Our Top 5 electric cars under € 45,000

Driving electric, too expensive? If the budget is not yet directly comparable with gasoline models, prices are falling and aid is still substantial. According to everyone’s needs, we have put together our top 5 of the moment.

Individuals who buy an electric car for less than € 45,000 including tax in total still benefit from a generous ecological bonus of € 6,000 for this year, and even a few more months in 2022. It is limited to 27% of the cost of acquisition and is normally deducted directly by the concessionaire who will take care of the necessary administrative procedures. For vehicles whose price is displayed between 45 and 60,000 €, the bonus is only 2,000 €.

In addition to the bonus, various aids are added, such as an additional premium of € 1,000 for residents or those who work in an EPZ (Low Emission Zone), or sometimes substantial local aids (up to € 6,000 for the Greater Metropolitan Area). Paris). Finally, the conversion bonus, in the event of the scrapping of an old vehicle, makes it possible to add € 2,500 to € 5,000 depending on household income. This is something to seriously reduce the initial outlay and take advantage of the savings possible with the “full” electric. All the prices in this file are inclusive of VAT, excluding aid.

1) Dacia Spring – from 17,090 €

the low cost electric, why not?

The Dacia Spring caused a sensation, with its status as the first car low cost offered in electric. But while the other models in the range have more and more performances close to those of equivalent classic cars, here it is a model with the definition limited by its power of just 33 kW (44 hp) which brings back to the days of the popular economical small cars like the Panda or the 4L …

Result, very modest performance with 19.1 s to reach 100 km / h and 125 km / h peak. However, it can take the freeway and in day-to-day driving, the Spring offers decent performance. As this 3.73 m micro-SUV is a little higher (1.51 m) than a classic sedan, it correctly accommodates 4 passengers and with its 270 l trunk, their luggage.

With a battery of just 27.4 kWh of usable power and 230 km according to the WLTP standard, its range is far from ridiculous, especially as in its privileged field of evolution, the city, it can travel much more ( up to 305 km), like any self-respecting electric model. With its Combo DC 30 kW charger (600 € optional), it can recover 80% of the charge in less than an hour. It will take a little less than 5 hours on a dedicated wall outlet.

2) Opel Corsa-e – from 31,600 €

How a normal car can be simply electric.

In this selection, it is the only one not to have been designed as a purely electric car, but multi-energy. The 6e generation of the small Opel (4.06 m) is indeed built on the CMP platform of the Stellantis group, which it shares in particular with its cousin from Peugeot, the 208. And like it, it is offered in gasoline, diesel or 100% electric, with an engine developing 100 kW (136 hp) when Sport driving mode is selected, combined with a useful 46 kWh battery.

The result is a range of 337 km according to the WLTP standard. Fast charging via the Combo CCS connector can go up to 100 kW, which gives a capacity to recover 80% in ½ hour. For standard charging, the standard 7.4 kW on-board charger can be replaced with an optional 11 kW module, reducing the time required from 6.30am to 4.30am.

The battery is placed under the front and rear seats, which does not lose roominess. The electronic instrumentation is a bit basic, but at the top end, the driver-facing infotainment screen reaches up to 10 ”. The Corsa thus takes on the appearance of a small, modern and discreet car, with a high-tech touch.

3) Tesla Model 3 – from 43,800 €

The must have become affordable.

Bringing the access rate to its bestseller below € 45,000, Tesla has done very well in France and this is reflected in its record sales. The Tesla Model 3 becomes much more accessible and makes it easier to take advantage of its many assets. The basic version offers an already very interesting definition, with 448 km of WLTP autonomy, 225 km / h maximum and a real sporty acceleration with only 5.6 s from 0 to 100 km / h. This propulsion is able to offer a smooth ride that is particularly energy efficient but it can also become downright fun in fast driving.

The Autopilot semi-autonomous driving assistance system is supplied in its basic version. And the Model 3 has of course access to the brand’s excellent network of superchargers, a valuable asset that makes it unique even if this version is limited to 170 kW of fast charging power (11 kW in AC). It is also connected and many functions can be controlled remotely via the Tesla app.

This 4.67 m sedan can accommodate 4 people and their luggage (425 l of trunk + 50 l of “frunk” or trunk under the front hood), even if the height of the floor limits comfort in the rear seats. The panoramic roof, the huge 15-inch tablet that brings together all the controls, instrumentation and infotainment, ergonomic and aesthetic choices, all help to create a unique atmosphere aboard a Tesla. A true concept apart.

4) Škoda Enyaq iV – from € 36,720

The electric wagon.

In electric, Škoda continues its policy implemented for years in thermal: to offer models technically similar to its cousins ​​in the Volkswagen group, with a definition ½ segment above for lower prices. Better: the latest generations offer designs and a quality of presentation that has nothing to envy to others, like this electric family crossover, the Enyaq iV, cousin of the VW ID. 4. With 4.65 m in length for 2.76 m of wheelbase, behind its line between raised station wagon and SUV, it offers XXL roominess (but no 7 seats or special modularity in the program) and a giant trunk of 585 l . It remains very manoeuvrable with its turning circle worthy of a city car (10.2 m).

Obviously, the instrumentation is digital (5.3 ”) and the infotainment screen reaches between 10 and 13 ” depending on the version. Pretty colors and materials brighten up the interior. The Enyaq iV is compatible with the Car2X communication protocol set up in the VW group, communicating with other vehicles to keep informed of any traffic alerts.

The basic Enyaq iV 50 version is rear-engined rear-wheel drive, with a net 52 kWh battery for a range of 340 km WLTP, with an on-board charger of just 7.4 kWh (11 kWh for higher models). In direct current, it can collect 50 kW (125 kW from model 80). The 60 version, with a little more autonomy (411 km) and additional equipment, remains under € 45,000 (€ 41,960). What to give yourself a little more autonomy for the road of the holidays in family.

5) Honda e – from 35,060 €

So cute that we forget its autonomy.

Like a rolling concept car, the cute Honda e manages to offer a unique design for an electric city car. Between manga for the exterior and a form of high-tech luxury for the interior, it easily imposes its unique personality. This 4-seater, 3.89 m in length and very easy to handle, is at ease in town and that’s good news: its small 35.5 kWh battery will frankly limit the inclinations to travel on board, with an autonomy of just 210 to 22 km WLTP depending on the version.

The small Japanese is offered with two versions of the rear engine (it is a propulsion) in 100 or 114 kW (136 or 154 hp). Fast charging to 100 kW (DC) allows you to regain 80% in 30 minutes.

In the passenger compartment, a series of 5 screens make up the spectacular dashboard, including those displaying the vision of the mirrors by cameras. The two central screens are easily configurable and content can be switched between them. Panoramic roof, light colors, fabrics and wood in line with the world of furniture, flat floor without central console between the front seats: this is an original interior. The trunk is very limited with a volume of just 171 l, but the rear passengers are treated well. So much the better, because there is no doubt that all of her friends will want to take a seat on her.

Conclusion

To each his own electric car according to his use. Whether it’s the first or second (or even third) car in the household, whether it’s for daily commuting trips or a longer range, whether you prefer economy or have fun , everything is possible today. But still one of the first questions to ask, in any case, that of recharging. 80% is done at home or at work in France: is it possible for you? And what is the network of stations available around or on your usual routes? A prerequisite for fully living the electrical experience.

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