Business Insider Compares Tesla Model S to 9 Other Plug-In Vehicles

SEP 2 2013 BY STAFF 24

All credit deservingly goes to Business Insider for this snazzy graphic that compares the Tesla Model S to 9 of today’s other plug-in vehicles.

Sure, there are a few flaws in the graphic (MPGe is listed in miles, for example), but it still brings together and, sums up rather precisely, most of the available plug-ins in the US.

It’s easy to see which plug-in vehicle will be right for you, though we wish they were all included (no Honda Accord PHEV, Fiat 500e, Mitsubishi i-MiEV or Energi models can be found here).

What Business Insider says it’s trying to show with that graphic is that there are plenty of plug-in options and that one of them likely fits what you seek in term of price, range, looks, and power.

Which one is it for you?

Additional noted errors by the community to be aware of:  2014 Volt pricing now stands at $34,995 and 20-14 Focus Electric at $35,300.  Also, the publication seems to have inadvertently listed the LEAF’s price for the smart ED as well – pricing starts at $25,000 for the coupe and $28,000 for the cabrio

Source: Business Insider

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24 Comments on "Business Insider Compares Tesla Model S to 9 Other Plug-In Vehicles"

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Still seems stunningly inaccurate in many ways. Lists old volt price then lists the new price as a pro. Wrong charge time description for i3 and Tesla. Whine is much reduced in 2013 Leaf.

It should have two columns – 240V charge time and Fast/Super Charge time. The i3 will charge in 30 minutes with the DCFC, under 4 hours with 240V. The Leaf would get similar stats too.

I thought the price of the Smart Electric Drive was about $25K? The 2011 Leaf is pretty darn quiet, in my opinion, and *all* these EV’s are significantly quieter than almost any ICE car you can name.


Good catch Neil, I will add that info into this pieces (and put a note about the new Volt pricing as well – thanks David)

Also, putting both the Volt and Prius plug in at the same annual fuel cost is misleading. My guess is this is because the Prius Plug in conveniently has an EV range about the same as the EPA test cycle. For the average person that drives around 32 miles a day, the Volt will have lower fuel cost than the Prius. That is, unless you live somewhere with much higher than normal electricity cost (in which case everything on this chart would be off). The EPA has a PHEV Fuel Economy calculator that you can plug in how many miles you drive, and your state (to get the average kwh cost), or you can just put in your exact kwh cost. See: I left the location/kwh fields at the default to stick with the nationwide averages for gas and electricity cost, used 15,000 miles a year and the Volt comes out to $722 vs. the Prius came out to $947. That is using nationwide averages. If people live where there are electricity rates, have solar or takes advantage of time of use rates to charge at night the Volt saves even more over PIP. Of course, we’d want to… Read more »

Hmmm, Model S/60 charges ~100miles of range in 20 minutes and i3 ~80 miles of range in 30 minutes yet i3 is somehow the winner….

The underline is the specific stat that stands out for that PEV model (not compared to the whole list). It is confusing.

I don’t understand your comment as there is one item underlined per column. ie. whole list.

Comparing the Tesla Model S to the other EV’s is like comparing the Jettisons family car to the Flintstones mobile in a drag race.

They seemed to use old info . . . the price for the Volt, Ford Focus Electric, and Smart ForTwo are all now lower, I believe.

Yeah, you caught the Volt & Smart ED prices as wrong but the Ford Focus Electric price is wrong too . . . it is $35.2K MSRP now:

I’ve got more/better data on my site vs. Business Insider, for those interested (pretty colorful graphs too 🙂 )

I agree – if you’re going to give a link to someone, at least link to someone who has accurate information!

Tesla, Volt and Smart are the only good looking EV’s

I would have included the Ford Focus Electric as one of the better-looking. But, the Smart?! — the Smart looks a ShrinkyDink car just out the oven.

majority smart ed owners are reporting 70-90 miles per charge both freeway and city driving so 68 should be bumped

Every car on this except the Smart is big enough to replace my main car, which is used mostly as a commuter. Every car except the Prius Plug in has the range I need to do my daily driving (outside of the occasional road trip). Only the Prius Plugin and Volt work for me for me for a longer trip. So overall, the Volt wins as the most useful for me. 2nd place would be having an EV, plus another ICE car for longer trips. In that case, the Spark EV comes out ahead in terms of price and MPGe. 1st and 2nd place goes to Chevy. Nice job GM. How about coming up with some better marketing and now? The longer range of the Tesla at this point in time is pretty worthless for me, as I consistently drive 25-30 miles on the weekdays, typically a little less on the weekend, and occasionally take a 500-1000 mile trip. Looking at there map of superchargers it is a few years off before its extra range serves any real purpose for me. It would have worked for 0 out 4 of my last road trips. If I had inferiority issues, and… Read more »

You had me until all the needlessly negative Telsa-bashing at the end. Jealous much?

I saw no Tesla-bashing there.

He called the car ‘bad ass’ which is generally a complement.
The car is impressive.
His budget is probably, like mine, too low to allow for an S, so buying such an expensive car, any expensive car, would only be justifyable for compensation purposes.

Sounds to me as if he likes the car, but can not justify the purchase based on his budget and requirements.

Well, sure, poster Peterson “technically” didn’t bash Tesla automobiles directly, but he did imply that the only people to own them are self-loathing douche-bags with more money than brains.

Maybe the comments was meant in fun, but it didn’t come across that way. It just seemed like needless negativity, at the end of an otherwise reasoned post, by somebody who, for some reason, feels the need to lash out against those with the means to enjoy a Model S and support Tesla.

You’re right. My fault. It was meant in fun, but it was too over the top.

Any car can be driven with an ego. Even someone who buys an inexpensive used car w/ cash, despite being able to afford payments new car payments, could be making a statement.

I was in a very practical mood, and was showing too much ego myself. The Model S is a very nice car. If I had WAY more money I may consider it as well, though I wouldn’t rule out some other options here.

Does anyone read the Plug-in Prius EPA sticker anymore? It says 6 electric miles and 11 miles using electric + gas….


Even lists it as 11 miles “Elect + Gas” under the Driving Range section.

I just disagree with “why you shouln’t buy Tesla”, as being because prices haven’t dropped. Not only is depreciation a conscious strength for an 80k car, but it has faults like the low head clearance in the rear, a distracting driver interface (same with at least Volt) and the most at-risk business model.