top electric cars

top electric cars

Top Electric Cars

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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Top Electric Cars

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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Top Electric Cars

Technically, the Chevrolet Volt is not purely an electric car; it blurs the line between electrics and plug-in hybrids. A fully-charged Volt goes 53 miles or so on battery power alone, and if the electric charge runs out before you can plug in, a gasoline engine fires up to produce power and keep the Volt going for another 300 miles or so. In a sense, it’s two cars in one: A pure electric for your weekday commute and a gas-electric hybrid for those long weekend getaways. Best yet, the Volt’s battery is large enough that it qualifies for the full $7,500 federal tax credit, which brings the price down significantly. The Volt’s interior is a bit cramped compared to some cars on this list, because it must make room for both a gasoline engine and a battery pack (the latter is a T-shaped affair that runs down the center of the car and bisects the back seat), but it’ll do nicely as a family car, provided the kids aren’t too tall.
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Top Electric Cars

Chevrolet Volt Technically, the Chevrolet Volt is not purely an electric car; it blurs the line between electrics and plug-in hybrids. A fully-charged Volt goes 53 miles or so on battery power alone, and if the electric charge runs out before you can plug in, a gasoline engine fires up to produce power and keep the Volt going for another 300 miles or so. In a sense, it’s two cars in one: A pure electric for your weekday commute and a gas-electric hybrid for those long weekend getaways. Best yet, the Volt’s battery is large enough that it qualifies for the full $7,500 federal tax credit, which brings the price down significantly. The Volt’s interior is a bit cramped compared to some cars on this list, because it must make room for both a gasoline engine and a battery pack (the latter is a T-shaped affair that runs down the center of the car and bisects the back seat), but it’ll do nicely as a family car, provided the kids aren’t too tall.
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Top Electric Cars

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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Top Electric Cars

full review photos news Ford Focus Electric Electric Vehicle Sedan 115 miles (pure electric) $29,200 The five-door hatchback provides about 100 miles of range. It offers many features that make it an enticing EV package, including an attractive design and zippy drive. The Focus Electric employs a 107-kilowatt (143 horsepower) motor, compared to the LEAF’s 110 horsepower motor.
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Top Electric Cars

full review photos news Hyundai Ioniq Electric Vehicle, Plug-in Hybrid Sedan 124 miles (pure electric) $29,500 Hyundai’s new aerodynamic compact hatch is offered as a pure electric car with a driving range of about 124 miles. It has more space, better efficiency and smarter electric features than the competition in its price range. The EV goes on sale in April 2017, followed by a plug-in hybrid before the end of the year.
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Top Electric Cars

full review photos news Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive Electric Vehicle Sedan 85 miles (pure electric) $42,400 This small Mercedes electric car directly competes with the BMW i3. Its powertrain is provided by Tesla Motors, but engineers turned it into a comfortable and relaxed commuter car. If driven with care, the well-appointed B-Class could offer around 100 miles of range from a battery pack capable of holding 31.5 kilowatt-hours of juice.
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full review photos news Chevrolet Spark EV Electric Vehicle Coupe 82 miles (pure electric) $26,000 The Spark EV is the all-electric version of Chevy’s five-door urban mini-car. The powerful motor, quick acceleration, and short wheelbase, make it an exhilarating drive. At an estimated 119 MPGe, it’s one of the most efficient electric car on sale today.
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Electric vehicles have come a long way. Back in the early days, consumers tended laugh at the worst EVs on the U.S. market. Once the prize-winning EVs by Tesla appeared, green cars were never the same. As of 2017, you can find Hyundai and BMW officially in the plug-in mix along with Nissan, Tesla, and Detroit. In other words, electric cars are a competitive affair across the globe.
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Rated at 119 MPGe, the Volkswagen e-Golf is among the most efficient cars on the U.S. market. Along with that strength, the electric Golf offers 125 miles of range on a full charge for the 2017 model year. While cars like the i3 and Nissan Leaf are dedicated electric vehicles, the e-Golf is built on the same platform as its gasoline counterpart and handles very much like a standard gas Golf on the road.
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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.
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The BMW i3 is about as different from other cars as can be. It’s not just the electric powertrain — the i3 features a carbon fiber-reinforced plastic body shell, wheels that look like pizza cutters, and an interior trimmed in a plant-based material called kenaf. Some people buy electric cars to save gas, and some buy them to make statements. Can you guess which customer this is for?
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full review photos news Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid Plug-in Hybrid Sedan 16 miles (electric + gasoline) $93,000 The Porsche Panamera S E-hybrid is luxury sports sedan first, and a plug-in hybrid second. The four-seater is powered by a 3.0-liter, V6 supercharged gasoline engine, paired with a 70-kilowatt electric motor. It provides about 22 miles of all-electric range and a top speed of 167 miles per hour.
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full review photos news Chevrolet Bolt Electric Vehicle Sedan 238 miles (pure electric) $37,500 With the Bolt, General Motors introduced the industry’s first affordable long-range electric car, rated to provide 238 miles on a single charge. It’s a milestone for the EV market. The Bolt is currently available only in California and Oregon but will roll out nationwide throughout 2017.
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full review photos news Kia Soul EV Electric Vehicle Sedan 93 miles (pure electric) $34,500 Hyundai-Kia arrived late to the EV party. But it appears that Kia made a careful study of the competition, and loaded its Soul EV with smart features for electric car drivers. For starters, it offers 93 miles of real-world range.
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full review photos news Tesla Model S Electric Vehicle Sedan 315 miles (pure electric) $71,000 The Tesla Model S is a bright vision of a practical and desirable all-electric sedan. Tesla set a big goal for itself: to deliver not just a great EV, but one of the world’s best luxury sedans. Mission accomplished.
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full review photos news Mitsubishi i-MiEV Electric Vehicle Sedan 62 miles (pure electric) $23,800 The Mitsubishi i-MiEV was once considered a front-runner in the race for a mass-market EV. The cute car claims a max speed of 80 mph and a range of about 75 miles. But with the i-MiEV’s small size and modest electric drivetrain, and limited production numbers, it has become more of an also-ran.
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full review photos news Audi A3 E-Tron Plug-in Hybrid Luxury 16 miles (electric + gasoline) $38,900 After years of developing all kinds of plug-in prototypes, Audi put one on sale in January 2016. The A3 Sportback platform has a compelling mix of attributes—elegant lines, high-quality materials and practicality. Combine that with a capable 1.4-liter turbocharged gas engine and an electric powertrain providing about 16 miles of electric driving. The result is a small and snazzy plug-in hybrid.

Published on Apr 23, 2017 | Under Car | By michael ellis
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