7 Electric Cars With The Biggest Batteries

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JUN 2 2018 BY DOMENICK YONEY 121

Come count kilowatt-hours with us.

As lithium battery cells are produced in growing quantities, and research into improving them continues, they’re become cheaper and more energy dense. These changes mean the batteries powering our electric vehicles hold more kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy and are achieving longer ranges per charge, making them more practical for more people.

We expect this trend to continue for a while, though eventually it will make sense to cap the number of kWh a car might have. Then, reducing the physical size and weight of the battery packs will take precedence, which will also contribute to further increases in efficiency and, therefore, range. Until we get there, we’re keeping an eye on which vehicles have the biggest batteries as that is a great indicator of range and relative price.

Related: Elon Musk Says “Sticking To 100 kWh” For Max Tesla Battery Capacity

See Also: Top 6 Plug-In Hybrids Ranked By Electric Range

Now, we should note that since a number of new vehicles with large battery packs are poised to arrive over the next year or so, we’ll be updating this list from time to time to keep you up to speed with this developing market. Also, since some vehicles have more than one battery size option, we are limiting their appearance to one instance, represented by its largest available pack. Keeping all that in mind, let’s take a look at the top 7 vehicles available in the U.S. today, according to the amount of energy their batteries will hold. (*Note – You’ll find battery size and much more in our Compare EVs page here).

7. 2018 Ford Focus Electric – 33.5 kWh

The Ford Focus Electric has been around since December of 2011, but got a 47 percent increase to its battery for the 2017 model year.  That’s enough juice to earn a 115-mile range rating from the EPA. It just edges out the BMW i3 with its 33.2 kWh pack, but with only 1,817 examples moved in all of 2017, it’s hardly a sales champ. By contrast, the i3, with only 107-mile EPA range and $44,450 base MSRP, sold 6,276 copies. The Ford Focus Electric starts at $29,120 before incentives.

 

6. 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf  – 35.8 kWh

Like the Ford Focus Electric, the Volkswagen e-Golf is built on the bones of an internal-combustion-powered model. Still, engineers have figured out how to squeeze a 35.8 kWh battery into this vehicle, despite it not being originally designed to accommodate an electric drivetrain. Starting at $30,495 before incentives, the 2017 e-Golf (there is no 2018 model), offers 125 miles of range, as rated by the EPA.

 

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5. 2018 Nissan LEAF – 40 kWh

The 2018 Nissan LEAF is a thoroughly refreshed update of the original we’ve loved since December of 2010. Besides an exterior that strongly aligns with the design language of many of its Nissan stablemates, the latest LEAF packs on an additional 10 kWh to the 30 kWh battery of the 2017 version. Though it has a variant arriving with the next year that will boast a 60 kWh pack, this first new LEAF is a pretty good value, starting at $29,990 and offering an EPA-rated 151 miles of range.

 

4. 2018 Chevy Bolt – 60 kWh

General Motors was seen as a little late to the all-electric game, its public relations nightmare EV1 experiment aside, preferring to pursue the plug-in market with its unique Chevy Volt. It made up for lost time by surpassing the almost every all electric out there with the Chevy Bolt and its 60 kWh battery selling 23,297 examples — more than double the sales of the Nissan LEAF — in 2017. The electric hatch wears an MSRP of $36,620 and boasts an EPA range rating of 238 miles.

 

Tesla Model 3

3. 2018 Tesla Model 3 Long Range – 80.5 kWh

The latest offering from California electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla is the Model 3 Long Range, which it began delivering last July. Now, this sedan may be known as the “affordable Tesla,” with a starting price of $35,000, but that’s actually the price point for the Model 3 Standard Battery version. To get 80.5 kWh and the EPA-rated 310 miles of range that comes with it will cost an extra $9,000, putting its starting price $44,000 before incentives.

 

2. 2018 Tesla Model X 100D – 100 kWh

Technically speaking, this electric SUV has the same size battery as our number one spot position holder, but since it doesn’t go as far on a charge, we’re giving it the number 2 spot. The Tesla Model X, with its signature falcon-wing rear-passenger doors, is the first all-electric SUV and is available in several configurations: the 75D, with a 75 kWh battery; the 100D, the range king; and the P100D, the performance version, which, although it has the same 100 kWh battery as the non-performance 100D, loses six miles of range due to increased power output. Starting at $96,000, it delivers an impressive 295 miles of EPA-rated range.

 

1. 2018 Tesla Model S 100D – 100 kWh

Tesla Model S first launched in 2012 with an 85 kWh pack providing power. Groundbreaking for the time, it has since climbed up to 100 kWh in size, though, like its Model X sibling, is also currently available in a 75 kWh and a 100 kWh performance version. The Model S 100D — the “D” stands for dual motor, it’s all-wheel drive — boasts an awesome 335 miles of range, as rated by the EPA, and starts at $94,000 before incentives.

Check Out – Here Are The 8 Cheapest Electric Vehicles On Sale In The U.S. Today

Closing

Battery capacity isn’t all that matters, but it’s generally a solid indicator of range. And bragging right of biggest battery is probably a thing among EV fans…maybe. You can check out a similar list of electric cars sorted by range here.

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121 Comments on "7 Electric Cars With The Biggest Batteries"

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GibsonRS
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GibsonRS

Lets revisit this list in 10 days time……

Another Euro point of view
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Another Euro point of view

Indeed, with the Geneva motor show starting March 8th. Should show some production ready EVs equipped with 90+ kWh batteries, said cars to be distributed to end customers later this year.

Magnus H
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Magnus H

Or Hyundai Kona that is presented in a week or so.

Mark.ca
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Mark.ca

The list has cars you can buy today (with a * for Model 3) not some stage shells that will be available in the future.

Magnus H
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Magnus H

I can neither buy Ford Focus, Chevy Bolt or Model 3 today.

earl colby pottinger
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earl colby pottinger

You can buy them today, you just can’t get delivery. 🙂

mx
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mx

FYI,
Thw 2018 BMW range, there’s no car with 107 miles of EPA mpgE range.

2018 i3 REX – 109
2018 i3 REX Sport – 109
2018 i3 – 118
2018 i3 Sport – 118

Remember BMW has great lease offers.
You can often get the better i3 for less then you’d lease some of these and the Prius Prime Advanced.

And the REX really allows you to use the 80 miles of EV range and not to worry about charging infrastructure, or being ICEd at the charging infrastructure. It gives you freedom to be able to drive, on gas if necessary, to the next charging spot.

Look to the Lease.
And enjoy the excellent BMW suspension.

Volt Fan
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Volt Fan

Why? You can’t because you don’t have the money? A Chevy Bolt EV can be found at any GM dealer now.

WadeTyhon
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WadeTyhon

Unlike a PHEV, on a BEV, pack size should be the first thing considered… the bigger the pack the longer the range! Of course there are reasons why an EV with a smaller pack might work just fine for someone.

But this list should be the useful starting point for people. 🙂

For anyone looking to buy a first plug-in: Charging speeds, actual EV range and battery thermal management should all be considered as well.

Big Show
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Big Show

Don’t forget charging infrastructure.

WadeTyhon
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WadeTyhon

True, something to absolutely keep in mind. Although fhis list wouldn’t really change much lol! 1) Tesla 2) Chademo 3) CCS (in the US)

But infastructure isn’t a reflection of the actual car. The car specs will not be changing over time but the infastructure will.

Just like electric energy sources are getting cleaner over time, charging infastructure is growing over time. CCS has grown very fast in just 2 years or so for instance.

Magnus H
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Magnus H

Only if you have unlimited time and money, otherwise price and availability is where you should start.

WadeTyhon
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WadeTyhon

Well obviously, price and release date/availability are important as well. But that is true of all cars not just Plug-Ins.

My wife is waiting patiently to buy a sub-40k Model 3. But if it doesn’t come soon enough she will go for a different car. But we can’t afford an S/X. So a new Volt is a great backup for her. 🙂

Volt Fan
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Volt Fan

Go and see the Bolt EV close up. Your wife will love it!

Michael Will
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Michael Will

Just as important are usable capacity and miles per kWh, how far can it actually go. Model 3 goes 4 miles where model S only goes 3.

Robert Weekley
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I guess that be because of the Model 3’s ‘130 MPGe’ rating?! What is the Model S? About 89 MPGe or so?

ffbj
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ffbj

Something like that, but it’s a much heavier car.

Pushmi-Pullyu
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Pushmi-Pullyu

“Unlike a PHEV, on a BEV, pack size should be the first thing considered… the bigger the pack the longer the range!”

If pack size isn’t the first thing to consider on a PHEV, it should certainly be the second. PHEV drivers want as much EV range from their cars as possible, just like BEV drivers.

A larger pack size has multiple advantages, whether it’s a BEV or a PHEV. Not only longer EV range, but better performance within that range, the potential for faster fast-charging, and a battery pack that will last longer without significant degradation. (Obviously these are glittering generalities; exceptions can be found in individual cars, depending on engineering.)

WadeTyhon
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WadeTyhon

Just for context, this was published like 4 days ago. I’m not sure why it is on the front page again…?

This article was published soon after the ‘avoid these 14 PHEVs’ list. As well as the ‘PHEV by range’ list where the i3 was listed twice and the Karma made an appearance.

Would anyone really pick a Karma Revero over a Prius Prime, Fusion Energi or Pacifica Plug-In just because of range? Not very many!

Is an i3 Rex better than a Chevy Volt or Clarity just because it has a bigger battery? Depends on the person and their driving habits.

I totally agree that EV range is very important in a Plug-In hybrid. 🙂 But so is MPG and combined EV/Gas range.

Whereas a 250 mile EV will always be more useful to more people in more situations than a 100 mile EV. (Even if there are situations where a shorter EV would be perfectly adequate.)

Pushmi-Pullyu
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Pushmi-Pullyu

“Would anyone really pick a Karma Revero over a Prius Prime, Fusion Energi or Pacifica Plug-In just because of range? Not very many!”

Well, they would have to have a lot more dollars than sense. 😉

Volt Fan
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Volt Fan

Miles per kWh is much more important than range. Remember that a larger pack makes the EV less efficient since you will be carrying the whole battery even for short trips. City and urban home owners will prefer the Bolt EV because it has plenty of range, carries five adults, and has plenty of cargo space inside.

Ray
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Ray

kWh is pretty worthless standing on it’s own, the reason is because driving habits play such a big part. Soccer mom’s will get much less miles per kWh than someone who is consciousness when driving.

Magnus H
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Magnus H

Renault Zoe – 41 kWh

Alex Clabburn
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Alex Clabburn

Yeah, the article or opening paragraph at least should say that this is a list for vehicles available in the US. There is the Zoe in Europe as you say and several longish range cars coming out of China. It’s nice to see a degree of progress though. Soon enough 40kWh is going to be the base level for the market with 60-80kWh the new median.

Robert Weekley
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Also, it would be interesting to see 40 kWh in PHEV/EREV Type Vehicles: CUV, SUV, Pickups, etc!

pjwood1
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pjwood1

SCPPA and Duke Energy are to receive production Workhorse W15s this Summer.

60KWh, 40 usable.

Gabriel
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Gabriel

The article does not make clear that they are talking about the US market, since they are ignoring a number of European and Chinese market EVs.

Another Euro point of view
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Another Euro point of view

OMG yes, I did not occured to me that it was the case. Come on guys, you can’t write an article in English accessible to billions of English speaking readers and omit to specify in the articles title that your list actually only concerns EVs accessible to 4% of world’s population. Soon enough you will be making similar article regarding EVs only accessible to people residing in Liechtenstein.

Robert Weekley
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Or, smaller than Liechtenstein, my home town: Lytton!
???

Pushmi-Pullyu
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Pushmi-Pullyu

Still waiting to see an article on the EV market in such North American countries as Domenica, and St. Kitts & Nevis.

It would likely be a very short article. 😉

Volt Fan
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Volt Fan

Buyers from Dominica, and St. Kitts & Nevis can order from St. Thomas or Puerto Rico where the Chevy Bolt EV is sold.

Steven Loveday
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Sorry. We added the U.S. disclaimer in BOLD. Yes, in the future, we can surely tweak lists for other individual area or all areas. This is new territory for us, in an attempt to help readers. We have a European writer that can get that information together. Great suggestion! We appreciate the constructive criticism.

Robert Weekley
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Hi Steven, maybe do a tabled list inside the article, with appropriate Headers: USA, EUROPE, & ASIA Or CANADA!
(Depending on your sources or resources!)

I know, for instance, the Toyota Prius Prime PHEV – only shows up in Quebec yet, to my last check, so even Canada has ‘CARB’ Provinces, and this car is not generally available – to even see!

Also, availability (inventory) might be an important point to count, as well!

Mikael
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Mikael

Still lacking “in the US” in the headline though. Would be interesting to see an European list and a Chinese list too. Just get it started and there will be plenty of readers to give you input to correct/update the lists later on:)

Steven Loveday
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It’s surely on the very long “to do” list. We are hiring writers and seeking global input. We will have new slideshows very soon and updates to these. We will also need ideas like this once we have more staff so that we can create additional slideshows. Thank you.

Mikael
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Mikael

Just have to add that I do not like slideshows. Those are annoying. The worst kind are those that updates the whole page but there are absolutely no good slideshows on web pages what so ever on the whole internet.

Lists like you have on this page where all the information is there and it’s super easy to scroll down and see almost all of the list at once is great. 🙂

Steven Loveday
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We will have both available. Content partners demand only slideshows and our new publishing tool looks awesome. We have to give content partners what they ask for or they’ll drop us and look elsewhere. Slideshows are a fantastic way to get EV news out to a ton of content partners and social media so that it’s in front of the eyes of the not-yet-converted. We’ve got to do everything we can to spread the good word and this means we can get the news in front of many more people (on major new sites that don’t necessarily promote EVs). It’s exciting!

Steven
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Steven

Shouldn’t that be ” Certain parts of then U.S.”

Steven Loveday
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They are all available in the U.S., some easier than others. This particular list post is about battery size rather than detailed availability information. We have other articles that specify and elaborate on that. The lists posts are meant to pick one simple topic, create a short bit of information related to that topic, and move on. If we wanted to talk about CARB and availability and dealerships, etc. it would be a much longer post and much less focused. Our goal is to provide a wealth of these simple lists and slideshows, in part to get EV information out to content partners and the masses to spread the word and push adoption.

Benz
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Benz

For someone who wants to buy a new EV, the first choice should always be a Tesla.

If one cannot afford to buy a new Tesla, and one doesn’t want to wait till 2019 for the Tesla Model 3 with the standard battery pack, then go for the Chevrolet Bolt EV.

If the Chevrolet Bolt EV is also beyond one’s budget, then buy a 40 kWh Nissan Leaf.

Currently it makes no sense to buy another EV model instead of the 40 kWh Nissan Leaf, or the Chevrolet Bolt EV or a Tesla.

I’m not expecting any high sales numbers for other EV models in the US in 2018.

Maybe there will be a price cut on certain EV models in 2019.

The Nissan Leaf is a pretty good deal for that kind of money.

Texas FFE
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Texas FFE

You are blinded by the light. Tesla is reckless and greedy. Tesla is going to end up hurting a lot of people, it sounds like you have bought into their hype and you will be one of those that gets hurt.

Mark.ca
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Mark.ca

You’re hyperventilating again…

Robert Weekley
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Easy, boy! Don’t go all Texan on us now, just because you lost out on the Gigafactory 1 project to Nevada!

You boys and girls don’t need Trump to put a Wall up, you each put up your own walls!

(Just my experience driving on down to the acreage I bought in West Texas!)

Benz
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Benz

A new Tesla is too expensive, most of the time. For most people who can afford to buy a new car.

For a MSRP of about $30,000 a 40 kWh Nissan Leaf has got to be on top of people’s short list.

Why would anyone even consider a Ford Focus Electric?

Texas FFE
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Texas FFE

I could have bought any EV I wanted but I’m on my second FFE. The biggest reason I buy the FFE is value, I feel I get more of what is important to me for what I pay for the FFE than I can get from any other EV model. The FFE is also stylish, fun to drive, practical, inexpensive to maintain and can be serviced by local Ford dealers.

Benz
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Benz

Every decision is personal. Nobody can decide for you what you “feel” is best for you.

But looking at the sales numbers, I do get the impression that many people do not agree with you regarding the Ford Focus Electric.

Unplugged
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Unplugged

You can’t really use MSRP as a basis of comparison for EVs. Nearly all 100 mile range EVs are gathered around the $30K mark.

The difference is in the lease price and even the residual. You can lease a Fiat 500e for around a $100/mo. with less than $2500 down. But it’s MSRP is about $31K.

Or, if you read my article here:https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1115260_how-to-buy-or-lease-an-electric-car-advice-from-owner-whos-done-it-four-times
You can lease a Focus Electric for around $200/mo. and $2500 down, and buy it at lease end for a total cost of about $19K. Try that with a Leaf.

It all comes down to the lease price, not the MSRP.

Unplugged
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Unplugged

BTW. I do have my pre-intro reservation in for the Model 3. (Two EVs are better than one.)

Benz
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Benz

Then maybe it’s a good idea to make a list of all the available EV models with their individual lease prices?

Interesting idea for a news article here on Inside EV’s?

Unplugged
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Unplugged

@Benz – Lease deals change so frequently because of automaker incentives and individual dealer inventory, it is real hard to set in stone with an article.

However, there is a great web source that even links to InsideEVs, and provides a weekly list of deals across the country. You can use this list to start a lease search that saves you real $$. Take a look here:
http://ev-vin.blogspot.com/2016/07/current-lease-offers-for-selected-evs.html

Ken Beck
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Ken Beck

I have to disagree with your assumption on leases. I got a 2013 Nissan Leaf for $2500 down and $300 a month with a mid range model with everything but backup camera and the quick charge port and my residual at the end of the lease was less than $9000!!!!! you cannot possibly compare the ford focus electric deals to that.

Rightofthepeople
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Rightofthepeople

I did even better with my 2015 Leaf. Leased for $229 per month with $2500 down. Took $5k GA tax credit that was available at the time. Residual was $12k but NMAC massively discounted that so I bought it. My total out of pocket cost was $13,500. Now, without the $5k tax credit it would have been $18,500 so basically right at your $19k stated cost.

Get Real
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Get Real

And, the serial anti-Tesla troll TexasFFUD is only going to get more and more bitter as Tesla ramps into moving compelling PEVs by the hundreds of thousands.

Texas FFE
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Texas FFE

And the pro-Tesla troll GetRealFUD is only going to get more and more bitter as Tesla continues to under perform and break promises.

Get Real
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Get Real

Well Texas FFUD, since everyday now I see several more new Model 3s driving around It is pretty apparent that the ramp is progressing.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous
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(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

Ford will be sending the jobs that makes their EV to Mexico.

No thanks.

Volt Fan
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Volt Fan

Mexico is “American” if you need to refresh your geography lesson.

Pushmi-Pullyu
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Pushmi-Pullyu

FFE said:

“Tesla is reckless and greedy. Tesla is going to end up hurting a lot of people…”

Ummmm… no, but that’s a good description of the Tesla hating short-sellers who post anti-Tesla FUD here!

ffbj
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ffbj

I think so. If your budget is constrained get a stripped down Leaf, otherwise the Model 3 is mostly a spectacular car with a few annoying lapses.

mx
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mx

As much as I agree with you on the Tesla as being the first choice.

I’d Put the BMW i3/i3 REX in second.
And I’d put the Volt in Third, if it meets your driving criteria.
( 40 miles, with 10 “miles” for heat in winter. )

I prefer the flexibility of having 2 energy sources.
I see the east coast charging infrastructure, and it’s not pretty.

Volt Fan
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Volt Fan

No, that isn’t the first choice because Tesla doesn’t sell in all states or territories, are expensive, and have servicing problems when the nearest service shop is hundreds of miles away. Go for the Bolt EV. You can find a GM dealer almost anywhere.

Texas FFE
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Texas FFE

The Focus Electric has made the top ten of yet another plugin list. It’s always surprising that sales are so poor with this car. I guess I just have to accept that I own a hidden gem.

ffbj
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ffbj

Yeah, it is a better car than most people think.

Mark.ca
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Mark.ca

If you can find a dealer that has it that is.

Robert Weekley
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I think that with finally adding at least the CCS quick charge port, it just has 1 thing that bothers folks: that rear battery bump! Clean that up, and it stands a good chance of moving up in sales numbers! Even if it never exceeds 40 kWh, or 150 mile range! (I suppose, in due time, the CCS network will get done right, too, if we are patient enough!)

In EV Events with Test Drives, for the driving response, I liked the FFE, but at that time, with just L2 charging, and that Battery Bump, it got a back burner spot in my interests.

If it had CCS from the start, and no bump, I likely would have priortized it higher in my sights! It was a good car, nice, but not excellent! ‘It coulda’ been a contenda!’

jimjfox
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jimjfox

Rob!!! ert!!!! wee!!!! kly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Get Real
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Get Real

You know what is hilarious, the Model 3 you whine about so much already outsold in one month the entire 2017 yearly output of the FFE.

mx
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mx

The Focus is a single person’s car, who doesn’t need to drive, with no rear seat headroom or just room in the back.

This just points to the Sorrow that is the Grossly Mismanaged Ford CMAX, with plenty of passenger room, a good driving experience and NO UPDATES to the BATTERY EVER!

Nothing spells OIL Conspiracy like the CMAX.
A car designed not to sell in large numbers.

Jimmy
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Jimmy

I’ve used my Focus Electric for my kids carpool for years! Does a great job. I’ve rejected the Volt and i3 because they can’t carpool. i3 has odd doors and the front seat will not stay forward without being held. The Volt’s “tunnel” means one kid can’t slide across the seat, as all kids must exit on the passenger side.

Diek
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Diek

Hyundai Ioniq…?

Magnus H
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Magnus H

Smaller battery than Ford Focus. Will get a bigger battery soon, though.

Benz
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Benz

In 2018?

Magnus H
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Magnus H

Maybe, maybe not until 2019. Delares are selling their demo cars here, and there’s a rumour the manufacturing line is shut down for re-tooling.

Mark.ca
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Mark.ca

Smaller battery but will better the ford and vw on efficiency and probably milage. If you can buy one you have to be stupid to go for the other 2.

Texas FFE
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Texas FFE

How long are you planning to wait for your Model 3 delivery? Why wait? There are a dozen Model 3s listed right now on AutoTrader.com.

Most of the Model 3s have a hundred miles or less on the odometer. It looks like at least a few early reservation holders never intended to actually drive the Model 3 but just wanted to turn it for a quick profit. Don’t expect any $35k Model 3s on AutoTrader.com, the prices start at $55k and go up as high as $70k.

Pushmi-Pullyu
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Pushmi-Pullyu

It might be a good deal for some, but caveat emptor: Keep in mind that new car buyers have certain legal protections (i.e., lemon laws) which don’t protect used car buyers.

I’d also recommend checking with Tesla to see which warranties and guarantees transfer to the new owner, and which (if any) do not, in your State.

Mark.ca
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Mark.ca

IEV,
Please post a list of most efficient ev next.
Thanks in advance!

SparkEV
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Top 5 on based on MPGe:
IoniqEV
Tesla 3
Bolt
i3
eGolf

In the real world usage, it might be different. For example, old i3 was rated more MPGe than SparkEV, yet constant 62 miles test showed 4.8 mi/kWh for i3 and 5 mi/kWh for SparkEV, former king of efficiency. SparkEV may still be the king until Tony Williams gets off his lazy butt and run the test with Tesla 3 and IoniqEV.

Mark.ca
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Mark.ca

I wonder if Model 3 short range will beat the Ionic…i guess it will be some time before we find out.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous
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(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

“until Tony Williams gets off his lazy butt and run the test with Tesla 3 and IoniqEV.”

ROTFLMAO

Priusmaniac
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Priusmaniac

There won’t be a cap at 100 KWh since even Tesla presented the new Roadster with a 200 KWh battery.
There will be a gradual slow down in the increase when an increase is not needed anymore but that won’t happen now. At least it won’t before most cars have between 150 KWh and 200 KWh. It will even be double that for pickup trucks and full size SUV, so those will have between 300 KWh and 400 KWh.
It is only at that kind of energy content that increase will stop, so there is still at least a decade to go.

Bill Howland
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Bill Howland
Agreed. It really depends on how ‘modern’ batteries get – if they could only advance as fast as hard disks have for computers, (most computers have far more hd space than they need but have it anyway since it is so cheap). I have a 60 kwh battery (one of the few cars where you can REALLY get this much out of it – recharging it takes from 67 to 70 kwh from the wall receptacle) in my BOLT ev, and I consider it basically a replacement for my old roadster since I’d never buy an ev with a much smaller battery. The roadster’s MAMOTH battery at the time was really too small for my liking (at 53 rated kwh), and the BOLT ev, while better, is still the bare minimum for what I need. I’m driving 300 miles tomorrow, and have to stop at public chargers longer than i’d like. There are no fast chargers of any kind along this absolutely shortest route. I’d love either a 60 kwh battery in a LARGE PHEV, or else a 100-120 kwh battery in a smaller car so that I wouldn’t have to be concerned, or bother with running out of juice… Read more »
Pushmi-Pullyu
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Pushmi-Pullyu

Thanks for that dose of reality, Priusmaniac!

I get a bit irked at all the EV enthusiasts who keep advocating for small battery packs. It is EVs with larger battery packs and 300+ mile ranges which are going to make gasmobiles obsolete, not the EVs with small battery packs and tiny EV ranges!

Apkungen
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Apkungen

You know the renault zoe is available for half a billion people in Europe en byd e6 is available to a billion people in china. I think you should include them and many more!

EVer
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EVer

The best buy in an EV for the little people like me would be a 2011-2016 Nissan Leaf; if there was a long range replacement battery available.

David Ann Arbor
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David Ann Arbor

I bought a Chevy Bolt 2 months ago and I’m so excited to have it and be driving it. Just got the Level 2 charging station installed in my garage a week ago.

Don Zenga
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Don Zenga

Hyundai Ioniq has sold 100,000 + units with its 3 powertrains (Hybrid, Plugin, Electric)
Obviously being introduced first, hybrid has sold 73,000 + units while electric caught up so fast with 24,000 + units with the last introduced plugin bagging 5,000 + sales.

Certainly it’s a success story and with more battery supply being available, it’s sales could increase further in the coming months.

Don Zenga
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Don Zenga

Meanwhile a Tech country like Japan has lot of restrictions on building charging facilities in gas stations and now they are going to relax those restrictions. Expect Leaf sales to surge.

http://www.greencarcongress.com/2018/02/20180222-japan.html

Don Zenga
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Don Zenga

Today, Tesla share price increased $12 and this could have burnt the fingers of many of their opponents in the Shortsville.

JR
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JR

What about the Renault ZOE, it has a 41 KW Battery

Bonaire
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Bonaire

Isn’t it great to build 200,000 cars with 100kWh batteries rather than 400,000 cars with 50kWh batteries in them. Because we want to have longer range with fewer EVs on the road. Seems a little backwards if EV proliferation is really to take off.

More Butts In Seats – more cars, spread out the batteries. There is not an infinite amount of battery source materials available – use it wisely.

TheWay
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TheWay

I’ll take 200k cars with 100kwh than 400k cars with 50kwh. You have to look long term rather than short term. Cars with larger range will lead to more long term sales.

As for the battery materials for long term, they are infinite enough if you consider recycling. Even without recycling, they’d last a good 1000 years.

David Murray
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David Murray

It’s really surprising to me that the Focus isn’t selling better now that it has been refreshed with a decent sized battery and fast charging port. I think given the choice between the Leaf and the Focus, I’d take the Focus. I’d live with the 115 mile range. Even though the Leaf has 36 miles more range, give the Leaf a few years in the sun and it will have less range than the Focus. Plus, the focus is still a better looking car.

kubel
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kubel

The battery intrusion into rear space rules out the FFE for me. Three things I like about hatchbacks: They are cheap, fun, and practical. Eliminating the cargo space neuters the FFE hatchback. It might as well be a Model 3.

jim stack
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jim stack

David, You are right. The FOCUS EV I had in HOT Phoenix area never lost a mile of range in 3 years of my lease. I had also leased 2 LEAF in 2011 and 2013. Both lost 5-15% capacity a year. A great EV but it can’t take the heat. Same with a KIA SOUL EV I leased. The battery pack when bad on mine and ALL 16 others I talked to in the area. A 100% failure rate.
So go with Liquid cooling like FORD, Chevy , BMW, FIAT and Tesla have. Or it will die.

Bill Howland
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Bill Howland

Just in time for the summer reruns.

Bill Howland
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Bill Howland

Honorable mention goes to the TATA Jaguar E-Pace, what with its upscale interior and 90 kwh battery pack. Supposedly on sale in the states before the summer ends.

Steven
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Steven

When doing an article like this, how about an indication as to whether or not it’s a compliance car.

Big batteries are great, if you can buy it.

Steven Loveday
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This article is not about availability. It’s about battery size.

Steven Loveday
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Theses lists posts and our upcoming slideshows are meant to be updated every so often as new models arrive or information changes. So, yes, the Jaguar I-Pace will definitely find a home on this list. However, it hasn’t yet been delivered in the U.S. If we put every car on here that has been announced by an automaker but is not yet on the road, it wouldn’t make much sense.