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 about 40 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 now available throughout the United States.

Fiat 500e

Electric Vehicle Coupe

84 miles (pure electric)
$33,000

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 to meet emissions regulations. It's only sold in California and Oregon.

Ford Focus Electric

Electric Vehicle Sedan

115 miles (pure electric)
$29,200

The five-door hatchback provides about 115 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. Its nicely designed interior with materials of a higher quality than found in many affordable small cars.

Honda Clarity Electric

Electric Vehicle Sedan

89 miles (pure electric)

The 2018 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. That's well below the range offered in best-of-class electric cars. The Clarity is also offered as a plug-in hybrid and as a fuel-cell electric vehicle. The Clarity Electric is only available for lease in California and Oregon.

Hyundai Ioniq Electric

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. It went on sale throughout the United States in spring 2017.

Jaguar I-Pace

Electric Vehicle SUV

240 miles (pure electric)
$71,000

The stylish, 240-mile Jaguar I-Pace is the British brand’s first battery-electric vehicle. The low-slung, small five-seat crossover is the first (of several) vehicles to challenge Tesla for drivers wanting long-range, luxury all-electrics. Starting at about $70,000 before incentives, the 394-horsepower I-Pace is already earning praise as a Jaguar halo car. Pre-orders are reportedly building up for the i-Pace, which is due by the end of 2018.

Kia Soul EV

Electric Vehicle Sedan

111 miles (pure electric)
$34,500

Hyundai-Kia's low-volume single electric car, available since 2014, is loaded with smart features that electric-car drivers will enjoy. It combines quirky, fun looks with a decent EV driving range of 111 miles. However, the Soul EV's range will be eclipsed by the Hyundai Kona Electric, when the 250-mile EV arrives in late 2018. In fact, a new version of the Soul Electric, coming as soon as 2019, might use the Kona's platform to provide a lot more range.

Nissan LEAF

Electric Vehicle Sedan

151 miles (pure electric)
$29,900

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, with its second-generation model, can travel up to 150 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 2018 model offers just 58 miles of driving range on a single charge.

Tesla Model 3

Electric Vehicle Sedan

220 miles (pure electric)
$35,000

While the 2018 Tesla Model 3 is an impressive luxury EV with many unique features, it is not yet offered at the promised price of about $35,000. Tesla’s big goal with the Model 3 was to bring its innovative electric vehicle technology and stylish design to the masses. Yet, the version that’s being sold this year commonly sells for more than $50,000. The extra cost comes mostly from the long-range battery pack providing about 310 miles of range on a charge, rather than the 220 miles available in the more affordable base model that arrives in 2019. Tesla continues to ramp up production throughout 2018, but the rush to reach scale is resulting in reported quality issues—mostly small bugs in the high-tech interior. Therefore, considering the price tag, the car’s quirks might be annoying to anybody other than an ardent Tesla fan. Despite these shortcomings, the Model 3’s performance is powerful, and its handling is excellent.

Tesla Model S

Electric Vehicle Sedan

315 miles (pure electric)
$71,000

The Tesla Model S is more than a car. It’s the embodiment of the electric-car movement. The Model S is not just a great EV, but one of the world's best luxury sedans. While still technically in its first generation, Tesla makes significant updates and improvements every year—bringing longer range, more power, and enhanced features.

Tesla Model X

Electric Vehicle SUV

237 miles (pure electric)
$85,000

The Model X is Tesla’s powerful long-range sports utility vehicle. The style, speed, and safety of the Model X are unprecedented in a full-size SUV. Depending on the specific package, the Model X can travel between 237 and 295 miles on a single charge. The vehicle's signature design feature is its double-hinged falcon doors, which rise up and over the top of the car.

Volkswagen E-Golf

Electric Vehicle Sedan

125 miles (pure electric)
$31,300

The Volkswagen E-Golf, introduced in late 2014, was 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 among the best handling car among the class of small affordable EVs. However, its range of 125 miles lags behind models such as the 151-mile Nissan LEAF and 238-mile Chevy Bolt.

Hyundai Kona Electric

Electric Vehicle SUV

250 miles (pure electric)
TBD

Hyundai will introduce an all-electric version of the new Kona compact SUV by the end of 2018. The Kona EV will offer 250 miles of driving range—taking the lead for range among electric vehicles in the same price range while providing more room than the Chevrolet Bolt and Nissan LEAF. The Kona model (in gas-powered form) is one of the best compact SUVs on the market. The electric version promises to be a compelling, relatively affordable long-range EV—although it will only be available in California until about mid-2019.

Mini Electric

Electric Vehicle Sedan

200 miles (pure electric)
TBD

In 2017, Mini confirmed that it will introduce an all-electric car in late 2019. The brand unveiled a concept version but few technical details. Journalists speculate that the Mini Electric will offer at least 200 miles of driving range on a single charge. BMW, the maker of Mini cars, said the Mini Electric is a great match for the brand’s urban, youth-oriented brand.