10 Electric Cars Available Nationwide

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While you may only find a few of these cars at a dealership near you, you should find all of these BEVs available nationwide in the U.S. if you’re willing to place an order.

Just like anything else, there may be exceptions and it’s not always cut and dry. Depending on which car you choose and where you live, there is surely the potential to run into issues, but it’s definitely worth a try. A handful of these cars are WIDELY available nationwide, meaning they’ll show up at most dealerships and you shouldn’t run into a problem.

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With that being said, if you live in a less populous state, or even in a remote city, you may have to drive some distance to a metropolitan area. Nationwide availability only guarantees that the vehicle is available in at least one dealership in each of the 50 states. Generally, most dealerships are not going to stock many BEVs since these cars make up such a tiny fraction of overall sales. Some dealerships may not stock them at all, but should be able to order one for you. However, there’s not a guarantee that you won’t have to travel a reasonable distance to take delivery or even have to pay to have it shipped.

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For each model listed below, we’ve attempted to secure as much information as possible regarding availability to assist you in the buying process. However, automakers aren’t always very transparent when it comes to the availability of these vehicles. To compare vehicle specs, consult our Compare EVs tab in the top left corner of our homepage.

 

BEVs available nationwide

Chevrolet Bolt EV – EPA Range 238 Miles

The Bolt is currently the only true no-brainer on this list when it comes to nationwide availability. Since August of 2017, it has been available in all states and inventory exceeds demand.

 

BEVs available nationwide

BMW i3 – EPA Range 114 Miles

Like the Chevrolet Bolt, the BMW i3 is available in every U.S. state and inventory tends to be good. Keep in mind that there are not that many BMW dealers in the U.S., so you may be taking a small road trip to find the one nearest you that has an i3 on hand.

 

BEVs available nationwide

Nissan LEAF – 2018 LEAF EPA Range 151 Miles

The LEAF has been available throughout the U.S. for years. However, due to a late, slow start with production of the new 2018 model and a lack of 2017 inventory, it hasn’t been very easy to get one as of late. Nissan is building inventory now, so that’s beginning to change.

 

BEVs available nationwide

Tesla Model S and X – EPA Range From 238 Miles To 335 Miles

Tesla has a limited number of stores throughout the country, and you should be able to get a Model S or X in many locations, but with new delivery timelines, you may have to wait four or five months. While the automaker uses an online custom ordering system, inventory vehicles are also available in decreasing quantities. However, there still eight states that either ban or limit Tesla’s direct sales model. Michigan, Texas, Utah, Connecticut, New Mexico, Wisconsin, and Oklahoma don’t allow the automaker to sell its cars at all. New York allows sales but limits the number of “dealerships” to five in the entire state.

 

BEVs available nationwide

Tesla Model 3 – EPA Range 310 Miles

The Model 3 is a weird case. It’s “available” and eventually will be as available as the Model S and X (once the current long list of reservations are filled and Tesla can even begin to consider filling new orders or stocking inventory). However, for now, only one of its three trims is being manufactured, and unless you’re a current Tesla owner and have secured a paid reservation, it’s not going to be available to you for some time. If you want the base trim or dual motor variant, you’ll have to wait longer.

 

BEVs available nationwide

Ford Focus Electric – EPA Range 115 Miles

The Focus Electric is available in California and “slightly” stocked in all CARB states. It’s also available in very limited numbers in other areas. The 2018 model may be more readily available in CARB states than the outgoing model. However, there’s no consistency to the equation. Dealerships may or may not choose to stock it or make it available to you. You should be able to order the Focus Electric nationwide, and the automaker says it can be serviced at most Ford dealerships.

 

BEVs available nationwide

Kia Soul EV – EPA Range 111 Miles

The Soul EV tells much the same story as the Ford Focus Electric. It’s primarily available in California, but also stocked in some quantity in other CARB states. Additionally, a handful of locations in non-CARB states choose to stock a few. Some dealerships that don’t sell the Soul EV are willing to order it for you if you ask nicely.

 

BEVs available nationwide

smart fortwo ED – EPA Range 58 Miles

Mercedes-Benz sells smart cars. It claims that the smart fortwo ED is available nationwide. Keep in mind, the automaker doesn’t have a vast dealer network in the first place, and many of them (especially outside of urban areas) don’t sell the smart fortwo ED. Once smart switched to fortwo ED only in the U.S., many dealers moved to service only, rather than sales. So, it’s available in low-volume at a limited number of locations. To provide an example, we did a search from Michigan and found that the closest vehicle was 330 miles away. However, there is a smart dealer within 50 miles of our location, and while the fortwo ED is not stocked, we should be able to order one. At this point, we’re awaiting confirmation.

 

BEVS available nationwide

Hyundai IONIQ Electric – EPA Range 124 Miles

According to Hyundai’s website, the IONIQ Electric is only available to California residents. Inventory is also very low. However, the automaker has said that the vehicle may eventually be available for order at all dealerships nationwide. We haven’t secured proof of this yet, but it makes sense and it can’t hurt to give it a try. While it seems on the website you can’t order one to any dealership outside of California at this point, Hyundai claims ordering will eventually be available to all, and select dealerships may be willing to secure one for you. If inventory doesn’t pick up, this would be a moot point.

 

Conclusion

The Chevrolet Bolt and BMW i3 are currently the only BEVs available nationwide in terms of widespread inventory at plenty of dealerships. The new 2018 Nissan LEAF will join the latter very soon. You can order any Tesla vehicle immediately. While a Model S and X should be ready fairly quickly, you may have to wait more than a year for a Model 3. Depending on where you live, you may have to order your Tesla sight unseen, and in some states, you will have to travel elsewhere to take delivery.

A growing variety of U.S. dealerships may have a Ford Focus Electric or Kia Soul EV on hand. However, outside of CARB states, it’s rare. Fortunately, you should be able to order one. Mercedes-Benz is selling the smart fortwo ED throughout the country, but, depending on where you live, you could have trouble finding one. Hyundai also says you can order an IONIQ Electric at any U.S. dealerships.

Let us know in the comments section if you own any of these vehicles and had difficulty acquiring it. Did you purchase it in a non-CARB state? Did you order direct? Please share your experience so that we may all have a better handle on BEVs available nationwide.

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John

Or just look at the used market and your options increase massively.

David Murray

Exactly. We are getting an influx of CARB compliance cars on the used market throughout the country. I recently bought a used Fiat 500e here in Texas from a used car lot. Apparently it was a lease return in California and ended up at auction and was brought to the Dallas area along with several others.

I have also seen Ford Focus Electric and Kai Soul EV models around the Dallas area on occasion.

Texas FFE

At the end of 2015 there were a lot of new Focus Electrics on dealers lots in Texas to take advantage of the $2,500 Texas EV rebate. The Texas EV rebate starts up again in April of this year so we will probably see a build up of FFEs on dealer lots again. Used FFEs are still pretty popular in Texas and don’t usually last long on used car lots if they are priced to sell.

Texas FFE

Your post made realize that the e500 is not on the list. There appear to only be about three dozen sitting on dealer lots but that’s more inventory than the Ioniq has and the e500 does sell better than the FFE. I wonder why the e500 didn’t make the list.

TheLondonbroiler

500e is not sold new nationwide.

Isn’t the VW e-Golf available nationwide yet? If not, isn’t making it available part of the VW dieselgate settlement, and so it *will* be available soon?

It’s selling pretty massively in leading European EV markets right now (Norway, Netherlands, Germany), so it’s not a quantity issue but a prioritizing issue, just like with Kia, Hyundai and (going the other direction) GM and the Bolt/Volt.

EVShopper

No new eGolfs in my state. And when I look at listed prices they are close to what I would pay for a Bolt EV.

Why would I buy a slower vehicle with less range with an out date styling?

eGolf is a Stupid compliance car.

Will

Leaf are out nationwide. Theres some in NY,MD,Vir,DC, Ohio. Ioniq should not be on the list.

WadeTyhon

“However, the automaker has said that the vehicle will be available for order at all dealerships nationwide. We haven’t secured proof of this yet, but it makes sense and it can’t hurt to give it a try.”

Maybe the Hyundai rep meant the Ioniq PHEV? I highly doubt anyone outside of California will see an Ioniq EV anytime soon.

Also, the Smart ED used to be more widely available for order but a lot of dealers are now “service only”. Hence the lack of inventory. There isn’t a new Smart ED within 500 miles of my city. But there is a Smart service dealer so buying out of state is possible.

Anyways, this list just rides home the fact that in the US, the only automakers serious about BEVs are GM, Nissan, Tesla and BMW.

Volt Fan

See my post above. The only automaker serious about BEVs is GM. The others don’t sell everywhere, just where it is convenient to make more money, such as the West Coast.

Mark C

I was on the Hyundai website this past weekend and you can’t even order a BEV Ionic outside CA. From their website where you can Build Your Own:

Nice choice!
Now see it in person. The Ioniq Electric is currently only available at select California dealerships, find one near you.
Find Ioniq Electric Dealers
Ioniq Unlimited+ Program
View Ioniq Family

JyChevyVolt

The Ioniq Electric is only available in Southern California.

I’ve been trying to get the subscription price for months. The reservation list so looooong, dealers don’t even honor the subscription price.

People are getting 150-170 miles of range in Southern California. The efficiency is too good to be true.

Come on Hyundai, we need more Ioniq Electric in Southern California!

Mark.ca

Only 1 for sale in SoCal on Autotrader…what a horrible job is Hyundai doing with this incredible car.

A. Gordon

Since when has any of the Tesla vehicles been available in Michigan? Or is Michigan not part of the “nation”? Also, the 2018 VW e-Golf is the only one sold new, not the 2017. My work associate just configured and ordered a 2018 e-Golf, expected April delivery.

Haggy

Unfortunately, some of this is already outdated. Demand was so high at the end of 2017 that Tesla sold out its inventory cars. They currently show one Model S and zero Model X as new inventory for the entire US. Even CPO only shows 10 Model X and barely over 100 Model S.

But you can order one, right? Not so fast. Yes you can order one but the wait in the US is up to five months. In California I can order an S or X with expected June delivery.

Threader

GM better have the Volt’s Adaptive Cruise Cruise control in the 2019 Bolt or lose sales to the Leaf Gen 2 with ProPilot. Extra 90 miles of Bolt range over new Leaf can’t overcome having to modulate the go pedal manually with your right foot in hours of traffic a day.

Nate

If I had to go back to the days of spending multilpe hours in traffic each day I do not think the right solution would be to change what car I was driving, especially not to something brand new. Instead I would find a way to change how much I had to sit in traffic each day.

I know that can be easier said than done for folks due to various reasons like housing prices and family needs. So it might have to be be a goal to work towards. Buying a new car could make it harder to get to that goal. There are some pretty darn efficient used cars that would be tough to beat in TCO. Just an idea.

That said my concern with the Bolt is not the cruise control but the reports of uncomfotable front sests. As for the Leaf I have bigger concers with the lack of battery thermal management and resale.

Best of luck.

Bill Howland
I’ll admit the BOLT ev is a cheap car, but I’ve put on over 20,500 miles on mine and the car isn’t even a year old yet. Its a hoot to drive. I’m putting more miles on it at a much greater rate than any car I have ever owned. I don’t know if people have back problems, or are excessively ‘gravity challenged’, but I find my plain jane cloth seats in the basic LT model very comfortable. There’s even more space for rear seat passengers. The $4000 extra Premiere option trim with much more uncomfortable Leather Seating and a bunch of do-dads I couldn’t care less about made me spring for the value model. There are really very few choices for pure EV’s for me. I would not buy any BEV with a range under 230 miles. Both the orginal Roadster, and the BOLT ev meet that Benchmark. Tesla doesn’t currently offer an economical vehicle for sale. I couldn’t afford the ongoing maintenance of my Roadster, so traded it in via a cashless swap for a new Cadillac 2014 ELR (in mid 2015). The warranty and maintenance programs on that car are ongoing and fantastic, plus the car is… Read more »
Volt Fan

Those reports are biased against the Bolt EV. Go to your Chevy dealer and sit in one. I did! And the seats are great but unique as they are asymmetrical (less padding toward the door side). You will love it and buy one!

jim stack

NOTE=Never buy an EV without liquid cooling in a warm place like the Southern USA. So don’t buy the LEAF, KIA SOULEV or HYUNDAI IONIQ.
I’ve tested them all for 2-3 years and they are not fit to own. Maybe a short lease but never buy.

Thanks for the advice Jim, that’s my biggest concern in Phoenix. Options are limited, on list for Model 3 but wait is too long that I’ll probably cancel and continue to drive ICE.

Volt Fan

Get a Chevy Bolt EV now and save money from the first day. No more gasoline!

Magnus H

Where have you tested Ioniq Electric for 2-3 years? It has been available in the US for about a year.

EVShopper

Really would be nice if you listed the CARB states. And not all compliance cars are sold in all CARB states. WA is a CARB state, for example, but didn’t adopt the EV mandate portion and so many of the “CARB” state EVs are not available here.

EVShopper

There are zero Ford Focus vehicles available in WA. The nearest to me is 165miles away in OR.

Nate

Are you shopping for one?

165 miles from your town WA to that car in Oregon. That sounds likw you might be in the Seattle area and that car you want is is in Portland where I am at? So that should not stop you. The Focus EV should have CCS fastcharge stsndard now. There are stations in Portland, Longview and South Tacoma. Seems like you could get that.

EVShopper

This was supposedly an article about vehicles that are available “nationwide”. Just pointing out the Focus maybe shouldn’t be on that list.

EVShopper

“However, there still eight states that either ban or limit Tesla’s direct sales model. Michigan, Texas, Utah, Connecticut, New Mexico, Wisconsin, and Oklahoma don’t allow the automaker to sell its cars at all”

You got the first sentence correct. But not the last. Tesla could sell their cars in those states if the chose to open independently owned Tesla franchises, which is something Musk has apparently considered doing once they start selling millions of cars, because at that point the direct build-to-order and 1 by 1 delivery model starts to fall over. Versus delivering 100at a time nationwide to dealer lots.

Pushmi-Pullyu

Tesla has already started to build delivery centers.

The idea that Tesla will be forced to adopt the obsolete “stealership” business model… well, let’s just say that actions speak louder than words. Tesla is showing by its actions that it has no intention of slashing its profit margin or treating its customers as “marks” to be fleeced, by selling thru stealerships.

https://insideevs.com/first-look-inside-teslas-model-3-delivery-center/

Volt Fan

Most buyers want to see, touch, and feel the cars they will buy before they put down money. Only a few take the risk of buying their second biggest purchase unseen (a home is the biggest). I am of the first types, wanting to see at a dealer what I will buy, and I have not changed that since my first GM car in 1975.

Nix

Are you under the impression that under normal circumstances people can’t test drive a Tesla car before buying?

Excluding the current temporary situation with the Model 3, Tesla buyers have been test driving Tesla’s for years, and soon will for the Model 3 too.

Do you think there is some long-term problem with test drives that makes the very method of Tesla’s sales a problem?

Bunny

Any auto maker could sell in any state.
Why say that just about Tesla? That’s nonsensical

Steven

The IONIQ BEV and Soul EV are not available in Pennsylvania.

If they were, I’d have one of them now.

Murrysville EV

Same here, or the Kia Niro EV.

GibsonRS

Seems odd the Jaguar I-Pace isn’t on the list.
I’m sure your local Jaguar Dealer would love to take your order.
The configurator doesn’t say its only available in certain states….. and you have been able to order it for two weeks now.