The 8 cheapest electric cars with at least 250 miles of range

The 2023 Volkswagen ID.4 electric SUV.
The 2023 Volkswagen ID.4 Pro promises 275 miles of range.Volkswagen
  • In the budding market for electric cars, range is king. But generally more range means a higher MSRP.

  • We've gathered the electric cars that offer the most range for the lowest price.

  • All the models listed below offer at least 250 miles of driving range for less than $50,000.

Electric cars are taking the world by storm. But lots of buyers are still turned off by their limited driving range when compared with gas-powered cars.

Mustang Mach E GT Performance Edition 03
Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition.Ford

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Sure, the new Air sedan from electric-car startup Lucid can travel 520 miles on a full charge of its battery, but it costs $169,000.

Lucid Air
Lucid Motors

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Likewise, a Tesla Model S can go over 400 miles, but it'll set you back a cool six figures as well.

Tesla Model S
Tesla Model S.Tesla

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In short, if you want the absolute best driving range on the market, it ain't gonna come cheap.

The interior of the 2021 Tesla Model S sedan.
The interior of the 2021 Tesla Model S sedan.Tesla

Still, electric cars are getting more affordable and ranges are increasing across the market. Today there are several battery-powered models that offer solid driving range and don't cost as much as a house.

The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5.
The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5.Tim Levin/Insider

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Below we've identified eight new models that can travel more than 250 miles on a fully charged battery (according to the Environmental Protection Agency) and carry a retail price below $50,000, less than most EVs.

The 2022 Polestar 2.
The 2022 Polestar 2.Tim Levin/Insider

1. 2023 Chevrolet Bolt EV

The 2023 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric hatchback.
The 2023 Chevrolet Bolt EV.Chevrolet

Price: $25,600

EPA Range: 259 miles

After unveiling a redesigned Bolt EV for 2022, Chevy announced a massive price cut for 2023. The Bolt EV will probably be the cheapest 2023-model-year electric car in the country.

Read more: Chevrolet unveiled the $30,000 Equinox EV, a small, electric SUV with 250 miles of range coming in 2023

2. 2022 Hyundai Kona Electric

2022 Hyundai Kona Electric.
2022 Hyundai Kona Electric.Hyundai

Price: $34,000

EPA Range: 258 miles

Hyundai revamped the Kona Electric with a more modern look for 2022 and dropped its price by a few thousand dollars. It's one of the lowest-priced electric models on the market and doesn't sacrifice range like some other cheap EVs.

3. 2023 Toyota BZ4X

The Toyota BZ4X electric SUV.
The Toyota BZ4X electric SUV.Toyota

Price: $42,000

EPA Range: 252 miles

Toyota's rollout of its first modern electric car has been bumpy to say the least. It's had to recall the couple hundred BZ4X SUVs sold so far. But on paper the SUV hangs with rivals from Hyundai, Ford, and Volkswagen.

4. 2023 Volkswagen ID.4 Pro

The 2023 Volkswagen ID.4 electric SUV.
The 2023 Volkswagen ID.4.Volkswagen

Price: $42,495

EPA Range: 275 miles

Launched in 2021, Volkswagen's first electric SUV brings the heat with 275 miles of range in the Pro trim. In testing, we found the ID.4 to be familiar and accessible, making it a great option for buyers on the fence about going electric.

5. 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 SE

The Hyundai Ioniq 5.
The Hyundai Ioniq 5.Hyundai

Price: $44,000

EPA Range: 303 miles

Launched as a 2022 model, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 has quickly become one of the best-selling electric models alongside Tesla's Model 3 and Model Y and the Ford Mustang Mach-E. It's no wonder given the Ioniq 5's ultra-fast charging ability, quirky looks, and healthy range.

6. 2022 Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3
Tesla Model 3.Tesla

Price: $46,990

EPA Range: 272 miles

Tesla has been by far the biggest purveyor of electric cars for years and it largely has the ultra-popular Model 3 to thank for that. Shell out some extra cash for the Model 3 Long Range — which is currently sold out until 2023 — and you'll get around 350 miles of driving range.

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7. 2022 Kia EV6

The Kia EV6 electric SUV.
The Kia EV6.Kia

Price: $47,500

EPA Range: 310 miles

The EV6 shares a lot with the Ioniq 5 from its sister brand, including the ability to travel a solid 300 miles between fill-ups. If you're choosing between the two models, consider that the Kia is more exciting to drive, while the Hyundai has more minimalist interior.


8. 2023 Polestar 2

The Polestar 2 electric sedan.
The Polestar 2.Polestar

Price: $48,400

EPA Range: 270 miles

You probably haven't heard of Polestar, and it's amazing the brand has kept such a low profile despite selling such an excellent EV. The Polestar 2 brings chiseled styling, a minimalist interior, and a crisp touchscreen running a Google operating system.

Read more: I drove the coolest new electric car you've never heard of. Take a tour of the $48,000 Polestar 2.

Honorable Mention: 2023 Chevrolet Bolt EUV

The 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV.
The 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV.Chevrolet

Price: $27,200

EPA Range: 247 miles

Chevrolet's new-for-2022 small SUV just barely misses the official cut for this list with 247 miles of range. But EPA estimates aren't exact, so it's fully possible Bolt EUV owners will experience more than 250 miles of range in certain situations.

Honorable Mention: 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E Select

2022 Mustang Mach-E
2022 Mustang Mach-EFord

Price: $46,895

EPA Range: 247 miles

This is another model that's so close to a 250-mile rating that we had to include it anyway. Ford's hot EV is sold out for 2022, but it's taking orders for 2023 models. You can get one with more than 300 miles of range if you choose the pricier California Route 1 trim.

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