Between the increasing number of gas stations installing Tesla “Supercharger” charging ports in their parking lots and the rising numbers coming through our body shops in Philadelphia, we thought it might be a good time to talk about electric cars. They’re going to be the way of the future — at least, that’s what the experts think; and if they don’t stick around for the long run, they’ll at least be around for the foreseeable future.
So what do we know about electric cars right now? We know that they’re environmentally friendly and that they can’t travel very far on a full charge.
With the news swirling around Tesla’s production rates meeting Elon Musk’s goal of 5,000 cars a week, it looks as if we are going to see a spike in electric vehicles much sooner than anyone could have expected. The Tesla Model 3 has over 400,000 backers who may convert into buyers. If we see a massive spike in committed buyers, the roads will be filled with Tesla’s recognizable “T” logo in no time.
Choosing the top 5 electric vehicles is difficult because of the array of variables that change from car to car. For this top 5, we will be mainly looking at range and price. Here are the top 5 purely electric vehicles that you can buy today:
- Chevrolet Bolt EV – $37,495 – Range 283 miles
On a full charge, the Chevrolet Bolt EV can travel 283 miles. With a price tag of $37,495, Chevrolet is getting closer to a price point that is almost attainable for the average consumer, but it is still expensive for some. In this price bracket, however, the Bolt EV can’t be beaten.
- Tesla Model 3 – $35,000 – Range 215 miles
Following closely behind the Bolt EV is Tesla’s new car, the Model 3. The Tesla Model 3 is only $35,0000 and has a range of 215 miles – almost 70 miles less than its Chevrolet counterpart. That’s a trip from Philly to Wildwood. For this reason, the Model 3 ranks at number 2.
- Tesla Model S – $69,500 – Range 249-335 miles
The Tesla Model S outperforms another Tesla in its class, the Tesla Model X. While their features and price range differ greatly, the distance they can travel on one charge is arguably the same. Offering up to 335 miles of driving on just one charge, this luxury vehicle performs better than any other car on this list and makes it the perfect for travelers with a little spare change.
- 2018 Nissan Leaf – $29,990 – Range 150 miles
The Nissan Leaf offers much lower distance but hits a price point that is more attainable for the average buyer. With only 150 miles of range, buyers can’t expect to go too far without having to stop to charge.
- BMW i3 $44,450 Range 81-114 miles
The BMW i3 doesn’t rank up to the other cars on this list because of its pricey tag and lack of performance. The only real benefit of the BMW i3 is the name it carries and its viability for metropolitan living.
What’s To Come?
As the market for electric vehicles continues to grow, we can expect better, faster cars that can go distances that are in line with the gas cars that we use today. We’re sure we’ll continue to see them come through our auto body repair shops in Philadelphia, probably with more of consistency than ever.
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