The Next Wave of Electric Vehicles: Page 3 of 4


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Many EVs are a power-train option on a car with other available configurations. The BMW i3 comes with two battery-pack capacity choices and an onboard gasoline-engine charging option.
New high-power chargers are able to put more energy, and miles, into cars faster than ever.
Chevy Bolt Range: 238 miles Size: Compact Starting price: $37,495
Chevy Bolt interior
Hyundai Ioniq Range: 124 miles Size: Compact Starting price: $29,50
Hyundai Ioniq interior
VW e-Golf Range: 124 miles Size: Compact Starting price: $29,800 (earlier model)
VW e-Golf interior
BMW i3 Range: 114 miles Size: Subcompact Starting price: $42,400
BMW i3 interior
Nissan Leaf Range: 107 miles Size: Compact Starting price: $30,680
Nissan Leaf interior
Tesla Model S Range: 259–351 miles Size: Large sedan Starting price: $69,500
Tesla charging stations
Tesla Model 3
Audi E-Tron Quattro
Next-Generation Nissan Leaf

More of the Electric Vehicle Pack

BMW i3

Like competing models, BMW also boosted the range of its EV in 2017 from 81 to 114 miles. The i3 is still pricey at $42,400 before incentives. The aerodynamic, lightweight electric Beemer has a cool factor, although detractors say its exterior is too quirky for a BMW. The interior is undeniably gorgeous.

Nissan Leaf

The Nissan Leaf is one of the most popular EVs—and for good reasons. It’s well-equipped, has room for five adults, and can travel up to 107 miles on a charge. Some may not appreciate the Leaf’s gizmo aesthetic, but the electric power train combines zippy acceleration and zero-emissions driving. The base-level Nissan LEAF S starts at $30,680 before the $7,500 tax incentive. Many Nissan dealerships entice new buyers with rock-bottom monthly lease deals.

Tesla Model S

While Tesla lowered the price on the 75 kWh model that yields 249 miles on a charge, it’s still spendy at $69,500. But what you get is remarkable: a big, fast, luxury sedan with more powerful batteries in a unique high-power configuration, self-driving features, and over-the-air software updates. The Model S comes with free access to a network of the company’s quick-charging Superchargers.

Comments (5)

Marc Fontana's picture

Thanks for including the Energy efficiency for the EVs in the table on page 39. The Hyundai Ionia EV is the most efficient on the list and the most affordable of that group . I was surprised that the Chevrolet Bolt with its 900 lb battery is more energy efficient than the Nissan Leaf which has a lighter battery at 550 lbs. They must have found a way to compensate for it.

ericvfx's picture

Also check out Tesla's used car page ( CEO Musk does not like the term "Pre-Owned"). Great warranties and prices in the $30k range for the luxury Model S

sdcoffeeroaster's picture

Yes EV are great but beware of high insurance costs. I bought my leav 6 months ago and the insurance just went up by 140%! Changing deductibles did not help much and this EV now costs more to insure than both of my other cars combined. I was shocked and don't know if I can afford to keep the Leaf now.

Marc Fontana's picture

What EV do you drive ? As the owner of a 2011 Nissan LEAF, I've found rates for insuring the Nissan LEAF comparable in costs to similarly sized ICE vehicles. The article mentions discounts for insuring EVs. If anything, I would expect lower rates for EVs given most have reduced range and probably fewer accidents .'s picture

Very interesting. Thanks for this information. I had no idea.

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