The most important e-cars for under 50,000 euros

From Wednesday onwards, there will be a higher subsidy when buying a car with electric drive. Although this will also apply to plug-in hybrids, two-wheelers, charging infrastructure and light commercial vehicles with electric drive, the 2020 e-mobility subsidy is actually aimed at purely electric cars. And this also includes cars with fuel cells – although these will probably not be sold in huge numbers in the coming months.

For cars with purely electric drive that cost less than 50,000 euros, the e-mobility bonus has been increased from 3,000 to 5,000 euros, with 2,000 euros now coming from the car importer and 3,000 from the Federal Ministry for Climate Protection, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology.

A look at the statistics

From January to the end of May, 86,111 passenger cars were sold in Austria – almost 40 per cent less than in the previous year – of which 3,720 were e-cars. The Tesla Model 3 (946 units), this year’s best-selling e-car, is therefore just about to qualify for the subsidy, as the basic model costs 46,700 euros, but with a few extras or a range-enhancing battery the 50,000 euros are quickly exceeded. The Tesla Model 3 Standard plus has a range of 409 kilometers and a 55 kWh battery. Compared to the previous year, Model 3 sales in Austria fell by more than 14 percent, but the total market for e-cars fell by only 6.2 percent.

One of the big winners is the Renault Zoe, which increased by almost 60 percent in the registration statistics. This year, 692 of them were sold until the end of May. The reason for this is probably the new model with a range of up to 385 kilometres. It costs between 24,390 and 28,390 euros if the battery is rented (starting at 74 euros per month). A test report on the current Zoe can be found in the weekend edition of the STANDARD and next week online here as well.

The Zoe is followed by the BMW i3 as the third most popular e-car in Austria. With a price starting at 40,550 Euros, it is not one of the cheapest electric cars, but the lightweight construction concept with CFRP also takes its toll. The i3 has a 42-kWh battery, has a range of 285 to 308 kilometres according to the WLTP and can be quickly charged in 42 minutes – in other words, 80 percent full when charged with 50 kW direct current.

The most successful electric Kia is the e-Niro, an SUV, a sibling of the Hyundai Kona elektro, but with a price range of 37,990 to 45,190 euros cheaper than the Hyundai, which costs between 39,990 and 46,500 euros. Both can be bought with either a 39.2 or 64 kWh battery, they can cover ranges of 289 and around 450 kilometres and have an engine with 100 or 150 kW output. There are differences not only in price, but also in appearance – and in sales. Kia sold 206 units of the e-Niro and Hyundai sold 134 units of the Kona elektro.

Volkswagen had actually planned to sweep through the registration statistics this year with the ID.3 – but we will have to wait a little longer for the car. But the e-Golf is still available (here compared to the Tesla Model X), and it still sells quite well. With 163 units, it has to admit defeat to the Audi e-tron in the statistics, but because the basic version already costs 59,990 Euros, it is not eligible for the new promotion. The Golf is considerably cheaper at 33,990 Euros, but because it is already at the end of its cycle, you can no longer configure this car according to your wishes, but have to take what has already been produced. But this also has the advantage that there are larger discounts here and there. The Golf has a range of 200 kilometres, an output of 100 kW and can be quickly charged in 45 minutes.

Nissan has sold 132 units of the Leaf (here in comparison with Smart and NV200 Evalia) this year – only half as many cars as in the same period last year. It is available with two battery versions, 40 and 62 kWh, two engines, 110 and 160 kW, and has a range of 270 and 385 kilometres. The price list starts at 33,590 Euros, for 46,500 Euros you get the strong Leaf with a long range and an already respectable equipment.

110 units sold Seat of the mii with electric motor. The new desire for the already well-known car can only be due to the new engine – and the attractive price. Its price range extends from 20,990 to 21,990 euros. It is fast-charged at 40 kW in one hour, has a range of up to 260 kilometres and a 61 kW engine. At 130 km/h, acceleration is already over. You also have to cut back on the price. The mii will soon also be available from Volkswagen as an e-up! and from Škoda as an electric citigo.

The Smart is in the same league as the three little ones from the VW group (here in comparison with the Audi e-tron). At least as a Forfour, but it is also available as a Fortwo and as a convertible. It has a 60 kW engine and a comparatively small battery with 17.6 kWh, with which it has a maximum range of 130 kilometres according to WLTP.

A completely different calibre is the Mini Cooper SE, the new electric Mini for 32,950 Euros – the test report will follow shortly. BMW has the know-how from the i3 how to build a sporty electric car. And they have also succeeded in doing so with the Mini. Actually it is a completely normal Mini. Just electrically driven. With its 32.6 kWh battery it can cover distances of up to 270 kilometres – at least if you don’t drive the 135kW engine constantly at its limit. Although, in 35 minutes the Mini is already charged to 80 percent with 50 kW direct current.

And if there was nothing there for you now, don’t despair. For one thing, we didn’t list all the models that are available on the market and neglected the Hyundai Ioniq or the Kia Soul. In addition, more cars are coming in the coming weeks and months. Just think of the ID.3 from Volkswagen. And the PSA group also has an electric offensive and the Peugeot e-208, the Opel Corsa-e on the market. The former has a list price between 32,600 and 38,000 euros, the latter costs between 29,900 and 31,799 euros. In addition, Opel denmächst is launching a fully electric SUV, while Mocha and Citroën are launching the Ë-C4. These will also probably all be available for less than 50,000 euros. (Guido Gluschitsch, 1.7.2020)

Tesla against e-Golf: Dance the Super Cha Cha

Some e-cars do more dancing than you might think. Like the Tesla Model X. The VW e-Golf is completely different. It doesn’t even have to face many a luxury problem

Incredibly stupid is perhaps the right expression. That’s how you feel when you put the Model X on the supercharger on the outskirts of Graz on Sunday morning and then have to call a taxi to take you to the nearest coffee house for a Sunday breakfast.

But wait, not that you think Tesla didn’t think of this case. The navigation system contains the access code with which you can open the door to the Tesla branch, and inside there’s coffee and certainly something to snack on – but of course that’s not in keeping with the status quo when you’re out with your wife on the weekends. So the free load on the Supercharger comes to 38 euros for a taxi and almost as much for a good breakfast.

Although if you already drive a Tesla – our Tesla, a model X 100D, costs 129,290 Euros according to the list – the few coins don’t matter anymore. In return, the Tesla offers a lot of luxury. We find leather and wood in the cockpit, which is dominated by a giant screen full of not so nice fingertappers. There are also innovative rear doors that take some getting used to if you don’t want to bang your head all over the place, a car that locks itself, that doesn’t open the doors any further than it can, and that has an acceleration as if energy were simply available endlessly.

But let’s not take a curve. You’ll get scared and bang in the Tesla. Because even though the Model X is an island of innovations on wheels, it can do one thing very badly: drive smartly. The steering of a computer game gives more feedback, the chassis fails miserably due to the Tesla’s weight of around 2.4 tons.

The huge windscreen, which almost extends over the second row of seats, not only lets a lot of light into the car – even such a funny fashion that you don’t need to follow – but also turns the Model X into a glass house, which even with little sunshine causes permanent whirl from the air vents. Which brings us to the most incredible subject of the Tesla: It’s way too loud. The rolling noise of the tires penetrates into the passenger compartment almost unfiltered, in addition there are wind noises from outside and creaking from inside, so that the fat system, which of course prefers to play Spotify instead of the radio, becomes an endurance runner.

These are problems that the e-Golf can only laugh about. It drives precisely, has a fine chassis, and the interior is far from being equipped with such fine materials and certainly not with a huge parachute, but it is so cleanly built that nothing squeaks or creaks. It is just a normal Golf, but with a different engine.

On the other hand: Driving from Vienna to Graz over the weekend, to a hotel without loading possibility, you wouldn’t do that with the Golf. In our test – with many motorway stages that electric cars don’t like at all – it achieved a range of 250 kilometres, the Model X reels off 200 kilometres more with the same driving style.

The e-Golf only costs 42,879 Euros for this – which is still far too much money for the sacrifices you have to make for the money compared to a conventional car. But in the Golf you can at least hang up your suit. In the Tesla there are no coat hooks, but cup holders for a two-week desert round with all six occupants.

If you need a car to drive to work every day, we recommend the e-Golf. But if you want to impress at all costs, then drive Tesla. (Guido Gluschitsch, 30.10.2017)

The Tesla is big, accelerates enormously – but we had the autopilot switched off before the test. The e-Golf is less excited, but a real car, just with a different drive.

Tesla Model X

  • Price: from 111.650 €
  • 2 electric motors / battery: 100 kWh
  • Power: 386 kW (525 PS) / Torque: 900 Nm
  • Standard range 565 km / Test range: 460 km
  • 0-100 km/h: 4.9 sec. / Maximum speed: 250 km/h
  • length: 504 cm / width 200 cm / height: 168 cm
  • luggage volume: 2180 l / weight: 2400 kg
  • Standard consumption: 18 kWh / 100 km
  • All-wheel drive

VW e-Golf

  • Price: from 38.690 €
  • 1 electric motor / battery: 35.8 kWh
  • Power: 100 kW (136 PS) / Torque: 290 Nm
  • Standard range: 300 km / Test range: 250 km
  • 0-100 km/h: 9.6 sec. / Maximum speed: 150 km/h
  • length: 427 cm / width 179 cm / height: 148 cm
  • luggage volume: 341-1231 l / weight: 1615 kg
  • Standard consumption: 12.7 kWh / 100 km
  • Front wheel drive

Cars for people with disabilities

Despite physical limitations, you can be mobile with your own car. For people with disabilities, having their own car makes everyday life easier. And it drives with tailor-made technology. Almost every car is suitable for a conversion. Car expert Andreas Kessler knows which individual solutions are available.

Mobility for the mobility impaired

In many a car magazine you can always see brand-new, shiny vehicles, mostly in anthracite or silver metallic. On the picture are either young dynamic guys who are just about to close the next deal. Or a happy family with a dog, whose whole equipment can easily fit in the car. But there is never a target group: Those of us who, due to disabilities, are unable or very difficult to participate in the individual mobility that characterizes and drives our society forward.

Why is this so? For one thing, the target group is simply too small for today’s quantities and for another, no two disabilities are alike. Therefore, one would have to present the resulting abundance of possibilities for a handicapped accessible reconstruction. And that is obviously too much for advertisers.

What can be converted to be handicapped accessible?

Steering/brake system

Electronic/digital controls are used here, which are TÜV-tested and suitable for every type of vehicle. Such conversions have been developed for people with paraplegia or force and movement restrictions.

The installations can consist of a gas brake system, a 2-4-way joystick, mini steering wheel and Gear-Control (control unit for operating the transmission). Once installed, a conversion can thus be adapted at any time with little effort in case of changes in the clinical picture. All components for operating the steering and brakes can be positioned freely, so theoretically you could drive the car from the back seat.

Rear entrance

Ideal for wheelchair users are the modern high roof station wagons. Such a Berlingo, Kangoo or Vaneo can be equipped with a hydraulic wheelchair lift or a ramp. There are also systems that automatically place the wheelchair in the rear of the vehicle. This makes it easy to load and unload the wheelchair for people who would otherwise be dependent on outside help. See also: https://www.myhandicap.de/behindertenfahrzeuge/

Seats/consoles

There are electro-hydraulic swivel/lifting seats that allow a wheelchair user to transfer from the wheelchair to the driver’s seat while still outside the vehicle. Once in the driver’s seat, the hydraulic system swivels and lifts the seat with the driver to the position behind the steering wheel. Getting out” works in exactly the opposite way.

Loading aid

After boarding, the wheelchair can thus be transported from the driver’s door into the boot at the push of a button. As soon as the wheelchair is loaded, the system automatically closes the tailgate. Of course, it also works the other way round: before getting out, all you have to do is press the button and the wheelchair automatically returns from the trunk.

Who pays?

Subsidies for the purchase and conversion of a vehicle suitable for disabled persons are paid by the statutory accident insurance, the statutory pension insurance, the Federal Employment Agency and the providers of accompanying assistance in working and professional life. The benefits provided by the various institutions are based on the requirements of the “Kraftfahrzeughilfe zur Teilhabe behinderter Menschen am Arbeitsleben” (motor vehicle assistance for the participation of disabled people in working life) and the Kraftfahrzeughilfe-Verordnung (Kfz-HV) (motor vehicle assistance ordinance), which is intended to facilitate the reintegration of disabled people into working life.

For additional equipment required due to the disability, its installation, technical inspection and the restoration of its technical functionality, the costs according to § 7 Kfz-HV are fully covered. The subsidy is independent of the applicant’s income or assets.