7 Great Electric Vehicles You Should Consider Driving in 2019
Electric cars are becoming the norm. And, yes, the technology is not perfect, yet EVs are already becoming a mainstay on roads across the world. Over 2 million electric vehicles were sold in 2018 to consumers with that number expected to rise. The electric effect is in full force, and who wouldn’t want to have an electric car?
Aside from the environmental benefits of owning an electric car, EVs are cheaper to run, cheaper to maintain, can be safer, and can even offer both companies and consumers long term financial benefits. Nevertheless, when talking about electric vehicles, you have to mention Tesla.
Elon Musk’s Tesla vehicles have caught the world by storm, making the electric car cool again. Packed with innovative features and sleekly designed, Tesla has emerged as the EV leader for a lot of people, becoming a household name. Nevertheless, what happens if you want an electric vehicle but want to drive something else besides a Tesla?
Well, the good news is that there are plenty of great options out there on the market with even more exciting vehicles about to flood the automotive industry. Today we are going to look at some of the best electric vehicles in the world. It is time to get an electric vehicle.
Tesla Model 3
So, let's get this out of the way, just in case you actually want a Tesla. The thing is, Tesla is so successful because their electric cars are so impressive. It is the reason why so many automotive companies have been eager to create vehicles that directly compete with the electric car company.
For most people in the automotive industry, Tesla’s Model 3 is one of the best electric vehicles you can get on the market right now. Costing around $38,990, the car almost feels like an Apple product, sleek, well designed, and intuitive to use. With its 310 miles of range, the EV has experienced some growing pains but Tesla is constantly working on the car over-the-air updates.
Some of the most notable features from the Tesla 3 is its semi-autonomous driving aids, smartphone/key card unlocking, an HVAC system, a beautiful 15-inch touchscreen, and a bunch of clever easter eggs.
2020 Nio ES6
China’s answer to Tesla has been making waves across the world already selling a significant amount of cars. The 2020 ES6 EV packs some of the same features you might come across in the Tesla X. Offered with different types of powertrains, the ES6 offers drivers fast charging as well as an innovative battery swap system. Depending on the models you get the Nio’s EV has a range of 267 km and can be boosted all the way up to 317 km.
Prices range from $75k -100k depending on how decked out you want the car to be. The interior of the ES6 is not as minimalistic as the Tesla competitor but it also centers around massive a touch screen and an entertainment system.
The Nissan Leaf is considered one of the most affordable EVs on the market today. Priced relatively well, the Leaf is a well-rounded vehicle that offers drivers 150 miles of range thanks to its 40-kWh battery that controls its 147-hp electric motor. However, if you are looking for something a bit beefier check out the Leaf e+.
Its 62-kWh battery pack has 226 miles of range but will be a bit more expensive. Both vehicles include Nissan’s ProPilot Assist, which is a semi-autonomous driving aid that accelerates the vehicle, steers the EV, and controls its braking.
An electric vehicle at Audi that has a lot of people excited. The luxury SUV, Audi E-Tron looks great and is a comfortable ride for those willing to pay the price tag. The EV has a 95-kWh lithium-ion battery pack that’s about as big as a king-size mattress. This battery helps to churn out 360 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque. The E-Tron has a range of 204 miles.
Chevrolet Bolt EV
Currently in the EV market, if you want a lot of range, that is going to cost you much more money. Yet the Chevrolet Bolt EV offers drivers a great driving range for the right price for a majority of consumers. Priced under $40,000, the car boasts a range of 238 miles.
Purchasing the Chevrolet Bolt you will get 200 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. Stepping inside you will be greeted by a comfortable cabin, a large 10.2-inch touchscreen. Easily accessible, the car has DC fast charging options, making it a great car to take on the road and a great alternative to the Tesla 3 mentioned above.
You probably have come across the BMW i3 at some point. The i3 is another statement vehicle right up there with the Tesla models. Taking one look at its design and you will immediately realize that this is not your standard EV.
The i3’s carbon-fiber body helps it stay just under 3,000 pounds. It has 153 miles of range and is a very quiet and smooth ride with just the right amount of luxury to keep you comfortable. And if you are looking for a little more range, the i3 REx with a two-cylinder gasoline engine gives drivers 180 miles of range.
Tesla Model S
Ok, we are back where we started, but what did you expect? The Model S has made waves around the world and has people excited about the future of electric vehicles. The Model S is ridiculously quick boasting a top performance of 0-60 in just 2.4 seconds, making it the quickest production car on the planet. This same innovative battery helps the car churn out a range of 345 miles.
What electric cars are you excited about?
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