Update: ‘Nissan Micra EV,’ ‘Fiat Panda Electric,’ ‘Skoda Citadine,’ and ‘VW ID.2’ updated and ‘Fiat Topolino’ added.
This decade could see entry-level cars moving from combustion engines to electric powertrains as future Euro 7 norms require significant investments in powertrain, thereby increasing the vehicle’s price. As electric mobility advances, a better chance at a profit would be to sell affordable electric cars than entry-level combustion cars with high costs and short shelf life.
Here are the affordable electric cars from global brands that are planned to launch in Europe by 2025:
Citroen e-C3 (2023)
The Citroen e-C3 electric car, based on the eCMP platform, is expected in 2023 following its combustion variant, which has already been revealed for emerging markets. The design should be largely similar to the C3, and the e-C3 is rumored to launch in two variants: a 30 kWh, 60 PS, and a 40 kWh, 80 PS variant. According to reports, the battery would be supplied by China-based Svolt, and production would occur at Trnava, Slovakia.
In terms of features and creature comforts, we wouldn’t be surprised if only the basics were offered on the e-C3 electric car, with the cost-cutting extending to even a media system using the user’s device only. This could also make the e-C3 one of the affordable electric cars from the Stellantis group. The e-C3 could be revealed in 2022, before a 2023 launch in Europe. Expect prices for the Citroen e-C3 to start under EUR 25,000.
Next-gen Dacia Spring (2024)
Renault Group CEO Luca de Meo confirmed at Renault Group’s 2021 Financial Results conference that the redesigned Dacia Spring electric car will arrive in 2024. It will continue to be based on the CMF-AEV platform, which has been in use since the arrival of the Renault Kwid in 2015. The CEO also said that the Spring would continue to be an affordable EV, and it will serve as the gateway to the EV category for many buyers.
The current model uses a standard 27.4 kWh battery that offers a range of 143 miles. However, the 2024 Spring should come with a more efficient and bigger battery that ranges around 186 miles. It should also support faster charging. The 0-80% SoC DC fast-charging time could be lower than 30 minutes, a considerable upgrade from the current model’s 56 minutes.
Customers would also like to see better safety ratings, as the first-generation Spring received a 1-star score in the EuroNCAP crash tests.
Group Renault stated during its 2021 financial results conference that the next generation Dacia Spring would be launched in 2024. Expect it to be priced around the EUR 20,000 mark when it arrives.
ORA Cat (2022)
The ORA Cat electric car, from China’s Great Wall Motor, is built on the dedicated ‘L.E.M.O.N.’ EV platform and aims to shift some customers from the VW ID.3 by offering a lower price. It provides a front-wheel-drive layout, and the version earmarked for the UK is likely to sport 169 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque.
ORA could offer two battery versions on its electric car: a 48 kWh delivering 249 miles of range or a 63 kWh with up to 311 miles (NEDC claims). The latter should come close to a WLTP figure of 260 miles. According to the brand’s UK website, it can charge up to 80% in just 45 minutes. It gets a 0-60 mph acceleration time of 8.5 seconds, which isn’t bad for a small electric car.
The electric car has a EUR 30,000 starting price, making it one of the world’s affordable electric cars. Deliveries in the UK will begin this year.
Nissan Micra EV (2025)
Nissan has confirmed that the Micra electric car will succeed the ICE Micra and be based on the CMF-BEV platform. While the specifications of the Micra EV remain under wraps, we expect the affordable electric city car to offer a 250-mile range from a 50 kWh battery pack and a power output of around 135 hp.
Nissan has indicated that the design of the Micra EV will be similar to the third-generation model with plenty of curves and round-ish elements, especially on the light fixtures. The interior is expected to be roomy and practical, and there could be variants with an optional complete glass roof as well.
The Micra EV is expected to enter showrooms in the first half of 2025, although a concept previewing its design could be shown this year. Expect it to be priced at around EUR 25,000 (Estimated) before incentives.
Nissan sold the Micra in Canada until 2020, sourcing the car from the Mexican production line.
VW ID.2 (2025)
Previously, the VW ID.2 electric car was expected to be the production model of the VW ID.Life concept was unveiled at the IAA Munich 2021 show. However, new reports suggest that the ID.2 could be a Polo-sized electric hatchback with an interior as spacious as the VW Golf and would take the place of the e-Up! as one of the affordable electric cars from the VW Group stable.
The ID.2 and its derivatives for other brands in the VW Group will be front-wheel drive biased, with a single motor and a 50-60 kWh battery providing around 250 miles of range. The range-topping variant could also have a 234 hp electric motor and a 0-60 mph time of just 6.9 seconds, as per VW’s official press release of the ID.Life from 2021.
The ID.2 will be priced between EUR 20,000 and 25,000 in Europe. Volkswagen Group has confirmed it will build this trio of small electric SUVs in Spain from 2025. The Volkswagen model could be second or third in the order of launches, following the offerings from Skoda and Cupra.
Cupra Urban Rebel (2025)
The Urban Rebel is Cupra’s interpretation of an economical electric car on the MEB eco platform. It will be mechanically identical to the VW ID.2; however, the Urban Rebel could be inspired by hot hatches where the VW opts for a simple look. The case for a performance variant on the MEB short platform is robust with the Urban Rebel as the Cupra brand is derived from Seat Sport, and the VW Group can show the engineering prowess of the EV platform with a sporty Urban Rebel.
Cupra says that the high-performance variant of the Urban Rebel could deliver up to 320 kW (430 hp) peak power and accelerate from 0-62 mph in just 3.2 seconds, which is at par with some of the world’s most famous supercars. The Urban Rebel Concept measures 165 inches long (4,186 mm), 71 inches wide (1,795 mm), and 57 inches tall (1,444 mm). For perspective, it’s slightly smaller than a VW Golf.
The Cupra Urban Rebel should follow hot along with the heels of the ID.2 for an early 2025 launch, if not in the second half of 2025. Pricing of the Urban Rebel will be similar to the ID.2 at EUR 20,000 to EUR 25,000, depending on the specification. It will slot beneath the Cupra Born as the most affordable electric car in the Cupra stable.
Renault 5 (2024)
Another member of the Nissan CMF-BEV platform will be the Renault 5 electric car. The Renault 5 and the Nissan Micra EV will be manufactured at Renault’s ElectriCity production cluster in Northern France. The Renault 5 and the Micra EV will get a Li-ion battery with a range in the whereabouts of 250 miles from a 50 kWh battery, which should be sufficient as these will be the most affordable electric cars from the brand, and buyers seeking more range can look higher up in the price segment.
The market launch of the Renault 5 is expected in early 2024, and sales will commence in France and other European countries by mid-2024. Renault 5 price in Europe is anticipated between EUR 23,000-25,000 and will be followed by the Renault 4 EV in 2025.
Fiat Panda Electric (2025)
Fiat will launch new B-segment models starting from 2023, and according to reports, the Panda will get a successor, which may or may not continue the nameplate. However, there will be a range of models (Bodystyle variations) under this brand, of which an electric car offering is a certainty.
The Electric Fiat Panda should see a powertrain at least matching the 500e, which means around 200 miles of range and 85 kW of fast charging capability. Design inspiration could come from the Fiat Centoventi concept.
The Panda EV, or the successor B-segment EV, is expected to cost around EUR 22,000 when it comes out in the next few years. Stellantis has said that it will build a pure electric Fiat 500L successor at the Fiat plant in Kragujevac, Serbia, from 2024. The company has indicated that it could make more electric models at this plant, and one of them could be the Panda electric.
Kia Picanto EV (2025)
When the Kia Picanto moves to its next generation, expect an electric car variant to follow. Like the MEB eco, a low-spec E-GMP platform (low-spec E-GMP eM) could underpin the car. The Kia Picanto EV could arrive sometime in 2025, though the upcoming months should reveal more of the Hyundai Group’s plans for entry-level EVs. Expect the Kia Picanto EV to be priced around the EUR 23,000 mark.
Electric Hyundai i10 (2025)
The i10 electric car will be a mechanical cousin of the Picanto EV, with the styling remaining the key (and maybe only) differentiator between these EVs. Both EVs should achieve around 200 miles in the WLTP cycle and will primarily aim at the VW ID.2/Skoda Citadine.
The i10 EV should arrive sometime in 2025 alongside its platform-sharing cousin, the Picanto EV. The Hyundai i10 EV should cost between EUR 20,000-23,000.
Skoda Citadine (2025)
The first of Skoda’s affordable electric cars, which will also be based on the MEB eco platform, will be revealed through a concept soon. The Citadine (name unconfirmed) will be one of three electric Skodas that will slot below the Enyaq as the brand aims to achieve 50-70 percent of its sales through EVs by 2030.
The smallest Skoda electric car should have its debut sometime in 2025. Since Skoda is positioned as the value brand in the VW Group, the Citadine could be slightly more affordable than the VW ID.2. However, it should fall within the same range of under EUR 25,000.
MG4 EV Hatchback (2023)
MG is developing a hatchback, the MG4 EV, based on an all-new EV platform to compete with the VW ID.3 and Renault Megane E-Tech, but the MG is expected to be a bit more economical in price. It will slot below the MG ZS EV in the UK and should be capable of offering around 250 miles of range. The new hatchback is part of MG’s Mission100 strategy, through which the brand aims to sell 100 million vehicles globally while expanding to 100 global markets by 2024.
Expect the MG4 to launch in Europe towards the end of 2022 or early 2023. The MG electric hatchback should be priced in the vicinity of EUR 25,000, making it one of the many affordable electric cars for the SAIC-owned British brand.
Lancia Ypsilon Electric (2024)
The next generation Lancia Ypsilon will get an EV variant, though it remains to be seen whether the company will use the eCMP platform or base it on the 500e. Either way, we know Lancia is serious about selling the new Ypsilon and its electric counterpart in Europe and Britain as it plans to relaunch in Britain mid-decade. We should have more details about Lancia’s future in the coming months.
The new Ypsilon EV should be ready for Europe in the second half of 2024 and should be priced in the EUR 25,000-30,000 range.
Mitsubishi small electric car (2025)
At Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance’s digital conference in January 2022, there was a clear indication that a Mitsubishi electric vehicle was in the pipeline. Earlier, Werner Frey, MD, Mitsubishi Deutschland, said that two new cars using Renault’s platform were to follow. One of the two Renault-made models would be a hatchback, according to Auto Motor und Sport’s report from March 2021.
The Mitsubishi small electric car would be based on the CMF-BEV platform. The upcoming Renault 5 EV, the Alpine R5, the electric successor of the Nissan Micra and the Renault 4 are the first cars coming off the CMF-BEV, so it’s only logical for Mitsubishi to have its iteration of the hatchback using the Alliance’s shared platforms.
Production of the Mitsubishi EV may take place in France at one of Renault’s three factories. Its global debut may take place sometime in the second half of 2025.
Fiat Topolino quadricycle
After becoming Germany’s Opel Rocks-e, the French Citroen Ami will reportedly become Italy’s all-new Fiat Topolino. Stellantis plans to reuse the classic Fiat car’s name for a new electric quadricycle, as per an Automotive News report. The overall design could be the same, with Fiat designers tinkering with parts that are easy to develop and produce, like bumpers, lights, wheels, etc. As a Fiat, it should look stylish, though the design is not the biggest consideration of this segment. A truly distinctive feature of the Topolino EV could be a version with a canvas roof to live up to the classic Topolino’s name.
The Fiat Topolino Electric could come with a 5.5 kWh battery pack that provides a range of just under 50 miles and a 6 kW (8 hp) motor with a top speed of 28 mph. Charging the battery pack from a standard electrical socket could take just 3 hours. Expect a launch announcement in H2 2022.
Featured Image: Render of the 2024 Nissan Micra Electric.