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)
$75,000

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

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

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.

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.

Honda Clarity Electric

Electric Vehicle Sedan

89 miles (pure electric)
$36,600

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)
$31,200

Hyundai’s aerodynamic and attractive compact hatch is offered as a pure electric car with a driving range of about 124 miles. The starting price for the Ioniq EV is just over $30,000 before incentives. That makes it one of the most affordable electric vehicles. However, its 124-mile range is well below battery-powered models that cost a few thousand dollars more. Those competitors include the Hyundai Kona EV SUV, which sells for about $36,000 while providing 259 miles of range.

Hyundai Kona Electric

Electric Vehicle SUV

258 miles (pure electric)
$36,400

Hyundai will introduce an all-electric version of the new Kona compact SUV by the end of 2018. The Kona EV will offer 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 promises to be a compelling, relatively affordable long-range EV—although it will only be available in California until about mid-2019.

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 Niro EV

Electric Vehicle SUV

239 miles (pure electric)
$38,500

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)
$36,000

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)
TBD

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)
$29,900

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)
TBD

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.

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)
$39,000

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 S

Electric Vehicle Sedan

285 miles (pure electric)
$75,000

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

255 miles (pure electric)
$81,000

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 (depending on the package) can now travel between 255 and 325 miles on a single charge. Its base price is $81,000. When it first went on sale, the Model X was the only all-electric SUV available but today faces competition from Audi, Jaguar, and others.

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.

Byton M-Byte

Electric Vehicle SUV

250 miles (pure electric)
$45,000

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.

Lucid Air

Electric Vehicle Sedan

400 miles (pure electric)
TBD

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)
TBD

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)
$63,000

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)
$48,000

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.