The Next Wave of Electric Vehicles: Page 4 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

EVs On the Horizon

Tesla Model 3

Tesla said it would begin production of the Model 3 in July 2017 and ramp up to producing 5,000 cars by the end the year. The company’s goal is to reach production of 500,000 Model 3s a year by the end of 2018. The price tag is not yet final, but will likely be about $35,000 before incentives. That’s remarkable for a vehicle with all the styles and high-tech features of a Tesla and a range greater than 200 miles per charge. The base-level Tesla Model 3 will come standard with a rear-mounted single motor, capable of launching the car from a standstill to 60 miles per hour in about six seconds. A $1,000 deposit will add you to the list of buyers waiting for their Model 3s to roll off the assembly line.

Audi E-Tron Quattro

VW promises the Audi Q6 E-Tron Quattro, a 300-mile-range pure electric SUV, by 2019. The E-Tron Quattro concept, unveiled at the 2015 Frankfurt motor show, uses three electric motors—one driving the front axle and two more on the rear axle. It will be exceptionally powerful at about 500 hp, but the bigger advantage is the use of torque control to actively distribute power between the wheels for maximum stability. All this in a luxurious crossover sport utility vehicle. The anticipated price will likely be in the six digits.

Next-Generation Nissan Leaf

Nissan is working to extend the Leaf’s range for 2018, but CEO Hiroto Saikawa didn’t say how much battery capacity would be added. The company promised that by 2020, an unspecified Nissan electric vehicle will push the limits of EV range to 300 miles in an affordable car.

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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