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Photo: Nissan North America, Inc. › 1 of 15 › These Are the Best All-Electric Cars on the Market The selection of all-electric vehicles is growing quickly, as more automakers are releasing competing models (or compliance cars). Not only are there more cars to choose from, but range is growing and prices are dropping. Keep in mind that when you purchase an electric car, you still get the $7,500 federal tax credit – at least for now. This slideshow offers an exhaustive list of all-electric vehicles (EVs) currently available in the U.S. Also mentioned are some upcoming models, as well as exciting updates for the 2017 model year. Click through to learn about the best electric cars. Read the 2016 Nissan Leaf Full Review See 2016 Nissan Leaf Photos See Compact Cars Rankings
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These Are the Best All-Electric Cars on the Market The selection of all-electric vehicles is growing quickly, as more automakers are releasing competing models (or compliance cars). Not only are there more cars to choose from, but range is growing and prices are dropping. Keep in mind that when you purchase an electric car, you still get the $7,500 federal tax credit – at least for now. This slideshow offers an exhaustive list of all-electric vehicles (EVs) currently available in the U.S. Also mentioned are some upcoming models, as well as exciting updates for the 2017 model year. Click through to learn about the best electric cars. Read the 2016 Nissan Leaf Full Review See 2016 Nissan Leaf Photos See Compact Cars Rankings
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The BMW i3 is BMW’s first 100% electric car built electric from the ground up — and it’s still one of the only electric cars on the market built electric from the ground up. It is part of BMW’s “born electric” i series and its price puts it somewhat in the middle of the more popular Nissan Leaf and Tesla Model S. Despite looking a bit bulky, the BMW i3 is the lightest electric car on the market thanks to its carbon fiber body. It’s super fun drive — one of my favorites. Compared to BMW’s overall sales, the i3 is selling pretty well, making it clear that BMW is one of the auto-manufacturing pioneers in the electric vehicle space. Read my first BMW i3 review here and/or my second review & comparison with the LEAF & Volt here and/or my comparison with the Tesla Model S here.
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Couldn’t Electric Cars Cause a Power Blackout? Theoretically, yes, if enough of them were charged during peak times in one local area. We’re a long way from that in terms of electric-car penetration, and smart grid technology is improving management of the grid. Plus, the risk is mitigated by the fact that most people will prefer to do most of their charging at night, when demand on the power grid is much lower. According to calculations by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Labs, the country has enough excess capacity to charge at least 150 million electric cars at off-peak times, without building a single additional power plant. Many utilities are committed to building more charging infrastructure to meet the demand from electric cars, which they see as expanding their market and possibly providing grid storage through the electric vehicle batteries.
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The Fiat 500e has gotten great reviews. However, the head of Fiat apparently hates electric cars and is only producing the 500e in extremely limited quantities for a couple of states (basically, because Fiat has to do so in order to sell cars in California). Hopefully this cute electric car will someday be available to a broader market, and with a significant range boost, but that seems unlikely. With its relatively low price, good reviews, and cool styling, the Fiat 500e could give some of the top-selling electric cars on the market a run for their market if Fiat actually tried — what a shame. Its 84 mile range is a bit behind the times now but Fiat is still moving cars via super-low lease deals in California. Read my full review of the Fiat 500e.
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What Does the Future Look Like for Electric Cars? Growing consumer demand, and zero-emission vehicle targets in California and other states (as well as global targets), will push automakers to produce increasing numbers of electric cars during the next decade. While battery costs still command a price premium for plug-ins, larger-scale adoption is bringing down costs. Breakthroughs in battery technology could drive even lower prices and wider adoption. Also, more public charging options are planned to make charging more accessible. EVs will slowly expand from being novel second cars in a household to serving as primary-use cars, and a wider variety of types of EVs (including SUVs and sports cars) are likely to broaden their appeal.
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Pure Electric vs. Plug-In Hybrid Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles can operate on electric power for about 10-20 miles. On longer trips, plug-ins transition to gasoline/electric hybrid mode to extend their range, allowing them to drive as far as a regular hybrid, with the ability to quickly refuel at a gas station. Plug-in hybrids have unique appeal for drivers who travel mostly short distances and can therefore benefit from operating on electricity, while providing what amounts to the unlimited range potential of a gasoline engine. For example, Chevrolet Volt drivers spend most of their time in electric mode thanks to its 50-mile electric range. Research from the Idaho National Laboratory has shown that Volt owners average three-quarters of their mileage powered by just electricity.
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The smart electric drive is nearly the cheapest electric car on the US market … if you don’t own or lease it for very long. However, note that there’s an $80/month battery rental. Within about 6 years, the smart electric drive is about the same price as a 5-seat and much more plush Nissan LEAF. In my personal opinion, the smart electric drive is a hard sell — unless you really want a tiny car and/or only want it for 2 to 3 years. Read my review of the smart electric drive here or read the review of an owner who sold his Camaro for the smart electric drive.
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Theoretically, yes, if enough of them were charged during peak times in one local area. We’re a long way from that in terms of electric-car penetration, and smart grid technology is improving management of the grid. Plus, the risk is mitigated by the fact that most people will prefer to do most of their charging at night, when demand on the power grid is much lower. According to calculations by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Labs, the country has enough excess capacity to charge at least 150 million electric cars at off-peak times, without building a single additional power plant. Many utilities are committed to building more charging infrastructure to meet the demand from electric cars, which they see as expanding their market and possibly providing grid storage through the electric vehicle batteries.
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Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles can operate on electric power for about 10-20 miles. On longer trips, plug-ins transition to gasoline/electric hybrid mode to extend their range, allowing them to drive as far as a regular hybrid, with the ability to quickly refuel at a gas station. Plug-in hybrids have unique appeal for drivers who travel mostly short distances and can therefore benefit from operating on electricity, while providing what amounts to the unlimited range potential of a gasoline engine. For example, Chevrolet Volt drivers spend most of their time in electric mode thanks to its 50-mile electric range. Research from the Idaho National Laboratory has shown that Volt owners average three-quarters of their mileage powered by just electricity.
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full review photos news Smart Electric Drive Electric Vehicle Coupe 68 miles (pure electric) $25,000 The latest version of tiny two-seat city car is a vast improvement over Smart’s previous all-electric versions. Measuring just over 106 inches from tip to tail, and a shade under 62 inches tall and wide, the Smart ForTwo Electric Drive is small enough to occupy the smallest of spaces. And it’s the only EV available with a convertible top.
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Once a high-tech novelty, electric cars are becoming increasingly common. In fact, several models from mainstream brands have now been sold for years. But many consumers have limited exposure to electric vehicles (commonly known as EVs) and may have many questions about whether an electric car might fit into their lives. This guide is a basic primer that can help you determine whether going electric is the right move.
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What Are They Like to Drive? We’ve found most electric cars deliver instant power from a stop, and they are both smooth and quiet when underway. The driving experience is quite different from a traditional gasoline-fueled car, as EVs feel like they glide effortlessly. Most electric vehicles we’ve tested ride comfortably. Despite their heavy batteries, they typically handle well due to the low placement of the heavy battery and lack of a heavy engine above the front axle. These dynamic characteristics are among the reasons that the Chevrolet Volt and Tesla Model S top Consumer Reports’ charts for owner satisfaction, based on our latest annual survey. Some EVs have complicated, fussy controls and compromised space inside. Others are simple and straightforward. Like all cars, EV driving experience varies, making it important to look beyond merely the appeal of running on electric power to read our full road tests and conduct your own test drive before buying. Check out our full EV ratings.

Published on Jul 6, 2017 | Under Car | By michael ellis
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