The Most Efficient Electric Vehicles

Which Electric Vehicles Use the Least Electricity?


When it comes to cars with an internal combustion engine, drivers all around the world use such parameters as miles per gallon (or liters per 100 kilometers in other countries) to measure fuel efficiency. What about electric vehicles? What method is used to define their efficiency on the road?

Range is not the only indicator that you should pay attention to when choosing an electric car. This vehicle type also has a unique efficiency index. It’s commonly defined as the amount of electricity in kilowatt-hours (kWh) consumed for a defined range, usually 100 miles or 100 kilometers. It is worth mentioning that electric vehicle operating costs are linked with its efficiency index. We at Salvagebid will use the mentioned parameter to list the most economical electric cars in our article.

Nissan Leaf

Nissan Leaf

The second generation of the Nissan Leaf debuted in 2017. The novelty received the e+ modification with a 62-kWh battery, which allows the Japanese electric car to drive 240 miles (ca. 386 km) on a single charge. Speaking of the mentioned configuration, its efficiency reaches 32 kWh/100 miles. The power of the Leaf electric motor has increased to 150 hp in the new configuration.

Depending on the current supply, on average, it takes 8 to 16 hours to charge the battery. And at special public stations, it will take only 40 minutes to reach 80% of a battery’s capacity. In addition, the Leaf can itself power the local small electrical grid of, for example, a house. Based on the aforementioned, the Nissan Leaf of the second generation is a perfect choice if you are looking for an electricity-efficient vehicle. Take a look at the Nissan Leaf vehicles Salvagebid can offer you at its online car auctions.

Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3

The automotive experts recognized this EV configuration as the most efficient one in 2022, with only 25 kWh of energy used per 100 miles. Model 3 is considered the budget version of Tesla compared to others. At the same time, prices for this version will be set at a range of $45,000 this year in the US. according to the KBB web resource.

The most long-range Model 3 configuration is equipped with a 75-kWh battery and one electric motor located on the rear axle. The unit produces 287 hp. The Model 3 accelerates from a standstill to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds, and its maximum speed reaches 140 mph (ca. 225 km/h). We at Salvagebid also have the Tesla Model 3 in our inventory, so you are free to bid on it and bring it home effortlessly.

Hyundai Kona Electric

Hyundai Kona

The Kona Electric configuration is equipped with an electric motor that produces 135 hp. The unit is powered by a battery with a capacity of about 40 kWh, and its range reaches 190 miles (ca. 306 km). If we speak about the Kona’s efficiency, its 2019 version consumes only 27 kWh/100 miles, which is near the iconic Tesla Model 3 index.

From the 100-kW charger, the Kona electric battery can raise its capacity up to 80% in 50 minutes. At the same time, it will take up to 10 hours to fully charge from a household power grid. To have this great EV at your home, register and bid on some Hyundai Kona auction lots presented at Salvagebid.

Some drivers also highlight high-quality interactive software and dashboard systems. The electric car is equipped with a digital instrument panel. In addition, the multimedia system supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

BMW i3

BMW i3

The i3 vehicle configuration is the first mass-produced electric car in the BMW model range that was launched in 2013. It has an installed battery with a capacity of 42.2 kWh. This allows the car to travel more than 190 miles (ca. 306 km) on a single charge. The i3 is driven by an electric motor with a capacity of 170 hp. By the way, it accelerates to 60 mph in 7.3 seconds. Speaking of the car’s efficiency, it reaches 30 kWh/100 miles, which is among the most economical EVs.

The BMW i3 can be charged up to 80% from a household socket in 15 hours. When using a more powerful wall charger, the charging time will be reduced to 3 hours. If you want to get a small, powerful, and efficient electric vehicle for city driving with high maneuverability, we at Salvagebid have something to offer. Take a look at the BMW i3 vehicles available at our online car auctions.

Hyundai Ioniq Electric

Hyundai Ioniq

The car is equipped with a battery that has a capacity of about 40 kWh. This allows the Ioniq vehicle to travel about 180 miles (ca. 290 km) on a single charge. Interestingly, the Hyundai manufacturer reached Tesla EV efficiency, and for the 2021 Ioniq version, it reaches 25 kWh/100 miles.

Charging to 80% capacity with the help of a 100-kW terminal takes only 50 minutes. The performance of the power plant is 135 hp, which is quite a good parameter for an electric vehicle. By the way, Salvagebid also has some hybrid and fully electric Hyundai Ioniq auction lots to bid on!

Interactive and modern software solutions also deserve motorists’ attention. The new Blue Link system allows you to remotely start and stop the engine or adjust the climate system through a smartphone application.

Summing Up

When choosing an electric vehicle, take a close look at its parameters, particularly the efficiency index revealed through the amount of kWh consumed by the car at a certain range of miles or kilometers. With the help of Salvagebid, you have an opportunity to outline some electric automobiles that use the least electricity while driving and save money if you are interested in such a mode of transport.

If you consider buying an electric vehicle, there is no smarter solution than to take part in online car auctions at Salvagebid and win one. We invite you to register on our website and start bidding. If you face any questions or difficulties, our team is at your disposal! Call: +1 (360) 347-1300 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Pacific Time) Monday through Friday, or email

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