13 Electric Cars For Sale In 2017 — USA Electric Cars List −

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Published on January 8th, 2017 | by Zach


13 Electric Cars For Sale In 2017 — USA Electric Cars List

Below is an electric cars list of the fully electric cars for sale in 2017 in the USA. This article will be updated as new electric cars arrive on the market, such as the coming Tesla Model 3.

The first prices listed are base prices before the federal tax credit. In parenthesis are prices after the maximum federal tax credit ($7,500). Other tax credits and rebates potentially available in your city or state (e.g., the $3,000 California EV rebate or $6,000 Colorado EV tax credit) are not included.

Links on the car names are mostly to our story archives for these cars. Links on the prices are to the car companies’ pages for the cars. Range and MPGe/MPG data come from the EPA.

Check these electric cars out and go test drive some this weekend!

List of related links/info:

Latest EV News

→ Latest EV Sales Updates 

Monthly US, China, & Europe EV Sales Reports

30 Reasons Your Next Car Should Be Electric

→ Comprehensive Commercially Available (USA & Europe) Electric Car List

→ Our Sortable Electric Car Buying Guide

50 Tips For Trolling EVs

Electric Car Answers

Currently Available 100% Electric Cars List

Table Key

Combined Fuel Economy # of Seats
Range on Full Charge 0–60 MPH (0–100 km/h) Time
Price (& Price After Max US Tax Credit) Link to Review Article (When Available)

BMW i3

118 MPGe 4 seats
114 miles (183 km) 7.1 seconds
$42,400 ($34,900) Several Review Articles Linked Below

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.

Chevy Bolt

119 MPGe 5 seats
238 miles (383 km) 6.5 seconds
$37,495 ($29,995)

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.

Fiat 500e
(Only Parts of the US)

Fiat 500e

112 MPGe 4 seats
84 miles (135 km) 8.7 seconds
$31,800 ($24,300) Our Fiat 500e Review

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.

Ford Focus Electric
(Only Parts of the US)

118 MPGe 5 seats
115 miles (185 km) 10.1 seconds
$29,120 ($21,620) Our Ford Focus Electric Review

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.

Hyundai IONIQ Electric
(Arriving Soon … Nationwide)

 136 MPGe 5 seats
110 miles (177 km)

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.

Kia Soul EV
(Only Parts of the US)

105 MPGe 5 seats
93 miles (150 km) 11.8 seconds
$31,950 ($24,450) Our Kia Soul EV Review

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.

Mercedes B250e
(Only Parts of the US)


84 MPGe 5 seats
84 miles (135 km) 7.9 seconds
$39,900 ($32,400) Several Review Articles Linked Below

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.

Mitsubishi i-MiEV
(Barely Available)

112 MPGe 4 seats
62 miles (100 km) 13.5 seconds
$22,995 ($15,495)

The Mitsubishi i-MiEV (aka Mitsubishi i) is one of the most basic electric cars on the market, but also one of the cheapest. If you are looking for a bare-bones EV for a low price, the i-MiEV is your baby.

Nissan LEAF

114 MPGe 5 seats
107 miles (172 km) 10.2 seconds
$30,680 ($23,180) Our Long-Term Nissan LEAF Review

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 (only Europe) 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.

Smart ForTwo Electric Drive
(Only Parts of the US)

smart electric drive

107 MPGe 2 seats
68 miles (109 km) 9.8 seconds
$25,000, or $19,990 + $80/month battery rental ($17,500, or $12,490 + $80/month) Two Review Articles Linked Below

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.

Volkswagen e-Golf
(Only Parts of the US)

116 MPGe 5 seats
83 miles (134 km) 10.4 seconds
$28,995 ($21,495)

The Volkswagen e-Golf is VW’s second electric car model (following closely behind the Volkswagen e-Up!) and the first in the US. 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.

Tesla Model S

98–104 MPGe 5+2 seats
210–315 miles (338–507 km) 2.5 seconds
$68,000 ($60,500) Our Long-Term Tesla Model S Review

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.

Tesla Model X

86–92 MPGe 5–7 seats
237–289 miles (381–465 km) 2.9 seconds
$88,800 ($81,300) Two Review Articles Linked Below

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.

Rimac Concept_One
(Super Limited)

rimac racecar

I don’t know if this one counts, so it’s not counted in the “13” in the title. The Rimac Concept_One 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 1,088 horsepower — yep, that’s a “supercar.” Though, the top-line Model S is still 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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  • Kieran Delaney

    You know those cars you used to dream of as a child? Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Shelby Mustangs…?

    Well now I’m (supposedly) an adult, and guess what I dream of?!

    …still those, but more so the Rimac Concept_S. As gawdy as it is, I would have no qualms about buying one should I ever be in a position to do so. What a stunner.

    I’m happily married now, so the Rimac is the closest I will ever get to a hot, racy Croatian…

  • 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.

    If they keep the pricing the same, I can see it competing quite well. Even more so if that Kreisel battery is offered as an option.

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