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10 Cheapest Electric Cars

The electric car market has grown a lot, increasing from a small niche automotive segment to a more mainstream mode of transportation. You can find a greater variety of electric vehicles, plus they’re getting more affordable.

Here are the 10 cheapest electric cars on the market today. Prices below are based on the starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) before any federal, state, or local EV incentives kick in.

1. 2022 Nissan Leaf — $27,400

2022 Nissan Leaf Front Left in White

The Nissan Leaf is the original mass-market electric car. More than a decade after it first debuted, it’s still the cheapest EV you can buy. The Leaf is the only EV with a starting MSRP under $30,000. The longer-range Leaf Plus starts at $32,400, which is still a bargain. See 2022 Nissan Leaf models for sale near you

2. 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV — $31,500

2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV Rear Right in Silver


The Chevy Bolt EV was a big step forward in electric cars for the masses when it first came out. It got a significant redesign for the 2022 model year, which included an aesthetic refresh, a lower starting price, and the addition of the Bolt EUV. The Bolt EV hatchback has an impressive range of up to 259 miles and the Bolt EUV has a roomier interior and more available tech features like the Super Cruise hands-free driving system. See 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV models for sale near you or See 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV models for sale near you

3. 2023 Mini Cooper SE — $33,900

2023 Mini Cooper SE

The Mini Cooper is an excellent platform for an urban-dwelling EV. Its range on a full charge is only 114 miles, but that’s plenty if it’s primarily for city commuting and errand-running. It retains the spry performance and agile handling of its gas-powered counterparts, not to mention the characteristic aesthetics inside and out. While Mini’s website only shows the 2023 model, you can still find new 2022 models, which are similar to the 2023. See 2023 Mini Cooper SE models for sale near you

4. 2022 Hyundai Kona Electric — $34,000

2022 Hyundai Kona Electric

This EV electrifies the many virtues of the Hyundai Kona. It’s stylish, fun to drive, and has plenty of standard tech features, including one of our favorite infotainment systems in the business. However, its back seats and cargo hold aren’t very spacious by SUV standards. See 2022 Hyundai Kona Electric models for sale near you

5. 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning — $39,974

2022 Ford F-150 Lighning in silver towing heavy equipment

Are you surprised to see a full-size pickup truck on this list? The Ford F-150 Lightning is an all-electric version of the perennially best-selling F-150, and it’s outstanding. The base Pro model starts at just under $40,000 and comes standard with dual electric motors, 4WD, the Ford Co-Pilot360 2.0 safety tech suite, and many innovative features. See 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning models for sale near you

6. 2022 Kia Niro EV — $39,990

2022 Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid

There’s an all-new Kia Niro EV on the way for the 2023 model year, but for now, the outgoing 2022 model is still one of the most affordable electric cars out there. The Niro EV is mechanically similar to the Kona Electric, but the Kia has more interior space. The all-new 2023 model may be worth the wait if you’re interested in the Niro EV. See 2022 Kia Niro EV models for sale near you

7. 2022 Kia EV6 — $40,900

2022 Kia EV6 EX + Long Range

The all-new Kia EV6 is a compelling electric crossover SUV. It may seem pricey for a Kia SUV, but it’s a great value in EVs. This high-tech SUV has a roomy, comfortable interior, a long list of standard safety and infotainment tech features, and the standard range model goes up to 232 miles on a full charge. See 2022 Kia EV6 models for sale near you

8. 2022 Volkswagen ID.4 — $41,230

2022 Volkswagen ID.4 front left in blue

The Volkswagen ID.4 is a good deal if you’re looking for a practical compact SUV that happens to be electric. It has a balanced, comfortable ride and the interior space is generous for its size. VW improved the range for 2022 to 280 miles with the RWD model. See 2022 Volkswagen ID.4 models for sale near you

9. 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E — $43,895

2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E

We don’t blame you if you’re confused by the name. The Ford Mustang Mach-E is an electric SUV with a range of up to 314 miles and acceleration as quick as 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds. This is a stylish, high-tech SUV with performance that lives up to its name, but with much more practicality than a 2-door muscle car. See 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E models for sale near you

10. 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 — $44,000

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Front Right Side in Silver

The all-new Hyundai Ioniq 5 is mechanically similar to the Kia EV6. This SUV is full of the latest tech features on top of its incredible efficiency and an impressive electric range of up to 300 miles. The futuristic exterior design matches its high-tech interior with a standard 12.3-inch touchscreen and equally sizeable digital gauge cluster. See 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 models for sale near you

Eric Brandt
Eric Brandt is an author specializing in Oversteer content, new car reviews, and finding the best car, truck, and SUV deals each month. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Eric can often be found exploring the north woods on his 1983 Honda Gold Wing when the weather allows it. Father of four, husband of one, and unapologetic minivan enthusiast. Eric mastered driving stick by having a 3-cylinder Chevy... Read More about Eric Brandt

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