I would think you could get a EV from a neighboring EU country. Converting a car can be "cheap" until you get batteries. Do some more reading on here and you will see. People do it by choice, not for cost. Just like any automotive build or customization. Check this build, A year ago he was still driving it.
2001 "REV4" - Build Thread
Formally introducing myself - I am an Electrical Engineer working in power systems (wind farms, HVDC links, machines etc...) and specializing in computer simulation. I also have a bit of auto-mechanic experience (I have owned a 1975 F250 4x4 Highboy since 1983). I have been a long time...