The 5 best affordable electric cars of 2022

Looking for the best EV under $50,000? How about under $21,000? Here are the best affordable electric cars. Most of them meet the federal tax credit requirements, too, so we detail how much you can save on each one if you qualify.

Features or specs

  • 121 MPGe (miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent)
  • Up to 212 miles on a single charge (with 60 kWh battery)
  • Max speed: 106 mph (on the SV Plus)
  • Max power: 214 horsepower
  • Accelerates 0-60 in 7.4 seconds
  • Price: $27,800 ($20,300 after full federal tax credit)

The Nissan Leaf comes in two models: the S and the SV Plus — and both are eligible for the full federal tax credit. The standard Leaf S has a 40 kWh battery, meaning a range of 149 miles per full charge, and goes from 0 to 60 mph in 7.4 seconds. The SV Plus has a more powerful 60 kWh battery and a higher range per full charge — up to 212 miles. You’re covered for eight years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first, under a warranty that will take care of any defects in the materials or workmanship of your car battery.

Another feature included with both the S and SV Plus is an 8-inch display that can be integrated with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. You can also remotely start a charge, check on how much your Leaf has charged, and turn on the heat or A/C.  

The e-Pedal function allows you to start, accelerate, decelerate, and stop by using the accelerator pedal. For safety, there’s automatic emergency braking that detects pedestrians, warnings for lane departures, blind spot warnings based on radar, rear cross traffic alert warnings, high beam assist, rear automatic braking, and more. 

The SV Plus comes with Nissan’s semi-autonomous driving mode with ProPILOT Assist.

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