Fresh on the heels of Tesla announcing the Cybertruck, which has really polarizing reviews and reception from across the globe, and which, by the way, can be ordered for as little as $100, the market interest for electric vehicles has again gained momentum. Electric power seems to be the way of the future in terms of a cleaner and more sustainable modes of transportation.
Present-day technology and infrastructure may not be enough to replace tradition methods which have carried the bane of environmental pollution for a long time, but things are slowly picking up. And despite the fact that the electric vehicle market in the USA accounts for as small as 1%, most modern manufacturers have started focusing their attention on an all-electric future. So here are the top cars that run on electric power that you can buy in the US at a dealership near you.
- Nissan Leaf.
Starting MRSP: $29,990
Critics’ Rating: 7.1
With a starting price of a shade under $30,000, the Nissan Leaf is one of the most compelling electric means of transportation in the country. Nissan says that it has intuitive sensors and programs to ensure maximum range, but you can safely imagine a range of upwards of 200 miles on a single charge, which is impressive.
- Smart EQ ForTwo.
Starting MRSP: $29,190
Critics’ Rating: 7.6
The diminutive, cute little bug that was loved by many has now an electric avatar, and by the looks of it, it seems to be the perfect city car. Granted, it may be a coupe, which in layman terms is just a two-seater, but for people living and commuting in areas where space comes at a premium, the ForTwo makes for a viable option. Plus, it comes in a cabriolet too.
- Jaguar I-Pace.
Starting MRSP: $69,850
Critics’ Rating: 9.5
Jaguars are typically designed with one priority in mind, and that is to bring a smile on the driver’s face. Jaguars shout style and handling from the get-go and in the current electric avatar, with its 2 electric motors churning out a combined 400 bhp, makes it a compelling option for anyone going green without leaving performance behind.
- Audi E-Tron.
Starting MRSP: $74,800
Critics’ Rating: 8.4
Audi claims that you can go 54 miles on a 10 minute DC charge. That’s for emergencies. But when fully charged, the 402 bhp SUV goes from 0-60 in 5.5s, can tow 4000 lbs, and depending on the surface you are on, the suspension has 5 modes for you to choose from. The range is 204 miles company claimed, which is more than enough for a weekend adventure.
- Volkswagen E-Golf.
Starting MRSP: $31,895
Critics’ Rating: 9.1
The versatile family performance car comes loaded with technology in its electric avatar. Like other entries in the list, the Golf has fast charging, with options for home wall mounts for charging, along with regenerative braking, which is basically energy recovery from the brakes when you apply them. The classic Golf factor remains though, which makes it an exciting proposition.
- BMW i3.
Starting MRSP: $44,450
Critics’ Rating: 7.4
It may be lacking in range and charging speeds compared to the competition, but the i3 is a very stylish addition to the BMW lineage of excellent cars and heritage. Plus, the legendary build quality and precision engineering that comes as a given with any BMW product, is not skimped out on this model too.
- Tesla Model S.
Starting MRSP: $75,000
Critics’ Rating: 9.7
Teslas have been at the forefront and actually leading the charge in electric-powered vehicles, and it’s Model S is most definitely the company’s crowning glory. It can reach 60mph in 2.4s, which is Bugatti Veyron territory, has a range in excess of 350 miles, and it doesn’t look too bad if you consider automotive styling a priority.
- Chevrolet Bolt EV.
Starting MRSP: $36,620
Critics’ Rating: 9.0
Chevy aficionados will be heartened to know that this iconic brand is also taking the economic, clean electric route and the Bolt is touted by them as the perfect city car, that can be run for days with a single charge (provided your commute is a reasonable 80-100 miles a day). Plus, it lays special emphasis on charging versatility with dedicated modes and options for efficient and economical charging.
- Tesla Model X.
Starting MRSP: $81,000
Critics’ Rating: 7.0
If you thought that a 7 seater multi-purpose vehicle would have the option of gullwing doors at the rear, you would dismiss the idea as pure fantasy or just plain ridiculous. But with the Model X, Tesla has achieved just that. Whether you like the idea of loathing it, there is no hiding the fact that the Model X is a versatile vehicle, and along with AWD, traction control and some quick acceleration times, it is as sporty as they come.
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