What was once viewed as science fiction not long ago is becoming a surging force in the automotive industry. Electric cars have been available for a few years now, and they’ve recently begun to explode in sales and are being offered in a wide range of prices. Here is a look at some of the best electric cars available for sale right now.
Tesla Model S
The Model S is the flagship model of electric-exclusive car manufacturer Tesla. With a maximum range of 351 miles at 65 mph, you won’t have to worry about running out of charge on your trip. It has a 0 to 60 time of a mere 2.5 seconds, which exceeds nearly everything on the market except for a few extremely high-performance vehicles. In addition, you can find such features as auto-pilot and the entertainingly named “Bio-Weapon Defense Mode”, which is a medical grade air filtration system that also maintains positive cabin pressure. More on the Model S and the rest of their range can be found at the tesla website.
Chevrolet Bolt EV
The Bolt EV is Chevrolet’s second electric vehicle on the market, and it received Motor Trend’s Car of the Year award for 2017. With its sleek design and quick charging capabilities, the Bolt EV is designed to be as user-friendly as possible. With almost 57 cubic feet of interior space, it has plenty of room for you and all of your friends.
The i3 is the car that you get when one of the world’s most esteemed luxury and performance manufacturers replaces that massive V8 with a 130-kilowatt electric motor. As a 5-door car with a 100-mile range, it was built with urban maneuverability and functionality in mind. They also offer the ability to have a small two-cylinder engine added into the mix to improve the range by 40 percent. Check out BMW's website to learn more about the i3 and the i8.
With a range of 107 miles and seating for five adults, Nissan enters the mix with its $30,000 Leaf. With the Leaf, Nissan has essentially created a smart phone with wheels with its easy wireless connectivity, rapid charging capability, and sleek design. This car is the perfect option for the young adult who is completely in tune with the modern technological world.
Ford Focus Electric
Continuing the trend in 5-seat electric vehicles is Ford with the Focus Electric. This is an all-in vehicle; everything comes standard, from voice-activated satellite navigation to a 9-speaker audio system and parking assist sensors. All of this comes with the styling of the wildly popular Focus at a more affordable price than most less-equipped luxury cars elsewhere.
Kia Soul EV
The Soul is Kia’s entry for a subcompact SUV, and the Soul EV is designed to offer the same utility without the fuel consumption. It offers all of the interior space you need while eliminating the need for those frequent stops at the gas station, along with that Korean touch that has made Kia so successful over the years.
Looking like something straight from science fiction with sleek panels and a sloping windshield, the i-MiEV is catching traction in the Western automotive markets. It has seating for five people and is still small enough to fit anywhere you need it to go. This vehicle has also been designed to be able to supply power to home appliances in the event of an emergency situation for a total time of around six hours on full charge.
Smart Fourtwo Electric Coupe
The Fourtwo is one of the smallest production cars on the market while still offering plenty of versatility for the modern urban environment. The electric coupe takes this one step further by removing its CO2 factory and replacing it with an electric motor while also giving it the ability to send you email and Twitter updates on its status. With a list price of $12,500 and eligibility to receive a $7,500 tax credit, this pinnacle of city utility is cheaper than many used vehicles.
The 500e provides you with a vehicle that produces no emissions, along with that wonderful design work for which Italian automotive companies have become famous. Even though it is a tiny car, it does not sacrifice safety. It features more airbags than many full-sized cars and comes standard with hill start assist, a pedestrian collision detection system, and electronic stability control. Its 83 kW motor and 24 kWh battery allows a range of 87 miles. For available colors and more information, the Fiat website can help.
Mercedes-Benz B Class
The B Class Electric Drive is what you get when you combine the world’s luxury vehicle champion with a powertrain provided by Tesla. The B Class is the first all-electric model produced by Mercedes with the same quality of German engineering responsible for the A Class and S Class models. Not only is the B Class fitted with many of the standard features you’d expect from Mercedes and other electric cars, but it also has unique options such as rain-sensing windshield wipers and auto-dimming mirrors. The 132 kw electric motor is good for 251 pound-feet of torque and will take you from 0 to 60 mph in 7.9 seconds with a range of 87 miles.
The VW e-Golf is the first all-electric Volkswagen available in the US, offering you the style and functionality of a standard Golf without the engine noise and emissions. With driver safety aids such as front collision sensors, parking assistance, and braking assistance, this car will keep you secure as you pass all of those gas stations on your way to your destination. This 4-door hatchback allows for plenty of room for five adults and accompanying cargo with an electric motor capable of an 83-mile range. [Marc Jordan]