In order to achieve considerable emissions reduction from road transport, car manufacturers need to deliver long-range affordable electric vehicles. Unfortunately, while the last eight months have seen a remarkable +75% in global EV sales, EV prices are growing at a fast pace too (+11%).
An example is Ford’s iconic F-150 Lightning truck. The electric version of this popular pickup just two years ago was priced under $40k, but now it costs 30% more than that! Another issue for affordable EVs is their batteries still don’t deliver a range anywhere comparable to Internal combustion-powered cars.
There are, however, at least six affordable long-range electric vehicles on the US market that are priced at just under $40k. All these vehicles have a range of over 200 miles.
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Our ranking reviews these six vehicles from the shorter to the longest range. Can you guess which EV will be on top?
Six long-range affordable electric vehicles
6. – 2023 Volkswagen ID.4 – 208 Miles
Assembled in the brand new Volkswagen factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the Volkswagen ID.4 barely makes it in our ranking. The standard version of the ID.4 has only a limited range of 208 miles. That is a very short range compared to more expensive versions of the same car. Those would be almost at the top of our ranking with 275 miles, but with a much more expensive price tag. Luckily the ID.4 comes with standard fast charging for everyone Will car buyers pick this short-range version?
5. – 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 – 220 Miles
The SE RWD (Standard Range) version of the Hyundai Ioniq 5 slightly makes the cut in our ranking with a price of $39,950. This version has a lower range compared to the more expensive versions of the same car, but it could be a great entry-level choice in the EV world.
4. – 2022 Nissan Leaf Plus – 226 Miles
The Nissan Leaf was one of the first EVs in the market in 2010. The Plus version has an extended range of 226 miles compared to the 150 miles of the standard one. It is the second cheapest car on our list with a price of $35,800.
3. 2022 Hyundai Kona – 258 Miles
With a price of just over $35k, the Hyundai Kona is a fun vehicle that accelerates very fast and has great handling. Furthermore, there is plenty of space for five people each carrying their own suitcase. Another interesting feature of this car is the well-refined accelerator technology that allows regenerative braking too.
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2. – 2023 Chevrolet Bolt – 259 Miles
The Chevrolet Bolt is the only American electric vehicle in our ranking of under $40k long-range electric vehicles. It is also the cheapest vehicle on our list, starting at $27,200. This car was the first American-made affordable EV, and the success just keeps going. 15,000 Chevrolet Bolts were delivered just in the third quarter of 2022.
1. – 2022 Kia EV6 – 310 Miles
The 2022 KIA EV6 is the number one long-range electric vehicle on our ranking. It is the only EV from this list that has over 300 miles of range. Unfortunately, its price is slightly above our limit at $40,900k. The EV6 is the car that looks more futuristic from this selection. It is also the fastest one, as you can see in the video below.
Which EV from our list would you pick? Coming up next, is the European edition of the affordable long-range electric cars ranking! (on a side note: which car makers are the closest to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 though?)
Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed here by Impakter.com columnists are their own, not those of Impakter.com –In the Featured Photo: The 2022 KIA EV6. Photo credit: KIA.