Many manufacturers have announced a relatively affordable electric car in recent months, with which the time of over 100,000 euros in thick electric vehicles seems to be over. Which models are coming, what do they cost and how far do you get? Moreover, how do these cars relate to the current range of electric vehicles? An overview.
2020 could just go into history as the year in which the electric car finally broke through. Until now it is mainly the expensive Teslas and Jaguars, whether or not subsidized with tax money, that make up the service around the country's charging points, which often leads to crooked faces.
This may change, because the relatively affordable electric vehicles are in the starting blocks. In this (provisional) overview we show the models that will have to do it. The term 'affordable' is of course arbitrary and personal, but in this case we set the bar at 50,000 euros, which is still quite high.
The Kia e-Soul is one of the newcomers for 2020. (Photo: AutoWeek)
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One of the most difficult points of an electric car: how far do you get with a full battery? A headache dossier for manufacturers, because more capacity means considerably more weight and considerably higher costs. Fitting a larger battery pack is a lot more radical than a larger fuel tank.
That explains why Mini is not worried that they end up on this list at the bottom. The Mini Electric is for city use, they reason, and why would you increase the costs and ruin the driving pleasure to achieve a range that is hardly used in practice.
But those who do go to Groningen or Maastricht do well to study this ranking carefully. That the Tesla Model 3 will advance so quickly to the higher regions of sales statistics this year is therefore very understandable.
Range specified by the manufacturer
- Volkswagen ID.3 550: 550 kilometers *
- Kia e-Niro: 455 kilometers
- Kia e-Soul: 452 kilometers *
- Hyundai Kona Electric: 449 kilometers
- Opel Ampera-e: 423 kilometers
- Volkswagen ID.3 420: 420 kilometers *
- Tesla Model 3 Standard Range plus: 409 kilometers
- Renault Zoe: 390 kilometers *
- Nissan Leaf 62: 385 kilometers *
- Peugeot e-208: 340 kilometers *
- Opel Corsa-e: 330 kilometers *
- Volkswagen ID3. 330: 330 kilometers *
- DS 3 E-Tense: 320 kilometers *
- Peugeot e-2008: 310 kilometers *
- BMW i3: 310 kilometers (i3s: "up to almost 300 kilometers")
- Hyundai Ionic Electric: 294 kilometers
- Nissan Leaf 40: 270 kilometers
- Skoda Citigo i-EV / Seat Mii Electric: 260 kilometers *
- Volkswagen e-Up: 250 kilometers *
- Mini Electric: 235 kilometers *
- Volkswagen e-Golf: 230 kilometers
- Honda-e: <200 kilometers *
- Smart EQ: 160 kilometers
Prices difficult to compare
Of course you can't compare prices that easily: specifications, equipment levels and segments are all different. But for those who consider electric driving the most important criterion, the overview below shows where the thresholds are.
The prices of the Honda, Skoda and Seat are not yet known. There is also no price indication for the Peugeot e-2008. Finally, it is not yet clear how the Dutch pricing of the Volkswagen ID.3 will relate to the prices in Germany. In addition, the price of the updated e-Up has not yet been communicated.
Prices as stated on importer sites
- Smart EQ ForTwo Coupé: € 23,995
- Volkswagen ID.3 330: <30,000 euros *
- Opel Corsa-e: € 30,990
- Mini Electric: 34,900 euros
- Renault Zoe: <35,000 euros
- Nissan Leaf 40: 36,990 euros (37,290 euros in Nissan price list)
- Peugeot e-208: 36,250 euros
- Hyundai Ionic Electric: 36,995 euros
- Volkswagen ID.3 420: <40,000 euros *
- Volkswagen e-Golf: 41,005 euros
- Hyundai Kona Electric: 41,595 euros
- BMW i3: 42,300 euros
- Kia e-Soul: 42,995 euros
- DS 3 e-Tense: 43,190 euros
- Opel Ampera-e: 44,779 euros
- Kia e-Niro: € 45,510
- Nissan Leaf 62: 45,850 euros
- BMW i3s: € 45,995
- Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus: 47,800 euros
- Volkswagen ID3. 550: <50,000 euros *
* price indication based on German pricing
Fast delivery times are important
A large part of the models mentioned will only come next year. It is often a long wait for EVs that are already for sale. For example, you have to wait ten to twelve months for a Hyundai Kona, which - as the importer says when asked - or means a copy of model year 2020, including three-phase loading. In addition, the Netherlands will be allocated a larger share of production for next year, so that the importer expects to be able to make up for delivery times.
You can drive immediately with the Ioniq Electric, but then you still get the run-out model (the data above relates to the upcoming facelift). A similar story applies to group member Kia. For the e-Niro there is a waiting list of nine to twelve months, the new e-Soul rolls off the boat in January 2020.
The tightening as of January 1, 2020 of the tax scheme for (business driven) electric cars (from 4 to 8 percent addition and a reduction of 50,000 euros to 45,000 euros from the ceiling of that benefit) make the importance of fast delivery times greater as the turn of the year approaching.
The Hyundai Ioniq Electric was recently upgraded. (Photo: Hyundai)
Many models spread over 2020
The Volkwagen ID.3 420 is coming to the Netherlands "mid 2020". Whether the ID.3 330 and 550 will follow the same year is unknown. The electric Citigo from subsidiary Skoda is coming to the Netherlands in January. The Seat Mii also appears "early next year", just like the Volkswagen e-Up.
According to the parent company BMW, the electric Mini is "available from March", just like the Opel Corsa-e. However, this is a special introduction version that does not cost 30,990 euros but 34,999 euros. The cheaper version will appear in July next year. Peugeot's electric model, the e-208, is also coming to the Netherlands "in the second quarter of 2020".
BMW therefore promises to deliver the i3 within a month and a half; not from stock, but on order. Nissan supplies the Leaf with the famous 40 kWh battery from stock. They promise the new 62 kWh version before the end of the year, "if ordered on time". Renault also says it can deliver the new Zoe for New Year. However, prices are not yet known and will follow after the summer.
Tesla can also deliver the Model 3 quickly, not only on order but now also from stock. However, the prices of these stock models only start at 51,990 euros.
Soon one of the best offers: the Skoda Citigo. (Photo: Skoda)
The full article was in AutoWeek 32.