By Brad Berman ·
September 20, 2018

Incentives for Plug-in Hybrids and Electric Cars

We're doing our best to track the growing list of federal and state-based incentives for purchasing an electric car or plug-in hybrid. See how much you can save to get behind the wheel of an electric-drive plug-in vehicle.

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The concept version of the Taycan was introduced in 2015 as the Mission E. The design strikes a balance between the iconic Porsche 911 sports car and the Panamera luxury sedan. The Taycan can sprint from zero to 60 miles per hour in less than 3.5 seconds and reach 124 miles per hour in just 12 seconds. “The Taycan drives like a Porsche, looks like a Porsche, and feels like a Porsche,” said Stefan Weckbach, head of Porsche’s battery-electric vehicle model series. “It just happens to have a different type of drive.” Dealerships are already taking deposits, well ahead of the car going on sale in late 2019.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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