Which electric car is right for you? If you look at the automotive market today in search of an electric vehicle (EV), you might be overwhelmed by the different options and price ranges (and literal
ranges). Though the EVs on the market offer a limited range—except for
the impressive Tesla S—they are slowly improving in battery capacity and
mileage. Companies are trying many different techniques in order to find
the best fuel for the vehicles. With the myriad of options in mind, ECN
has compiled a list of our top five electric cars on the market. We looked at
price, range, technology, and lifestyle in our search for the best options, and
selected our favorites.
BMW i3 EV
The i3 has the open interior plan of a big car, but the footprint of a vehicle
designed for city driving. The compromise has drawn some critique, but the i3
also offers a remarkably light carbon fiber frame and a very high MPGe. When
used with the range extender, an optional two-cylinder gasoline engine, it has
a competitive 150 miles of range, plus access to BMW’s more than 23,300
public charging stations. i3 drivers can expect a boost in battery capacity in the
2017 model, going from 22 k Wh to 33 k Wh.
The i3’s luxurious-looking interior can fit a family of four, and is made using
renewable or recycled materials for 25 percent of the components. One of
the most striking visual designs outside the batteries is the strip of eucalyptus
wood curving across the dashboard, designed to “breathe” and change to a
pleasant aged color over time. This vehicle can bring speed as well as comfort,
with 184 lb-ft of torque and acceleration from 0 to 60 in about 7 seconds.
By Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter
The Road to
ECN’s insight into the world of electric vehicles.