Over 50 Plug-In EVs Compared: Price, Range + More – May 2018

MAY 21 2018 BY MARK KANE 37

Welcome to the Internet’s most extensively detailed (and now fully updated) plug-in electric car list.

It’s been quite some time since last time we updated our comprehensive price comparison guide for plug-in electric cars in the U.S. – so let’s examine what has been going on in this hot plugged-in segment.

***UPDATED September 2018 (Note: Two individual images uploaded above. Click each one for an enlarged and much clearer version.)

For starters, there are a lot more mainstream plug-ins. We listed more than 50, counting battery or powertrain versions separately.

Some cars are new, others are updated, and several have disappeared. Some will be gone soon, but we left them in for now for the sake of comparison. Others will arrive soon (Model 3 Standard…we hope).

Some of the new models are the updated BMW i3s and i8, new Nissan LEAF, Volvo S90 T8, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and Kia Niro PHEV.

Gone are Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive, old BMW i3 with 22 kWh battery, old Nissan LEAF, and old BMW i8.

Below you will find graphic tallies and infographics for all plug-ins. We’ve also taken the time to split out plug-in hybrids and all-electric vehicles. We hope this is helpful.

Sales Data – Monthly Plug-In Sales Scorecard


All Plug-ins

Let’s begin with a comparison of all plug-in models – ordered by net price (the base MSRP with included destination charge, less the federal tax credit).

Effective prices vary from $17,150 for the electric smart, through $178,780 for the top Porsche PHEV version. The Honda Clarity Electric is available only for lease.

Plug-In Vehicle Price/Range Comparison – U.S. (March 12, 2018) – some models estimated

Sorted By Electric Range

Now, the same pricing tally, but ordered by all-electric range (EPA).

In this segment, range varies from 8 miles in the least capable plug-in hybrids, through 57 miles in the least capable all-electric, to 335 miles in the most capable all-electric models.

Plug-In Vehicle Price/Range Comparison – U.S. (March 12, 2018) – some models estimated


Here we have two graphs featuring the 20 all-electric only models.

As you can see, there is a big jump from the first group of BEVs with a range of up to 125 miles and the second group of long-range models that consist of top Tesla models, and the new generation of more affordable BEVs (Tesla Model 3 and Chevrolet Bolt EV). The new Nissan LEAF, with 151 miles of range, tries to bridge the gap.

BEVs Price/Range Comparison – U.S. (March 12, 2018) – some models estimated

Price Included

In theory, we have two 200+ mile cars below $30,000 and one 300+ mile below $40,000 (Tesla Model 3 isn’t sold yet in the base $35,000 version, and the Long Range version is close to fully equipped for early deliveries).

BEVs Price/Range Comparison – U.S. (March 12, 2018) – some models estimated


Now it’s time for the 33 models that are equipped with an ICE in any configuration.

The Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, which is rated at a strong (for the segment) 42 miles, is now the #7 best selling plug-in after the first two months of 2018 and 3rd among PHEVs. The other strong contender is the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan, rated at 33 miles.

For the most part, European models struggle to break the 20-mile mark, because well … 20 miles (NEDC) is a magic number for European compliance needs.

PHEVs & EREVs Price/Range Comparison – U.S. (March 12, 2018) – some models estimated

Price Included

PHEVs & EREVs Price/Range Comparison – U.S. (March 12, 2018) – some models estimated

**Keeping track of this data is quite obviously a time-consuming job for us at InsideEVs and we are always appreciative when readers/commenters spot new or additional data points that we can add. You can find our email address here, or leave a handy note in comments to point out anything we may have overlooked.

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37 Comments on "Over 50 Plug-In EVs Compared: Price, Range + More – May 2018"

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The scorecard showed 5 Mercedes GLC350e moved in February, so another European model with idiotic range can already be added.

I am from EU and the way I see the situation here, is that most likely there is a lobby build up again and it wont let car manufacturer exceed the mark of 30 miles in plug-ins. No need to mention Chinese already selling plug-ins with 100miles battery range… So yea typical European idiotic lobbyists! Also why I think Bolt cost 50.000 euro here….

Always useful info to have and there are always things I learn from these.

For instance, The Mercedes C350e and 550e have only 8 miles of electric range?I mean, I knew they had poor electric range but wow. I thought their products were at least as capable as the BMW conversions.

So in the past year or two:
-Killed the B250e
-Effectively killed the smart brand in the US outside of CARB states. The ED lives on here only for compliance.
-Selling PHEVs with less than 10 miles of AER. And they can’t even sell more than a few dozen a month.

Not a very good lineup! The EQ models cannot come soon enough.

Actually pretty darn amazing the i8 does 23 miles now. Only 2 less than the Proud Prime. No excuse for the i8 to beat the AER of the 330e/530e.

What about the Hyundai Kona? It will surely arrive at similar timeframe as Model 3 short range?

Can you please remove the Tesla Model 3 Standard Range ($35) and the Long Range ($44K)? Neither car can be purchased at this time so it shouldn’t be on the list. The only Model 3 that should be on that list is $49K for a Long Range Premium Model.

Agreed, otherwise the Audi and Jaguar SUVs could be listed aa well already.

Both will probably be on sale before any (or at best a few) base Model3 cars are available – especially internationally.

Heck, Tesla hasn’t sold a single Model3 internationally so far.

In this logic the list could include dozens of EVs on sale in China/Asia or Europe only…

Tesla is selling the car to Canadians right now, your incorrectness.

I wrote my original comment 2 months earlier and it was correct at the time – Tesla only sold Model3 cars in the US back then.

The $35k comment for Model3 stands: One could include several other long-range EVs coming to market before / around the same time the base Model3 will be available.

PS: And it’s doubtful Tesla wants to sell that base version in large quantity and/or before 2019-2020 because of major margin issues (as I predicted for years).

No, they shouldn’t do any such thing! Just because people got their hackles up because their timeframes were moved, doesn’t mean the car won’t come. And no, it’s NOT the same as a car that an automaker MAY bring to market in a few years. As for the usual naysayers that latch on to these kinds of posts, their overall behaivor speaks for itself.

“May bring to market in a few years?”

The new electric Jaguar SUV looks more real than a $35k Model3 at this point:


Many more are coming over the next 12 months (Nissan, Audi, Mercedes etc).

I disagree, its very useful to have cars that maybe cannot be purchased right now but have firm pricing and specifications set that will be produced within the next year. This allows for a broader comparison of options and the fact that a vehicle is not available at this moment may weigh into a buy decision. EG I may say “wow if I wait a year my options will be a lot better than they are right now” or I may say “wow I was going to wait for XXX to be released but really there are options right now that are a better fit for my needs” The graphs and the able really help that fast and easy comparison.

Specifically, I have recently been looking at the bmw i3 rex, it was great to see how the newest model (not available to purchase near me yet) stacks up against the market, including the eventually available base model tesla 3, and other options on the list.

Should say…

Plugin Hybrid Electric Vehicle

Tesla is the Leader in Range.

On the other hand, Benz is selling plugins with 8 mile range. Pathetic. And they keep talking about launching EQ, electric vehicles, more than dozen models and so on. Even their EV’s will have only 100 mile range. They want to prove that how poor the electric and plugin technology are.


No, the EQC is launching in 2019, the EQA in 2020.

And 100 miles only?

Check again. But you probably know these are long-range EVs and you are just making things up.

But, remember, that 300 miles of range is probably NEDC. You know, it wasn’t until the advent of EVs that I understood about NEDC versus EPA range. I simply assumed that the vehicles made in Europe were implicitly superior, not working with a different measuring stick.

Nobody has been invited to configure the Standard Range (who is calling 220 short?) Model III, or the dual motor, for that matter. Over the years, Tesla has released a myriad of motor and battery configurations, producing a very high number of overall EVs, but it still boils down to: Roadster, Model S, Model X, and Model III, with the Maximum Plaid Roadster and Semi due soon enough.

I would love it if InsideEVs would do a similar comparison chart for all the garbage trucks, buses, cargo, and semi trucks. Have fun figuring out where the Workhorse and Bollinger fit, though.

You should not list the $37,500 as the price of the Model 3 Long Range, when it is really $46,500 for that version. The Short Range Model 3 is $37,500 and is not available (yet).

How about a column labeled “Geographic Availability” to indicate whether or not they’re available in Compliance States, All Fifty states, Europe, Asia, etc.

After all, I’d expect most people more interested in vehicles they could actually buy.

Totally agree! There are so many models limited in certain areas.

PLEASE do not show artificial prices after a hypothetical pending tax refund which may result in nothing close to the $7500, $4200, etc!! This needs to stop everywhere, as it confuses consumers and shows a false price!

Fortunately, our chart shows both and makes people aware of the potential credit while showing MSRP. It’s at the top of the page and in our CompareEVs guide.

I’d recommend a Pleasure to Drive column too.
The BMW i3 should shine here, along with Tesla, and any other car with some torque and a real fully independent suspension.

Would be really helpful if you could do an eMPG or equivalent economy number column. That way we can see what’s the most efficient regardless of battery size. Thanks!

Hmmm, what about net price per mile of EPA range?

The Bolt EV is $126.03 / mile.


It’s the winner in this one. $36,620 at 238 miles. This doesn’t factor destination and options, nor does it consider rebates. But still, it provides a nice comparison. It will also be updated regularly with new models and pricing changes.

could you sort these by lateral Gs? Axial? How about pizazz per $

The listed weight for the 2018 Kia Soul EV is incorrect -> https://www.kiamedia.com/us/en/models/soul-ev/2018/specifications#soul-ev.

4,321 lbs is the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating. 3,289 lbs is Curb Weight.

This is awesome! One item I would be interested to see is older charts like from 5 years ago. because when looking at used options it would be interesting to see how the used cars stack up. I realize this would be difficult to go back and do but as you update maybe keep pervious years versions up for historical reference.

Also your price per kWh is exactly what I was looking for!

LOL “Tesla Model 3 standard $28,500”
you have got to be kidding me dudes, this is the funniest joke I’ve seen all year

It looks like you are quoting EPA mpg instead of electric range for the Porsche Panameras. According to fueleconomy.gov it should be 14 miles for both of them. They also report only 18 miles for the 2019 BMW i8 and 15 miles for the 2017 model.

What about Motorbikes ?
Zero Motorcycles have incredible good ranking for price, range, performance and reliability.

Don’t you consider it could be a perfect choice for some drivers ? (if you say it is not a H24/365d option, it is the same for 2nd car already in households)

I Like your charts, I point people to this page from my main website so they can compare all the Plug-IN vehicles. I just wish that your “Plug IN Vehicle Comparisons” schedule was a Google Sheet. It’s pretty damn easy to share a google sheet to a website. It may be easier for you because updates will be displayed on the fly. Then the people visiting your website can sort the columns whichever way they wish. I would LOVE your charts then! Thank You! Sal Cameli aka #UBUYGAS

Very interesting imperial charts, are they also available in metric units?
If you can provide raw excel file I can setup for you the metric charts.

Acceleration 0-60 for the following models, with references. For cars in the same generation, I think it’s safe to keep the same 0-60 time:

Hyundai Sonata PHEV
2017, 7.7 Car and Driver, https://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/2017-hyundai-sonata-plug-in-hybrid-test-review

Chrysler Pacifica PHEV
2017, 7.4 MotorTrend, https://www.motortrend.com/cars/chrysler/pacifica-plug-in/2017/2017-chrysler-pacifica-hybrid-first-test-charging-ahead/
7.8 Car and Driver, https://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/2018-chrysler-pacifica-in-depth-model-review-2018-chrysler-pacifica-performance-and-driving-impressions-review-car-and-driver-page-4
2019, 8.3 Consumer Reports (not available online)

Honda Clarity Electric
2018, 8.8 https://www.motor1.com/reviews/224163/2018-honda-clarity-plug-in-hybrid-first-drive/
about 9 https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1110815_honda-clarity-electric-plug-in-hybrid-first-drives-impressions/page-2

Honda Clarity PHEV
2018, 7.5 MotorTrend, https://www.motortrend.com/cars/honda/clarity/2018/
7.7 Car and Driver, https://www.caranddriver.com/honda/clarity

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
2018, 9.7 MotorWeek, http://www.motorweek.org/reviews/road_tests/2018-mitsubishi-outlander-phev

Hyundai Ioniq PHEV
2018, 8.9 Car and Driver https://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/2018-hyundai-ioniq-plug-in-hybrid-test-review

Kia Niro Plug In
2018, 9.0 Car and Driver, https://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/2018-kia-niro-plug-in-hybrid-test-review
8.9 Edmunds, https://www.edmunds.com/car-news/first-impressions/2018-kia-niro-plug-in-hybrid-first-drive.html
8.7 MotorTrend, https://www.motortrend.com/cars/kia/niro/2018/

Jaguar I-Pace
2018, 4.5 MotorTrend, https://www.motortrend.com/cars/jaguar/i-pace/2019/2019-jaguar-i-pace-quick-drive-review/
4.5 Car Connection, https://www.thecarconnection.com/overview/jaguar_i-pace_2019
4.5 TopSpeed, https://www.topspeed.com/cars/jaguar-i-pace/ke5648.html

These charts could use an update. It’s been 5 months with several new EVs on the market now.