The concept of the electric car can be traced back nearly 200 years. But more progress has been made over the past decade than during the two previous centuries combined. This progress, coupled with the expanding presence of car charging stations, makes owning an electric car easier than ever. If you’re keen to reduce spending on gas and curb your carbon footprint by driving a more eco-friendly car, here are some impressive hybrid and electric car models to consider.
Speedy acceleration, excellent handling, and a high reliability rating give this electric vehicle (EV) a solid reputation. With a starting MSRP of 4,450, the BMW i3 doesn’t come cheap. But with these specs and a range of 114mph per charge (180mph with a Range Extender), the i3 is a good value in comparison to most luxury EVs.
This sporty, plug-in hybrid has an electric range of 53 miles, making it easy for most drivers to go all-electric when commuting to work and making other short trips near home. The Chevy Volt also has five seats and flawless safety ratings. Starting MSRP for the 2018 Chevy Volt is 4,095.
This fall, a plug-in hybrid will join the Hyundai Ioniq’s fleet of eco-friendly vehicles, which already includes EV and conventional hybrid options. Some of the plug-in hybrid’s specifics have yet to be released. But the existing Ioniq’s 43-horsepower electric motor and 54 mpg EPA highway rating make it a viable competitor to the Toyota Prius Eco. For a budget EV, the Ioniq’s 124-mile range is particularly impressive. So is its charging speed. With a DC fast charger, the car can be juiced to 80% in just over 20 minutes. The Ioniq EV starts at 9,500, while the hybrid is available from 2,000.
Considered a sister vehicle to the Hyundai Ioniq, the Kia Niro is a subcompact crossover driven by a hybrid powertrain. This cost-effective hybrid is roomy, stylish, and equipped with advanced safety features like blind-spot monitoring and lane-departure warning. Starting at 2,890, the Kia Niro can get up to 52 mpg.
If you’re looking for a stylish and eco-friendly way to transport seven people from point A to point B, it’s hard to beat Tesla’s Model X. The attractive and roomy SUV accelerates from 0 to 60 in 2.9 seconds, and can travel up to 295 miles on a single charge. But the Model X’s perks will cost you a pretty penny. It’s base price is 9,500.
This EV delivers the tried-and-true comfort, reliability, and driving experience of the gas-powered VW Golf. But it does it all with a 125-mile range electric motor. The e-Golf has quickly become one of Car and Driver‘s highest-ranked EVs.
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