6 Electric Vehicles That Cost Less Than $40,000

As EVs enter the mainstream, more models are available at below-average prices.
Kurt Woock
By Kurt Woock 
Edited by Julie Myhre-Nunes

Many or all of the products featured here are from our partners who compensate us. This influences which products we write about and where and how the product appears on a page. However, this does not influence our evaluations. Our opinions are our own. Here is a list of our partners and here's how we make money.


First, the good news: As electric vehicles climb in popularity, consumers have more options at better prices.

Now, the bad news: The average price for all new nonluxury cars — electric or otherwise — was $44,584 in late 2022, according to Kelley Blue Book, an automotive pricing guide. Add in rising interest rates, and the average car payment is now over $700 per month.

In other words, people in the market for a new EV stand at the crosswinds of two opposing trends: an increasing number of EV options under “average” prices but an “average” that has risen swiftly.

Are EVs becoming more affordable?

A decade ago, the cheapest Tesla — one of only a few all-electric cars available in the U.S. — was a Model S; it cost $52,400. The cost of a Model S has nearly doubled to a starting price of $84,990. But the company has also introduced the Model 3, which has a longer range than the 2013 Model S, for $39,990.

That example mirrors the EV market over the past couple of years. The number of models available has multiplied. EV sales jumped from 488,397 in 2021 to 809,739 in 2022, according to Cox Automotive, an auto data company. The technology in the vehicles has also improved; dozens of models now have ranges above 200 miles, while in 2013, only a few EVs could travel more than 100 miles.

So, sure, plenty of EVs are beyond the budget of many car shoppers. But, in general, average EV prices are nearing equivalency with the price of average gas-powered cars, and the lowest-cost EVs today have specs that would have been out of reach just a few years ago.

Find your next new or used car with ease

Compare prices, models, and more from over 1,000,000 cars nationwide. Shop and compare before visiting the dealer, and get a trade-in offer for your current car in minutes.

Ford F-Series
Honda CR-V
Toyota Camry
Mercedes-Benz AMG GT

Vehicle imagery licensed by EVOX


Used or new?
On our partner's site
You will be redirected to our partner's site.

Rebates can bring down prices

Some new EVs bought between 2023 and 2032 qualify for up to $7,500 in federal tax credits. Here’s what you need to know:

  • To qualify, you must be below income limits — no higher than $150,000 for individuals or $300,000 for married couples filing jointly.

  • The tax credit is nonrefundable. You won’t get a refund check if the rebate exceeds the amount you owe, but it will bring a tax bill of up to $7,500 down to $0 if you qualify for the max amount.

  • Not all cars qualify. Factors such as price, weight, battery size and manufacturing location determine whether an EV qualifies. The IRS maintains an index of cars that do.

EVs available for under $40,000

The EVs below all have a manufacturer’s suggested retail price, or MSRP, of $40,000 or less — under the $44,584 price tag of the average new car sold in 2022. They also have ranges above 200 miles, making them more capable of taking longer trips with fewer charging stops — important if you don’t also have a gas-powered car.

Note that your price at a dealer might not match the MSRP. This is because the prices shown are for base models, but the model you see at a dealer might be a different trim level — which means additional, but costlier, features. In addition, fees, like the cost of delivering a vehicle to the dealership, and market adjustments can increase your final price. However, MSRP doesn’t take into account potential savings from a federal rebate if you and your vehicle qualify. Rebates could cut the price by about a quarter for the lowest-cost options.

Cars under $30,000

2023 Chevrolet Bolt

(Image courtesy of Chevrolet)

  • MSRP: $26,500.

  • Range: 259 miles.

2023 Nissan Leaf S

(Image courtesy of Nissan)

  • MSRP: $28,040.

  • Range: 149 miles.

SUVs under $40,000

2023 Hyundai Kona

(Image courtesy of Hyundai)

  • MSRP: $33,550.

  • Range: 258 miles.

Volkswagen ID.4

(Image courtesy of Volkswagen)

  • MSRP: $38,995.

  • Range: 275 miles.

2023 Kia Niro

(Image courtesy of Kia)

  • MSRP: $39,550.

  • Range: 253 miles.

2023 Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3

(Image courtesy of Tesla)

  • MSRP: $39,990.

  • Range: 272 miles.

Get more smart money moves – straight to your inbox
Sign up and we’ll send you Nerdy articles about the money topics that matter most to you along with other ways to help you get more from your money.