Electric cars and incentives: what to buy from 15,000 to 45,000 euros

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In 2020, Italians became aware of the existence of electric cars. Last year, in fact, 32,538 BEV – Battery Electric Vehicles – were registered against 10,556 in 2019. The total, therefore, tripled and came to represent 2.3% of the entire market. It is still little, but it is enough for many motorists to begin to consider buying an electric or at least to talk about it within their own network of acquaintances. However, with the exception of fans of new technologies, most people have a superficial understanding of the subject, starting with prices. In fact, one of the most classic and frequent doubts concerns the price of electric cars. So, let’s try to clarify and already consider the 10,000 euros of incentives in the final price.

Within € 15,000
It starts from the Dacia Spring, for which it costs from 9,640 euros. The Renault Group’s democratic electric is 3.73 meters long, has a 45 hp engine and a 27 kWh battery which are enough to drive them 230 km in the mixed homologation cycle of the WLTP. The Twingo EV is a close relative, even more compact. The length stops at 3.60 meters, while the kWh of the accumulators are 22 which are enough to homologate an average range of 190 km. All this at a price of 12,950 euros. The Smart Fortwo and ForFour EQ have an even closer link with the Twingo, since they are all children of the same project, for which Renault and Daimler had joined forces. In their case, however, the battery has only 18 kWh and guarantees 143 and 138 km of mileage, respectively for the two and four doors. Prices start at € 15,210 and € 18,832.

Dacia Spring electric

The Renault Zoe costs a little more (15,900 euros), although it is much larger, as it reaches 4.08 meters. It has a very large battery, with 52 kWh of capacity, which translates into 395 km of autonomy. The second generation arrived on the market about a year ago, while the original model that came out in 2013 was one of the pioneers of electric mobility. Finally, there is the Fiat 500, which in the basic version can be taken home with 16,150 euros, but you have to be satisfied with a 95 Hp electric motor and above all a battery with only 23 kWh of capacity, for an autonomy in the mixed cycle of 180 km. Rising instead to 19,900 euros, the accumulators of the Turin electric city car become 42 kWh and thus also the homologated distance rises to 330 km. The horsepower of the electric motor in this case are 118, while the price for the closed version rises to 19,900 euros.

Within € 30,000
The zero-emission Opel Corsa and Peugeot 208 cost 21,300 and 23,750 euros respectively. The external dimensions, with 4.06 meters in length, are practically identical, as are the main electrical components – 136 HP engine and 50 kWh battery – which configure a range of 337 km for the German and 340 for the French. The Mini Cooper SE stops at 3.85 meters and its accumulators have only 33 kWh, for an approved mileage of 234 km and 184 HP of power, all this starting from 23,900 euros. From 24,800 euros there is the Volkswagen ID.3, the third era car of the German brand which is 4.26 meters long (like the Golf) and in the basic version has 150 HP and 45 kWh of electricity, for a autonomy of 350 km. The Mazda MX-30 is an outsider, with its compact crossover body (4.40 meters long) and a battery pack of only 36 kWh, which together with the 145 hp engine allow you to travel 200 km. It costs 24,900 euros.

The Opel Mokka-e

The Citroen e-C4 and the Opel Mokka-e are also close relatives, with the 50 kWh and 136 hp accumulators under the hood, for 350 and 322 km of autonomy. They cost 25,150 and 25,250 euros respectively. The Nissan Leaf, with its 4.48 meters is the longest of this group and for 25,300 euros it has a 40 kWh battery, which carries 150 hp for a walk for 378 km. The Hyundai cousins ​​Kona and Kia Niro start at exactly the same price – 25,850 euros – and share the components: the 136 HP electric motor and the 39 kWh lithium-ion battery. The ranges, however, are slightly different: 305 km for the Kona and 289 for the Niro, which is 17 cm longer (4.21 against 4.38 meters). Honda too and can be considered an outsider, albeit full of style. It costs 25,900 euros, is 3.89 meters long and with a 36 kWh battery and 136 HP of power it has 222 km of autonomy. Finally, the Peugeot 2008, which with its 4.3 meters and the same 136 HP powertrain as the other Franco-German sisters, can travel 320 km and has a price list starting at 28,500 euros.

Within € 45,000
The Skoda Enyaq iV starts at 29,500 euros: it is 4.65 meters long, has a 62 kWh hour battery, 177 hp and a WLTP approved range of 413 km. At 29,980 euros there is the Kia e-Soul, which shares key components with the other cheaper Koreans and stops at 4.20 meters, 39 kWh and 136 hp, for a distance of 276 km. The price list of the DS3 Crossback starts at 30,200 euros, the kWh are 50 and the 136 hp, for a range of 320 km. The BMW i3 is 4.01 meters long and has a 38 kWh battery pack that feeds 170 hp, for a range of 308 km. Prices start at € 30,600. With the Hyundai Ioniq it goes up to 31,200 euros and the kWh available are the same as the German one with the propeller. The length reaches 4.47 meters and the engine has 136 hp. The Volkswagen ID.4, on the other hand, measures 4.58 meters and has 170 HP powered by 52 kWh accumulators; autonomy is 343 km and prices start at 33,150 euros. At 37,970 euros there is the Model 3 built in China – for the Californian one it takes a couple of thousand euros more – which is 4.69 meters long, has a 53 kWh battery pack and has 351 hp for 448 km to go through.

The Ford Mustang Mach-e

The Ford Mustang Mach-E measures 4.71 meters and has a 76 kWh battery, which together with the 258 HP engine configures 450 km of autonomy; prices starting from 39,900 euros. The Mercedes EQA is 4.46 meters long, has 66 kWh of batteries and 408 HP of power, for 426 km of autonomy and costs 41,150 euros. The Volvo XC40 is three centimeters shorter, but has 78 kWh accumulators, which however translate into 418 km of autonomy, at a cost of 46,300 euros. The Lexus UX300e measures exactly four and a half meters, has 204 horsepower and can travel 305 km. It costs 47,000 euros and its most peculiar, indeed unique, feature is the 54 kWh battery which is guaranteed for 10 years or 1 million km.

The Lexus UX300e

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