Electric cars are thriving in Portugal and, despite the rising cost of living crisis, sales in the first four months of the year grew by 118.6%, compared to the same period in 2022, with 10,405 units registered, according to data from the Association of Portugal (ACAP).
The rapid rise in sales of this type of car is closely related to the appearance of new models, and even new products, and a significant drop in prices compared to offering a year or two ago. In any case, it is still not within the reach of any Portuguese person to buy this type of car. More and more people believe that electric cars are the future of automotive technology, in a world that is beginning to realize the need to invest in sustainable mobility. However, it is not all benefits. See the advantages and disadvantages of trams, as well as a list of the cheapest prices in Portugal.
1- Respecting the environment Electric vehicles are well known for not releasing greenhouse gases and pollution into the atmosphere. They are cars that do not need any kind of fuel to work, as it is enough to charge the battery.
2- Reduction of noise It is rare to say that noise pollution is one of the biggest problems of cities. But, in this case, the electric car is less noisy than gasoline or diesel, which is an added advantage for those who are more aware of the quality of life in big cities.
3- Cheap maintenance Compared to traditional fuel cars, electric cars are cheaper to maintain, since, with less complicated mechanics, they suffer less damage. When comparing them to the cost of use, electric cars are also more profitable than petrol or diesel cars. Consumption is very low, around 1 euro per 100 km, a big difference compared to the increase in the price of natural fuel.
4 – More efficiency, lower consumption and big savings The main advantages that make the electric car the best alternative on the market today are its reliability (its simple engine prevents serious damage), its low consumption (it is more profitable in the payment tax. in daily driving) and its advantageous position in relation to current environmental policies.
1- Less freedom It is, perhaps, the biggest disadvantage of this type of car in relation to hybrids and combustion ones. Despite being greatly improved, the battery of electric vehicles can only cover a certain number of kilometers – from 150 to almost 600 kilometers, depending on the vehicle. Furthermore, the car needs time to charge the battery, so it cannot be used immediately like petrol or diesel cars.
2- The network of charging stations It is one of the biggest problems facing consumers, as Portugal is one of the countries with few charging stations in the European Union, although this is a rapidly changing situation. Payment points are usually located at service stations or in certain places, such as supermarkets or shopping centers, but even so, they are sometimes difficult to find.
3- Less control when driving an electric car, for speed fans and used to drive with gears, it is not very interesting. But the cranking speed is higher in most electric cars than in conventional engines. But you shouldn’t abuse it because the battery life decreases a lot.
4- The high price of batteries Although this type of vehicle is characterized by its high performance and reliability, one of the problems of electric vehicles is that batteries are very expensive items. In the event of a breakdown, be prepared to pay thousands of euros. Batteries last on average between 7 and 10 years, so it’s a cost to consider.
5- They also pollute Although it is true that they are cars that pollute the least, by giving zero, the electricity they use, and as a result the production of the river, is polluting. Still, electric cars will never reach the level of pollution of cars with a combustion engine, but they are still not 100% ecological.
1- Dacia Spring // 20,400 euros (170 km range)
When Dacia first announced the Spring Electric as a concept in March last year, it claimed it would be the cheapest all-electric car in Europe. And it lives up to that promise, because prices start at 20,400 euros. Spring is electric but his performances are not enthusiastic. It combines a 27.4 kWh battery with a 44 horsepower electric motor. Yes, only 44 horsepower for a range of 170 km. Is it enough for a cheap city car? Yes, because its top speed is 125 km/h and it takes 19.1 seconds to go from 0 to 100 km/h.
2- Smart Fortwo EQ Passion // 23,845 euros (130 km range)
The best way to enjoy an electric car is in the city. The best car in town has to be small. So if you think so, the best choice is the Smart Fortwo. When Mercedes and Swatch teamed up to make these two chairs 25 years ago, they already had an electric version in mind, but at the time, batteries weren’t the same. However, there were electric versions of all three generations of the Fortwo, making it the first electric car to be sold in Europe. As for its performance, there is no doubt that it provides an elegant and smooth urban car. Its 82 horsepower engine is more than enough for a 17.2kWh battery. But since it is small, Smart can last for a long time with less power. The WLTP range is 130 km. It may not sound like much, but it is enough for daily driving in the city and charging once.
3- Renault Twingo // 27,019 euros (130 km range)
The Twingo ZE uses a 22kWh battery, offering more than 130 km of range. A real tram for the city, quieter and with a faster initial speed, but it still needs 13 seconds to go from 0 to 100Km/h.
4- Fiat 500e // 29,996 euros (190 km range)
The 500e is small, but if you don’t need space it could be your only car. This is because it has the freedom and ability to drive in the city and on the highway. With an elegant design and recognizable because it is similar to its combustion engine siblings, the Fiat 500e does not want to be different. But with an electric car, no one asks “what does it do?”, but “how far does it go?”. The 500e comes with a 24 or 42kWh battery, both supplied by Samsung and mounted in the chassis. It is enough to reach 190 km, which is good if it is a second car that does not go too far from home.
5- MG MG4 // 31,969 euros (350 km range)
In fact, it is the first electric car with autonomy that can be seen and at a very competitive price. MG4 is based on MSP (Modular Scalable Platform) from Chinese parent company SAIC and is already sold in China, where it is called Mulan. The size is practically identical to the Volkswagen ID.3. In terms of design it may not be jaw-dropping, but we are quickly reminded of the Nissan Leaf and or even the Kia EV6. It takes more than half an hour to charge from 10% to 80%, above the competition. In addition to the ID.3, it competes with Peugeot e-208 and Opel Corsa-e brothers, as well as Renault Zoe, or maybe Megane E-Tech Electric, Mini Electric, Honda e, Nissan Leaf in small. part of an electric car. The MG4 found a niche among the group and made the most of it.
6- Opel Corsa e Edition // 34,869 euros (285 km range)
Since PSA bought Opel from GM in 2016, the brand has changed for the better. In terms of electric cars, this Opel Corsa e has the same base and engine as the Peugeot e-208, but about 1500 euros cheaper. Compared to the Opel Mokka-e, a compact crossover, the difference is already equal to almost 5500 euros. Together, the three share an electric motor with a power of 136 horses. In the Corsa, the autonomy in the WLTP cycle starts at 285 km.
7- MG ZS Confort // 34,969 euros (270 km range)
The MG ZS has a battery that offers a range of 270 km, room for the family, loads of equipment and a seven-year warranty. It is one of the cheapest on the market, but the MG MG4 offers more freedom. Is it good? It is a modified version of the MG ZS petrol car. Which means the ratio is a little odd, but the face of the electric version and its front end and the loss of the grille is a little pointless. Inside, the response is more positive with an updated main navigation screen, connectivity and power consumption information. Not the best, but better than most Japanese, French or German brands.
8- Renault Zoe Equilibre // 35,150 euros (300 km range)
It is the leader in terms of electric vehicles and the most successful in terms of sales in Portugal and Europe. This new Renault Zoe has a better interior, more driver assistance systems, a more powerful engine and a longer range for less money. If that’s enough to convince you about newer, better contenders like the Peugeot e-208 it’s up to you. Even Renault itself is about to launch a rival, or perhaps a replacement, called the Regen 5. No matter what the future holds for the Zoe, its place as a forerunner is already assured.
9- Used Peugeot e-208 // 36,064 euros (285 km range)
The electric version of the 208 is a mature and well-rounded car, but it has some flaws. For example, it doesn’t have a lot of space and it’s not the best electric city car to drive, like the Mini Electric or the more expensive Honda e Advance. Rival Renault Zoe has more freedom than Peugeot, but is less spacious. This is the electric version of the 208 and is very similar to the combustion engine versions. That is, it looks like a regular 208 because it really is a regular 208. Performance, space, and even running costs are exactly the same because the 208 was designed to feature electric propulsion from the start.
10- Renault Mégane E-tech // 36,750 euros (300 km range)
Launched this year, Renault is making its electric debut in the compact family car segment. It comes with a price tag compared to the competition, such as the Citroën ë-C4, Cupra Born, Kia e-Niro and Volkswagen ID.3, all of which are more expensive. Agile on the road, coping with curves and obstacles, and with an attractive design, it stands out for its technological equipment. Pleasant, the interior is well equipped and shows careful construction. Described as the first example of the “new generation 2.0” of electric vehicles by Renault, the new Mégane E-Tech comes with two different engines, with 130 hp (96 kW) and 218 hp (160 kW), as well as two batteries. specifications: 40 kWh and 60 kWh.
If your budget is still bigger than these suggestions, check out the positions up to position 20:
11- MG MG5 Confort // 36,770 euros (260 km range)
12- Nissan Leaf Acenta // 37,401 euros (235 km range)
13- Jeep Avenger Longitude // 37,745 euros (400 km range)
14- Mini Cooper SE // 37,995 euros (185 km range)
15- Tesla Model 3 // 39,990 euros (634 km range)
16- Mazda Mx-30 // 40,014 euros (170 km range)
17- Citroen e-C4 impression // 40,179 euros (range of 360 km)
18- Opel Mokka-e // 40,660 euros (255 km range)
19- Honda and Advance // 41,660 euros (170 km range)
20- Peugeot 2008-e Allure // 41,913 (range 255 km)