Cost, range and performance – can the cheapest electric car compete with the most expensive model in the world?
Low prices thanks to the electric car bonus
The corona crisis has also badly damaged the automotive industry, but contrary to what many expected, there is no funding for vehicles with combustion engines. Instead, the coalition in the federal government has agreed on an economic stimulus package, which primarily focuses on promoting electric mobility. In the course of this, the electric car premium was doubled. The result is that there is now a total of 6,000 euros from the federal government plus, as a rule, 3,000 euros from the manufacturer for electric vehicles with a list price of up to 40,000 euros. The 9,000 euros from some car manufacturers, such as Hyundai or Renault, even increased again in order to offer customers even stronger incentives to buy. With the temporary VAT reduction until December 31, 2020, buyers will receive additional savings if manufacturers pass them on to customers. All of these factors ensure that electric cars are now available from around 15,000 euros. But to what extent can the cheapest car even compete with the more expensive models? We took a look at the costs, the range and the performance and compared the cheapest with the currently most expensive electric car on the market.
The cheapest and the most expensive electric car
If you talk about the cheapest electric car on the German market, you have to name two vehicles, because both Citroën C-Zero and the Peugeot Ion only cost around 15,000 euros due to the premium. But as with all things, there is also a high-end counterpart to the affordable version when it comes to electric vehicles: the Porsche Taycan. This vehicle is not only the first electric car from Porsche, but also tops the list of the most expensive electric cars this year. The sporty Stromer is available in the Turbo S version from an impressive 181,000 euros. The Taycan Turbo is a little cheaper – but by no means a bargain – with a price starting at 152,000 euros.
The performance and range of the Citroën C-Zero
With its built-in lithium-ion battery, the Citroën C-Zero weighs around 1,140 kg curb weight and is just 3.48 meters long. Thanks to its 49 kW electric motor, the small electric car accelerates from 0 to 100 in 15.9 seconds and, according to the manufacturer, has a maximum range of 150 kilometers. The low power and range in combination with the very narrow design, which only offers space for four people, makes the vehicle a more practical and manoeuvrable car, which is particularly suitable for city traffic. The 67 hp electric car reaches a top speed of 130 kilometers per hour with a consumption of 13.5 kWh per 100 kilometers. The vehicle can be charged at a conventional SchuKo socket or a wallbox. The charging process takes around 6 hours at an output of 230 volts and 10 amperes. With the help of a quick charging station, however, the battery level can be brought to 80 percent within just 30 minutes.
Power and range of the Porsche Taycan Turbo S.
While the Citroën C-Zero shines as a cheap, agile city runabout, the Porsche Taycan Turbo S impresses as a high-end counterpart with completely different properties. The electrically powered sports car reaches a top speed of 260 kilometers per hour with an output of 560 kW and 761 hp. It can go from 0 to 100 km / h in just 2.8 seconds. In terms of range, the Porsche Turbo S can convince with up to 380 kilometers and thus drives twice as fast and twice as far as the Citroën C-Zero. The vehicle weighs 2,370 kg and is 4.9 m long. There is space for 5 people. The enormous performance of the sports car is noticeable in the consumption, however, because at 26.9 kWh per 100 kilometers the Taycan Turbo S cannot keep up with the low consumption of 13.5 kW per 100 kilometers of the Citroën C-Zero. The vehicle can also be charged at a conventional SchuKo socket or a wallbox. However, the charging process for 100 percent takes around 9 hours. With the help of a quick charging station, however, the battery level can be brought to 80 percent in just 22.5 minutes.
It becomes clear that you can look at the cheapest and the most expensive model among the electric cars in terms of price, performance and range in comparison, but the big difference lies in the benefit. Because while the Citroën C-Zero is intended exclusively for city use and was designed accordingly, the Porsche Taycan Turbo S is intended for customers who are looking for an electric motor but who do not want to accept major losses in terms of performance. The Citroën C-Zero is first and foremost a practical, manoeuvrable vehicle that impresses with its low consumption and narrow design, especially on short distances and in narrow streets. The electrically powered sports car from Porsche, on the other hand, impresses with its comparatively high speed, power and range and therefore primarily stands for design and driving pleasure. It should also be added that in some countries, such as China or India, small electric vehicles are available from a basic price of around 2,500 euros. So far, however, these are only available in the respective countries and it remains to be seen whether and when these vehicles will reach the German market. Finanzen.net editorial team