Competition in the electric vehicle industry is increasing and will continue after several countries, such as France, have put a date on the end of diesel and gasoline. In this context, the supply of pure electric models will expand, but is already considerable. For those who are considering betting on a more sustainable mobility and want to know more about what is happening in the market, we review the main models available. Some are still prohibitive for many, however competition and advancements, especially in batteries, can drive prices down. In fact, in 2017, buying and maintaining an electric car was already more profitable than diesel or gasoline cars in countries such as the United States, Japan or the United Kingdom.
With a starting price of $44,450, the BMW i3 is a very popular model in Europe. Not in vain, has it ever appeared in the statistics as the best-selling in the old continent. The 33 kWh battery pack of its most recent version, in addition to a power of 125 kW, are among the guarantees of this model that, however, punctures with respect to others in a fundamental field: autonomy. An electric from this firm can circulate for 156 kilometers without recharging.
Somewhat cheaper than the BMW i3, since it can be purchased from $37,495 onwards, the Chevy Bolt surpasses the previous model in autonomy. With 60 kWh batteries, the Bolt can go up to 383 kilometers on a charge. Another highlight of this option is its engine. With a power of 150 kW, the Chevy Bolt can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 6.5 seconds.
With a maximum autonomy of 280 kilometers and an eco driving mode to be more energy efficient, the Ionic Electric is another option to acquire a pure electric. With a starting price of 24,225 euros, this model has an 88 kW engine and a torque of 295 Nm.
The Nissan LEAF enters the market in 2018 with its second generation and with the aim of remaining among the leaders of electric vehicles. Compared to its predecessor, it grows in autonomy, power and autonomous driving. Priced at $30,875 for the most basic model, the 2018 LEAF will initially have a range of 240 kilometers. Its 110 kW engine will allow the driver behind the wheel to accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in about eight seconds. The bet is interesting, but before leaning towards it it is worth comparing the performance of the Nissan LEAF and those of the Tesla Model 3 , in addition to comparing the Japanese model with the Chevy.
Tesla: Model S, Model X, Model 3.
These are the three alternatives that the company led by Elon Musk puts on the table, which expected to close 2017 with 100,000 Model S and Model X sold. With the Model 3, things slow down, since with slowed production (only 220 units were manufactured in the third quarter of 2017), the sales volume suffers. In any case, these are the highlights of the three models:
Leader in sales in the United States, the Model S displays enormous advantages but starts from a reality: its price is significantly higher than that of other competing models. To acquire it you have to invest at least $74,500. Obviously, the strengths compared to other electric are there. Its between 466 and 572 kilometers of autonomy depending on the model chosen, in addition to greater acceleration (from 0 to 60 miles in 2.28 seconds), or a speed of up to 250 kilometers per hour illustrate the superiority of the Model S.
Aimed at crossover lovers , the Model X is also one of the best in this class of vehicles. It stands out both for the security it offers and for its speed. With slightly less range than the higher-end Model S, this Tesla proposition continues to outperform the competition by far, being able to drive 355 kilometers on a charge. However, the price can make it difficult for many to opt for the Tesla SUV, since it starts at $79,500.
The Model 3, which is available for reservation, opens the option of purchasing an electric Tesla to those who cannot afford to pay more than $70,000 for their vehicle. In fact, the starting price of this model is at $35,000. With that, it matches the prices of other brands and opens up to new potential customers.
Smaller, simpler and more affordable. They are the dominants of this vehicle, which nevertheless continues to exhibit a lot of muscle. A maximum of 5.6 seconds to get to 60 miles per hour, or a capacity to circulate, without recharging, between 354 and 498 kilometers illustrate that the Model 3 has a lot to say.
Although those mentioned are among the most prominent, there are more options, such as the Smart Fortwo, which allows you to purchase an electric car with 93-kilometer automation for $24,250. The Volkswagen e-golf, the Fiat 500e or the Mercedes-Benz offer also appear as alternatives in a market in which the novelties do not stop.