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Small electric cars: major benefits and low prices

There are many reasons for buying a small electric car. For instance, they are especially practical in urban traffic. This makes small electric cars an attractive option, and not just for people new to electric driving.

It’s good to start small in new terrain. The same goes for electric mobility, which many people wish to initially try out in a small car. The argument that small electric cars are cheaper to buy and also cheaper to run than larger electric models is one of the most persuasive. This also makes them popular as a second car. However, thanks to their many benefits, compact electric cars have what it takes to become the first choice for drivers in future. Especially in city-centre traffic.

Small vehicles with electric motors are

  • now cheaper to buy, thanks to falling base prices 
  • ideal for daily commutes into the city thanks to their format, and
  • pioneering – as the smaller models are enjoying growing popularity.


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Inexpensive lithium iron phosphate batteries could potentially make small electric cars cheaper than comparable combustion engines cars in some cases.

There are already cheap electric cars available

Electric cars are still somewhat more expensive than comparable combustion engine cars at first glance. This is also the case for the smaller classes. Yet, as electric mobility progresses, ever-cheaper cars with electric motors are coming onto the market. Among other things, this is due in part to the growing range of models and the higher numbers of cars produced. You can look forward to more Volkswagen models in this segment, likely by 2025. They will include an electric city car with a range designed to meet every day driving needs. Inexpensive lithium iron phosphate batteries could potentially make small electric cars cheaper than comparable combustion engines cars in some cases. Potential savings continue with day-to-day driving, as electric cars have significantly lower maintenance and energy costs. This is especially true of the more compact classes that generally have smaller batteries and are therefore lighter. Electric vehicles also enjoy tax benefits. 

However, the financial aspect is not the only benefit of small cars. Here are six more:

  1. They are perfect for the city. The charging infrastructure here is usually very well developed, so you don’t often have to spend a long time searching for charging stations. Zippy city run-around cars with electric drives are also easier to manoeuvre through narrow streets and around car parks.
  2. Hardly any parking space is too small. Busy city traffic rarely leaves many gaps. And if it does, they are usually tight ones. That’s not a problem for a small electric car. Parking spaces with charging stations are even solely reserved for electric cars and you can sometimes park free of charge with an electric car licence plate.
  3. Small electric cars also offer a good range. Even with a smaller battery. The lithium-ion batteries in current electric cars have a high energy density, even in small cars. This is sufficient for use around town or the average commuting distance of approximately 30 miles.
  4. They are environmentally conscious driving. Electric cars are CO2-free to drive. Smaller vehicles are also more economical in terms of energy consumption. The smaller and therefore lighter lithium-ion batteries in these cars also contribute to this.
  5. Attractive models for novice drivers. Many young people today attach great importance to protecting the environment and climate. Thanks to the growing range of cars, there are now various inexpensive electric cars on the market for urban novice drivers to get their first few miles under their belts in an environmentally-conscious way.
  6. The smaller batteries are faster to charge. Given comparable charging sources and technology, smaller electric cars are ready to go sooner than larger models with more charge capacity.

Tiny cars are on-trend: electric cars are getting even smaller

The trend for tiny cars demonstrates that small-format electric cars will help to shape how we drive even more in future. These micro-cars are competing with electric bikes and electric scooters and are as easy to charge as a smartphone. They cannot, however, come close to the dynamics and range of an electric car. Yet they do show that there is a place for small in the future.

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