Once upon a time, electric vehicles were thought of as little more than golf carts trundling along the greens. These days, the electric vehicle has taken on a new sheen. With very sexy models on the market, courtesy of Mercedes-Benz and BMW, and lightning fast specs, like that of the Tesla, today’s electric vehicles are truly re-imagined. These cars are driving us into the future faster and smarter. At least, that’s the fanfare surrounding electric vehicles, or EVs. Still, many buyers are still paralyzed by range anxiety—the fear that they’ll be left stranded before they can drive to a charging point. To quell the fears, here’s a list of the best EVs, according to range.
1. Tesla Model S: 265 miles
The Tesla Model S is way ahead of the competition and offers the world the most impressive electric vehicles. This revolutionary machine offers excellent range, which varies depending on the model. The P85 model delivers a solid 265 miles between charges. This premium car carries a hefty price tag, around $91,000. Much higher than the other EVs on the list, but you get what you pay for. Tesla boasts features like a massive 17 inch mounted touch screen, heated seats, alloy wheels, a rearview camera and more.
2. Kia Soul EVA: 93 miles
If you’ve always thought of Kia as a low budget option, this EV might change your mind. At $34,000, which can be lowered to about $25,000 with tax incentives, this car offers a dependable blend of practicality, economy and quality performance. Its superior range combined with a sturdy body, makes it a good choice for families.
3. Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive: 87 miles
Now that Mercedes has rolled out its own very good looking EV, image-conscious consumers are realizing that EVs can be just as stylish as they are environmentally-friendly. This EV is powerful enough to hit 60 mph in 6.8 seconds. At $42,000, this car is a great buy and enables drivers to enjoy one of the most attractive, luxurious EVs on the market.
4. Fiat 500e: 87 miles
The Fiat 500e offers a mix of charming European style and a solid range of 87 miles on a full charge. A long list of features includes automatic navigation, keyless entry and climate control. Priced around $32,000, it’s affordable. Bonus points for style, the Fiat is rather cute in appearance, and offers excellent value for money when you apply your tax credits to knock a few grand off the purchase.
5. Nissan Leaf EV: 84 miles
Nissan’s electric vehicles are some of the most popular on the market, and they continue to lead the pack with attractive cars and reliable customer service. The Nissan Leaf EV delivers a respectable 84 miles on a full charge. A 6.6-kW onboard charger gives the vehicle a full recharge in a very swift four hours. At less than $29,000 this five-seater is a real steal, and is easily one of the most practical, value-for-money buys on the electric vehicle market. While not as sexy as some of its counterparts, the Nissan Leaf EV delivers, and doesn’t look bad doing it.
The market has swelled and consumers have swooned as electric vehicles are becoming more attractive than ever because they offer better range than ever. As new models are released, innovations in other industries are hurrying to keep up. New methods in shipping technology, safety and more, are being dreamed and designed in a race to meet the demands of EV production and consumer demand.