The 15 Lightest EVs on Sale Today
Where does the Mini rank in our list of the lightest EVs?
From the outside, electric cars look pretty similar to most other vehicles you see out on the road. Sure, they might have a few more angles and a bit more blue trim, but on the surface they mostly just look like regular cars. But peel back the layers, and they’re chock full of different tech that all adds up to make them pretty hefty.
For example, an electric F-150 truck weighs about 2,000 pounds more than its gas-powered sibling. But while all EVs are heavier than their combustion engine brethren, not all are the weight of 1,150 watermelons.
After rounding up some of the heaviest EVs on the market, we thought it was time to study the cars at the other end of the spectrum. So, here are the 15 lightest EVs on sale today.
15. Ford Mustang Mach-E Select
Weight: 4,394 pounds
Weighing as much as a Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, we’re kicking off our latest EV roundup with the lightest electric Mustang you can buy right now.
14. Subaru Solterra Premium
Weight: 4,365 pounds
Just a shade lighter than the Mustang Mach-E is the Subaru Solterra in its Premium trim. This all-electric SUV weighs about as much as 873 watermelons.
13. Nissan Ariya Engage
Weight: 4,323 pounds
Nissan’s latest EV is the battery-powered Ariya. In its entry-level Engage trim, this car actually weighs nearly five times as much as Nissan’s first car: the Datsun Type 11.
12. Volkswagen ID.4 Standard
Weight: 4,317 pounds
Volkswagen’s current EV offering in the U.S. just includes the ID.4. This electric SUV clocks in at 4,317 pounds, which is equivalent to 17,268 links of German currywurst.
11. Toyota bZ4X XLE
Weight: 4,266 pounds
The sibling to Subaru’s Solterra is the bZ4X from Toyota. In its XLE trim, the electric SUV clocks in at 4,266 pounds.
10. Hyundai Ioniq 6 SE
Weight: 4,222 pounds
Hyundai’s first entry on this list of light EVs is the Ioniq 6. In its SE spec, the electric sedan is still a portly 897 pounds heavier than its gas-powered sibling: the Hyundai Sonata.
9. Hyundai Ioniq 5 SE Standard Range
Weight: 3,968 pounds
Dropping below the 4,000 pound mark for the first time is the Hyundai Ioniq 5. This electric SUV weighs as much as 38,477 strawberry-flavored Pop Tarts.
8. Hyundai Kona Electric SE
Weight: 3,715 pounds
If you’re in the market for a cutesy EV that weighs about as much as two brown bears, then the Hyundai Kona Electric has you covered. This electric SUV clocks in at 3,715 pounds, which is roughly twice the weight of the average Kodiak brown bear.
7. Chevrolet Bolt EUV
Weight: 3,680 pounds
Chevrolet’s first entry in this list is its all-electric Bolt EUV. With its ample trunk space, the Bolt EUV weighs as much as 19,626 hamsters — a veritable horde of hamsters.
6. Mazda MX-30
Weight: 3,655 pounds
Higher up in our roundup than I was expecting is Mazda’s electric SUV: the MX-30. Despite its on-board battery, the MX-30 is just 500 pounds heavier than Mazda’s smallest gas-powered model: the Mazda3.
5. Tesla Model 3
Weight: 3,648 pounds
Tesla’s lightest offering is the all-electric Model 3. This diminutive electric hatchback weighs about ten times more than a newborn African elephant.
4. Chevrolet Bolt EV
Weight: 3,589 pounds
The fourth lightest EV you can buy right now is the Chevrolet Bolt, which GM sadly announced it was killing off just last week.
3. Nissan Leaf
Weight: 3,516 pounds
Taking the first step on this light weight podium is the 3,516-pound Nissan Leaf, which is the same weight as 7,489 avocados.
2. Mini Hardtop Cooper SE
Weight: 3,144 pounds
Mini’s latest attempt at an EV is the Cooper SE, which clocks in at 3,144 pounds – making it about as heavy as a male Giraffe.
1. Kia Niro EV
Weight: 3,071 pounds
The lightest EV you can buy in the U.S. today is the Kia Niro EV. This pokey little motor weighs a smidge over 3,000 pounds, making it about as heavy as the world’s largest book.
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