Everyone knows electric vehicles are better for the environment because they don’t emit carbon emissions, but there are other reasons to switch to electric. Electric cars are cheaper to maintain than gas-powered vehicles, and several organizations offer tax credits in an effort to make them more affordable. With sticker price parity coming in 2021, it’s time to start thinking about how you’ll charge your car (and what that means for your neighborhood). Let’s take a look at some of the best electric vehicles on the market today.
1. Tesla Model 3
The Tesla Model 3 was announced back in March 2016, but deliveries didn’t begin until late 2017. It has an estimated range of 220 miles per charge (EPA estimate), 7,000 superchargers globally, and a low center of gravity. With the superchargers, Tesla owners can expect to travel long distances easily. Tesla is known for its high performance electric cars, and the Model 3 lives up to the name. Expect to pay around $35,000 for this car after tax credits are applied.
2. Hyundai Ioniq Electric
The Hyundai Ioniq Electric offers 124 miles of range on a single charge, which makes it one of the best electric vehicles available right now. It does 0-60 mph in less than nine seconds, so this isn’t your grandma’s electric vehicle either. The interior has all modern conveniences you would expect from a luxury brand with ample headroom and legroom. This automobile manufacturer is working hard to bring electric vehicles to the market at an affordable price, so look out for more exciting models in the future.
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3. Nissan Leaf
The Nissan Leaf is considered one of the best electric cars on the market, with 126 miles of range per charge. It also has a low center of gravity, which makes for great handling on curves. The 2018 model features new front and rear styling that gives it a smoother look while maintaining its sporty driving dynamics (there are 16-inch alloy wheels). You can expect approximately 150 miles on a single charge, which is significantly more than other EVs on this list. This isn’t your average economy car either; you’ll get airbags, automatic emergency braking, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, navigation, and heated front seats.
4. Chevrolet Bolt EV
The Chevrolet Bolt was named GreenCar of the Year at the Los Angeles Auto Show, due to its 238 mile range per charge. It also has an EPA estimated efficiency of 119 mpge (miles per gallon gasoline equivalent). Most electric cars can go about 200 miles on a single charge , so this is one of the best electric vehicles available right now because it offers significantly more mileage than other EVs. The Bolt features a 10.2-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. There’s also 4G LTE Wi-Fi for up to 7 devices. You won’t find these high-tech features in any other electric vehicle on this list!
5. Smart Fortwo Electric Drive
The Smart Fortwo Electric Drive features a 71 horsepower electric motor, which enables 0-60 acceleration of less than 10 seconds. It has an estimated range of just 78 miles on a single charge, but it is one of the smallest electric vehicles available right now. Despite its size, it offers modern amenities including Bluetooth connectivity and USB ports for MP3 players. This convertible is fun to drive with great handling due to its low center of gravity. The best part? You can park practically anywhere because this car is only 8 feet long (it’s the perfect fit for the city).