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An electric car costs what?


(iSeeCars) – Electric cars have exploded in popularity as gas prices remain elevated and many new EVs from a growing list of automakers continue to enter the automotive marketplace. With more electric cars available than ever before, shoppers can now choose a new or used EV across a wide range of price points. 

Looking at the upfront cost of electric cars vs. gasoline cars shows EVs cost on average $11,000 more than their gasoline counterparts. However, there are federal and state EV tax credits that can defray these higher upfront costs for electric vehicles. Along with incentives, EVs also have lower maintenance costs because they don’t require oil changes, spark plug replacement, catalytic converters, or any equipment related to emissions. The regenerative braking system on battery-powered cars also extends the life of the braking system, and the cooling system for EVs is much simpler for regulating the car’s battery pack temperatures versus an internal combustion engine.  

With such a wide range of electric vehicles now on sale, let’s look at the upfront costs of all available new and used EVs to help buyers find the electric car that suits their budget.

How Much Does a New Electric Car Cost?

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Ranked from the lowest price to highest, here is the average new car cost of all the electric vehicles currently on the market, with these prices reflecting the average cost dealers are charging for each model.

Average Cost of New Electric Vehicles  
RankElectric VehicleAverage New Car Price
1Chevrolet Bolt EV$31,421
2Chevrolet Bolt EUV$33,422
3Nissan LEAF$35,240
4MINI Hardtop$36,450
5Tesla Model 3$40,505
5Hyundai Kona EV$40,815
6Kia Niro EV$43,143
7Tesla Model Y$45,427
8Toyota bZ4X$49,510
9Subaru Solterra$49,713
10Hyundai IONIQ 6$50,235
11Volkswagen ID.4$50,361
12Hyundai IONIQ 5$53,467
13Nissan Ariya$53,145
14Ford Mustang Mach-E$57,856
15Kia EV6$58,479
16Volvo C40 Recharge$58,855
17Volvo XC 40 Recharge$59,548
18Polestar 2$60,041
19Chevrolet Blazer$60,400
20Audi Q4 e-tron$63,083
21Mercedes Benz  EQB$63,746
22Lexus RX450e$64,703
23Genesis GV60$65,002
24Cadillac Lyriq$65,098
25Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback$66,432
26BMW i4$66,497
27Genesis Electrified GV70$70,742
28Ford F-150 Lightning$73,878
29Tesla Model S$74,791
30Jaguar I-Pace$80,189
31Tesla Model X$80,402
32Genesis Electrified G80$81,397
33Audi Q8 e-tron$84,181
34Audi Q8 e-tron Sportback$86,906
35BMW i5$87,008
36Mercedes-Benz EQE (Sedan)$88,921
37Mercedes-Benz EQE (SUV)$97,694
38BMW iX$98,708
39GMC Hummer EV$113,846
40Audi e-tron GT$117,105
41Mercedes-Benz EQS (Sedan)$126,336
42GMC Hummer EV (Truck)$129,210
43Mercedes-Benz EQS (SUV)$129,958
44BMW i7$135,373
45Porsche Taycan$156,576
46Audi RS e-tron GT$159,596

The Chevrolet Bolt hatchback is the most affordable new electric car, with an average new car price of $31,421. Its larger counterpart, the new for 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV crossover, is the second-most affordable new EV with an average new car price of $33,422. Both models boast a strong EPA-rated driving range, with 259 for the Bolt hatchback and 247 for the EUV, and while the SUV is slightly larger, both have excellent cargo capacity. Both models offer tremendous value for shoppers looking for an electric vehicle. The Nissan LEAF and the MINI Hardtop round out the list of EVs that cost under $40,000, though both have less than 200-mile driving ranges in base form.

A number of new EVs can be found in the $40,000-$60,00 price range, including the Hyundai Kona EV subcompact SUV, the Kia Niro EV compact crossover, the Tesla Model 3 electric car, the Volkswagen ID.4 compact crossover, the Hyundai IONIQ 5 compact SUV, and the Kia EV6 compact SUV. Many of these are new to the market, with the ID.4 debuting in 2021, the Hyundai IONIQ 5, Volvo C40, and Kia EV6 debuting for 2022, and the Toyota bZ4X, Subaru Soltera, and the Hyundai IONIQ 6, the Nissan Ariya debuting in 2023.

Additional SUVs are available in the $60,000-$80,000 range for consumers who want a slightly more upscale vehicle. These are all luxury vehicles with the exception of the popular Ford Mustang Mach-E, and a number of these vehicles debuted for the 2022 model year, including the Mercedes-Benz EQB, the Audi Q4 E-Tron and its sportback counterpart, plus the BMW i4 and the Genesis GV60.

Next come the electric cars in the $80,000-$100,000 range, which include the Audi E-Tron, the Genesis G80, the Ford F-150 Lightning, the Audi E-Tron Sportback, the Mercedes-Benz EQE sedan and SUV models, the BMW iX all-electric SUV, and the Audi E-Tron S. The Ford F-150 Lightning debuted for 2022, and while starting MSRP begins at $49,995, dealer markups and buyers opting for larger battery packs and longer ranges elevates the average new car price for the Lightning. The Audi e-Tron debuted for 2019, while the Sportback version and the high-performance S trim debuted for 2022.

Rounding out the list are the vehicles that are above $100,000, including the Audi E-Tron GT, the Tesla Model S, the Mercedes-Benz EQS sedan and SUV, the Tesla Model X, and the GMC Hummer EV and truck models. The Mercedes-Benz EQS models debuted in 2022 to high acclaim. And while the GMC Hummer EV attracts off-road enthusiasts, its high curb weight results in a relatively low driving range for the price.

Average Price of Used Electric Cars

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For buyers who are looking to ditch their gas-powered cars at a lower price point, here are the average prices for 1-3- year-old used electric cars.

Average Cost of Used Electric Vehicles  
RankElectric VehicleAverage New Car Price
1Nissan LEAF$21,758
2Hyundai IONIQ $23,580
3Chevrolet Bolt  EV$24,275
4Mazda MX-30 EV$26,871
5MINI Hardtop$27,799
6Hyundai Kona EV$28,834
7BMW i3$29,043
8Kia Niro EV$29,819
9Chevrolet Bolt EUV$30,015
10Volkswagen id4$35,253
11Tesla Model 3$39,987
12Hyundai IONIQ 5$40,750
13Kia EV6$42,579
14Subaru Solterra$42,689
15Toyota bZ4X$43,017
16Volvo XC40 Recharge$43,355
17Polestar 2$44,049
18Nissan Ariya$44,125
19Tesla Model Y$45,039
20Ford Mustang Mach-e$45,112
21Hyundai IONIQ 6$45,253
22Volvo C40 Recharge$46,311
23Audi e-tron$47,455
24Audi Q4 e-tron$47,892
25Audi Q4e-tron Sportback$51,537
26Audi e-tron Sportback$52,002
27Mercedes-Benz EQB$54,391
28Jaguar I-Pace$56,528
29BMW i4$56,996
30Genesis GV60$57,336
31Lexus RZ450e$57,830
32Audi e-tron S$62,377
33Genesis Electrified GV70$65,247
34Cadillac Lyriq$66,029
35Audi e-tron S Sportback$67,801
36Genesis Electrified G80$69,078
37Ford F-150 Lightning$71,338
38Tesla Model S$74,800
39Mercedes-Benz EQE$77,533
40Audi e-tron GT$77,542
41Mercedes-Benz EQE$77,615
42Rivian R1T$78,485
43Tesla Model X$80,434
44BMW IX$82,958
45Mercedes-Benz EQS$93,847
46Rivian R1S$95,186
47Lucid Air$100,110
48Mercedes-Benz EQS$102,849
49Porsche Taycan$103,383
50Aud RS e-tron GT$104,699
51BMW i7$121,135
52GMC Hummer EV Truck$149,270

Given the heightened demand for electric cars and the shortage of new models, some one- to three-year old used EVs don’t offer significant savings compared to their new models. For example, the new Chevrolet Bolt EUV has an average price of $33,422 while a lightly used version has an average price of $30,015. When you take the federal tax credit and incentives into account, a used version ends up being more expensive. 


There are also a number of instances where a lightly used version is priced well above its new version. The GMC Hummer EV Truck with a new version costing $129,210 and a used version costing $149,270. People are likely willing to pay a premium on a lightly used version they can get right away versus ordering a new model that would require a long wait.

Additional Cost: EV Charger Installation 

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When considering the upfront cost for an electric car, EV owners need to factor in the cost of home EV charging equipment. Most EVs come with standard Level 1 charging cables that allow for charging from a standard wall outlet. However, these chargers only provide three to five miles of range per hour of charging. To put this charging rate into perspective, it would take 20-40 hours to charge a Tesla Model S, depending on its battery capacity, range and state of charge. A Hyundai IONIQ 5 would take up to 43 hours to charge a depleted battery pack. 

The more common home charging solution is the Level 2, 240-volt charger, which can provide between 12 and 60 miles of range per hour. This level of charging is also what’s found in most public charging stations and can also be installed in most homes by a professional electrician using either a 40 or 50 amp circuit, similar to electric home dryers. Installation can cost between $500 and $2,000. The cost is determined by multiple factors, and some local tax incentives and rebates can help offset this cost, so be sure to research the home charger incentives that exist in your area.

Electricity Cost for EV Owners

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Rather than filling up at the gas station, EV owners have to pay the electricity costs for home charging. During a recent iSeeCars analysis of electric cars vs. gas cars, the average American will spend $2,110 on gasoline to fuel their car each year, while the average annual cost of electricity to power their EV costs $616. This cost depends on the state’s electric rate and the number of miles driven per year.

Bottom Line

Not so long ago the only available electric cars were the the Chevrolet Bolt, Nissan LEAF, and Tesla Model S. Now there is an electric car available across multiple price points and vehicle types. 

And when it comes to cost, federal and state incentives, plus the savings on fuel costs and maintenance for EVs compared to gas-powered vehicles, make EVs a viable purchase decision for many consumers. 

Methodology:

iSeeCars analyzed over 80,000 new EVs (excluding Tesla) and used one-to three-year-old EVs listed for sale in October 2023. The average price of each new and used model was aggregated. Low volume models were excluded from further analysis.

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This article, How Much is an Electric Car?, originally appeared on iSeeCars.com.

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