acceleration.

Estimated range: 114 miles

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Hyundai Kona Electric – $34,885

Consumer Reports raves, calling the Kona Electric “one of the best electric vehicles under $50,000.”

Estimated range: 258 miles

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Nissan Leaf SV Plus – $37,135

This second-generation Leaf gets high marks from reviewers for safety and practicality. 
Estimated range: 212 miles

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Volkswagen ID.4 Standard – $40,290

Volkswagen’s ID.4 SUV offers ample cargo space and three years of free charging at Electrify America’s fast charger network.

Estimated range: 209 miles

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Kia Niro EV Wind – $40,875

The Niro base package comes with driver assistance, heated front seats and a wireless smartphone charger. 
Estimated range: 253 miles

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Hyundai Ioniq 5 – $43,235

Car and Driver calls the Ioniq 5 a “compelling choice for anyone taking the first swing at EV ownership.” 

Estimated range: 220 miles 

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Nissan Ariya – $44,525

A crossover SUV, the Ariya comes with important safety features, like blind spot monitoring and automatic braking.

Estimated range: 216 miles

This article originally appeared on EDF.org and was syndicated by MediaFeed.org.

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