It’s official. The new era of the all-electric car is upon us.
Electric vehicles technically first appeared in the mid-19th century, but as you might imagine, they really couldn’t get you very far. So they quickly fell to the internal combustion engine.
Fast-forward to present day and without a doubt, there is a huge shift back to EVs. Technology is obviously much better and automakers are working tirelessly to make longer-lasting batteries with more range. It’s also getting somewhat cheaper to build electric vehicles and, importantly, car buyers are actually getting interested in zero-emission vehicles.
So with all this in mind, let’s get up to speed on EVs with your handy 2016 Car Pro Electric Vehicle Guide.
*Note: MSRP prices do not include federal tax credits.*
Current EV Models
- 2016 Nissan Leaf: $30,000+ /107-mile range
- 2016 Ford Focus Electric: $29,170 / 76-mile range
- 2016 Kia Soul EV: $31,950 / 93-mile range
- 2016 Chevy Spark EV: $25,995 / 82-mile range
- 2016 Volkswagen e-Golf: $28,995 / 83-mile range
- 2016 Mercedes-Benz B250e: $41,450/ 87-mile range
- 2016 BMW i3: $42,400 / 81-mile range
- 2016 Tesla Model X: $85,000+ / 237-250-mile range
- 2016 Tesla Model S: $70,000+ / 240+ range
- 2017 Chevrolet Bolt: $37,500 / 200+ range
- 2017 BMW i3: $44,595 / 114-mile range
Future EV Models
- Late 2016: 2017 Chevy Bolt / 200-mile range
- 2017 VW e-Golf / 124-mile range
- 2017 BMW i3 / 114-mile range
- 2017 Ford Focus Electric / 100-mile range
- 2017 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive
- 2017 (or later) – Honda Clarity EV
- 2017 (or later) – Tesla Model S / 215-mile range
- 2018 – Next-generation Nissan Leaf / 200-mile range
- 2018 – Audi’s first EV
- 2019 – Volvo’s first EV
- 2019 (or later) – Ford EV / 200-mile range
- 2019 – VW EV / 300-mile+ range
- 2020 – BMW Electric Crossover
- 2020 – Porsche Mission E / 300-mile+ range
- 2020 – Hyundai EV/ 250-mile range
- 2020 – Mercedes-Benz EV / 310-mile range
Charging times vary widely depending on the vehicle and electric outlet. While a Level 2 AC charging system, which some automakers recommend for home use, typically provides a charge in 4-8 hours, there are other options that charge much faster or considerably slower. For more info check out this Stanford Vehicle Charging Station Guide. DC Charging provides the fastest charging in as little as 30 minutes or less. The longest charging times occur with a Level 1 AC, which takes well over 8 hours.
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