All You Need To Know About Buying and Owning Electric Cars

  • The Chevy Bolt was the auto industry’s first affordable long-range electric car. It starts at $37,500 and provides 238 miles on a single charge. The Bolt is now joined by long-range, low-priced EVs from Hyundai, Nissan, and Kia—as well as the slightly more expensive Tesla Model 3. The all-electric Bolt is a well-rounded, comfortable, and zippy hatchback that can work for everyday drivers.

    Chevrolet Bolt

  • The Model X is Tesla’s powerful long-range, all-wheel-drive sports utility vehicle. The body design—featuring a high-tech cabin and double-hinged falcon doors that lift up and over the vehicle—is mostly unchanged since the X’s introduction in 2015. However, Tesla repeatedly tweaks the vehicle’s performance specs, range, and price. The 2019 Model X can now travel between 255 and 325 miles on a single charge.

    Tesla Model X

  • The Nissan LEAF is the most popular EV in the world. It is a well-equipped, all-electric hatchback that seats five adults. The LEAF Plus version of the second-generation model can travel up to 226 miles on a single charge. The LEAF is available to test-drive and purchase at Nissan dealerships throughout the United States.

    Nissan LEAF

  • If you like the style and road manners of a BMW 3-Series, but want to push the envelope on efficiency, then the 330e could be the answer. The 2020 version of the 330e bumps its all-electric range to around 25 to 30 miles. At the same, a new XtraBoost feature provides bursts of power at nearly 300 horsepower.

    BMW 330e

  • The 2020 Toyota Prius Prime provides an EV-only range of 25 miles thanks to its 8.8-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. After those miles, the Prius Prime delivers 54 mpg when running on gas—beating all other plug-in hybrids for efficiency when running on gasoline. The 2020 version of the Prius Prime expands its back row seating to become a five-passenger vehicle.

    Toyota Prius Prime (Plug-in Hybrid)

  • 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 S

  • The Chrysler Pacifica is the only plug-in minivan available today. Fortunately, it’s a class-leader with all the desired comfort and convenience of a great family hauler. The Pacifica matches or beats the style, spaciousness, and handling of its gas-powered minivan rivals. And the Pacifica offers the ability to travel about 33 miles purely on electricity and without emissions.

    Chrysler Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid

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  • The Nissan LEAF is the most popular EV in the world. It is a well-equipped, all-electric hatchback that seats five adults. The LEAF Plus version of the second-generation model can travel up to 226 miles on a single charge. The LEAF is available to test-drive and purchase at Nissan dealerships throughout the United States.
    Nissan LEAF
  • The 2020 Toyota Prius Prime provides an EV-only range of 25 miles thanks to its 8.8-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. After those miles, the Prius Prime delivers 54 mpg when running on gas—beating all other plug-in hybrids for efficiency when running on gasoline. The 2020 version of the Prius Prime expands its back row seating to become a five-passenger vehicle.
    Toyota Prius Prime (Plug-in Hybrid)
  • Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid is a spacious plug-in hybrid that provides 48 miles of all-electric range before the gasoline engine is used. Then it becomes an efficient hybrid sedan offering 42 miles per gallon. Pure EV and fuel-cell versions of the Clarity are also available—but only in California and Oregon. With the demise of the Chevy Volt, the Clarity becomes the king of EV range among plug-in hybrids.
    Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid
  • The Tesla Model 3 is an impressive luxury EV with many unprecedented high-tech features. Big news came in February 2019 when two Standard Range versions went on sale. The 220-mile Standard Range Model 3 sells for about $36,000 while the 240-mile Standard Range Plus version costs about $38,000. These are the long-anticipated affordable Teslas with impressive performance, adept handling, and long range.
    Tesla Model 3



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  • Home Charging Still Fundamental to EV Satisfaction
    The home EV charging market continues to evolve with charging station operators and automakers destined to play an even greater role in satisfying EV drivers’ need to recharge at home. Ahead of unveiling new plug-in vehicles later this year, Ford in October announced a new home charger as well as agreements to enable Ford drivers to roam across multiple networks.


  • A Simple, Affordable Solution for 240-Volt EV Charging
    My 2013 Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid has a relatively small 7.6 kilowatt-hour battery. Because I take mostly short trips, the C-Max’s 20 miles of all-electric range—and access to a plug in my garage—means I only have to gas up about once a month. I thoroughly enjoy spacing out those refueling stops as much as possible. Thankfully, there are new solutions for reducing the charging time without springing for a Level 2 charging station.


  • EV Price Parity Is Already Here, So Where’s the Tipping Point?
    We are approaching the tenth anniversary of the so-called modern electric car. The first sales of the Nissan LEAF, which at the time offered 84 miles on a single charge, were made in December 2009. A decade later, the LEAF goes nearly three times as far for about the same price. But EV sales still represent less than 2 percent of total vehicle sales in the United States.