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Published on February 16th, 2014 | by Zach

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Electric Cars 2017 — Prices, Efficiency, Range, Pics, More

February 16th, 2014 by
 

Wondering what electric cars are on the market or soon will be? Wonder no more. I’m going to run down all of them in the article below. I will also add a few key details and commentary for each one (including prices, efficiency, range, and # of seats when such information is available).

Furthermore, I’m doing something I don’t think I’ve seen anywhere else — I’m listing all of the electric cars that are available in the US and all of the electric cars that are available in Europe. In the case of electric cars available only in Europe, I’ve tried to find the prices in euros in key markets, in British pounds, and sometimes in other popular markets (like Norway).

The cars are listed from most affordable to most expensive — before the US federal tax credit for EVs. Note that 100% electrics come with higher tax credits, so can end up being cheaper than slightly cheaper (up front) plug-in hybrids. Also, tax credits are greater for plug-in hybrids with bigger batteries, so even within that category, cars can swap places after calculating the tax credit. (Also don’t forget that many other countries, US states, and even some cities and regions offer EV incentives of their own, some of which apply to all of the cars below, and some of which only apply to 100% electrics.)

Note that aside from the vehicles below, there are several electric car models about to hit the market (or seemingly about to hit the market), including the BMW 530e, Citröen e-Mehari, the Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid, the and of course the Tesla Model 3.

Table Key

Combined Fuel Economy # of Seats
Range on Electricity Type of EV
Price (& Price after US & UK Subsidies) Available Regions

Renault Twizy

Renault Twizy

2 seats
50 miles (80 km) 100% electric
€7,240 + battery rental (France) / £6,895 + battery rental Europe & sometimes US (on eBay)

The Renault Twizy is a cute and fun little two-seater that comes in at a super affordable price. With just two seats, it’s clearly not a “family car” — and there’s a decent claim that it’s not a car at all — but it is a ton of fun to drive and very adequate for most driving needs. I’d recommend it, but note that it doesn’t have real windows, so it’s perhaps not the best choice for places with crappy climates. Read my full Twizy review here.

Bolloré Bluecar

bollore-blue-car

4 seats
250 kilometers (155 miles) — European (warped) testing 100% electric
€12,000 + €80/mo battery (France) Europe

The Bolloré Bluecar is a low-priced and simple electric car produced and only really available in France. Though, it is also used in the Autolib’ electric carsharing program in Paris, the BlueIndy program in Indianapolis, and the new BlueCalifornia program in Los Angeles, so Bolloré is apparently quite open to fleet deals and, in particular, electric carsharing programs solely using its electric vehicles. It’s not going to thrill most people, but it will get you from A to B — and it’s actually quite snappy at that if its 0–60 MPH time is to be believed.

Mitsubishi i-MiEV

Masdar-City-Mitsubishi-i-electric-vehicles

112 MPGe 4 seats
62 miles (100 km) 100% electric
$22,995 ($15,495) US

The Mitsubishi i-MiEV (aka Mitsubishi i) is one of the most basic electric cars on the market, but also one of the cheapest. As you may have noticed, the Citröen C-Zero, Peugeot iOn, and Mitsubishi i-MiEV all have essentially the same design. That’s because they’re really the same car underneath the brand logos. None of them sell exceptionally well anywhere, but if you are looking for a bare-bones EV for a low price, the i-MiEV (or one of its identical twins) is your baby.

Citröen C-Zero

citroen c zero

 112 MPGe 4 seats
150 kilometers (93 miles) — European (warped) testing 100% electric
£16,995 (£12,495) Europe

The Citröen C-Zero is produced in France but, as noted above, it was developed in collaboration with Mitsubishi Motors Corporation. Again, it is a twin of the Peugeot iOn and Mitsubishi i-MiEV, basically just with a different brand attached. For whatever reason, I am not a fan of the Citröen logo and much prefer the Peugeot iOn. But really, it’s the same damn car!

Peugeot iOn

Peugeot_iOn

 112 MPGe 4 seats
150 kilometers (93 miles) — European (warped) testing 100% electric
€21,100 (after subsidies in France) / £17,495 (£12,995) Europe

One more time: The Peugeot iOn is essentially the same car as the Citröen C-Zero and Mitsubishi i-MiEV (above). Actually, doing a Google search for the Peugeot iOn’s price in the US, Google shows me the Mitsubishi i-MiEV and its price. (Smart, Google is!)

Smart ForTwo Electric Drive

smart electric drive

107 MPGe 2 seats
68 miles (109 km) 100% electric
$25,000, or $19,990 + $80/month battery rental ($17,500, or $12,490 + $80/month) US & Europe

The smart electric drive is nearly the cheapest electric car on the US market … if you don’t own or lease it for very long. However, note that there’s an $80/month battery rental. Within about 6 years, the smart electric drive is about the same price as a 5-seat and much more plush Nissan LEAF. In my personal opinion, the smart electric drive is a hard sell — unless you really want a tiny car and/or only want it for 2 to 3 years. Read my review of the smart electric drive here or read the review of an owner who sold his Camaro for the smart electric drive.

Renault Zoe

renault zoe charger

5 seats
140–400 kilometers (87–250 miles) 100% electric
£18,445 (£4,500) + £59+ per month for battery Europe

If I were on the market for a car, the Renault Zoe would certainly be in the running. It’s a good-looking, 100%-electric, super-affordable car with great reviews. Renault shocked the EV world at the end of September when it unveiled a long-range Zoe (a 400 kilometer NEDC rating and an admitted 300 kilometer real-world range). This basically made it the first long-range and affordable electric car in the world. The Zoe is routinely the #1 or #2 best-selling electric car in Europe — for several years now. Read my full review of the Renault Zoe here.

Volkswagen e-Golf

e golf

116 MPGe 5 seats
83 miles (134 km) 100% electric
$28,995 ($21,495) / £28,430 (£23,930) / €34,900 (€30,900) in Germany US & Europe

The Volkswagen e-Golf is VW’s second electric car (following closely behind the Volkswagen e-Up!). Clearly, it’s an electric version of VW’s extremely popular Golf model. The e-Golf has been one of the closest competitors to the world-leading Nissan LEAF, but it has been available in much more limited markets. Additionally, Volkswagen has been much slower to update the battery/range in order to compete with the updated LEAF — not to mention the fresh and exciting Chevy Bolt. A new version of the e-Golf with 124 miles of range is on the way, but it’s hard to see how that will compete now that the Bolt is on the market and the Tesla Model 3 is around the corner.

Nissan LEAF

Nissan Leafs Barcelona Spain

114 MPGe 5 seats
107 miles (172 km) 100% electric
$30,680 ($23,180) / £26,180 (£21,680) Worldwide

The Nissan LEAF is the highest-selling electric car in history. After test driving dozens of EVs myself, I have to say that the Nissan LEAF is one of my favorite models. It has great visibility, feel, comfort, space, flexibility, and acceleration (okay, 10.2 seconds isn’t spectacular, but it still feels great due to the instant torque). The 107-mile version was the top of the market for affordable electric cars until the Chevy Bolt (approx. twice the range) and updated Renault Zoe came along. Now it’s hard to say where the LEAF stands. Why buy a LEAF over a Bolt? It seems to be getting by on deep discounts and group buys. For a thorough look at the LEAF, check out our long-term Nissan Leaf review here.

Ford Focus Electric

Ford-Focus-Electric_03

118 MPGe 5 seats
115 miles (185 km) 100% electric
$29,120 ($21,620) US

The Ford Focus Electric is Ford’s only 100% electric car. The car compares in many regards to the top-selling Nissan LEAF, but it also has some disadvantages in terms of cargo space and EV design. The Focus Electric is more broadly available than many compliance cars, but it still isn’t as easy to find as a Nissan LEAF or BMW i3. As with the LEAF, though, it seems that Ford will have to drop prices a great deal to move Focus Electrics off the lot in the age of the Chevy Bolt. Read our in-depth review of the Focus Electric here.

Toyota Prius Prime

133 MPGe on battery; 54 MPG on gas 5 seats
25 miles (40 km) Plug-in Hybrid
$27,100 ($22,600) US

The Toyota Prius Prime is a second-gen version of the Toyota Prius Plug-in, which was either the 2nd- or 3rd-best-selling electric car worldwide in 2013. The Prius Prime’s modest 25 miles of all-electric range is a letdown in my book, but the interior space and strong Prius brand sure help to sell this animal. The price is quite attractive, and the fuel economy (MPGe) on electric power is superb. The Prius Prime has about half the range of the Volt, but it does seat 5 people a bit more comfortably … if you need that.

Ford C-Max Energi

2013 Ford C-MAX

95 MPGe on battery; 39 MPG on gas 5 seats
20 miles (32 km) Plug-in Hybrid
$27,120 ($23,113) US

One of two cars in Ford’s Energi (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) lineup, the Ford C-Max Energi has quite good specs for someone who doesn’t drive very far on most days but wants to take very long trips fairly regularly. It’s also good for larger families, as it seats up to 5 people. Despite seating 5, note that it is cheaper than the Chevy Volt … until you factor in the federal tax credit. Actually, the C-Max Energi is quite similar to the Prius Prime in many respects, and almost exactly the same price. I think choosing one over the other mostly comes down to aesthetic/brand preferences. Though, the Prius Prime is considerably more efficient as well.

Volkswagen e-Up!

VW e-Up!

5 seats
130 kilometers (81 miles) — European (warped) testing 100% electric
€26,900 (Germany)£25,280 (£20,780) Europe

The VW e-up! is an affordable, rather simple electric car but also has some unique braking flexibility and is an adequately comfortable and modern car. I prefer the Leaf, but I think plenty of people might prefer the e-Up! … especially if they are VW fans or want more control over their regenerative braking options. That said, the e-Up! electric range hasn’t been improving as the range of other models has, so it’s no surprise it’s having a hard time finding buyers while Zoe and Leaf sales have grown strong. Read my full VW e-Up! review here.

Fiat 500e

Fiat 500e

112 MPGe 4 seats
84 miles (135 km) 100% electric
$31,800 ($24,300) US

The Fiat 500e has gotten great reviews. However, the head of Fiat apparently hates electric cars and is only producing the 500e in extremely limited quantities for a couple of states (basically, because Fiat has to do so in order to sell cars in California). Hopefully this cute electric car will someday be available to a broader market, and with a significant range boost, but that seems unlikely. With its relatively low price, good reviews, and cool styling, the Fiat 500e could give some of the top-selling electric cars on the market a run for their market if Fiat actually tried — what a shame. Its 84 mile range is a bit behind the times now but Fiat is still moving cars via super-low lease deals in California. Read my full review of the Fiat 500e.

Kia Soul EV

105 MPGe 5 seats
93 miles (150 km) 100% electric
$31,950 ($24,450) / £29,995 / £25,495 US & Europe

The Kia Soul EV is a snazzy electric vehicle with a bit more space on the inside than the average car, and a clear youngster appeal. The Soul EV has sold okay in the markets where it’s available, but it isn’t widely available and the driving range hasn’t increased to respond to increasingly longer range from other electric models. Its overall sales in the US are pretty sad, and I don’t see them getting better unless the vehicle gets a big range boost or Kia starts offering deep discounts. You can check out our review of the Kia Soul EV here.

Ford Fusion Energi

ford fusion energi

97 MPGe 5 seats
22 miles (35 km) Plug-in Hybrid
$31,120 ($27,113) US

Quite similar to the Ford C-Max Energi but with a few more bells & whistles, the Ford Fusion Energi has done quite well since its introduction in February 2013. The Ford Fusion Energi certainly offers some competition to its sister, the C-Max Energi, as well as the Chevy Volt and Toyota Prius PHEV/Prime. Importantly, for some people, the Fusion Energi is larger than all three of these competitors. It has a bit less electric range than the Volt, but it has enough seats for five comfortable passengers. Lastly, I’d say the Fusion Energi it is quite the looker.

Chevy Volt

106 MPGe (battery); 43 MPG (gas) 5 seats
53 miles (85 km) Plug-in Hybrid
$33,220 ($25,720) US & Canada

The Chevy Volt is one of the most widely acclaimed electric cars on the market — well, one of the most widely acclaimed cars on the market period. It is the top-selling electric car in the US to date. Volt owners are known as Voltheads and were “the happiest drivers” in the US for two years running … before the Tesla Model S arrived (as per Consumer Reports owner satisfaction surveys). Check out my comparison review of the Chevy Volt, Nissan LEAF, and BMW i3.

Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid

99 MPGe 5 seats
27 miles (43 km) Plug-in Hybrid
$34,600 ($29,681) 9–9.5 seconds

The Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid is a fairly large and classy plug-in hybrid with moderate electric range. It’s basically another competitor to the Ford Energi models and the Chevy Volt. You can see our full review of the new-in-2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid here.

Hyundai IONIQ Electric

 136 MPGe 5 seats
110 miles (177 km) 100% electric
£28,995 (£24,495) Europe & soon US

The Hyundai IONIQ Electric is a pretty popular new electric offering from Hyundai that will also have a plug-in hybrid twin sibling and has a conventional hybrid twin sibling. The range is moderate — between initial fully electric offerings but quite far below the Chevy Bolt (aka Opel Ampera-E) and updated Renault Zoe. The IONIQ Electric seems to be selling okay in Europe. If it is widely offered in the US, it could have a good run there as well, but it really needs more range to compete with the Bolt or Tesla Model 3.

Chevy Bolt

 119 MPGe 5 seats
238 miles (383 km) 100% electric
$37,495 ($29,995) US

The Chevy Bolt is certainly a breakout fully electric model — the first “affordable” fully electric model in the US to have long range. It arrived on the market at the very end of 2016 and is expected to see strong sales in the US, and perhaps also in Europe when it is launched there as the Opel Ampera-E if GM tries to market and sell the thing. A fully autonomous version of the Bolt will be produced as well. It will initially be tested/used by Lyft drivers.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Mitsubishi Outlander Plug In Netherlands 5

5 seats
30 miles (48 km) — European (warped) testing Plug-in Hybrid
£31,749 (£29,249) / €39,990 (Netherlands) / 440,800 NOK Europe, Japan, & “soon” US

The Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in is a hot plug-in hybrid electric SUV/crossover that has been selling very well in its home country of Japan and European markets. It was initially supposed to make it to the US market in 2013, but due to manufacturing delays, the target is now 2017 … maybe. Despite just hitting the market in the second half of 2013, the Outlander PHEV was the 5th-best-selling electric car in the world in 2013. Furthermore, it arrived in Europe at the end of the year, and it ranked #3 there, only behind the Nissan Leaf & Renault Zoe. In 2014, the Outlander PHEV was the top-selling EV in Europe. It basically competes only with the Renault Zoe for the annual sales gold medal in Europe. See my full Outlander Plug-In Hybrid review here.

BMW 225xe iPerformance Active Tourer

5 seats
14 miles (23 km) Plug-In Hybrid
£31,875 (£29,375) Europe

The BMW 225xe iPerformance Active Tourer is a popular offering from BMW in Europe. This plug-in hybrid is routinely on the European best-seller list. It has a decent 0–60 mph acceleration of 6.7, plus the luxury and handling you’d expect from a sporty BMW. I’m yet to see one in person, let alone drive one, so I’ll have to wait until I get my hands on one to provide a more complete summary or review.

VW Golf GTE

VW Golf GTE charging

5 seats
17 miles (27 km) Plug-in Hybrid
£33,995 (£31,495) /€36,900 (Germany) Europe

The Volkswagen Golf GTE is a sporty plug-in electric car … that obviously comes with a price hike over VW’s other two offerings. The Golf GTE can go from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds on electricity or 7.6 seconds on gas, and the car has 210 horsepower. The Golf GTE’s top speed is 222 km/h. The European testing system gives the Golf GTE an average fuel economy of 175 mpg (74 km/l). The Golf GTE’s engine, electric motor, and transmission are actually — despite the very different outer package — the same as in the Audi A3 e-tron.

Audi A3 e-Tron

Audi A3 e-Tron

5 seats
17 miles (27 km) Plug-in Hybrid
$37,900 ($33,200) / £35,930 (£33,430) US & Europe

The Audi A3 e-Tron is another plug-in hybrid electric car with a bit of a sporty offering — well, as I said, it’s the same as the VW Golf GTE under the hood. The electric-only range is not spectacular, but it’s pretty much par for the course. The A3 e-Tron can go from 0 to 60 mph in a respectable 7.5 seconds. It has also landed a difficult 5 stars in Europe’s safety ratings. The A3 e-tron has a tough time competing with the Chevy Volt and Ford Energi models on value for the money, in my humble opinion, but some people clearly prefer the e-Tron’s looks and the Audi brand. As expected, the A3 e-tron is not widely available, which provides it with the “compliance car” label. You can read my review of the A3 e-tron here.

Mercedes-Benz B250e

2014-Mercedes-B-Class-Electric-Drive-2

84 MPGe 5 seats
84 miles (135 km) 100% electric
$39,900 ($32,400) / £32,670 (£28,170) / €39,151 (€35,151) in Germany US & Europe

The Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric (now called the B250e) has been an extremely close competitor to the BMW i3, and was the first offering from Mercedes in the EV department. It has a Tesla drivetrain at its core, and reviewers have been split between it and the BMW i3, with some preferring the i3 and some preferring the B-Class Electric. One of our top EV reporters has the B-Class Electric and reviewed it after 1 monthafter 1 year and sort of again after 2 years. Mercedes has always treated this like a compliance car and not many have been sold, but I imagine sales will drop even further with the Bolt now for sale, the i3 getting longer range, and the Tesla Model 3 coming soon.

BMW i3

124 MPGe 4 seats
81 miles (130 km) 100% electric or REx
$42,400 ($34,900) / £31,810 (£27,310) / €34,950 (€30,950) in Germany US & Europe

The BMW i3 is BMW’s first 100% electric car built electric from the ground up — and it’s still one of the only electric cars on the market built electric from the ground up. It is part of BMW’s “born electric” i series and its price puts it somewhat in the middle of the more popular Nissan Leaf and Tesla Model S. Despite looking a bit bulky, the BMW i3 is the lightest electric car on the market thanks to its carbon fiber body. It’s super fun drive — one of my favorites. Compared to BMW’s overall sales, the i3 is selling pretty well, making it clear that BMW is one of the auto-manufacturing pioneers in the electric vehicle space. Read my first BMW i3 review here and/or my second review & comparison with the LEAF & Volt here and/or my comparison with the Tesla Model S here.

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

84 MPGe 5 seats
33 miles (53 km) Plug-In Hybrid
$41,995 ($34,495) US

The  is the first plug-in hybrid — and first hybrid — minivan on the market. It is quite attractively priced for the minivan market and could be a huge hit. It’s strange that Fiat-Chrysler Automotive — whose CEO hates EVs — went and produced what could be one of the most competitive EVs on the market. Well, that’s if Chrysler really opens it up beyond a few compliance car regions.

BMW 330e

BMW 330e

72 MPGe 5 seats
14 miles (23 km) Plug-In Hybrid
$43,700 ($38,999) US & Europe

The BMW 330e is another fairly expensive offering from BMW. This one, though, is a plug-in hybrid rather than a fully electric car. It has exciting acceleration at 5.9 seconds to 60 mph, and I’m sure it includes the luxury and handling you’d expect from a typical BMW of this price. We are yet to get behind the wheel of a 330e, though, so stay tuned for a review once we do. Although, given that the electric range is pitiful, I’m not sure if I have enough interest to ever get behind the wheel anyway.

Volkswagen Passat GTE

5 seats
17 miles (27 km) Plug-In Hybrid
£36,525 ($34,005) / €45,250 (Germany) Europe

The Volkswagen Passat GTE is a very popular plug-in hybrid on the European market. Apparently, the mixture of class, space, performance, and electric driving pleasure are a good match for a large number of buyers. However, with minimal electric range and a sizable price boost, I’d say it just another compliance car from Mercedes. Hopefully the respected German auto giant moves beyond this compliance phase quickly.

Mercedes-Benz C350e

42 MPGe 5 seats
19 miles (35 km) Plug-In Hybrid
$45,490 (~$41,490) US & Europe

The Mercedes-Benz C350e is another fairly expensive offering from Mercedes very similar to the 330e. This plug-in hybrid has the same 0–60 mph time — 5.9 seconds — a city fuel economy of 45 MPGe and a highway fuel economy of 61 MPGe.

Volvo V60 PHEV

2014-v60-plugin-hybrid

5 seats
31 miles (50 km) — European (warped) testing Plug-in Hybrid
£38,105 (£35,605) Europe

The Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid is a diesel hybrid that has excited many an EV journalist and blogger. It’s a sweet plug-in hybrid with class and comfort. But, really, it’s more than that. From the British brochure for the Volvo V60 PHEV: “The Volvo V60 D6 AWD Plug-in Hybrid is like nothing you’ve ever experienced. It’s the world’s first and only luxury diesel hybrid that also runs on pure electricity. It’s a car born from Volvo’s vision of a sustainable future and increasingly efficient cars. And it’s a dream realised – a pioneering, engineering revolution that gives you three different ways to drive in one extraordinary car.” The car can go from 0–60 mph in under 6 seconds. NoModel S, but not bad for a practical and luxury vehicle.

Of course, it also comes with a hefty price in the European countries where it’s available. Be sure to check out the Fully Charged review of the Volvo V60 PHEV for more details.

BYD e6

byd-e6-eco

62 MPGe 5 seats
200 kilometers (122 miles) 100% electric
$52,000 Worldwide

The BYD e6 electric car is on the market globally, but it is only available to fleet buyers in most places (including the US and Europe). Outside of China (where it is manufactured), it seems to be that’s the only way it’s sold. The e6 was the 2nd-best-selling electric car in China in 2013, but it has dropped a great deal since then.

BMW X5 xDrive40e

BMW X5 iPerformance

56 MPGe 5 seats
14 miles (23 km) Plug-in Hybrid
$63,095 ($58,427) US & Europe

The BMW X5 xDrive40e was one of the first plug-in SUVs to hit the US market, arriving in early 2016. For an SUV, its 0–60 time of 6.5 seconds is pretty awesome. Surely, the X5 also offers luxury and high-tech features that help pull in $55,000–75,000 for the vehicle. The X5 iPerformance also learns your driving habits and teaches you how to drive more efficiently. And it can avoid crashes that some drivers would fail to escape from. However, it’s no Model X … which makes the model a really tough buy for someone looking in the luxury, high-performance, high-priced SUV category. I haven’t gotten into an X5 iPerformance yet, but I can say with confidence I’d choose a Model X over it, especially with the X5 xDrive40e only having 14 miles of electric range — pitiful. However, even after the tax credits, the Model X is nearly $20,000 more, so I guess that depends on one’s price sensitivity to some degree. (Just note that you can save a lot of money on fuel with the Model X that could make up for the extra upfront cost.)

Mercedes-Benz GLE550e

43 MPGe / 21 MPG 5 seats
12 miles (19 km) Plug-In Hybrid
$66,300 ($62,215) US & Europe

The Mercedes-Benz GLE550e is a pretty stunning small SUV that has a superb 0–60 mph time of 5.3 seconds. However, it is pretty lame as far as EV driving goes since it only has 12 meager miles of electric range. Together, that basically means less fuel economy (43 MPGe on electricity and 21 MPG on gas) than a Toyota Prius — which is shameful for a plug-in vehicle.

Volvo XC90 T8

Volvo XC90 T8

5–7 seats
14 miles (23 km) Plug-in Hybrid
$67,800 ($63,215) US & Europe

The Volvo XC90 T8 is yet another plug-in hybrid electric SUV that hit the US market in 2016. With a bit more seating space and a quicker 0–60 time, the XC90 T8 also costs a bit more than the BMW X5 xDrive40e. It looks like a beautiful luxurious SUV on the inside and the outside, but yet again, if the money is available, I can’t see choosing this over a Tesla Model X. However, if Volvo wants to give me one for a week to test out, I can see if my opinion changes. 🙂

Tesla Model S

98–104 MPGe 5+2 seats
210 miles (338 km) | 218 miles (351 km) | 249 (401) | 259 (417) | 294 (473) | 315 (507) 100% awesome
$68,000 ($60,500) / £58,900 (£54,400) / €69,019 in Germany Worldwide

The Tesla Model S is widely regarded as not just the best electric car on the market but the best mass-produced car of any type in all of history (see here, here, here, here, and here for just a few examples). So, for many people, if they can afford a $60,000–$120,000 car, the Model S is as good as it gets.

This car has flipped the electric car and overall auto world on its head in many respects. It is a top-selling luxury/premium-class car — well, the top-selling luxury/premium-class car in the US. It has robbed Mercedes and BMW of loyal buyers quicker than the roadrunner can dart away from a certain coyote.

Audi Q7 e-Tron

5 seats
Plug-in Hybrid
£64,950 (£60,950) US & Europe

The Audi Q7 e-Tron is another high-end plug-in SUV. This offering from Audi offers a mix of luxury, performance (0–60 mph in 5.9 seconds), and electric driving pleasure — perhaps not best in any one of those but a decent compromise with the Audi packaging that many people love. I can’t imagine choosing this over a Tesla Model X, but I guess some do prefer it.

Tesla Model X

Tesla Model X Don & Max

86–92 MPGe 5–7 seats
237–289 miles (381–465 km) 100% awesome
$88,800 ($81,300) / £82,000 (£77,500) / €102,500 in Germany Worldwide

Tesla’s 3rd model is the ridiculously cool and highly desired Model X, an SUV with similar performance and specs as the Model S. In fact, despite being a large SUV, the Model X is one of the quickest production cars in history. It’s not quite as quick as the Model S, but it’s definitely more comfy and luxurious, imho. As Elon Musk has said, the choice between the Model X and Model S is really just whether or not you want an SUV/crossover or a sedan.

The Model X is special for combining excellent performance, great utility, and hot styling. Not many vehicles can do that. Its signature feature? Its falcon-wing doors, of course — love ’em or hate ’em. I honestly think this is the best passenger vehicle on the planet, but YMMV. You can read my review of the Model X here and Kyle Field’s review of the Model X here.

Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid

Porsche Cayenne S E Hybrid

47 MPGe 5 seats
14 miles (23 km) Plug-in Hybrid
$78,700 ($73,364) US & Europe

Following the successful Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid (see below), Porsche launched the Cayenne S E-Hybrid at the end of 2014. The Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid can go from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.4 seconds, and has a top speed of 151 mph. I think “wicked” is the word for that. The plug-in model sells quite well relative to the normal Cayenne, but that doesn’t compare to Model X sales.

BMW 740e

72 MPGe 5 seats
14 miles (23 km) Plug-In Hybrid
$90,095 ($85,427) US & Europe

The BMW 740e is another high-end (super high-end) offering from BMW. This plug-in hybrid again comes across as a compliance offering, but it does has an exciting acceleration to 60 mph in ~5 seconds and more luxury than a prince needs. Of course, the price tells you as much, and it’s hard to understand choosing this model over a Tesla, from my perspective.

Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid

Porsche Panamera S E Hybrid

50 MPGe 4 seats
22 miles (35 km) Plug-in Hybrid
$93,200 ($88,428) US & Europe

The Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid is a plug-in hybrid electric sports car that is everything you’d expect — awesome. It can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in ~5 seconds. The Panamera S E-Hybrid sometimes accounts for nearly 10% of all Panamera sales. It’s a ton of fun to drive, but still a bit hard to justify for the price compared to other high-performance EVs on the market. The place where it has them beat, though, is in luxury (imho). You can read my review of the Panamera S E-Hybrid here and my comparison of the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid, Tesla Model S 70D, Tesla Model S P85D, BMW i8, BMW i3, and Cadillac ELR here.

Mercedes S550e

Mercedes S550e plug-in hybrid

58 MPGe 5 seats
14 miles (35 km) Plug-in Hybrid
$95,650 ($91,607) US & Europe

Oh, what was that — the above prices weren’t high enough for you? Well, I’m yet to set foot in a Mercedes-Benz S550e, but I’m guessing it has a bit of luxury and snaz as well … because the price is way up there. Despite being a luxury sedan, the S550e still has great acceleration, getting to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds. We haven’t yet reviewed this model, so I think Mercedes should drop one off at more doorstep sometime.

BMW i8

BMW i8 doors up

76 MPGe 4 seats
15 miles (24 km) Plug-in Hybrid
$135,700 ($131,907) US & Europe

The BMW i8 is BMW’s second i-series car. It’s one of the most expensive cars on the market — actually, the most expensive on the mass market today. It comes with a ton of style and great acceleration (0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds only trails the Tesla Model S P85D’s 3.2 seconds amongst electric cars). It’s hard not to covet this beauty. While it has amazing power and is a lot of fun to drive, it is again hard to justify such a high price with other high-performance cars like the Model S much cheaper, but if you’re chasing style, this may well be top dog. You can read my review of the BMW i8 here and my comparison of the BMW i8, BMW i3, Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid, Tesla Model S 70D, Tesla Model S P85D, and Cadillac ELR here.

Rimac Concept_One (Limited)

rimac racecar

I don’t know if this one counts, so it’s not counted in the “20” in the title. The Rimac Concept_One is certainly no everyman’s car. It is an electric supercar out of Croatia that costs a fortune … as in, $1 million. Needless to say, most of us will be lucky to even see one of these, let alone touch one, let alone ride in one, let alone own one. Still, it’s a beauty worth mentioning. The Rimac Concept_One can reportedly go from 0 to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds and has a horsepower of 1,088 — yep, that’s a “supercar” … even though the top-line Model S is now quicker. Rimac Automobili is a Croatian company, and it’s unclear if it’ll ever grow up enough to produce >100 cars, but the Concept_One will go down in history either way.


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  • Chris_in_Raleigh

    Nice, but you’ve just got to link to the video that goes with that Chevy Spark picture – coolest ad yet. 🙂

    • Ha, yes, I’m just going to put the ad in there instead. Was initially just planning to use pics, but that ad is the best. 😀

      • Pari

        Hi Zachary,
        I would like to know do you have any information about prices and characteristics of commercial EVs specially in Europe? and also some data regarding different kind of commercial EVs and Diesel vehicles? This could help me in my research…Thanks!

  • Aas

    Isn’t Zoe a “battery not included” car? What does the battery lease cost?

  • Diego Matter

    Zachary, it would be nice to have a table with the same specs for every car on the right for every car, and also the range in km and fuel efficiency in l/100km.

    Thanks for the effort.

    • Great idea. On my list for the weekend (as well as looking into that Zoe price issue…)

      • Alexis Boom

        You can get a Zoe for as little as £13000 before incentives and part exchange in the UK or for as much as £31000 if you want every option.

      • OnlyMe999

        the £14k renault zoe (after govt rebate) is without owning the battery, you have to pay £250/month or something. The car is £18k (after govt rebate) if you want to own the battery. A 2015 model is launching in a few months time with 8% better range due to they have integrated many components into the electric motor instead of having multiple seperate components. The motor is mostly air cooled instead of liquid cooled too. The car is lighter as a result, i think i read around 20kg or something.

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  • MB

    Zachary, great work!

    Is the Tesla Model X for $60,000? (I thought it was supposed to be much more expensive than Model S and most likely above 100,000)

  • This is a very helpful list.

  • Miloslav

    you forgot about calibri electric car http://www.innovative-mobility.com/en/

  • Oggy385

    That is a really nice list. But you still forgot the most powerful and widest range electric car up to date….Rimac Concept One. Please update this 1000hp and 600km(350Miles) range car. It is a beauty 🙂

    • Aas

      There is more to update. Mia has bankrupted. Ampera is discontinued. So is the RAV-4.

      • Yeah, they’ll be dropped for the upcoming 2015 list.

    • I’d love to include it, but it’s not on the market yet.

  • guest

    Renault Zoe is available only with a monthly battery rent fee as any other Renault electric vehicles. a rip off in my opinion. so far the only ones reasonable offers seems the Tesla and the Spark.

    • That explains some things.

      As far as 100% electrics go, I’d put the Model S, i3, and LEAF at the top.

    • Alexis Boom

      As an owner I can tell you that the battery rental includes battery replacement, upgrades, and recovery.

      For the price and fast charge capability with range I can say that in the UK and Europe at least it’s the best cheap pure EV

      • Thanks. I haven’t driven it yet, but have to say that if I were in the market, I think I’d go for it, the LEAF, or the BMW i3.

        • Alexis Boom

          I did some calculations that might help people who want to save money:
          Renault Zoe 2013 battery – £153 / mile range
          Zoe theoretical 2016 battery – £100 / mile range
          Nissan Leaf – £275 / mile range
          Nissan e-NV200 combi – £213 / mile range
          BMW i3 – £333 / mile range
          Tesla S 60 used – £150 / mile range
          Tesla S 85D used – £259 / mile range

          Hth

          • Awesome! Thanks.

          • Sparafucile

            I see you folks composing “cleantechnica” are so proud of your own innumeracy, that you cannot withstand any challenge to it.

            You should see what kind of discussion is going on about you on the Disqus (corporate) forums. It seems that, unless you change your ways rather quickly, you’ll be the flagship for a new Disqus feature, that allows readers to see how often you ban commenters, and read their deleted comments…

          • Alexis Boom

            Sure but why did you bury that comment in a sub sub comment thread?

          • Sparafucile

            Take a wild guess.

          • Im Official

            I think the Cheapest EV in the world would be the Mahindra Reva for just USD9270!!
            Maybe include that in the list!!
            🙂

  • RBG

    Hi, We’re looking for a European supplier of solar golf carts and shuttle buses, for a botanic garden. Can anyone help?

    Thanks in advance!

  • Corneliu Botez

    I make a video with pictures of pure electric cars.It is not a top.Please share this video.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVT1HcRqee0

    • Aas

      A video of pictures is a crap. But video of text is a NONSENSE!
      Ever heard of presentation? Impress? Powerpoint? Prezi? Anything?

      • Corneliu Botez

        I am so sorry.I put a wrong link. I want to write the link of next video;i said in the first comment that the video is not a top,not a presentation or impresions,prices,nothing; just random pictures of pure electric cars. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bv04seJv_MQ
        Also I have a small colection af images with tesla model s in the next link : http://tmpe.ro/tesla-model-s/ The site is in roumanian .

        Please forgive me for my mistake.An administrator please delete the video from first comment.I try to edit but didn’t work.Sorry for this inconvenience.Forgive me :(((

  • Corneliu Botez

    In this list is missing the best EV at the moment : Rimac Concept One . Please add it.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qodSfhk360

  • Pamuk Prenses

    You can add Etox’s electric range to your list. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGAVoFcKEbg#t=40

  • jstack6

    The Bollore BlueCar is now in Indianapolis Indiana as a local rent car share vehicle. I hope they expand and come to Phoenix soon. They have a 160 mile range. Only Tesla can go further.

    4 seats

    250 kilometers (155 miles)
    100% electric

    €12,000 + €80/mo battery (France)
    Europe

  • Zach, Thanks for this. I’ve wanted to see this for a long time. Every time I read an EV article, I am interested in reading the range. I agree with Diego that a chart would be great.

  • Jaroslav

    VW Golf GTE is missing (plug-in hybrid same as Audi A3 e-tron)

    • Thanks! Didn’t notice that was already on the market.

      • Jaroslav

        And another small correction….Kia Soul EV is also available in Europe

    • Updated. Also got more stats on the A3 e-tron and moved it up to the “available” section.

  • Radomir

    Zach this is the greatest list of EVs I read. This simple comparison is very practical. Nice work! Thanks.

    Can you add also the following, please?

    Mercedes S500 Plug-In
    Nissan e-NV200
    Renault Kangoo ZE
    Volvo C30 Electric
    Volkswagen XL1 e)
    Renault Fluence ZE
    Citröen Berlingo EV

    • Radomir

      …and also Porsche 918.
      I forgot it in my tips-to-add list.

    • Thanks!

      I was only including cars, which is why I left out #2, #3, #6, & 7.

      The Mercedes S500 Plug-In isn’t on the market yet, the VW XL1 isn’t any longer (only ~150 made), and I think the C30 Electric isn’t any longer either… otherwise, I’m not sure why/how it got left off the list. Will look into it.

  • Heinz Benz

    Great List! For an entry level PHEV convert a Hybrid to a Plug-in Hybrid with an easy to install Hybrid Booster Kit. http://www.plughybrid.de

  • Great list, and I agree with your thought that the top of the list is the Leaf, i3 and Model S, looking forward to what’s to come. I have seen two model s EV’s on the road this week so change is on its way. Have you done a list of charhing networks yet?

  • Gram

    Stopped reading when some of the price differences of competitive models in the descriptions were very exaggerated and do not match the prices listed for each model in the article.

    • I assume you mean the Prius Plug-In vs the Fusion Energi? I update prices in the tables as manufacturers change them, but I didn’t recall mentioning them in the text and didn’t notice that. Fixed now.

  • GrinigGammalGubbe

    Missing the Koenigsegg Regera! 🙂
    http://koenigsegg.com/regera/

  • K A CHEAH

    There is another way every EV Models on the roads whether old or newly designed could take advantage of this newly patented regenerative suspension system to increase their EVs’ ranges if they replace their shock-absorbers and steel springs with the adoption of this highly effective regenerative suspension system that can be found in the below URL:-

    http://www.interpatent.de/unsere_innovationen_strom_aus_der_federung_en.html

  • Hi all EV enthusiasts, we have some official figures for our top 4 selling used EV’s on https://www.ecocars4sale.com for the first half of 2015.

    1st- Nissan Leaf
    2nd- Mitsubishi i
    3rd- BMW i3
    4th- Renault Zoe

    This information has been seen here at EVobsession first.

    • Awesome! Just seeing this. Keep us updated. Will do a story or two.

  • iplugin

    I am not seeing any car company willing to work on increasing the range other than Tesla.

    • claude laval

      as soon as Tesla bring on the market an all-electric car that sell for 35K and under everything else will vanish. No way I would buy an i3 (I have an X3) when I could have a Tesla so…

  • FWZHERE

    Just so everyone is aware – if your power station generates electricity by diesel (many US ones do) your miles per gallon of diesel that goes into the powerstation gets you about 30 miles on the road – less efficient and equal/more greenhouse gas than most modern small cars. MPGe misrepresents the equivalence to a fossil fuelled car.

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