Since they have entered the mainstream market, there has been a stigma around electric cars because of their higher initial costs compared to petrol and diesel cars. But electric cars have developed significantly since the arrival of cars like Nissan Leaf, Renault Zoe and Hyundai Ioniq.
Such cars struggled to make an impression on consumers due to their smaller battery packs, short range and unattractive styling. Nowadays, the outlook is more promising, with more affordable options proving to be just as capable as their more expensive counterparts.
But which electric cars are the cheapest and are there any bargain EVs that offer excellent value for money? Here we take a look at some of the cheapest electric cars on sale today.
Citroen Ami (£7695 = around 12,300,000 Rwf); in fairness the Ami isn’t actually a car because it is so small and sweet, it’s classed as a quadricycle, but that doesn’t mean it’s a very cheap way of getting your hands on zero-emissions transport.
The tiny Ami is the ideal companion for navigating a busy city or town. Granted, it’s not quite small enough to squeeze through gaps in traffic, and its 46-mile range isn’t particularly good.
MG 4 (£26,995= around 43,235,000 Rwf), is somewhat of an underdog in the small electric car space. It’s easy to be drawn to more familiar brands like Mini and Fiat, but it’s the MG that offers greater value for money; for a start, it’s cheaper than its European rivals, and yet it can still travel up to 218 miles (around 350 km) on charge.
Fiat 500e (£28,195 = around 45,612,000 Rwf), the charismatic Italian supermini has received numerous updates since it returned to the production line in 2008, with a fully electric version arriving in 2020.
The entry-level model comes with a 118-mile range (around 190 km) but you can spend £3000 more to get 199-mile range car.
Nissan Leaf (£28,495 = around 45,144,000 Rwf), the established Japan marque was one of the first brands to gamble on full-production EV when technology was still somewhat unknown. But since the launch of the Leaf in 2011, it has grown in popularity thanks to various updates and styling tweaks.
Today, an entry-level Leaf’s range is poor at just 168 miles. It does gain some marks for spaciousness, however, and you get good standard equipment such as Pro Pilot driver assist and heated front and rear seats.