Compare Electric Cars and Plug-in Hybrids By Features, Price, Range

Check out the growing list of cars powered by electricity! A few years ago, you could count the number of available plug-in cars on one hand, with a couple fingers left over. Today, there are more than 20 models offered from more than a dozen different brands—in a range of sizes, styles, price points and powertrains to suit a wide range of consumers. (Okay, other models have been discontinued, failing to emerge from concepts.) But EVs are here to stay. The cars on this list all offer the sweet speedy-but-silent driving experience only available from battery-to-motor power. Which one of the following plug-in models has your name on it?

BMW i3

Electric Vehicle Sedan

114 miles (pure electric)
$43,400

The stylish if slightly odd-looking BMW i3 is the lightest EV on the market. That makes it very efficient while providing a fast and fun 170-horsepower ride. The i3's battery pack delivers 114 miles of range. The electric Bimmer is also available with a small gas engine that boosts total driving distance to about 180 miles.

Chevrolet Bolt

Electric Vehicle Sedan

238 miles (pure electric)
$37,500

With the Bolt, General Motors introduced the industry's first affordable long-range electric car, rated to provide 238 miles on a single charge. It's a milestone for the EV market. The Bolt is currently available only in California and Oregon but will roll out nationwide throughout 2017.

Fiat 500e

Electric Vehicle Coupe

84 miles (pure electric)
$32,600

The Fiat 500e is every bit as cute as the gas-powered Fiat 500. It uses a 24 kilowatt-hour liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack, providing an official EPA range of 84 miles. The Fiat 500e is widely considered a "compliance" car produced only in small numbers to meet California regulations.

Ford Focus Electric

Electric Vehicle Sedan

115 miles (pure electric)
$29,200

The five-door hatchback provides about 100 miles of range. It offers many features that make it an enticing EV package, including an attractive design and zippy drive. The Focus Electric employs a 107-kilowatt (143 horsepower) motor, compared to the LEAF’s 110 horsepower motor.

Honda Clarity Electric

Electric Vehicle Sedan

89 miles (pure electric)

The 2017 Honda Clarity Electric is a spacious, well-equipped five-passenger sedan. However, the pure battery-electric version offers only 89 miles of driving range on a single charge. The Clarity is also offered as a plug-in hybrid (starting in late 2017) and as a fuel-cell electric vehicle. The Clarity Electric is only available for lease in California and Oregon.

Hyundai Ioniq

Electric Vehicle, Plug-in Hybrid Sedan

124 miles (pure electric)
$29,500

Hyundai’s new aerodynamic compact hatch is offered as a pure electric car with a driving range of about 124 miles. It has more space, better efficiency and smarter electric features than the competition in its price range. The EV goes on sale in April 2017, followed by a plug-in hybrid before the end of the year.

Kia Soul EV

Electric Vehicle Sedan

93 miles (pure electric)
$34,500

Hyundai-Kia arrived late to the EV party. But it appears that Kia made a careful study of the competition, and loaded its Soul EV with smart features for electric car drivers. For starters, it offers 93 miles of real-world range.

Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive

Electric Vehicle Sedan

85 miles (pure electric)
$42,400

This small Mercedes electric car directly competes with the BMW i3. Its powertrain is provided by Tesla Motors, but engineers turned it into a comfortable and relaxed commuter car. If driven with care, the well-appointed B-Class could offer around 100 miles of range from a battery pack capable of holding 31.5 kilowatt-hours of juice.

Nissan LEAF

Electric Vehicle Sedan

107 miles (pure electric)
$29,000

The Nissan LEAF is by far the most popular EV in the world. It is a well-equipped, all-electric hatchback that seats five adults and can travel up to 107 miles on a single charge. The LEAF is available to test-drive and purchase at Nissan dealerships throughout the United States.

Smart Electric Drive

Electric Vehicle Coupe

58 miles (pure electric)
$23,800

Measuring just over 106 inches from tip to tail, and a shade under 62 inches tall and wide, the Smart ForTwo Electric Drive is small enough to occupy the smallest of spaces. And it's the only EV available with a convertible top. However, the 2017 model offers just 58 miles of driving range on a single charge.

Tesla Model 3

Electric Vehicle Sedan

200 miles (pure electric)
$35,000

Tesla would have to defy all expectations to achieve success on the Model 3, while avoiding all the potential pitfalls—not only for the 200-mile $35,000 Model 3, but a massive new battery factory. Yet, based on the unveiling of the car in March 2016, the company appears ready to make another ground-breaking electric car.

Tesla Model S

Electric Vehicle Sedan

315 miles (pure electric)
$71,000

The Tesla Model S is a bright vision of a practical and desirable all-electric sedan. Tesla set a big goal for itself: to deliver not just a great EV, but one of the world's best luxury sedans. Mission accomplished.

Tesla Model X

Electric Vehicle SUV

289 miles (pure electric)
$80,000

The Model X is Tesla’s follow-up vehicle to the award-winning Model S sedan. The X shares about 60 percent of the content from the sedan—converting the sleek Maserati-looking five-passenger model into a stylish crossover utility vehicle.

Volkswagen E-Golf

Electric Vehicle Sedan

83 miles (pure electric)
$29,800

The Volkswagen E-Golf is the company’s first all-electric car. It maintains the spirited driving experience of internal combustion versions of the Golf—one of the most popular small cars in the world. The VW E-Golf is arguably the best handling car among the emerging class of small affordable EVs.

Chevrolet Spark EV

Electric Vehicle Coupe

82 miles (pure electric)
$26,000

The Spark EV is the all-electric version of Chevy's five-door urban mini-car. The powerful motor, quick acceleration, and short wheelbase, make it an exhilarating drive. At an estimated 119 MPGe, it's one of the most efficient electric car on sale today.