Electric cars are increasingly arriving in Brazilian garages and there is no forecast of this trend slowing down. Even with the return of Import Tax for vehicles of this type in the country from this yearautomakers continue to position their models in increasingly attractive price ranges, so that they do not lose space in this heated market.
An example is the BYD Dolphin Mini, which will be launched in the coming weeks at prices between R$100,000 and R$120,000 according to the most recent investigation. Autosport. And this continues to fuel demand for the segment. But, after all, what are the most affordable electric cars in Brazil today? That’s what we’ll see next:
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Until the arrival of Dolphin Mini, The cheapest tram in Brazil is also the smallest. Just 3.2 meters long, the Caoa Chery iCar It’s practical for urban use, but adults in the back row may not be able to accommodate their legs comfortably. Despite this, it has items such as a panoramic roof and induction cell phone charger.
Its agility when picking up speed is another positive point, thanks to its 995 kg total weight and part of the body made of polymer plastic. The electric motor delivers 61 hp of power and 15.3 kgfm of torque. The numbers seem low, but as the iCar is light, it drives quickly. According to the Brazilian Vehicle Labeling Program (PBEV), it has a range of 197 km.
O Renault Kwid E-Techelectrical configuration of the subcompact, It comes equipped like the top-of-the-line version of the conventional model. It has a slightly lower range than the Caoa Chery (185 km, according to Inmetro), but it is competent for urban use. It has 65 hp of power and 11.5 kgfm of torque, which takes its 977 kg very well – 18 kg less than the iCar.
Interesting is how, behind the wheel, the Kwid E-Tech has very similar characteristics compared to the combustion model. The suspension works in a similar way and the driving position has the same ergonomics, but it doesn’t have the vibration of the three-cylinder combustion engine of the standard model.
It wasn’t just the iCar and Kwid E-Tech that had their prices reduced over time. The small JAC e-JS1 was the first of the electric subcompacts to arrive. Perhaps for this reason, it has the lowest official range on the list (161 km, according to the PBEV). In any case, it delivers power and torque figures equivalent to previous models: 62 hp and 15.3 kgfm.
As is typical of imported electric cars, the e-JS1 offers a cooler color palette, with different tones of exterior paint and interior finishes. It can be pink, yellow or cream, both on the console and on the upholstery. The multimedia center, in turn, has a blue interface with good visibility, but lacks Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
O BYD Dolphin It is the first model on the list to offer superior levels of space, finish, efficiency and technology. It was the first in its category to come with items such as front, side, rear and 360º cameras and sensors, autopilot, a 12.8-inch rotating multimedia center with connectivity for smartphones, among other equipment. Using the BYD App, all car data and controls can be checked remotely.
With the dimensions of a compact hatchback, the Dolphin features an electric engine with 95 hp and 18.4 kgfm in its cheapest version. With 44.9 kWh batteries, it goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 10.9 seconds, with a top speed of 160 km/h. According to the Inmetro labeling program, it has a range of 291 km (or 330 km in the Plus version, which has 204 hp and 31 kgfm, but costs R$179,800).
If Dolphin already has a different design, perhaps the Now 03 – your direct rival – manage to surpass in this regard. It has elliptical headlights, curved shapes, a voluminous hood at the ends, a rounded rear, a one-piece headlight, among other details. Even though it has 232 km of autonomy according to the PBEV, it has superior performance compared to the BYD. Its 171 hp and 25.5 kgfm take it to 100 km/h in 8.2 seconds.
Inside, the color possibilities are also countless, ranging from cream with brown, cream with red, cream with green, among other options. In front of the occupants, there are two integrated screens, one for the cluster and the other for the multimedia center. Each of them is 10.25 inches.
While the new 2008 does not arrive, Peugeot offers its electric variant, the e-2008, which already corresponds to the new generation of the SUV in terms of platform, equipment and refinement. Because the version sold in Brazil is the GT, it can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 9.9 seconds, thanks to its 136 hp of power and 26.5 kgfm of torque. This with a range of 234 km, according to Inmetro.
Inside, you can see that the look brings futuristic elements, thanks to the i-Cockpit panel with 3D cluster, which creates an immersive atmosphere for the occupants. Complementing the equipment list: adaptive cruise control (ACC), automatic emergency braking, high beam assistance, attention and fatigue alert, speed sign recognition, blind spot sensor, lane keeping alert and correction, 6 airbags and 10-inch multimedia.
The only Korean on the list is Hyundai Kona EV, an SUV that comes with even more autonomy than its Peugeot rival, despite charging a little more for it (at least as of the date of this publication). Its engine develops 136 hp of power and 40.3 kgfm of torque, with a range of 252 km according to Inmetro approval. And those who like a more futuristic personality will also have a great chance of liking the Hyundai electric car.
The equipment list includes full-LED headlights, Head-Up display and adaptive cruise control (ACC) with forward collision alert, lane departure and maintenance assistant, front and rear obstacle sensors, as well as seven airbags. For those who already know the Creta, the 10.25-inch multimedia center that equips the Kona will not be surprising, as it is the same.
Another Chinese company that arrived in Brazil recently is Seres, with the model 3 highlighted because it is the most affordable in your portfolio. Unlike its fellow countrymen BYD and GWM, the brand in question is represented in Brazil by a group of businessmen, but it is already successful in several countries, mainly due to the manufacturer’s partnership with Huawei, known for its smartphones.
According to Inmetro, its autonomy is not the greatest, at 206 km. However, the Seres 3 stands out for its good 163 hp and 30.6 kgfm of torque, capable of taking it from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.9 seconds. The list of equipment is pleasing, with stability, traction and speed controls on descents, hill start assistant, induction charger, tire pressure sensor, 10.25-inch multimedia center, digital instrument panel, 360º rear camera and panoramic sunroof.
The little one has always focused on a more refined part of the market, but the current one is the one that most combines characteristics of the original 500 – from the 50s and 60s – with the futurism typical of electric cars. Considering its size, the 227 km of autonomy (Inmetro) and the 118 hp with 22.4 kgfm leave nothing to be desired. For this reason and the fact that 500e Being the most technological “Cinquecento” of all, the Fiat is also among the most expensive in the brand’s history.
Among the main equipment are lane centering and parking assistant, adaptive cruise control, blind spot and parking assistant, rain, fatigue and pedestrian sensors, license plate reading, 360º cameras, among others. All of this guarantees safety for the car, which accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 9 seconds.
Another JAC showed up, but this time it’s an SUV. O E-JS4 is the successor to the iEV40, which was the first electric SUV sold in Brazil. This pioneering spirit of the brand represented by Sergio Habib allowed Chinese models to develop in some aspects. Perhaps the biggest one was the performance, as according to the manufacturer, it goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.5 seconds – therefore, it is one of the fastest on the list.
It also doesn’t disappoint in terms of autonomy, with a record of 256 km using Inmetro’s PBEV cycle. Its good power comes from its 55.1 kWh battery, as well as its 150 hp and 34.7 kgfm sent to the front wheels. It comes standard with 10.25-inch multimedia, six airbags, stability control, 360° camera, front and rear sensors, cruise control, panoramic roof, tire pressure monitoring, among others.
In September 2023, pre-sales of Volvo’s cheapest electric car and the entire premium segment began. Today, more than 2 thousand cars have been sold and are still offered in the brand’s configurator. The definitive launch will take place in the first half of the year, with 8,500 units expected to be sold in 2024 alone, according to the Swedish company’s executives.
The car’s attraction lies not only in the fact that it is from a premium brand (although manufactured by the Chinese Geely), but also in the numbers it boasts. Among them, 250 km of autonomy (Inmetro) and acceleration of up to 100 km/h in just 5.7 seconds from the base version, with 272 hp and 35 kgfm. Performance gets even better with higher versions. Needless to say, it comes well equipped, as it even comes with a driver’s face reader.
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