Should you need more evidence that electric vehicles are becoming more and more mainstream one only needs to look at the just-released list of EVs that are most affordable to insure. The list, compiled by Mercury Insurance, depicts in no uncertain terms that low-cost EVs are proliferating. Meanwhile, Tesla Motors, a longtime leader in EV sales is nowhere to be seen on the list.

Although this is a roster that Tesla would probably like to be on, the reason for its models' absence is simple: they are too expensive. While many manufacturers are mining the lower reaches of the EV market — and garnering zero-emission credits rather than profits — Tesla Motors’ models have become a strong force in the luxury-vehicle market. This might be good for the brand’s margins, but it also keeps it off the most-affordable-to-insure list.

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