The Ford Focus Electric is one of the most unloved models in North America right now, and its lonely existence translates into big savings for thrifty shoppers willing to make do with a less-capable EV. Ford cut $6,000 from the car’s price in 2015, and sales continued to fall despite a $4,000 price reduction the year before. You can also lease one right now for littleÂ more than a smile and a handshake.
Electric cars remain a difficult sell, especially considering there is always something better right around the corner, but leasing them is exceptionally popular â€”Â comprising roughlyÂ three-quarters of the EV market. It makes sense when lease-rate comparisons typically work out to EVs being more affordable than a similarly priced internal combustion vehicle.Â
Eligible for theÂ $7,500 federal tax credit and $2,500 clean vehicle rebate in California, leftover 2016 Focus Electrics can beÂ leased at $119 a month over a 36-month term with onlyÂ $669 down. According toÂ CarsDirect,Â this month saw an impressive swell of discounts up to $15,000. The resultingÂ $50 per month drop and $1,330 less due at signing makes this the cheapest EV on market.
In fact, it’s the cheapest lease deal CarsDirectÂ could find among 420 vehicles of all types.
Also unbelievably low is its 76 mile range. The 2016 Focus Electric is a technological dinosaur and, despite being slightly more fun to drive, it hasn’t aged any better than the 2016 Nissan’s Leaf. Nissan’s venerable EVÂ can be scooped up forÂ $199 a month andÂ $1,999 down, or a littleÂ less if you remind dealers that it’s now the older uglier model with a tepid 84 mile range. (For 2017, Ford has bumped up the EV’s range to an even 100 miles.)
TheÂ 2016 Kia Soul EV is also priced slightly below dirt this month. California-specific EV models are set at $169 for 39 months after the buyer puts down $999.
Because federal, state, and local incentives are rolled into the price of a lease, along with any discounts applied by the manufacturer or dealer, a $30,000 dollar EV can be priced below aÂ $16,000 gas burner.Â So, if you are in the market to lease and don’t need to grind through a lot of miles during your daily commute, electrics can be among the more affordable options â€” especially if you live on the West Coast.[Image: Ford Motor Co.]