A decade ago, the idea of driving, much less owning a completely electric would to most have seemed an inconceivable notion!!!
Buckle up, folks. These babies are here to stay.
Courtesy of the really great folks over at DIGITALTRENDS, here are the DIGITAL TRENDS - 2018 TOP 6 ELECTRIC CARS That YOU Can BUY:
1. 2018 TESLA MODEL 3 (photo above) - BEST ELECTRIC VEHICLE AVAILABLE
Modestly stylish on the outside, luxurious on the inside, surprisingly fun to drive, and boasting the most available range (310 miles with the long-range battery) of any electric vehicle costing less than $40,000, the Tesla Model 3checks all the right boxes. But that’s just the beginning. Where the Model 3 truly impresses is its innovative convenience and safety features (including the industry’s best semiautonomous driving aids) and future-proofed technology.
2. 2018 CHEVROLET BOLT EV - BEST LONG RANGE EV ALTERNATIVE
n 2018, we finally have an electric car for the everyman — the Chevy Bolt EV. Boasting a range of up to 238 miles and a cost under $30,000 after tax credits are factored in, the crossover-esque Bolt is reshaping the world of EVs by making them accessible to the masses. Consider the glass ceiling broken. Practicality and affordability are just two elements of a good car though, but thankfully, the Bolt has much more up its sleeve. While we prefer the Model 3, if you won’t be able to your hands on a Model 3 for a while (and need an electric commuter ASAP), the Bolt is a fantastic alternative.
3. 2018 NISSAN LEAF SL - BEST AFFORDABLE EV
Not as wild-looking as its predecessor, the new Leaf offers 150 miles of range thanks to a 40kWh battery pack that feeds a 147-hp electric motor. It still doesn’t qualify for the coveted “long-range” label but it’s a lot more usable than its predecessor. If that’s not enough, be patient — we hear Nissan will launch a version with more range in the coming months.
4. BMW i3 - BEST LUXURY ELECTRIC CAR
The i3 is one of the most energy-efficient cars currently sold in the U.S., with an EPA-rated 118 MPGe combined for the 2017 model, which also has up to 114 miles of range. It’s quiet, smooth, and luxury car cozy, but with a handling prowess absent from most battery-powered cars currently on the market. That’s because the car’s carbon fiber construction keeps its weight under 3,000 pounds, and the steering remains quick enough to keeps things lively behind the wheel.
5. TESLA MODEL S P100D - BEST PERFORMANCE ELECTRIC CAR
If you can swing the Porsche-like base price and you’re looking for something fast, comfy, and emissions-free, the range-topping Model S P100D is right up your alley. With its 100kWh battery, the P100D boasts a 0 to 60 time of just 2.5 seconds, making it one of the quickest production cars on the planet. The big battery gives the sedan an impressive 315 miles of range as well, so you’ll have plenty of juice to test the Model S’ incredible acceleration.
6. 2018 KIA SOUL EV - BEST CROSSOVER/SUV
The Soul EV is comfortable, usable, spacious, and actually quite entertaining with 210 lb-ft of electric torque on hand. Its 93-mile range is unquestionably on the low-side. If that number is giving you a certain type of anxiety, remember that most Americans drive less than 40 miles per day. In addition, a 50kW DC connection can charge the EV’s battery to 80 percent in less than 35 minutes.
HOW DIGITAL TRENDS TESTS CARS:
The Digital Trends automotive team tests vehicles through a comprehensive scrutinizing process. We examine the qualities of the exterior and interior and judge them based on our expertise and experience in the context of the vehicle’s category and price range. Entertainment technology is thoroughly tested as well as most safety features that can be tested in controlled environments.