The higher the range, the more expensive the car? One might think, but not necessarily true. the more expensive the car, the greater the range? Certainly not. If a manufacturer offers batteries of different sizes, the larger one often has the better price-range ratio. We did the math: Here are the five electric cars with the lowest basic new price per kilometer.
1st place: VW ID.3 – 80.38 euros per kilometer
Generally, the impression has long since arisen that Volkswagen has long since stopped building cars for the general public; the prices are often too high for the budget of the little man or woman. But when it comes to the range of electric cars, the Wolfsburg-based company has the cheapest offer. The VW ID.3 Pro S costs a proud 44,290 euros, but also shines with a maximum WLTP range of 551 kilometers. That’s enough to win! The Pro S has the 77 kWh battery (instead of 58 kWh) and an output of 150 kW / 204 PS.
2nd place: Hyundai Kona Elektro – 81.80 euros per kilometer
The Korean SUV has to admit defeat to the VW ID.3, which is consistently designed as an electric car. For a combustion engine converted into a Stromer, its range of 484 kilometers is considerable. And the price from 39,950 euros cheap. Here, too, the larger battery (with 64 instead of 39.2 kWh) brings more kilometers for the money. At 150 kW / 204 PS, the power corresponds to that of the German winner.
3rd place: Renault Zoe – 83.77 euros per kilometer
The little Frenchman will soon be replaced by the brand-new electric Renault Mégane, which just celebrated its world premiere at the IAA, but is still available on a regular basis. With a base price of 33,090 euros for a range of 395 kilometers, it is still enough for the podium. With a 41 instead of 52 kWh battery, it would be a good 2000 euros cheaper, but it stops 79 kilometers earlier.
4th place: Dacia Spring Electric – 84.30 euros per kilometer
The cheap Romanian has the worst driving characteristics around here, but is still a fully-fledged electric car. The demands may not be too high, but nowhere is a new electric car as cheap as at Dacia available: 19,390 euros! And the price-range ratio is also right, because the 27.4 kWh storage battery enables up to 230 kilometers in mixed operation.
5th place: Kia e-Soul – 84.93 euros per kilometer
The second Korean in the top field is cheaper than his corporate colleague Kona at 38,390 euros, but it can only make it to a socket 452 kilometers away. Still remarkable, that also applies in principle to the Kia e-Niro. The Koreans should benefit from their relatively long experience with e-mobiles across their entire range of models. All models have been optimized in detail several times over their construction period.
The jump behind 5th place is then a little clearer again, but no less interesting. For example, the Tesla Model 3 Long Range Dual Motor and the Opel Corsa-e are almost on par with 89.56 and 89.02 euros per kilometer, respectively, although the purchase price is 24,991 euros in between – but also 277 kilometers.
We have to name one car out of competition: The Polestar 2 Long Range Single Motor is currently not available in Austria because the brand is only just being launched on the market and for the time being only the version with two motors can be ordered. But that will soon change and then the Swede will probably make it into the top 5. According to the German price, it costs 82.90 euros per kilometer, which would mean 83.60 euros with converted VAT. But who knows how the Volvo subsidiary determines the prices.
The electric car subsidy was not taken into account here, and the equipment of the vehicles was not looked at either.