2018 U.S. Models – BEV Range Comparison Infographic

APR 27 2018 BY EVANNEX 90


Even though charging networks are proliferating worldwide, long driving range remains a key factor to consider when evaluating electric vehicle options available today. According to InsideEVs, “It’s all about operating range when it comes to electric cars, with the best of the genre able to run for several day’s drive on a charge… [yet] the worst [are] barely able to make it out to the suburbs and back without having to be tethered to an outlet.”

Related: Here Are The 10 Longest Range Electric Cars Available In the U.S.

*This article comes to us courtesy of EVANNEX (which also makes aftermarket Tesla accessories). Authored by Matt Pressman. The opinions expressed in these articles are not necessarily our own at InsideEVs.

Above: Both of Tesla’s sedans boast impressive range (Instagram: enzolau)

So which car company sells the longest range electric vehicles? It’s reported that, “Tesla still leads all automakers when it comes to operating range, with its flagship Model S sedan in its top P100D version able to run for as much as a claimed 337 miles on a charge… even the 75D iteration that comes with the car’s smallest battery in the line nets an estimated 275-mile range.”

Kudos are also in order for GM. It turns out, “The closest non-Tesla contender here is the subcompact Chevrolet Bolt EV hatchback, which is estimated to run for 238 miles per charge. The remainder of the top 10 longest-range EVs… [are] still sufficient for all but long-range road trips; the U.S. Department of Transportation says the average commute in the U.S. is about 30 miles both ways.”

Above: GM’s Chevy Bolt is the only production electric vehicle on the road today with driving range competitive with Tesla’s offerings (Instagram: muzichevy)

That said, is electric vehicle range really all that important? Fleetcarma notes, “when talking to someone outside of the industry, one of the first questions they ask is, ‘but do they even go very far?’ We all know this as range anxiety. The problem is, people think they drive further in a day than they actually do.”

In fact, “according to a study by MIT, 87% of trips made in gasoline cars could have been handled by an EV. As range continues to increase with the nextgen models and charging infrastructure improves, it is only a matter of time until range anxiety disappears.”

Above: Tesla’s Model X is the longest range production SUV on the road today (Instagram: devious_dre)

Regardless, it’s important to consider range when purchasing an EV. To that end, Fleetcarma used electric vehicle “models listed on plugincars… [and] created an infographic that compares the range of 14 battery electric vehicles available this year in the US.” One caveat though — if the long range variants of Tesla’s Model 3 and X (which have 310 miles of range and 290 miles of range) were specified, the top three spots would all be held by Tesla.



Source: InsideEVs / Fleetcarma

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What about the Long Range model 3, which is the only version available today anyway?

Because that would make the Bolt the cheapest, long range EV that you can actually buy today.

What would be even more accurate and not just wishful thinking is the price ACTUALLY PAID at retail. Bolt’s are usually (the basic model at least) priced less than the to date non-existent ‘3’ Short Range.

The local dealer here is advertising Bolt premier 4K off retail price… Its not a bad deal at 38K Just so unappealing, GM should throw a quick restyle on it, and some different seats, and they would not have to knock the 4K off the price.

I have gotten to the paranoid point where I believe, kind of, that GM has intentionally hamstrung each of their electric offerings. The Volt is great, but has tiny backseats, no ACC and charges at a glacial pace. The Spark EV, well lets leave that one alone. The Bolt was purposely built to be a dorky looking runabout, with great specs and relatively decent charging. The Chinese Cute Ute won’t be available here. The ELR was priced at a ridiculous price point.
GM doesn’t want to build electric cars in large numbers because they don’t make that much money on each one they build, and their dealers make less on servicing them. But they want to be ready if Tesla forces them to enter the market in a big way or lose huge chunks of market share. So they build these almost great cars, but each of them has significant but easily rectified flaws.

Nothing wrong with the styling. It’s a small hot hatchback.

EV, the Bolt fell out of the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down. And it didn’t have to be that ugly.
GM chose to make it look unattractive.
The Focus ST and RS, Fiesta ST, VW GTI, heck, even the Cruze Hatchback are all better looking by FAR than the Bolt.
It can’t be an accident. You don’t get a car that ugly without ill intent.
Now to argue against myself, GM did sell the Sonic which had a fat a** that sat way up in the air, making it look it there was a mini-delivery van in its genetic background. So maybe some of that familial ugly in the family tree crept into the gene pool…

Except that neither are particularly greatly available in Canada, either! And – The Bolt EV, while Cheaper than the LR Variant of the Model 3, Also has a Waiting period after ordering, Longer than the Model 3 LR after confirming your order! (In Canada, At Least)

Yeah. They should not have listed the SR at $35k on here as it is not yet available as a 2018 Model.

Should have listed the 310 mile range and $49k for the LR.

“its top P100D version able to run for as much as a claimed 337 miles on a charge”
Nice. But first it’s optimistic as usual.
Second, the longest range electric car is Honda Clarity FC EV with 366 miles EPA range. It trumps all others and leases for much cheaper price.

You really have to limit it to cars that are sold, at least more than a couple hundred cars.
Also they only include BEV which is in the title of the article. So an FCV would not qualify.

All right. I missed the ‘BEV’, or could be it was added later.

Those who said FC EV is not an EV, here is Wikipedia. Case closed.
FCEVs just have a gaseous battery, that’s all. As I say to others, the FCEV drives like an electric car and fills up like a gas car. Best of both worlds.

“A fuel cell vehicle (FCV) or fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) is a type of electric vehicle which uses a fuel cell, instead of a battery, or in combination with a battery or supercapacitor, to power its on-board electric motor.”

“Case Closed”.. this guy cracks me up.

My advice: If given the option don’t ever ask for a trial by jury.

FC EV yes. FC EV fills up like a gas car, and pollute as much too. Since hydrogen is a pain in the posterior to transport or store for long, it will be produced locally too, so it will even pollute more, due to all those small leaks of methane along the way.

Thank you. If were are to move from coal and gas, it would be better to move to something different then a gas. (pun on the difference between US and British English)

I drive long distances. I have seen NO PLACE along I95 OR I10 to recharge, so Why on EARTH should I buy an Electric vehicle. In one of the Scandinavian countries, they’ve figured out hoe to make Hydrogen on site using solar energy. They’re also so good at recycling that they have to IMPORT garbage. Leave it to the U.S.A. to be behind technology evert single time.

If you;re driving a gas car you[re likely NOT looking for EV charging stations to fill up.

The Honda Clarity FC car is not an electric car, it is a gas car.
The only thing you can fuel it with is gas. And there are a number of other gas cars with much longer range.

Fuel cells are EV.

yea like a Outlander PHEV is an electric car

Less than that. A PHEV can run on electricity from the wall. A fool cell vehicle can’t; it can only be powered by ridiculously expensive and wildly impractical hydrogen gas, which in the horribly inefficient well-to-wheel process produces massive amounts of pollution.

Lol. I thought batteries are inefficient to travel large distances with? Hydrogen storage is much more weight efficient than batteries. Add that most PHEV are charged at home when the solar panels on their roofs are not working and there is definitely a case to be made. So it really depends how you look at it. Ps I am in favour of both though indeed hydrogen also has some significant disadvantages at the moment.

Mirai weighs more than model 3.
Workplace charging during day is the future but 5-10 years away when solar is in excess (depending on location). But that being said, there is idle capacity at night right now so that is when charging makes sense. At some point, daytime electricity will be the cheapest and that is when we will charge.
And then 20 years from now, there might be enough excess to make hydrogen. Maybe.

“I thought batteries are inefficient to travel large distances with?” Tell that to my Tesla Model S 90D owning Coworker who drove it from Toronto, Ontario, to Key West, FL, a Week after Buying it, and to California the next summer, or my Model X 100D owning Coworker, that he can’t go far!

He said “inefficient”, not impossible 🙂 Adventurers have done these in horse and buggy too. Tell your co-workers a little secret about something called an airplane 🙂

Weight efficient? How about Hydrogen is less than 1/3 of the efficiency of batteries at storing and retrieving electricity. You know, the real meaning of the word efficient.


If the wheels being run by electric motor its an EV if not its a hybrid. Thats why the volt gen 1 was a range extender

Your Definition means my 2004 Prius was an EV! Ha!

Wasn’t it dual power? a.k.a. parallel?
Anyway 2004 Prius was still done as performance for less pollution game. That’s not necessary. Recipe is simple. Add bigger battery so that electric motor can power wheels on it’s own. Done. Well almost. Toyota still pretends to not understand…

“Fuel cells are EV.”.

To me, fuel-celled vehicles are EXACTLY as electrified as a Diesel-Electric Train.

And they ain’t much better than a decades old Prius. All 3 devices have ‘electric generators’ (whether rotating or not) , and electric drive motors, yet are fueled at a 0% rate when it comes to household electricity.

Now, if you mean the California Refueling stations that have around 500 kw (around 650 horsepower worth) of compressors, pumps and refrigeration equipment to “GREENLY REFUEL” the Fuel Celled Mirai, as a for instance, then in that SMALL sense your MIRAI is totally electric. They certainly use enough of it.

Thank you Bill for that knowledge! Never knew how ridiculous the refill station power consumption was.

I think another salient point that isn’t brought up enough is the production of H2. 96% of hydrogen literally comes straight from natural gas, coal, and gasoline and releases a LOT of CO2 in the process and also requires a lot of power/electricity. The thermodynamics of producing H2 are absurd. Only a fool would think that sustainable.

If you are curious and open minded just read the Wikipedia page https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydrogen_production

Good link. In 2006, there was already enough hydrogen produced (53 million metric tons) to fuel 309 million cars like Clarity FCV that runs 70 miles/kg and assuming EPA 12k miles/year!
That’s excellent news. The hydrogen suply constraints are overblown and just propaganda from anti-hydrogen FUDsters.

Unfortunately, we can’t say the same for BEVs. Battery production is a severe challenge and consumes way too much materials and produces way too much pollution to scale up to power (scratch that; to store power for) 309 million cars. May be in a million years, we will get there.

Toyota will produce 1.2 tons of hydrogen in addition to 2.5 MW of electricity, from renewable sources at their Trigen facility, Case closed again. So, Toyota is now an energy company too!

“The plant is scheduled to go online in 2020 and will generate approximately 2.5 megawatts of electricity,..
Additionally, the plant will and produce 1.2 tons of hydrogen every day, which is enough to power about 1,500 vehicles on an average daily drive. “

“Thank you Bill”.

You’re welcome. To be fair, that is in the largest of the stations, the sizing needed for practical large scale Mirai and FC Clarity refueling of many cars per hour.

But I mentioned it since a Gasoline or diesel Fuel dispensery uses so little electricity by comparison. Years ago, when gasoline pumps had mechanical registration and self -contained electric motors and pumps, the electric consumption was only that of a single 1/2 horsepower (373 watt) motor doing the pumping. In the states, today gasoline and diesel dispensing is much more economical with electricity even than that since the modern tank mounted pumps are shared between multiple cars.

The hydrogen problems are NOT INSURMOUNTABLE!!!! We put a man on the MOON for Christ sake. Also, I don’t see why this has to be an either/or proposition. An electric car would NEVER fulfill my driving needs. In addition, most people in places like N.Y.C. have to find parking on the street, One of my friends has parking at her condo but her spot two blocks away at the car park, and she pays $350/month for it.

I Agree., It uses way more than it should ..Maybe 3X More than it should..

I’ll bite. Why do they need refrigeration equipment? Are they liquefying the fuel?

Hydrogen can exist as a liquid under high pressure and an extremely low temperature of 20.28 kelvin (−252.87°C, −423.17 °F). Hydrogen is often stored in this way as liquid hydrogen takes up less space than hydrogen in its normal gas form.

Fuel Cells are Rolling Bombs waiting to go KAB00M !

So is gasoline! That’s why you cant smoke while pumping. and there are signs on the pumps warning you about static electricity. That was also the problem with the Ford Pinto! Gasoline fumes are heavy and stay close to the ground and will ignite, USUALLY under the car. Hydrogen is the lightest element and quickly dissipates into the atmosphere.

Not really. They are if you just look at propulsion but not at fuel/energy carrier, which is the important metric.

Hence the designations BEV and FCEV

Do They Plug-In to Electricity, or GAS(eous Fuels)?

Well, I drove a 2004 Prius – It was Electrified, and had a Battery, (1.4 kWh), but it could not be Plugged in! It Was a Gas Powered Car!

See Wikipedia link above. I trust that more than a comment on an internet forum.

It is great to have km added on the list, it does make it easier for those of us outside of the USA.

Just read the mileage range and think to yourself: OK, that’s the winter range!

FYI: The Bolt is not a subcompact. If it were classified as a sedan like the Golf, it would be a midsize. It is a small wagon.

I feel like hatchback is the more appropriate term…

Yes, it’s a hatchback. You have to stretch the term “station wagon” far past the point of being meaningful, to get it to fit the Bolt EV!

Puddle Jumper would the Appropriate term..

Yeah I use it like a mid-sized station wagon. A few weeks ago I had to pick up 18 bundles of shingles to reroof one of my garages. I asked how much the bundles weighed. I was told 850 pounds.

I said, “Oh, that ain’t so bad. About 3 Mother-in-Law’s worth.”

You would think the back of the vehicle would tilt down and the headlights would shine high – but the car just seemed to drive just as fine as it always does.

Doesn’t the Bolt come with HID headlights as standard equipment? The last I knew all HID headlights had to be self-leveling, so the old school problem of headlights pointing up with load shouldn’t ever be a problem for the Bolt. The Bolt should never have any problem at all with headlights due to load, so it should be good on that no matter how much you load in it.

GVWR of the Bolt is 4,514 lbs at full highway speed.
Curb weight of the Bolt is 3,580 lbs.

That gives 934 lbs worth of cargo+passenger capacity, so unless you weigh less than 100 lbs, you were technically over-loaded based on GVWR. But since GVWR is based on highway speed, as long as you weren’t taking an extended highway speed drive, the Bolt should be able to absolutely handle 850 lbs with no real problem. Not a good idea for extended highways speeds though.

Moral of the story? Stick to just one Mother-in-Law at a time, or you will be arrested for bigamy AND you will over-load your Bolt taking them all on a long roadtrip. LOL!!

Having 3 Mother-in-Laws just isn’t fair for your Bolt!!

934 pounds is about 134 more than I would have guessed. Interesting.

An infographic that compares only the ranges of only three types of BEVs? And possibly worse, one that lists the “Tesla Model X” without specifying which of several battery pack sizes they’re talking about? Sadly, very-light-on-facts articles — like this one — is what we’ve come to expect from Evannex.

Oops! I see I posted too soon. Looks like the picture at the top of the article is just an excerpt from the full infographic, which shows a lot more than just three types of BEVs.

would be interesting to show EVs that are no longer being made but are on the used market too.

If you sort by $ per mile of range. the Bolt wins with the lowest cost per mile range.

Vehicle Range Cost $/mile
Mercedes B-Class ED 87 42,400 $487.36
Honda Clarity Electric 89 36,620 $411.46
Smart ED 58 23,800 $410.34
Fiat 500e 84 32,600 $388.10
Tesla Model X 237 85,000 $358.65
Kia Soul EV 111 34,500 $310.81
Ford Focus Electric 115 29,200 $253.91
Volkswagon eGolf 125 30,500 $244.00
Hyundai Ioniq Electric 124 29,500 $237.90
Tesla Model S 315 71,000 $225.40
Nissan Leaf 151 29,900 $198.01
Tesla Model 3 LR 310 50,000 $161.29
Chevy Bolt EV 238 37,500 $157.56

You are comparing a Bolt base Model with a fully loaded Model 3. Should be 220 35,000 $ 159.09

SR model 3 is not out yet

Technically the Model 3 220 mile range version hasn’t gotten an official range rating by the EPA. So it can’t actually be ranked yet. It is still a projected rating at this point.

The list is 2018 vehicles. The SR 3 is not yet available. And you can only order a fully loaded 3. And it is not $35k. There is a $1000 destination fee. It is $36k.

Yeah, but doesn’t include dc fast charging so 8 hours of charging every stop on a trip. What an EV!

Anyone else find it dumb/hilarious that the crappy little “Smart” electric is last on the list? Who buys those and why?

I did, four years ago. It has saved us about $8000 over what we would have spent on gasoline to run our Mazda. In a few more years the car will have effectively paid for itself.

Plus it’s fun to drive, easy to park and simple to maintain.

It’s also the most efficient EV in terms of km/Wh.

Nope. Not dumb or hilarious if it is exactly what someone needs for their own personal driving needs. There are even electric NEV’s and electric bicycles and even electric skateboards. As long as the owner knows what they need for their own use, and that the Smart will work for them, it is very smart for that owner to buy an EV that works for them.

Personally, if I had a high school kid who was just supposed to use their car to go back and forth to school and to extra curricular activities after school, and wasn’t supposed to be driving around a bunch of friends, this would be the perfect car for that use.

Or if you can charge at work and your other family car is a PHEV, it could be just perfect for some folks.

A 315 mile range version of Model S for only $71000? I don’t think so.

Yea, they have multiple problems with their Tesla numbers. That is just one of many compared to the current Tesla website numbers.

Can you diy the fiat and benz with a dcfc

What would happen to the Clarity Electric when come off the leases

Owners that couldn’t make payments on the Bolt or didnt like it are going to dealers at $20k-29k https://www.cars.com/vehicledetail/detail/733533422/overview/

Bolts are coming off the 1st owners at around 20k https://www.cars.com/vehicledetail/detail/732824141/overview/

By „forgetting“ the Model 3 LR and the X 100D this graphics is worthless.
Basically a lie by omission.

How about separate graphics for those vehicles available for sale in all fifty states versus compliance only states?

Where is this 220 mile range $35,000 Tesla Model 3 that’s allegedly available as a 2018 model in the US? Does this infographic include vaporware?

It seems to omit or include a lot of things that make people unhappy.

Future products are not vaporware. Please consult a dictionary when in doubt instead of using bigger words than you understand.

This was supposedly a list of 2018 models. The SR Model 3 at $35k won’t be available until 2019.

Renault Zoe (the best selling electric car in Europe) is missing and have a range of about 350km

2018 ‘US’ cars.

Can you guys please make the header either stay down ALWAYS or stay up ALWAYS. I cannot read your website because of the headache I get from it bouncing up and down. It’s more annoying than pop-up ads.

But . . but . . but . . it’s Kool, man ! /s

Well, O.K. Someone needs to have a talk with the kids who do this web design stuff.
This philosophy of web design by nitwits, in the service of nitwits, for reading by nitwits (on their %^#$-phones, yet) has gone too far already. Have you checked out Elektrek recently? No bouncy headers, but every other aspect of the experience seems even more offensive.
One day soon, I’m going to fling this laptop out the window and go sulk in my man-cave.

Back in the day 238 miles was more than 237 miles. And this article would have said tesla is the closest to leading bolt. But times have changed.

The Honda Clarity electric is a pretty big car. I’m surprised it gets such low range. Seems like one could get a lot of battery in it.

Ignore! In another two years, 250~310 miles would be the median range.

Why do Insideeevs “charts” never include the 90kW 240/298mile Jaguar I-Pace.
Its available to build on the Jaguar US website ….. unlike some others on the list.
You can also go to your local dealer in 50 states and order it …… unlike others on the list.
Just seems like a glaring omission on an EV website ……… curious.

I drive, and I drive A LOT. I REFUSE to fly, so it’s the Dodge Caravan from N.C to N.Y.C, N.C to Florida, and N.C to Texas. I have YET to see a charging station along I95 OR I10. In Brooklyn, there are no drive ways, so you have to park on the street. In Queens, I have access to a drive way, but I’d need a 15 foot cord to reach the nearest outlet. Is anyone thinking about these problems? I hear complaints about no infrastructure for Hydrogen cars, but we have no infrastructure for electric either.

Just because you haven’t seen charging stations doesn’t mean they’re not there. Download smart phone apps plugshare, chargepoint or EVgo to find maps of stations you never noticed before.
I have a bolt EV and I am planning a trip from Boston to Florida, which looks quite feasible based on the location of charging stations on the East Coast. I’m not sure about getting to Texas.

Now Top-3 models by range are Tesla’s products. Wonderful. So none of the mainstream automakers could make a car that gets into Top-3.

First of all, the Benz B250e is phased out in 2017.
Fiat is still selling only the 500e MY-2017 and has not launched MY-2018.
Both these models should not be in the list of 2018 vehicles.

And the Smart is just a 2 seater with a very little trunk space and a pathetically low 58 mile range and this car should also be eliminated from this list. No idea how long this model will survive.

Even the Focus Electric will be phased out soon with the Ford’s announcement of closing the car models.

China sold 1.744 million Low Speed EV’s (Cars with less than 100 km/h and 100 km range) in 2017.
In 2016; 1.232 million Low Speed EV’s were sold.
These sales are on top of the 777,000 High Speed EV’s.
Don’t you feel its wonderful.