The Tesla Model S is a bright vision of a practical and desirable all-electric sedan. In 2012, Tesla delivered not just a great EV, but one of the world's best luxury sedans. Since that time, Tesla has continued to make improvements in driving range, power, and features.

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July 06, 2017

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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 2017 model offers just 58 miles of driving range on a single charge.

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Tesla would have to defy all expectations to achieve success on the Model 3 while avoiding all the potential pitfalls—not only for the 220-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.

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