Plug-In Electric Car Price Comparison For U.S. For 2016

2 years ago by Mark Kane 23

Plug-In Vehicle Price Comparison – U.S. (February 8, 2016) – some models estimated

Plug-In Vehicle Price Comparison – U.S. (February 8, 2016) – some models estimated

2016 Nissan LEAF

2016 Nissan LEAF

Here we present our new plug-in electric car prices and all-electric range (under EPA) comparison for February 2016 in the U.S.

A lot has changed since last time, as some models have disappeared, others had  prices tweaked up or down, and several had destination charge increased a little bit.

Our table/graphs were upgraded a bit too.

Among the changes we note:

Here we have all the models sorted by range, and on the second chart a total breakdown of the numbers:

Plug-In Vehicle Price Comparison – U.S. (February 8, 2016) – some models estimated

Plug-In Vehicle Price Comparison – U.S. (February 8, 2016) – some models estimated

A Cross Section Of Plug-Vehicle Statistics – US Data Provided(click to enlarge)

A Cross Section Of Plug-Vehicle Statistics – US Data Provided(click to enlarge)

All-electric cars only:

All-Electric Cars Range & Price (U.S.) Comparison (February 8, 2016)

All-Electric Cars Range & Price (U.S.) Comparison (February 8, 2016)

Plug-in hybrids and range extended EVs only:

Plug-in Cars (with engine on-board) Range & Price (U.S.) Comparison (February 8, 2016)

Plug-in Cars (with engine on-board) Range & Price (U.S.) Comparison (February 8, 2016)

BEVs price/range comparison:

BEVs Price per mile of range – U.S. (February 8, 2016) – some models estimated

BEVs Price per mile of range – U.S. (February 8, 2016) – some models estimated

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23 responses to "Plug-In Electric Car Price Comparison For U.S. For 2016"

  1. Speculawyer says:

    Those are great charts! Thanks!

    1. Mark Kane says:

      🙂

    2. Nate says:

      Agreed, keep up the good work Mark.

  2. Mikael says:

    Not that we didn’t knew it already but the graphs make it super obvious how the 100-220 mile segment is really missing.

    Can’t wait for the second gen. 150+ mile EVs.

    1. Leaf Owner says:

      Seriously missing….

  3. Patrick says:

    I always thought the Spark was the best deal and that kinda proves it. If 132 km is enough range of course.

  4. SparkEV says:

    Having a soft spot for i3, it always pains me to see the chart that only take price-range into consideration. Chart that take performance + price would be better like I do in my blog. Scroll down to “Performance-cost metric”

    score = price * (0-60 time) ^ 2

    Then i3 is right behind Tesla P90D. Why squared? Why not? Price is not linear to performance, I just picked squared to give non-linear character, though exponential might work, too.

    1. Josh says:

      I like where your head at. You are basically trying to sum up the value proposition into one number.

      I only had time to skim the post, but I will revisit it later. The one thing that would be useful to add is storage capacity. This is a relevant metric for many car shoppers.

      Low Price, Long Range, Performance, and Storage Capacity combined would hit almost all drivers requests.

      1. SparkEV says:

        As often happens here, the link I posted got removed, so others won’t know what you mean. As you say, it’s more than just cost-performance that I’m trying to examine. Other things can be combined as well, such as DCFC speed, and as you suggest, storage capacity. It’s just sad to see i3 ranking so poorly.

        1. Josh says:

          Carbon is expensive 🙂

          1. SparkEV says:

            Carbon is only expensive with relation to corresponding metric. i3 was supposed to be performance, hence when you take that into account, it’s fairs very well. Seeing i3 worse than iMiev is just sad.

    2. Nate says:

      I like that idea, SparkEV.

      For me, 0-60 isn’t as much interest as the cargo and passenger room these days so I’d like to see that too.

      1. SparkEV says:

        What weight would you give to volume? For a car that has 2X volume, would you pay 2X the price or 4X (2 squared) or 8X (2 cubed) or 1.4X (sqroot of 2)? I’d guess 1.4X.

  5. BraveLilToaster says:

    That’s interesting that the 2016 Leaf SL is more than the Soul EV in the US. In Canada, they’re almost exactly the same price (they’re different only by a couple hundred bucks).

  6. Leaf Owner says:

    Leaf is dead until they can get a 150+ mile range version out into the market (for same price as current model)

    1. Benjamin says:

      How is the Leaf dead? It offers the second lowest price/electric mile after incentives, has the most range of any affordable plug-in vehicle, and has 5 seats, good luggage capacity.

      The 2016 30kwh Leaf is a credible interim offering to carry through this year. They will have to drop the price to compete with the Bolt as it gets closer, though.

      1. Speculawyer says:

        Well the Chevy Bolt is on the horizon, the Model 3 is on the distant Horizon, and the Chevy Volt is much more compelling for many.

        I don’t think it is dead but I think it will struggle with sales

      2. Jeff Songster says:

        Ideally the 30kW goes to the base price and include the CHAdeMO port and the heat pump… maybe a windshield heater and then add the 150 to 175 mile EPA rated battery at the old top price. Hold the prices by limiting options and bundling. Will be cool if they can release it soon at or below price of BOLT. Otherwise if it appears after BOLT… better be cheaper at nearly same range with more features.

        Gonna be an interesting year coming up.

  7. Hangtime10 says:

    In considering an EV (plug-in hybrid for me), I put charge time (110 and 220/240) as the 3rd most important after range and price.
    An EV might go 120 km (yes I’m in Canada) but if it takes 6 or 13 hrs to fully charge (using 240 or 110), is the time x cost worth it compared to one that takes 2.5 or 5 hrs to charge but only goes 50 kms?

    1. John C says:

      Just get a decent (i.e. 6kW+) L2 installed.

      The wife does her daily commute on <50% charge, plug in our 24kWh LEAF, and by the time she's ready for a night out an hour or two later, the thing is at 100% again, or close to it.

      1. Jeff Songster says:

        Agree that often the 6kW charger is adequate for 90 percent… but I really like having the CHAdeMO DC Quick charger available for unplanned events and longer trips. Our LEAFs are often ready to go again in an hour or so… mostly because one of the keys to range anxiety/perception… is that topping off is not always necessary… 95% is enough and that last 5% takes 30 to 50% of the time needed.

  8. How about a Chart for Hill Climbing ability – or best grade the vehicle can maintain 60 – 65 Mph on? One for Ground Clearance? Or – how about Most States the Model is available in? Or a chart about TCO (Total Cost of Operation)?

    I think some fun charts – like – Most Fun to Drive EV? Fastest Selling EV (Meaning – Dealers that have EV Selection, Education, Support, AND Love to Sell them!)?

    Also – how about number of Tesla’s in States where Tesla is not allowed to have Full On Stores, as compared to Gallery Only States, and No Store OR Gallery States? (Basically a Ratio of Tesla Sales per Story / Gallery / Neither in the given state!)

    Just throwing out a few other ideas here!

  9. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

    That’s odd, I thought I had read that the Prius Plug-in had been discontinued.