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Electric cars from 10,000 euros: e-cars are already so cheap today

by Moritz Diethelm on April 14th, 2021

EFAHRER / MORITZ DIETHELM The front of the e-208 is adorned with the typical Peugeot light saber teeth.

Electric cars are too expensive? Are you kidding me? Are you serious when you say that! The once again increased environmental bonus is causing the prices of e-cars to tumble. Many manufacturers and dealers also grant discounts. EFFAHRER.com shows the best cheap e-cars.

Many manufacturers promise cheap electric cars for the future. There are already a number of inexpensive electric cars on the market with ranges that are absolutely suitable for everyday use - and they are selling better than ever before.

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The environmental bonus of up to almost 10,000 euros makes an important contribution to their success. Together with rich manufacturer discounts, the prices for new electric cars sometimes fall by more than half, as an exclusive data analysis of the new car portal Carwow shows. EFAHRER.com has put together the best bargain electric cars.

Many electric cars are still more expensive to buy than comparable gasoline or diesel vehicles. But what about the running costs? How much does an electric car cost per month or per kilometer? What are the costs after 10 years? And when does an e-car comparison with combustion engines pay off?

Just find out for your dream model yourself! The EFAHRER.com cost calculator gives you a quick overview of the costs incurred. In addition to acquisition costs, running costs are also included and compared with combustion engines.

These are the cheapest electric cars.

advantages
Compact outside, spacious inside
Cheap
Lively and agile
disadvantage
Fast charging only for an additional charge
Useful extras only in a package
No thermal battery management

Volkswagens Up! is a classic car for novice drivers, the city and a popular second car. This also applies to the electric version. The e-Up! is identical to the slightly cheaper Seat Mii electric and Skoda Citigo e iV and only a few hundred euros more expensive. The main differences between the three are in their looks.

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Four people will find enough space in the mini-Stromer from the manufacturer Volkswagen, especially on short journeys. The agile, compact cars cut a particularly good figure in the city. With a volume of 250 liters, the trunk is almost as big as that of the combustion engine and, with the rear seats folded down, offers enough space even for bulk purchases.

With the e-up! expect a range of around 200 kilometers. If you consciously drive economically and do without power guzzlers such as the air conditioning while driving, longer ranges are of course possible, which are closer to the standard range of 260 kilometers. The small car classic is also recommended as a Stromer. Thanks to the environmental bonus and manufacturer discounts, its average sales price has now dropped to around 11,000 euros, according to Carwow.

advantages
Compact outside, spacious inside
Cheap
Lively and agile
disadvantage
Fast charging only for an additional charge
Useful extras only in a package
No thermal battery management

The three electric microcars Volkswagen e-Up !, Skoda citigo e iv and Seat Mii electric are technically the same car and even come off the same assembly line. Therefore, they also share their strengths and weaknesses. There are actually only differences in the look and the price: All three cost around 20,000 euros, the VW is a little more expensive at just over 21,000 euros, the Seat a little cheaper. The Seat is so cheap that it can definitely be described as the cheapest full-fledged electric car. Unfortunately, the Seat Mii is already sold out for this year - but many dealers should still have vehicles in stock.

The parent company VW has given its three youngest children the same electrical rejuvenation: their battery, which has grown to 32.3 usable kWh, now enables ranges of up to 260 WLTP standard kilometers. This is absolutely suitable for everyday use. The charging time is also impressive: the larger battery recharges 80 percent of its capacity on the 40kW fast charger in around an hour.

Our test of the previous generation of the structurally identical VW e-Up! showed: Four people can find enough space in all three mini-electric vehicles, especially on everyday journeys. The agile, compact cars cut a particularly good figure in the city. With a volume of 250 liters, the trunk is almost as big as that of the combustion engine and, with the rear seats folded down, offers enough space even for bulk purchases.

The Seat can already be configured and ordered online. For the introduction, Volkswagen, Skoda and Seat are luring with particularly favorable leasing offers for their electric city runabouts: The Seat should be available from around 145 euros a month. After funding, the small electric seat costs less than 15,000 euros.

A test then has to clarify which of the three small currents is the best choice. It is already clear: A VW Stromer for only 145 euros a month with leasing conditions of three years contract period and 10,000 free kilometers per year is a real announcement to the competition.

advantages
Compact outside, spacious inside
Cheap
Lively and agile
disadvantage
Fast charging only for an additional charge
Useful extras only in a package
No thermal battery management

The Citigo e iV is Skoda's version of the small electric car VW e-Up! and just like the Seat Mii electric with the e-Up! almost completely identical. There are only small differences in appearance and price. The three small cars even come off the same line. Therefore, they also share their strengths and weaknesses. All three cost around 20,000 euros before funding. The VW is a little more expensive at just over 21,000, the Seat a little cheaper.

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Like the Seat and the VW, the parent company VW has also given the Skoda Citigo e iv a technical refresh. The battery, which has grown to 32.3 usable kWh, now enables ranges of up to 260 kilometers. This is absolutely suitable for everyday use. The charging time is also impressive: the larger battery recharges 80 percent of its capacity on the 40kW fast charger in around an hour.

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Our test of the previous generation of the structurally identical e-Up! showed: Four people can find enough space in all three mini-electric vehicles, especially on everyday journeys. The agile, compact cars cut a particularly good figure in the city. With a volume of 250 liters, the trunk is almost as big as that of the combustion engine and, with the rear seats folded down, offers enough space for large purchases.

The Skoda can already be configured and ordered online. Volkswagen, Skoda and Seat are attracting visitors with particularly favorable leasing offers for their electric city runabouts. A test then has to clarify which of the three small currents is the best choice. It is already clear now. With all three, you get a lot of car for little money, and not just thanks to the environmental bonus. Real bargains are also possible with leasing.

advantages
Compact and manoeuvrable
22 kW charging possible
Noble equipment possible
disadvantage
Fast charging only for an additional charge
Tiny trunk
Small range

With its fortwo and forfour models, Daimler subsidiary Smart has two inexpensive electric cars at the start - there is even a convertible version. An electric motor was already included in the design of the previous generation. The electric motor also works with the new Smart.

The EQ is economical, manoeuvrable and takes up little space. But the trunk and battery are also small: the range is sufficient for the usual short journeys and takes you efficiently from A to B. The range of the EQ is 160 kilometers according to the outdated NEDC standard, both for the two-door and the four-door model.
In practice, you should rarely reach the 160 kilometers with the e-Smart. Especially with a sporty driving style, values ‚Äč‚Äčaround 100 kilometers are more realistic.

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The small battery doesn't cover long distances, but it can be recharged quickly. It makes a big difference whether your e-Smart has installed the standard 4.6 kW on-board charger or the optional 22 kW on-board charger. In the basic configuration with a 4.6 kW on-board charger, you can recharge the e-Smart in around 3.5 hours - from 10 percent to 80 percent. If you charge with 22 kW, this happens in less than 40 minutes.

The prerequisite here is that the wallbox or charging station can also provide a charging capacity of at least 22 kW.
Charging at a household socket is significantly slower, but always possible. Here you need around 6 hours to reload from 10 to 80 percent. The fast charger costs an extra charge. In general, the list of surcharges for the Smart is long. The small city runabout can be elegantly equipped, but then quickly becomes considerably more expensive than its base price of 21,940 euros.

Thanks to the environmental bonus and manufacturer discount, the electric Smart cars are currently being sold for less than half of their list price, the Carwow analysis shows. Buyers pay an average of around 10,000 euros for a smart EQ fortwo. The four-seater smart EQ forfour is only a few hundred euros more expensive.