11 Electric Cars Cost Less Than Average New Car In US −


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Published on December 6th, 2013 | by Zach

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11 Electric Cars Cost Less Than Average New Car In US

There’s a somewhat odd meme still going around that claims that electric cars are expensive. A little bit of research quickly debunks that.

The average price for a new car in November 2013 (in the US) was $32,769, according to Kelley Blue Book. After the federal tax rebate of $7,500 (yes, it makes complete sense to include this), almost every plug-in electric car on the market is actually cheaper than that (even the BMW i3 almost makes it on the list).

Let’s run down the list. I’ll go down it in order of November sales (more or less). Prices shown are after the federal tax credit, but before any other credits or rebates available in some states and cities (such as the $2,500 rebate in California). Links on the prices go to the manufacturers’ webpages for the cars.

Black Nissan Leaf at EVS27 in Barcelona, Spain.(This image is available for republishing and even modification under a CC BY-SA license, with the key requirement being that credit be given to Zachary Shahan / EV Obsession / CleanTechnica, and that those links not be removed.)

Black Nissan Leaf at EVS27 in Barcelona, Spain.
(This image is available for republishing and even modification under a CC BY-SA license, with the key requirement being that credit be given to Zachary Shahan / EV Obsession / CleanTechnica, and that those links not be removed.)

  1. Nissan Leaf — $21,300
  2. Chevy Volt — $26,685
  3. Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid — $27,490
  4. Ford C-Max Energi — $28,943
  5. smart electric drive — $12,490
  6. Ford Focus Electric — $27,700
  7. Chevy Spark EV — $19,995
  8. Mitsubishi i — $15,495
  9. Fiat 500e — $24,300
  10. Wheego Whip — $18,995
  11. Wheego LiFe — $25,495

Now, you might contend that the gasmobiles on the higher end of the market are bringing the average price of new cars up, but I would then contend:

  • electric cars don’t pollute your local environment
  • with electric cars, you don’t have to spend countless hours standing at a gas station
  • electric cars have unbeatable acceleration/torque
  • the smooth and quiet drive of electric cars is worth a lot
  • a clean conscience from doing your part to fight global warming and not contribute to oil wars is priceless.
  • with an electric car you can never fill it with the wrong fuel!

How is all of that not a huge added value that you simply can’t attain with a gasmobile?

h/t to redditor ViperRT10Matt for a comment that sparked the idea for this post.


 

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About the Author

is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy since 2009. Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he's the founder and director of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, SCTY, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB. After years of covering solar and EVs, he simply had a lot of faith in these companies and felt like they were good companies to invest in as a portion of his retirement strategy. To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to ZacharyShahan.com and click on the relevant buttons.



  • Kyle Field

    Those Leaf numbers sure are attractive 🙂

    • Srsly 😀

      A reason why it’s the top-selling EV…

      Though, Mitsubishi i’s price used to be a lot higher, just dropped. Could pick up sales. But it’s a much simpler/plainer car.

  • Volt Owner

    Is it true that Ford is offering $6K off on the FEV price, and are there any available? If so, I may need to go out and test drive one…

    • That’s what I heard! Exciting. 😀 But yeah, no idea if you can find one. 😛

  • Help our fish stocks come back

    OK, so where is the BYD E6? No mention of that anywhere? Why?
    http://www.byd.com/na/auto/e6.html

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