7 electric cars cheaper than the least expensive Tesla

Tesla proudly boasted once about a $35,000 fully-electric sedan. Those days are gone. The standard-range Model 3 is now the most affordable Tesla, starting at $43,990
Most Tesla models saw a $2000 increase in their prices last weekend. The Model 3 standard range was $41,990. On Wednesday, Tesla prices went up in Germany, China, and elsewhere.

However, affordable EVs can still be found. EVs can be purchased for as low as $40,000 from Nissan and Chevy, with plenty of range and power.

These are some EVs that a budget-friendly driver might want to consider.

1. Nissan Leaf

NISSAN is the credit for the OG EV

Distance: 150 or 226 Miles

Start price: $27.400

The Leaf, the original electric sedan, is a solid EV option. It still qualifies to receive the federal tax credit, which Tesla was denied access to before the pandemic. (All cars except for the Bolt EV/EUV were still eligible at the time of publication.

2. Mini SE Hardtop

Distance: 110 miles

Start price: $29,000.

The Mini's electric version is super-cute, but it can only go 100 miles on one charge.

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3. Chevy Bolt EV

The Chevrolet Bolt EV was once a leading competitor to Tesla. Credit: GENERAL MOTORS

Distance: 259 miles

Start price: $31,995

The Bolt was once Tesla's most expensive competitor. However, the public perception and sales of every Bolt sold have been impacted by battery-fire recalls.

4. Chevy Bolt EUV

The Bolt EUV credit is for the newer and larger model: GENERAL MOTORS

Distance: 247 miles

Start price: $33,995

The EUV is an upgraded version of the Bolt with Super Cruise hands-free drive. Although it was just released earlier in the year, fire risk has essentially destroyed the EUV's appeal.

5. Hyundai Ioniq Electric

Credit to HYUNDAI for a more affordable electric vehicle

Distance: 170 miles

Start price $34,250

Hyundai has since created its Ioniq brand for electric vehicles.

6. Hyundai Kona Electric

Electric SUV life in a Kona Electrical Credit: HYUNDAI

Distance: 258 miles

Start price: $35.225

This compact SUV is another Hyundai model that offers more range than the Ioniq, but at a lower cost than a Tesla.

7. Kia Niro EV

Credit: KIA - A compact SUV that costs less than a Tesla Credit

Distance: 239 miles

Start price: $39,000.

The Niro EV is Kia's fully-electric version of the Niro range, which also includes a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid. It costs just $40,000

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