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Buy an electric car within your budget

If you wonder “should i buy an electric caror “should I buy a used electric car?” maybe it’s time to consider buying an EV.

Which used electric vehicle should I consider?

Finding a used electric vehicle can take time, which is why we’ve narrowed it down to two vehicles: the Nissan LEAF and the electric Ford Focus. On average, both electric hatchbacks come at reasonable prices for used models and have fairly low mileage when they return to the dealership. That’s good news for subprime consumers who want to “go green,” but don’t want to spend more than $14,000 to finance an electric vehicle.

Nissan Leaf

2011 model average price – $7,183

Average mileage – 45,240

2012 model average price – $8,780

Average mileage – 38,849

2013 model average price – $10,611

Average mileage – 37,594

Average price of 2014 model (pictured) – $11,755

Average mileage – 31,732

2015 model average price – $13,507

Average mileage – 25,339

2014 Ford Focus ElectricFord Focus electric

2012 model average price – $8,437

Average mileage – 43,996

2013 model average price – $12,900

Average mileage – 27,912

Average price of the 2014 model (pictured) – $12,789

Average mileage – 31,869

2015 model average price – $12,588

Average mileage – 12,424

2016 model average price – $13,688

Average mileage – 11,102

Charging the batteries

One of the most important questions for potential electric vehicle buyers is “how long will it take to charge the vehicle?” Although there is no simple answer and each electric vehicle’s battery is different, there is one thing they all have in common: it will take a good part of the day, if not all day, to fully recharge from scratch.

There are three charge levels:

  • Level 1 – Level 1 chargers can be plugged into wall outlets, so they can be used at home. However, they’re also the weakest of the bunch, typically delivering around 15 miles per hour of charge.
  • Level 2 – More powerful Level 2 chargers can be found at charging stations, but can also be installed at home. Level 2 chargers typically provide around 30 miles per hour of charge. Keep in mind that installing a home charging port can cost anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars.
  • Level 3 – The most powerful Level 3 EV chargers are commonly referred to as DC fast charging. These cannot be installed at home, but are available at public charging stations. Compatible EVs can travel approximately 80 miles per hour on a charge.

Load a LEAF

On average, a Nissan LEAF will take up to four hours to fully charge from scratch with a Level 2 charger. The LEAF is capable of using any of the three chargers. The 2015 LEAF model’s electric motor has 107 horsepower and is capable of going up to 100 miles on a full charge.

Charging an Electric Focus

A standard Level 1 charger will fully charge the Focus Electric from scratch in about five to six hours, while a Level 2 can take three to four hours. It is strongly recommended that you charge your Focus Electric overnight for best results. The 23kW Focus Electric battery has an average range of 100 miles and a 143 horsepower electric motor, while the 2017 model’s 33.5kW battery has a range of 115 miles.

Conclusion

Electric vehicles are part of the future of everyday driving. Over the next decade we will see a surplus of electric vehicles hitting the market and charging stations across the country. While the the latest models of electric vehicles are expensive, a used electric LEAF or Focus can be a great first electric vehicle. If you’re looking to finance a used electric vehicle, but you’re worried your credit will get in the way, let Auto Express Credit to help.

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