Electric Car Range, Price & More Compared For U.S.

FEB 20 2019 BY MARK KANE 11

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The new year 2019 started slowly in the case of plug-in electric car sales in the U.S. – compared to record, late months of 2018 – although growth year-over-year remains strong at over 40%.

It’s a good time to compare what we have on the market now – separately for all-electric and plug-in hybrid models. All the data/charts will be available on our Compare EVs card here.

We counted 15 BEVs on the market (sadly, not all of them are available nationwide), which exists sometimes in various battery/drivetrain versions. In total, we get 24 listing plus four upcoming models for which we have some data (Audi e-tron, Nissan LEAF e+, Kia e-Niro, new Kia Soul EV).

A big part of the table turns out to be Tesla cars, especially after the most recent changes, which led the three models to have 11 separate versions, a difference in range or power (performances). We also must note that in recent months Tesla was responsible for the majority of all-electric car sales (and in general all plug-in car sales).

This year, Tesla faces the federal tax credit cut in half, so the manufacturer decided to lower prices a little bit.

BEVs by range

Let’s check out how the offer looks when we sort the BEVs by EPA range in miles (prices are included in brackets).

As you can see, a lot changed on the market, because so many models are rated above 200 miles, and including those at 150+ miles, we are talking about the majority. This trend of extending range corresponds to consumers demand for longer-range EVs.

BEVs by price

In the case of prices (the MSRP after including destination charge and available federal tax credit), market offer is very diverse – from less than $20,000 to over $130,000.

Interestingly, Hyundai Kona Electric matches Chevrolet Bolt EV at $29,995. Together with Nissan LEAF e+, the Kia e-Niro and the Mid Range Tesla Model 3, the offer of long-range BEVs, between $30,000 and $40,000 is getting more and more attractive and competitive.

We still need to wait for the first 200-mile model below $25,000.

*some models estimated

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11 Comments on "Electric Car Range, Price & More Compared For U.S."

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Price per kWh seems like comparing CPU frequency between two different chips. The same sized battery in 2 different cars could give you a different range. I think price per mile range is a more useful metric.

I don’t really care what the internal battery capacity is, I just want to know how far I can go.

Indeed. Efficiency matters, not just battery capacity.

Correct. $/kWh describes trends in battery technology, not automotive engineering and how batteries are efficiently integrated and deployed.

I think the misleading aspect of range to battery size is what led Tesla to discard the use of battery size. It actually worked against them because Tesla cars tend to be very efficient as compared to a larger battery, but less efficient EVs.

Yes, a chart with EPA range/$ in thousands would be nice. For example I paid $35.2k out the door for my Bolt with DCFC port, after rebate $27,700, so 238/27 = 8.6

Thank for the update!

Is there any way to update the image or site so images could be zoomed in or saved via mobile?

We will be moving to a new platform soon that will allow zooming in and then you can take a screenshot. The current charts aren’t big enough on mobile and there’s no way for us to fix them.

If you long-press in an image you should get the option for “open image” or “open image in new tab.” That may help. You may also be able to force-enable zoom in your mobile browser settings.

Audi E-tron’s WLTP rating was recently updated to be 259.1 miles. A rough conversion to EPA range is more likely 220-230 miles of EPA range, not 250. It could come in below 220.

Below 220 miles with a 95kWh battery pack?

(sadly, most of them are not available nationwide)

There, I fixed it for you.

Seriously, I wish the charts we’re arranged so that it was easier to see what was available where.