10 Cheapest New EVs To Maintain

The rise in the popularity of EVs is showing no signs of halting, and almost 1 in 10 cars will be electric by 2025. Statistics show that this ratio will turn into 1/4 by 2030 and 1/2 by 2050. However, following the trends isn’t the only reason to switch cars. In fact, there is a list of things to take into consideration when on the lookout for a new car such as the difference in maintenance and fueling costs. To be precise, a standard car with a combustion engine utilizing petrol has around 2,000 moving parts whereas an electric one like a Tesla has about 20-25. As a result, keeping these parts in proper shape is much easier and budget-friendly.
However, this is just the beginning. The most popular reason people decide to switch over to an electric vehicle is the vast difference in fuel, or in our case electricity. Most EVs use 245-270 Watt-hours per mile, which translates to an electricity cost of $2.5-$3 per 100 miles driven which is about three times smaller than the fuel costs of a fairly “easy” to run car such as a Fiat Panda. But saving money on fuel is a great incentive for buyers to opt for EVs, reliability ahs recently been a high concern for this segment. This is why we’ve made a list of the cheapest 2022 electric cars to maintain. So, buckle up and get comfortable because today we’re going on an electric ride. Let’s begin!

10 Volkswagen e-Up!

Offering an increased mile range of around 155 miles, the 2022 model is far better than the previous models. Coming in at just about $30,000 this little daily driver is beautiful to look at and affordable at the same time. But what about its other stats? This EV is equipped with a 32.3kWh battery that can be fully charged in less than 90 minutes. This comes with an 8-year or 100,000 miles warranty, whichever comes first.

It “burns” through 2.5kWh every 10 miles and has a top speed of 81 mph while it can go from 0 to 60 in a bit less than 12 seconds. The car has zero gas emissions, so you won’t have to pay any taxes. You will have to pay for service every 2 years though or set up a monthly payment of around $20. Yearly maintenance costs are around $456. In conclusion, the Volkswagen e-Up! might not be the go-to choice for speedsters, but it sure is good-looking and cheap to maintain.

9 Vauxhall Corsa-e

Excluding the government funding, the brand new base model Corsa-e comes in at around $35,000. However, the slightly bumped-up price is justified since the car outperforms most other super-affordable EVs. It can reach 60 mph in just 8.1 seconds and will go as fast as 93 mph. As for costs, maintenance and servicing cost around $1919 per 5 years, or around $380 annually, while the battery comes with an 8-year warranty.

As for power efficiency, the electric car consumes 257Wh per mile but its 45kWh battery pack allows for a 175-mile range and a quick charge mode that takes less than an hour to juice up the car back to full. Just like last year’s Corsa-e, the 2022 model comes in an array of factory colors, but we think that orange fits it best, what do you think?

8 Peugeot e-208

Just like the Vauxhall Corsa-e, the 2022 Peugeot e-208 is equipped with a similar 45kWh battery pack. At first, Peugeot didn’t think that the electric version of the 208 would sell so much. The 10-15% original projection turned into 20% so one in five 208s sold were electric. The battery comes with an 8-year 100,000 miles warranty while the 3-year service plan comes in at around $120 per year.

As for specs, the electric Peugeot car can go 0-60 in just over 8 seconds making it a great choice for those of you on the lookout for a quick accelerator. The top speed isn’t too shabby since 93mph is considered a good threshold for EVs. Other than that, the e-208 has a 175-mile range and supports fast charging from 0 to full in less than an hour.
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7 Fiat 500e 3+1

There is a reason Fiat used to own Ferrari back in the day and that reason is that the Italians sure know how to build a good car. Fast-forward a few years and follow the technological progress up to the point where the brand-new Fiat 500e 3+1 makes its appearance. Coming in at around $40,000, this little rascal might not be the fastest or cheapest electric, but it sure is stunning and efficient.

The 500e 3+1 packs a 37.3kWh battery that can be fully charged in less than an hour using its fast charging mode. It can go as fast as 93mph and has a 0-60 time of 9 seconds. Regarding its mile range, things could be a bit better, but 145 miles seem pretty good for such a small battery capacity. The official servicing, maintenance, and ownership cost of the Fiat 500e rates have yet to be published. That said, we do know the 2017 model’s maintenance cost is around $500 per year.

6 Dacia Spring Electric

Also known as the “cheapest electric car,” the Dacia Spring comes in at an extremely affordable price point of just $22,500 and even though the maintenance costs aren’t yet available, this alone makes it one of the most cost-efficient EVs of 2022. That said, shall you decide to go with the Dacia electric you will have to make some sacrifices. The biggest one will undoubtedly be the limited range of 105 miles making the car more suitable for city driving rather than long trips.

As for the rest of the specs, the Dacia Spring takes 15 whole seconds to go from 0 to 60 and has a top speed of just 78 mph. This is all to be expected from a car with only 44 hp. However, it remains one of the most affordable and efficient options as it consumes just 25.7kWh per 100 miles.
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5 Hyundai Kona Electric

The new and improved electric, Hyundai Kona, comes with a bunch of changes and upgrades ranging from a redesigned exterior to various gismos in the interior, but what is happening under the hood? The EV features a 39kWh battery and does indeed offer a fast charge mode, but a full charge will still take a bit longer than an hour.

Furthermore, the 2022 Hyundai Kona can go from 0 to 60 in 10 seconds and has a fairly high top speed of 96mph. This doesn’t have a toll on the range since, on a full charge, you can drive as far as 155 miles. That said, it costs much less, around $3,000, than the 2021 model as it starts at $34,000. Doing the math and judging by the 2021 model, the annual service and maintenance fees range from $95 to $404.
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4 Mini Cooper SE

The Mini Cooper SE is simply stunning but is the 2022 model still the best electric city car? Well, let’s see! It is equipped with a 28.9kWh battery pack with an efficiency of 251Wh per mile making it one of the most efficient electrics in its category. Despite its small body, the SE is pretty fast as it can reach 93mph and has a 0-60 time of just 7.3 seconds.

We are just scratching the surface talking about how great of a daily driver this car is. It has a range of 115 miles and can be fully charged in less than an hour. In conclusion, all these specs come at a pretty affordable price point of around $30,000. In a year you can expect to spend around $1,585 for maintenance. Even though this may sound like a lot, keep in mind this will be counterbalanced by the $7,500 federal tax credit.

3 Fiat 500e Hatchback (24kWh)

The iconic city car has gone electric, and now a hatchback version has made its appearance. We decided to feature the 24kWh model instead of the 42kWh for one reason. Efficiency! This spacious but compact vehicle consumes just 252Wh per mile and can be fully charged in 45-50 minutes since it has a small range of 85 miles. According to Edmunds, the 2017 yearly cost for maintenance and repairs was $840 so even though the 2022 model’s statistics aren’t yet available, we assume it’s going to be around $50-60.

As expected, the electric Mini comes with some limitations. It has a fairly small top speed of 84mph but at least it can go from 0 to 60 mph in 9.2 seconds. Just like the Dacia Spring, it is meant to be driven around the city, but you can take it on a small road trip, just make sure there are charging stations on the way. The 2022 model has yet to be announced but even if it comes with a bigger battery its price shouldn’t be higher than $30,000.

2 Hyundai IONIQ 5 SE

Looks, long battery life, and performance? An electric car can have all these, and it doesn’t even have to be a Tesla. The 2022 IONIQ 5 SE comes with a stunning exterior, a big 77.4kWh battery, and a 303-mile maximum range making it one of the best electrics for long-distance trips.

The base model comes in at around $43,500 and offers zero-emissions driving while consuming 247Wh/mi. Last but not least, the 800-volt fast-charging mode will let you juice your car from 10 to 80% in no more than 18 minutes. Even the service plan costs around $20 per month so if that isn’t going to satisfy you we don’t know what will!
Related: 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5: Costs, Facts, And Figures

1 Tesla Model 3

Coming in the first place, it couldn’t be any electric car other than the Tesla Model 3. We will be referring to the standard model which costs around $41,000. Upgraded versions include long-range and high-performance models. So, the base version is still pretty fast with a top speed of 140mph and a 0-60 time of 6.1 seconds. It may not be the cheapest EV to obtain but for sportscar specs, servicing and maintenance cost only $26 per year.

With a 57kWh battery pack, the Tesla Model 3 will provide a driving range of up to 235 miles long. As expected, the efficiency is up to par with most other EVs on this list, but the car is different in one more area and that is none other than its quick-charging capabilities. In about 40 minutes, your Tesla will be good to go and travel for 235 miles more so don’t be afraid, and push that gas pedal down!


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