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?

Audi e-tron SUV

Electric Vehicle SUV

204 miles (pure electric)

Audi designed its first all-electric vehicle to look, feel, and drive just like a conventional vehicle. It’s a strategy to appeal to mainstream buyers rather than early EV adopters. The e-tron offers legitimate SUV dimensions, about 204 miles of range, and ultra-fast charging.

BMW i3

Electric Vehicle Sedan

153 miles (pure electric)

More than five years after its introduction, the BMW i3 remains an excellent choice for electric commuters. The current version of the small, fast, and fun EV is capable of traveling 153 miles on a single charge. The electric Bimmer is also available, at least for another year, with a 2.4-gallon gas engine that fires up when the battery is almost depleted—boosting driving distance to 200 miles.

Chevrolet Bolt

Electric Vehicle Sedan

259 miles (pure electric)

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.

Honda Clarity Electric

Electric Vehicle Sedan

89 miles (pure electric)

The 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 less than half the range provided in best-of-class electric cars. Clarity is also offered as a plug-in hybrid. The Clarity Electric is only available for lease in California and Oregon.

Hyundai Ioniq Electric

Electric Vehicle, Plug-in Hybrid Sedan

170 miles (pure electric)

Hyundai’s aerodynamic and attractive compact hatch is offered as a pure electric car with a driving range of about 170 miles. The starting price for the Ioniq EV is just over $31,200 before incentives. That makes it one of the most affordable electric vehicles. However, its 170-mile range is well below battery-powered models that cost a few thousand dollars more. Those competitors include the Hyundai Kona Electric SUV, which sells for about $38,000 while providing 259 miles of range.

Hyundai Kona Electric

Electric Vehicle SUV

258 miles (pure electric)

The all-electric version of the Kona compact SUV offers 258 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 is a compelling, relatively affordable long-range EV—although it's only available in California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Jaguar I-Pace

Electric Vehicle SUV

234 miles (pure electric)

The stylish, 234-mile Jaguar I-Pace is the British brand’s first battery-electric vehicle. The low-slung, small five-seat crossover is characterized by a cab-forward design. The all-wheel-drive I-Pace gets its considerable power from a pair of Jaguar-developed motors, one mounted on each axle. The powertrain delivers 392 horsepower and 512 pound-feet of torque, enough juice to launch the I-PACE from a standstill to 60 miles per hour in about 4.5 seconds. Starting at about $70,500 before incentives, the 394-horsepower I-Pace is positioned as a Jaguar halo car.

Kia Niro EV

Electric Vehicle SUV

239 miles (pure electric)

The Kia Niro EV is an attractive and practical all-electric five-door hatchback. The EV version shares the conventional exterior looks of the hybrid and plug-in hybrid version of the Niro. In the all-electric variant, a 64 kilowatt-hour battery provides 239 miles of range. Kia’s affordable crossover EV is available in 12 states.

Kia Soul EV

Electric Vehicle Sedan

243 miles (pure electric)

In fall 2020, Kia will begin selling a much-improved version of the Soul EV. The new, second-generation electric Soul takes a big leap in driving range to 243 miles. It’s also faster and bigger. The Soul retains much of its iconoclastic, boxy vibe, albeit with sharper lines. If the Soul EV’s yet-unannounced price tag beats its EV siblings—the all-electric Kona and Niro—the high-riding Kia electric hatch could become the affordable go-to model.

MINI Cooper SE

Electric Vehicle Sedan

150 miles (pure electric)

Mini announced in July 2019 that it will introduce the all-electric Cooper in the United States in 2020. The MINI Cooper SE will use a 32.6 kilowatt-hour battery pack to provide about 130 miles on a single charge. (The official announcement states as much as 167 miles in Europe’s lenient test cycles.) While the range is below the new 200-mile standard, the style and performance of an electric MINI should attract drivers wanting a sporty all-electric ride.

Nissan LEAF

Electric Vehicle Sedan

226 miles (pure electric)

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.

Porsche Taycan

Electric Vehicle Sedan

300 miles (pure electric)

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.”

Tesla Model 3

Electric Vehicle Sedan

250 miles (pure electric)

Tesla’s daring EV is a major hit with huge sales and ardent fans. It's an impressive luxury EV with many unprecedented high-tech features. As of this writing, the entry-level Model 3 is the 240-mile Standard Range Plus version, which costs about $38,000. The Model 3 outsells all other EVs combined, for good reasons.

Tesla Model S

Electric Vehicle Sedan

285 miles (pure electric)

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

255 miles (pure electric)

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 current Model X can now travel between 305 and 328 miles on a single charge.

Volkswagen E-Golf

Electric Vehicle Sedan

125 miles (pure electric)

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 123 miles lags behind models such as the 151-mile Nissan LEAF and 238-mile Chevy Bolt. The E-Golf is, in effect, a placeholder for VW's large lineup of EVs, starting with the ID Crozz due in late 2020.

Byton M-Byte

Electric Vehicle SUV

250 miles (pure electric)

The M-Byte is the first vehicle from Byton—the EV startup founded by seasoned auto-industry executives (mostly from BMW) and headquartered in Nanjing, China. The M-Byte all-electric mid-size SUV will go 250 or more miles on a single charge. But that’s beside the point for a vehicle primarily designed for connectivity and automation. Its four-foot curved dashboard screen dominates the interior. The M-Byte is expected to sell for around $45,000 when it arrives in the U.S. in late 2020.

Ford Mustang Mach-E

Electric Vehicle SUV

210 miles (pure electric)

The Mustang Mach-E is a dramatic start to Ford’s new EV efforts. The company infused the all-electric SUV with the signature design and performance of its legendary American sports car. When it arrives in late 2020, it will be available with standard and extended-range battery options offering up to 300 miles of range. And buyers will have the choice of either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. The Mach-E is American muscle applied to a pure electric, five-seat sport utility vehicle.

Lucid Air

Electric Vehicle Sedan

400 miles (pure electric)

The Lucid Air is a full-size luxury all-electric vehicle. It stacks up against the Tesla Model S, BMW 7-Series, or Audi A7. The Air promises 400-miles of range, as much as 1,000 horsepower, and a robust set of self-driving features.

Mercedes-Benz EQC 400

Electric Vehicle SUV

220 miles (pure electric)

The EQC 400 is the first vehicle produced by Mercedes-Benz for its new electric EQ brand. The luxury, 405-horsepower SUV provides about 220 miles of range on a single charge. The EQC 400 is built on the same platform as the Mercedes GLC crossover.

Polestar 2

Electric Vehicle Sedan

275 miles (pure electric)

Polestar, Volvo’s all-electric brand, will introduce a 275-mile luxury EV sedan in mid-2020. The Polestar 2 will compete against the Tesla Model 3. It borrows much of Volvo’s crisp styling, as well as the Swedish brand's engineering prowess. The $63,000 all-electric sedan will be the first vehicle (of any kind) to have native Android Auto technology built directly into its 11-inch vertically-mounted dashboard touchscreen.

Tesla Model Y

Electric Vehicle SUV

300 miles (pure electric)

The Model Y is Tesla’s crossover SUV. It’s the taller and more spacious variant of Tesla’s Model 3. Or you could think of it as scaled down version of the sizable Model X. The Model Y, the fifth vehicle in Tesla’s line, will go into production in fall 2020. It will offer up to 300 miles of range on a single charge.