Odds are, when you think about electric vehicles, you’re probably only picturing pricey supercars like the Tesla Model S. But with more and more EVs emerging, you have plenty of regular (and affordable) options at hand, including Nissan’s 2022 Leaf which prices in under $30K.
The entry-level Leaf model—the Leaf S with a 40kWh battery—starts at just $27,400. That makes it the cheapest electric vehicle in the United States; that’s less expensive, even than the 2021 Mini Cooper SE. You can add on the destination charge for a total of $28,375, and the total drops to just under $21,000 for those who qualify for the $7,500 federal tax credit.
This model offers up to 149 miles on a single charge, which, despite not being as robust as other EVs, should still keep you covered for several days of average usage between charges. It also offers 147 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque, making it a perfect day-to-day car.
Of course, you can also spring for the upgraded Leaf models if you want. These start at $28,800 and range up to $37,400 and can handle up to 215 miles per charge. Each of the new Leaf models include ProPilot assist, a CHAdeMO quick charge port, and the company’s “Intelligent Around View” monitor. Even still, these prices are affordable and well in the range of other similar vehicles.
The Leaf’s low price point and solid specs list make it a solid option for students, those needing to stick to a budget, and anyone wanting to buy their first EV without making a huge financial investment. While it may lack the stunning, jaw-dropping designs seen in new supercar EVs, Nissan’s Leaf S is a more reasonable option for those of us who aren’t in the market for a high-end vehicle. And with that federal incentive knocking a huge chunk off the final price tag? It’s almost too good to be true.