If you think electric vehicles are a new phenomenon, then you are mistaken. The history of electric cars goes back to the late 1800s. In fact, according to the American Census, electric cars outsold all other automobiles; electric vehicles were 29 percent of the 4,192 sold in the US. Though these electronic marvels were just battery powered carriages, but the concept of electric cars had been born. However, the electric vehicle wave died down by 1935 as combustion engine took over the automotive world.
The interest in electric cars revived again by 1970s due to concerns over pollution. Worldwide automakers started investing in technology, and BMW introduced its first car in 1972 summer Olympics. Many electric vehicles were brought forward during this time; however, the market was not yet ready for the concept.
Today, electric cars are getting attention again, and many automotive companies are jumping on the bandwagon. Global sales of electric vehicles will likely increase from 1.2 million in 2017 to 1.6 million in 2018 and 2 million in 2019. The reason behind the increase in sales is low cost due to innovation in batteries.
Here are some of the best electric vehicles that you can buy in 2018:
1. Tesla model 3
Built on Tesla’s third-generation platform, Model 3 is one of most anticipated electric cars. The four-door sedan is all set to give competition to the luxury segment that includes BMW 3 series. The car costs only $35,000, and you can save $7,500 in the form of tax credit. The base model has a 50kWh battery pack. It offers a 220 miles range and can achieve a speed of 60mph in only 5.6 seconds. The second option costs $44,000 and packs a 70kWh battery. With a range of 310 miles, it can go from 0 to 60 mph within 5.1 seconds. What makes model 3 different is that it has the latest battery pack, which is denser and has a new cooling system. Also, model 3 weighs 400 pounds less than model S, which means it would be faster.
Model 3 owners can charge from Superstations built for Model S and X. However, they will have to pay whenever they charge, but according to Tesla, it will cost “less than the price of filling up a comparable gas car.”
2. Chevrolet bolt
Spacious and stylish, Chevrolet bolt is an affordable electric car for the masses. The vehicle gives 238 miles on a single charge and comes with some super cool features such as a 10.2-inch interactive screen and built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi. Affordable cars such as the Nissan Leaf can come under $30,000. However, they require a recharge after every 80 miles. The best part about the bolt is that it gives high mileage and still costs less than $30,000 after tax credits.
Chevrolet bolt has a 266 pound of torque, which more than the torque of Nissan Leaf and BMW i3. However, unlike Tesla 3, Chevrolet bolt is a bit slow because it takes 6.1 seconds to go from 0 to 60 mph. As far as warranty is concerned, the Bolt comes with extra coverage for electric-powertrain components and two years of scheduled maintenance.
3. BMW i3
BMW i3 is a funky, luxurious and a unique electric car. The car comes with a standard 170-hp or 184-hp electric motor. The vehicle has a 114 mileage, but all models also have the option of the two-cylinder gas engine that increases the EPA range to 180 miles.
The good thing about BMW i3 EV is that it has a vast dealership network, which makes it readily available. Hence, BMW i3 is an excellent choice if you want luxury EV that is immediately available. Also, since it has a high mpg-e rating, it means you will spend less per mile as compared to other cars in this segment. The car costs $45,000 without factoring in tax credits.
4. Jaguar I-PACE
This all-electric SUV is a luxury that you will fall in love with instantly. With instant torque of 696 Nm and All Wheel Drive traction, it has a speed of a sports car and reaches 60mph within 4.5 seconds. It comes with a 90kWh high energy density battery. Moreover, it has a state-of-the-art thermal management system that can sustain long periods of maximum power. The car has two magnetic, electric motors that work in synch. This motor system is like the I‑TYPE Formula E racing car.
The most significant advantage of owning an I-PACE is that it comes with all the perks of a regular Jaguar. The battery comes with 8-year warranty, plus you will have access to extensive retailer network and trained technicians. Basic I-PACE will cost you $69,500.
5. Nissan Leaf
With a price tag of $30,875, Nissan Leaf is one of the most affordable EV with everyday usability. The car comes with a 40kWh battery that gives 151 miles range. A quick recharge of 30 minutes will provide you with 90 miles of range. A full recharge from a standard 120-volt wall outlet, however, takes around 35 hours.
A new Nissan Leaf comes with a 36month/60,000 miles primary coverage. The Electric Vehicle System 60-month/60,000 miles also includes other things such as reduction gear, onboard charger connector, and an inverter unit. For the first 36 months, you will also be eligible for the complimentary courtesy program, whereby the dealer will give you a complimentary car whenever a repair is needed.
If you are looking to sell your old car and switch to a new one, this is the best time to consider an EV since it is now in an affordable range. When we buy any car, we usually consider how it will benefit us. With an EV, however, you will not only help yourself but the environment as well. These are some of the options that you can consider. If you are looking for luxury, you can opt for i3 or The Bolt, and if you want something that does not put a dent in your pocket, then you can go for Nissan Leaf or Tesla.