Electric car: How far can you get for your money?

Market observer Jato Dynamics took a closer look at the selection of electric cars and from April 2022 determined the range in relation to the purchase price.

According to the evaluation, the range according to the WLTP standard for Battery Electric Vehicle (abbreviated BEV) offered on the German market varies between 129 and 507 kilometers for the volume models and between 293 and 661 kilometers in the premium segment. The cheapest way to drive a BEV is Dacia Spring. According to the list, it costs 21,515 euros and has a range of 230 kilometers. The two models from Smart (ForFour / Fortwo) for 22,600 and 23,570 euros and e.Go Life for 25,230 euros are not much more expensive.

Jato shows what to expect from these prices. “Is a battery charge just enough for the average distance Germans drive per day, namely about 40 km,” was the central question. After all, Todørs Life manages more than three times as much (130 km). So far, Smarts also comes with 129 and 132 kilometers. The Dacia even manages 230 kilometers. It sets the Romanian at 94 euros / km. Smarts cost 175 or 179 euros / km and e.Go costs 191 euros / km.

The Renault Twingo, which is available for just over 25,000 euros, has a range of 199 kilometers. This means that 135 euros / km are required for the little Frenchman. Renault’s ZOE with a range of 388 kilometers shows that a small car is also significantly cheaper. For a long time, the most popular e-car in Germany, only a good 91 euros / km have to be paid. With all BEV models combined, Renault achieves an average value of 104 euros / km.

It’s another eleven euros per kilometer cheaper than with the ZOE: only 80 euros are required for one kilometer range with VW ID.3, according to Jato. Depending on the variant, the electric car in the Golf class can travel between 419 and 549 kilometers on one battery charge. That is an average of 507 kilometers for all three models offered. The price for all variants is just under 40,700 euros (37,000 to 42,600). The ID’s toughest competitor. 3 is the Ioniq from Hyundai: It costs around 35,000 euros and thus comes up to an average of 86 euros / km.

Minibuses with the worst price-to-reach ratio

According to the assessment, the cheapest brand is Seat’s sister brand Cupra, whose e-car Born manages 464 kilometers at a price of 40,040 euros and thus comes up to 86 euros / km. VW, on the other hand, comes with its models ID.3, ID.4, ID.5 and e-up! to an average range of 464 kilometers, giving 93 euros / km.

The most expensive volume model at the moment is the Opel Zafira at 251 euros / km, followed by the Toyota Proace Verso at 247 euros / km and the Citroën Spacetourer at 230 euros / km. However, there are three family-friendly minibuses, ie large and heavy vehicles with plenty of space. According to Jato, the average of all volume models is currently a range of 324 kilometers and a price of almost 45,000 euros – that is, almost 139 euros / km.

According to the evaluation, the most expensive model on the German market overall is the Porsche Taycan at 134,350 euros with a range of 451 kilometers. That means 298 euros / km. At the same time, Porsche is branded with the most expensive cost ratio, Taycan being the only model so far. The group brother Audi e-tron GT is a little cheaper with 256 euros / km. This costs just over 120,000 euros with a slightly longer range than the Porsche (471 km). Mercedes EQV follows in third place with a price-performance ratio of 239 euros / km. But MPV is more of a competitor to the aforementioned Opel Zafira, Toyota Proace Verso and Citroën Spacetourer. Although it “only” costs just over 70,000 euros, buyers have to settle for a shorter range (average of 293 km).

Mercedes is the winner

Although the Mercedes-Benz EQS costs an average of 123,000 euros, it has the longest range of all BEV cars currently available in Germany: You can drive an average of 661 kilometers with one battery charge – the top version even 766 kilometers. 186 euros / km are required for EQS.

Polestar shows that a car from the premium segment can also be cheaper. Volvo’s sister brand has Polestar 2 on offer, which costs just under 49,000 euros and has a range of almost 500 kilometers (474 ​​to 542 km). It offers a price of 97 euros / km. This makes the Swede the cheapest premium electric car and is on a par with ID.5 from VW or U5 from the Chinese manufacturer Aiways. “Above all, Polestar has a much better cost-to-reach ratio than numerous volume models,” says Jato.

The electric car industry’s leader Tesla comes with its four models to an average of 149 euros / km. Entry-level Model 3 costs on average just under 58,000 euros and offers an average range of 547 kilometers. This means that the Model 3 has a mileage of 105 euros and is still a coup in the premium segment according to Jato. The average value of all premium models is just over 84,000 euros purchase price and a range of 459 kilometers – that is almost 184 euros / km.

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