Although it was true just a few short years ago that you could only purchase plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles new from the dealership, that’s changed. There are now several electric cars and plug-in hybrids on the used market, which means you don’t have to spend new-car money to get your hands on an ultra-efficient electric vehicle or plug-in hybrid. So which ones do we like best? And what exactly do they cost? We’ve rounded up seven excellent choices for budget-minded shoppers interested in a plug-in hybrid or an electric vehicle.
The BMW i3 is a futuristic plug-in hatchback that offers two variants: a fully electric version, which starts at around $43,000 and features a range of around 80 miles, and a slightly pricier version with a range extender that adds a small gasoline engine and offers a 150-mile range. While the i3 is one of our favorite recent electric vehicles for its styling and unique interior, we’re not thrilled about the high price — and that’s where used models come in, as there are currently more than 150 used i3 models on Autotrader with an average price of around $36,000 — a figure that’s falling fast as more used versions enter the market.
The Chevrolet Volt is a plug-in hybrid hatchback that offers a fully electric powertrain with a range-extending gasoline engine. Capable of traveling more than 30 miles on electric power alone, the Volt’s total range is nearly 400 miles — a figure that rival models with only an electric powertrain can’t touch. Unfortunately, a new Volt can be pricey, with starting prices hovering around $40,000 with shipping, but drivers on a budget will be happy to learn that there are currently more than 1,700 different Volt models on Autotrader with an average asking price of $16,700.