Electric cars are firmly entrenched into the car buying process. Technologies are catching up to consumer demand for better mileage ratings and less footprint on the Earth’s fragile ecosystem. The main issue holding back electric vehicles has been the lack of advancements in battery technology and charging stations.
Electric vehicle sales are surging across the globe. China’s EV sales are outpacing the overall market. Even though sales for the best electric cars are posting gains, battery technology is not catching up. Batteries in today’s electric cars have improved, but nowhere near equilibrium of cost and profit. Some manufactures are holding off on introducing new models because of cost. Slowly, the infrastructure needed for all-electric is making its way to roads and highways. Until a full build out is accomplished consumers, must deal with a higher purchase price. However, the cost savings over time are enormous.
The current line-up for EV models is impressive. Associated costs, such as a home charging station need to be accounted for. Highway stations are popping up everywhere. Here are some of the more exciting Electric Vehicles on the market.
- Tesla is on everyone’s shopping list when looking for an EV. In 2018, the Tesla Model 3 broke into the top five of most sold units in the United States. The Model 3 accounted for nearly 50% market share of all electric cars sold. The company must find a way to bring the purchase price down to appeal to a broader market. At an average price of $55,759, Model 3 is by far the most expensive of the top 5.
The Model 3 is loaded with options. All-wheel drive contributes to an excellent 0 to 60 acceleration of 3.3 seconds. Gain entry by your smartphone and sync with the 15-inch central screen, and you are in technology paradise.
- The 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV is the first truly affordable all-electric model. The Bolt EV offers a range of 238 miles on a single charge. The Miles per gallon equivalent are eye-popping. You can expect 128 miles in the city and 110 MPG on the highway. The Bolt is a sleek four door hatchback with a cavernous 56.6 cubic-feet of cargo area. A 10.2-inch color, touch screen controls the Bolt. Charging apps can be downloaded directly to the Bolt, so you know exactly where the next charging station is. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto compatible with an available hotspot.
- Nissan’s Leaf was first introduced to the United States in 2010 and is now number six on the list of best sellers. Fast charging is a definite plus for the Leaf, going from empty to 80% capacity in 30 minutes. After tax credits and other qualifying incentives, the Leaf is priced at a very affordable $22,490. Automatic temperature control and emergency braking are just a small part of the included technology. Advanced braking system, ride control with plenty of comfort and convenience features are part of the Nissan Leaf.
Electric vehicles have come a long way from the front sloped, odd looking cars everyone remembers. Infrastructure is the key to EVs becoming mass produced and sold worldwide. It is estimated, build out cost would top six trillion in present dollars for us to see electric vehicles outselling gas power.