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Top 10 EV Values in Dollars per Mile

Spoiler: Tesla is not number one in EV value!

By: Dan Carney | Oct 06, 2020


Electric vehicle (EV) manufacturers offer a wide variety of prices and potential driving range in their different models. The sticker price goes up with the size of the battery, so it can be challenging to tell whether it is a better deal to buy a cheaper car with a smaller battery and shorter driving range, or whether there is value is paying extra to drive further.

Not to worry, the people at have crunched the numbers for you, producing a list of EVs ranked by their miles of driving range per dollar of purchase price.

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Porsche Taycan EV

The tiny Fiat 500e is one of the cheapest EVs on the market, at $33,460, but it only goes 84 miles on a charge, so its dollars per mile is a high $398. But spending money isn’t a sure-fire way to get value either, as the most expensive EV on the market, the $187,610 Porsche Taycan Turbo S costs an eye-watering $977/mile.

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Chevrolet Bolt EV

Scroll below to see which cars comprise the top ten in dollars per mile. Remember that many vehicles are available with more than one size battery, just as traditional combustion cars have been offered with smaller and larger optional engines to balance cost and efficiency. That is why you will see the same model mentioned more than once in this ranking.

Tesla Motors

10. Tesla Model S Long Range Plus


$187 per mile

402-mile driving range

$74,990 MSRP

Nissan Motor Co.

9. Nissan Leaf e+ SV/SL


$185 per mile

215-mile driving range

$39,750 MSRP

Tesla Motors

8. Tesla Model 3 Long Range Performance


$184 per mile

299-mile driving range

$54,990 MSRP

Nissan Motor Co.

7. Nissan Leaf e+ S


$169 per mile

226-mile driving range

$38,200 MSRP

Kia Motors

6. Kia Niro EV


$164 per mile

239-mile driving range

$39,090 MSRP

Tesla Motors

5. Tesla Model Y Long Range


$158 per mile

316-mile driving range

$49,990 MSRP

Tesla Motors

4. Tesla Model 3 Plus


$152 per mile

250-mile driving range

$37,990 MSRP

Tesla Motors

3. Tesla Model 3 Long Range


$146 per mile

322-mile driving range

$46,990 MSRP

Hyundai Kona EV

2. Hyundai Kona EV


$144 per mile

258-mile driving range

$37,190 MSRP

General Motors Co.

1. Chevrolet Bolt


$141 per mile

259-mile driving range

$36,620 MSRP