Electric cars made their debut back in the 1800’s, but it took a couple centuries for the technology to reach a level where they would be appealing and available to the masses.
Throughout the world, there are currently more than 3.2 million electric vehicles on the roads, with 750,000 of those in the US.
Whether you already have an electric vehicle and are looking to upgrade, or you’re thinking of investing in your first EV, take a look at this list of the five best electric cars on the market.
The Nissan Leaf is the world’s best selling electric car. The first version hit the market in 2010, and since then Nissan has come a long way in terms of driving range and overall performance.
The 2018 Leaf is much quieter and more comfortable than previous models and comes equipped with intelligent mobility features. The Leaf’s e-Pedal allows drivers to break simply by easing their foot off the accelerator, and ProPilot Assist gives you semi-autonomous driving options to make life easier.
- 147-hp motor charged by a 40-kWh battery
- 150 miles per charge
- Cost – $29,900
Chevrolet Bolt EV
This completely electric subcompact hatchback was voted 2017’s North American Car of the Year.
The Chevy Bolt boasts one of the longest ranges on the market. With 238 miles per charge, this car isn’t just designed for city driving, but for trips out into the country as well. And don’t worry about long waiting lists, because this car is available for immediate purchase in all 50 states.
- 200-hp motor charged by a 60-kWh lithium-ion battery
- 238 miles per charge
- Cost – $37,495
Tesla Model 3
This stylish, all-electric luxury sedan is just plain fun to drive, and with a price tag that’s so much lower than most Teslas, you might just be able to afford it.
But what really sets this car apart is its advanced semi-autonomous features and future-proofing technology. So as EV technology continues to grow, the Model 3 can be reprogrammed to grow right along with it.
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There is a sizable wait list; even though Tesla has been churning out 1,000 Model 3’s per week, you’re still looking at a 12-18 month wait for delivery.
- 258-hp motor charged by a 75-kWh battery pack
- 220-mile range or 310 with long-range battery
- Cost – $35,000
Tesla Model S P100D
The Model S has been around the longest of any Tesla and is a step up from the Model 3, but with a price tag to match.
If you’re looking for a car that can really fly, but also produces zero emissions, then the Model S is the luxury vehicle for you. We’re talking 0 to 60 in 2.5 seconds, with a top speed of 155 mph. So hold onto your hats.
- Dual 588-hp motors powered by a 100-kWh lithium-ion battery
- 315-mile range
- Cost – $136,500
The i3 has a shorter range than most other highly rated EVs, but it also has a gasoline-powered range extender that will kick on at after 97 miles of all-electric driving for a total range of 180 miles.
What sets the i3 apart is its unique futuristic style and sporty handling. The interior of this luxury hybrid is lined with kenaf, a plant-based material made from a relative of the hibiscus.
- 170-hp electric motor powered by a 33-kWh lithium-ion battery
- 180-mile range
- Cost – $44,450
Best Electric Cars for the Future
It’s predicted that by 2040, there will be more than 300 million electric vehicles being used around the world.
These are our pick for the five best electric cars on the market right now, but that market is constantly changing.
So keep an eye on our blog to stay on top of what’s going on in the world of electric and sustainable technology.