Electric cars have become the in-thing around the world and Nigerians are not sitting on the sidelines of this trend. Though they aren't generally as cheap as a Kia Picanto, there are still those EVs that you won't have to break the bank for.
Perhaps a lot of people won't consider an EV for one obvious reason - the poor power supply in Nigeria. But, that hasn't stopped anyone who can afford it from purchasing this innovative vehicle type. The good thing about having an electric vehicle is that you don't have to worry about buying diesel or petrol anymore. Fuel prices do not hesitate to skyrocket in Nigeria, especially around festive seasons.
The one thing you probably will have to plan is charging the batteries and how long you intend to drive the car in traffic - especially in Lagos. That said, if you have decided to purchase an EV, here are the 10 cheapest electric cars to buy in Nigeria in no particular order.
1. Smart Fortwo Electric Drive
In Nigeria, one thing to look out for besides affordability is the mpg ratings and fuel economy of a car. The good thing is the vehicle is pretty fast with a 94 miles per gallon rating on the highway and 124 mpg in the city.
The Smart Fortwo Electric Drive is also a fuel economy car which can cover close to 60 miles when you charge the vehicle fully. The car comes with a 240V charger and is environmentally conscious. It's work a little over 8 million naira.
The smart fortwo electric car
2. Ford Focus Electric
Ford doesn't hesitate to delve into latest trends and they don't fall short.
They are the maker of the Ford Focus Electric which is worth less than 11 million naira as well.
The car from the American car maker comes with a good mpg rating of 107 on the average for city and highway. The 143 HP engine helps the vehicle cover a distance of 115 miles when fully charged.
It takes between 5-15 hours to be fully charged, depending on what kind of charger and how many volts it has.
The 2018 Ford Focus
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3. Nissan Leaf
A lot of people consider the Nissan Leaf electric car the Toyota version of electric vehicles. This is perhaps because of how spacious and yet affordable the car is.
It is capble of traveling over 150 miles when fully charge while the engine is a 147 HP motor that opens way to great acceleration.
It's even one of the first electric vehicles besides Tesla vehicles. It's worth less than 10 million naira and enables Android Auto and Apple Carplay apps. There's Bluetooth and satellite radio connectivity, so how do you say about it?
The Nissan Leaf is quite affordable
4. Volkswagen e-Golf
The e-Golf from Volkswagen is just an electric vehicle version of the VW golf that was a popular car in Nigeria many years ago. It is luxurious though it doesn't travel long miles like so many other EVs.
The features inside include a USB port, Bluetooth, HD radio, digital cockpit, rearview Vera, satellite radio and great battery. The hatchback has great performance, a horsepower of 134 and is worth a little over ₦10 million.
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5. Chevrolet Bolt
Chevrolet is a great brand when it comes to making cars, hence, an affordable car isn't difficult for them to make. It's a hybrid with lots of speed which you will not easily find in other electric cars. It has tech features, 149 HP, runs 53 miles after being fully charged and costs less than ₦13 million.
6. Honda Clarity
Once anyone hears of a Honda car, affordability comes to mind. The electric vehicle is worth ₦12 million and is really comfy. The vehicle runs close to 90 miles when it's in electric mode. The fuel economy isn't bad as expected from a Japanese car. It runs 114 mpg on the average on the highway and the city.
Features in the car include Android Auto, air conditioning, keyless entry, Apple Carplay, touch screen infotainment system and fantastic interior.
Honda Clarity Electric
7. Kia Soul EV
Just like how Kia made the Spectra or Picanto which are pretty affordable, they have also introduced the very affordable Kia Soul EV that is ideal for Nigerian drivers.
The car is worth about ₦12 million and is just comfy. It may not comfortably carry 5 huge adults but it still is equipped with fine features that augmented the handling and riding. Plus, the Kia Soul EV comes fitted with top tech features like navigation, smooth cabin, great acceleration and more.
2020 Kia Soul-EV
8. Hyundai Kona
The Hyundai Kona is a really cheap electric vehicle that is worth ₦11 million. It comes with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi connectivity, and allows you to sync several apps, like the popular Apple Carplay and Android Auto, with your phone and vehicle. The cabin is also elegant.
Hyundai Kona Electric
9. BMW i3
BMW is known to make luxurious and expensive cars. That's why it isn't a surprise if you are shocked to see a BMW make this list. The BMW i3 is worth ₦15 million and allows you to use your phone software among others on the BMW cloud. There are also other subscription services you will have access to. It's also ideal for Nigerian roads.
The last but not least electric car is the Sirieco. It's the product of a Slovakian company that wants to have an assembly plant in Nigeria, which is surely a factor that reduces the prices of their vehicles greatly.
Now you know how much it will cost to one of those. So if you wish to have one of the 10 cheapest electric cars to buy in Nigeria, consider any of these and you're good to go.
|1||Smart Fortwo Electric Drive||>₦8 million|
|2||Ford Focus Electric (Click to see listings)||<₦11 million|
|3||Nissan Leaf (Click to see listings)||<₦10 million|
|4||Volkswagen e-Golf||>₦10 million|
|5||Chevrolet Bolt||<₦13 million|
|6||Honda Clarity||₦12 million|
|7||Kia Soul EV||₦12 million|
|8||Hyundai Kona||₦11 million|
|9||BMW i3||₦15 million|
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