So you have made up your mind: You are finished with gasoline. Whether you want to live greener, are tired of writing checks to Shell and BP, or can’t support a foreign policy predicated on oil deals, you have options on the table. They’re called electric vehicles, and they’re infinitely greener because the U.S. grid has gotten so clean, especially out West.
Unfortunately, the most attractive and breathtakingly fast electric car — the Tesla Model SP85D — will run you over six figures. Likewise, news that BMW and Mercedes-Benz got into the EV game was not heralded by car consumers on a budget. The emblems alone ensure a sticker price that exceeds $40,000.
Things changed in the past 12 months. Two new electric vehicles at reasonable prices hit the market, while a price drop on one old standby have put the current crop of EVs in most car buyers’ wheelhouses. Once you factor in the $7,500 federal rebate and state incentives (ranging from $2,500 to $6,000 around America), there are solid options available for less than $20,000.
Here are eight electric vehicles available to U.S. consumers that cost near (or far less than) $25,000 for a 2015 model-year edition. Note: Prices listed factor in the federal tax credit but not the (often substantial) state incentives. Please check your area’s latest laws for the real-world price.