Just a few years ago, the number of available affordable electric vehicles was significantly smaller. Listing the EVs under $50,000 for 2024, though, is a more laborious undertaking, as the list has grown despite the discontinuation of a couple models, requiring all your fingers and toes to count them. Some of these models haven’t hit the market as of this writing, but will be arriving some time this year.

Depending on how much you’re willing to spend dictates how much you’ll get in terms of acceleration, range, the number of wheels driven, vehicle size and feature content. While most of the EVs on this list have their own merits, you might still want to check out our list of the best EVs under $50,000. And if you want to continue to save money after your purchase, we can also tell you which EVs are the cheapest to own and operate in 2024.

But, to start, you’ll have to get one in your driveway. So, if you want to go electric on a budget, these are the cheapest electric cars you can buy in 2024.

Cheapest electric cars to buy in 2024

Nissan Leaf — $29,280

The Nissan Leaf S is the only car on this list starting under $30,000. The Leaf is also the older model on this list, and may be getting an update in the near future despite Nissan launching the also-affordable Ariya. The Leaf can only be had with front-wheel drive, while many others on this list are rear-drive or available with all-wheel drive. One thing to consider is that it uses the antiquated CHAdeMO charging standard, though a CCS adapter is now available to make it compatible with more charging stations. The small battery provides 150 miles on a charge, with a bigger battery option providing a more respectable 250 miles of range.

2024 Mini Cooper SE

Mini Cooper SE — $31,895

The Mini Cooper SE looks very much like the gas-powered Cooper we know and love, but quieter and smoother to drive. The big drawback is its lackluster driving range of 114 miles. This makes it a fun urban runabout, but limits practicality if you only have one car or need to put adults — or even child car seats — in the back seat.

Hyundai Kona Electric — $34,050

The Hyundai Kona Electric is another fun, front-wheel-drive EV, but packs more space for people and cargo after its redesign for the 2024 model year. It’s offered with two drivelines, but neither can be had with AWD, simplifying the math a bit. The Electric SE has a 133-horsepower motor mated to a 48.6 kWh battery with 197 miles of range. The Electric SEL and Limited get a larger, 201-horsepower motor paired to a 64.8 kWh battery, which Hyundai says is good for 260 miles.

Fiat 500e — $34,095

The Fiat 500 returns to the U.S. in electric form in 2024, offering a tiny competitor to the Mini Cooper SE. As of this writing, we’ve only driven the essentially identical European version as we await the imminent North American launch. Only one version of the Fiat will be available at launch, the 500e RED, which is a special edition collaboration with the RED charity that raises money to combat AIDS. The new 500e will offer 149 miles on a charge, which is not great, but perhaps to be expected as one of the cheapest EVs you can buy. There’s also only so many batteries you can pack into such a small car.

Chevrolet Equinox EV — $34,995

Another EV that hasn’t launched as of this writing, the Chevy Equinox EV takes the place of the Chevy Bolt — at least for now — as the brand’s cheapest electric offering. The base 1LT comes equipped with a single-motor front-wheel drive powertrain that produces 210 horsepower and 242 pound-feet of torque. It’s paired with the smallest battery pack, and Chevy estimates a 250-mile range on a full charge, but you can get higher-spec Equinox EVs that still won’t break the bank.

Volvo EX30 — $36,245

Coming some time in 2024, the Volvo EX30 is surprisingly affordable for this luxury nameplate. And, as we wrote in our first drive, “Volvo’s new entry-level EV is inexpensive, not cheap.” The single-motor variant has a nice, simple interior, drives well and is chock full of features. Jumping up to the Twin Motor Performance version, though, adds almost $10,000 to the price.

Fisker Ocean — $38,999

The Fisker Ocean is a newcomer on the EV scene, and this small crossover starts at an affordable price. The front-wheel-drive Fisker Ocean Sport starts under $40,000, gets 231 miles of range, and does 0-60 in 6.9 seconds. Prices jump significantly from there as you move up the trim ladder, though. You should know, however, that the Ocean has had many reports of serious problems, leading to canceled reservations and a NHTSA investigation. Buyer beware.

Tesla Model 3 — $40,380

The popular Tesla Model 3 is one of our favorite electric sedans, and one of the top EVs under $50,000. The base model comes with rear-wheel drive and 272 miles of range. The Dual Motor AWD model still starts well under $50,000, with more power and 341 miles of driving range.

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