Electric vehicle prices get lower every year, but they’re still not on par with the rest of the auto industry. Just look at the Chevrolet Bolt EV, GM’s pioneering compact car with legitimate range (238 miles). While there is plenty to recommend about this car, it starts at $37,495. By comparison, an Audi A4 starts at $36,000.
Clearly, the top EVs (we won’t even mention Teslas) are out of the range of most car consumers in 2018. However. all hope should not be lost on people with a budget. One of the great equalizers for the plug-in segment is the $7,500 tax credit. Many states offer their own incentives (many above $2,500) to further bring EV prices down to size.
If you’re looking for an EV but can’t push your budget beyond $35,000, here are seven models that start below that number (including destination charges). Note: We listed these models in order of the overall value they offer at the starting price, based on each model’s specs and our experiences behind the wheel.
The Fiat 500e is in many ways stuck in 2015. These days, 84 miles of range is simply not competitive. Meanwhile, the 500e’s base price has not come down to compensate for what’s become a glaring weakness.
On the other hand, Fiat’s lone EV does offer some style and a fun drive character. As a city car that’s easy to park, we suppose you can do worse than the 500e, which would come to about $23,000 after state and local incentives in California, its primary market.