Used Electric Cars You Can Actually Afford

The electric car market is a booming industry. Just five years ago, it seemed that the only electric options were unattainable by the middle-class commuter (I’m looking at you, Faraday Future). Luckily, the market is now inundated with plenty of manufacturers to choose from while the variety of used electric cars on the market is constantly growing
These days you can find used electric cars for every budget! At TRED, we want to make sure that you’re finding the right car for your needs. Here are some great options that you can actually afford to put in the driveway. Just don’t forget your charger…

BMW i3

Used Electric Cars You Can Actually Afford
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The BMW i3 is a futuristic little commuter. It goes 120 miles on a single charge and puts out about 170 horsepower. It’s perfect for a compact, urban lifestyle and is a great choice for individuals who want a longer-range electric vehicle.
You can find a 2014 Ranger Hatchback 4D for around $16,000 in good condition. It’s one of the best-selling electric cars in history, so you’re sure to find plenty of options during your hunt.


Chevrolet Volt

Used Electric Cars You Can Afford
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General Motors made big waves with the Chevrolet Volt in 2011. Since then, the corporation has done a brilliant job of marketing it as a mainstream and accessible option for consumers.
The Volt is an economical and appealing option for buyers who don’t mind staying close to charging sources (the early edition Volts travel approximately 55 miles on a single charge). They can be found for less than $10,000 in good condition.


Ford Focus Electric

Used Electric Cars You Can Afford
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The fully electric Ford Focus caught a lot of attention with its high sales in 2016. Not Coincidentally, Ford recently announced hybrid plans for their F-150 and Mustang. Trend much?
You can snag a 2012 Ford Focus Electric for around $15,000 in excellent condition. When coupled with Ford’s great service record and readily accessible dealerships, it’s a solid choice for anyone looking for a used electric vehicle.


Nissan LEAF

Used Electric Cars You Can Afford
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The Nissan LEAF was previously ranked as one of the “World’s Best-Selling Electric Cars” by EV Volumes, which means you’re getting a product that’s built on a firm foundation.
Choosing a 2013 Nissan LEAF would cost approximately $6,500, making it one of the most accessible vehicles on this list. In addition to that, it also gets one of the longest distance ranges on a single charge (84 miles for a 2013 LEAF).
With the Leaf, Nissan has shown that it has the power to deliver a popular and accessible electric option on a global scale.


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The Most Popular of All Used Electric Cars – Tesla Model S

Used Electric Cars You Can Actually Afford
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The Tesla Model S successfully combines visual appeal with zero emissions technology. This makes it one of the most sought after cars in tech and most recognizable EV on the market.
This 4-door sedan is on the pricier end of our used car list, coming in at about $48,000 for a 2013 model. But between the 94-mile range on a single charge and its 300+ horsepower, this is an option that we have to say is #worthit.
Remember to keep an eye on for used electric vehicle inventory. You’ll receive all the assurances that a dealership can offer you for 15% LESS than retail. TRED also features a 150-point inspection that guarantees you’ll be handed the keys to a vehicle that you can be confident in.

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  1. You incorrectly state the Chevy Volt has to be close to charging stations. Actually, of all the cards listed, including the Tesla, the Chevy Volt can travel the farthest between charging stations because it has a gas-powered electric generator to propel the car another 300+ miles after the electricity runs out. This makes it the best solution for all driving (long trips on gas, short trips/commutes on electricity).

  2. Hi Megan,

    Beautiful cars. Great points of comparison. One thing, when do you think will these cars be much more affordable for us? I think these cars are really great for the environment and should be much cheaper to encourage many to switch now. I really hope there are also flexible payment options for it too. Cheers!

  3. Nice post, but the range of a tesla is not 94 miles on a single charge. It could be up to 300 miles

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