Chevy Bolt/Volt, Tesla Model S, BMW Plug-Ins Among Best Commuter Cars


Volvo, Audi and Mini also get nods for their Plug-In Hybrids, too.

One of the best reasons to buy an electric vehicle is the money it saves you on a day to day basis. Another great reason is to reduce emissions and lessen your environmental impact. Because the average American drives less than 50 miles a day, making the switch just makes sense.

So long as you have at home charging, even a relatively short range electric vehicle can become your primary vehicle. Not just your second car. So it comes as no surprise that when CarGurus studied the best vehicles for a daily commute, plug-in or hybrid models performed very well.

Gasoline-engine cars remain popular because of their long driving ranges and how quickly their empty tanks can be refilled. But the majority of commutes are short enough to allow for a round trip in an electric car, meaning electricity can be an appropriate alternative fuel for your next commuter car.

If your round-trip commute is shorter than 50 miles, do some research on electric-car driving ranges and available charge points near your place of work. Both the Chevy Bolt EV and the BMW i3 are excellent options. In fact, there’s a chance that you won’t need to worry about gasoline fuel economy at all.

The website provides an interactive map of major U.S. cities. The map provides a primary recommendation and a secondary vehicle recommendation depending on location. The Chevy Bolt and Chevy Volt come out on top in many warmer cities with the Audi A3 Sportback e-Tron, Volvo S90 PHEV, BMW 330e and BMW i3 as additional options.

Up north, plug-ins with AWD performed better, including the Tesla Model S 75D and Mini Countryman PHEV. The other vehicles on the list are primarily hybrids. What car does CarGurus recommend for your city?

Check out the map at the link below!

Chevy Volt, Bolt, Model S and other plug-ins among best commuters

Source: CarGurus U.S. Map, Article

Categories: BMW, Chevrolet, Tesla


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The longer your commute, the more you will benefit from EV, as long as it’s within the range of your commute. So a person commuting 100 miles a day would be a fantastic candidate for a Bolt, although they need to re-examine their life choices.

Hard to afford housing in many markets.

Yeah, but there is a strong correlation between length of daily commute and (lack of) general happiness with life… A four-hour daily commute is hard to justify by anything.

Err, more like two-hour commute for 100 miles round-trip I guess?… Still pretty bad, though.

A Tesla S recommended as a good car to primarily commute with? A stupid result by definition. Needlessly huge car for just one purpose, very high cost of upkeep (everything except the fuel: Repairs, maintenance,insurance) — certainly compared ot any other BEV. Large depreciation simply due to the high upfront cost. If it’s a family’s primary car, including roadtrips — sure. But as a 1-person commuter??

Ha!!! In my state (NY) the only electrified vehicle (plugin) they mention is the Tesla S – 300 miles east of me.

In my area the two largest cities are not recommended for any EVs at ALL!!!!

Teslas are few and far between it is true, but there are plenty of Prius Primes and Chevy Volts.

Why would IEVs mention an “EXPERT” that has no plug in solution for the majority of my state?

I drove our Bolt from Reno to Oakland without re-charging. It’s a great primary car. If you drive 50 miles a day, you don’t even need a Level 2 charger, just plug it into a normal AC outlet over night. It gains more than 4 miles of range per hour of being plugged in. Total range is more than 230 miles. It’s a great car, lots of fun to drive. No problem charging it all the way up over night if you’re going to a city, just find any Level 2 charger and leave it there over night. I did that at the Circus Circus hotel in Reno, they didn’t charge me for the electricity either. 230 miles for free. Otherwise it costs about $1 for 25 miles of electricity, less if you have cheap night-time rates.