US Plug-In Electric Car Comparison – Update

AUG 17 2015 BY MARK KANE 14

A Cross Section Of Plug-Vehicle Statistics – US Data Provided (click to enlarge)

A Cross Section Of Plug-Vehicle Statistics – US Data Provided (click to enlarge)

2016 Chevrolet Volt Profile

2016 Chevrolet Volt – 53 miles of all-electric range (EPA)

In early August, we updated our Compare EVs table with prices for nearly 30 plug-in electric models (entry-level versions) in US.

Compared to our last update in April, the data includes a few new models, new trims or other data like EPA range:

  • Audi A3 Sportback e-tron
  • Chevrolet Volt (2016)
  • Kia Soul EV (e)
  • Mercedes S550 Plug-in Hybrid
  • Tesla Model S (70)
  • Tesla Model S (90)
  • Volkswagen e-Golf (SE)

Not everything is perfect, as some data is still missing in action or are still estimations. Though we hope this provides a more thorough comparison of the overall situation of the market:

Plug-In Vehicle Price Comparison - USA (August 2015)

Plug-In Vehicle Price Comparison – USA (August 2015)

Plug-in Cars Range & Price (US) Comparison (August 2015)

Plug-in Cars Range & Price (US) Comparison (August 2015)

BEVs Price per mile of range - US (August 2015)

BEVs Price per mile of range – US (August 2015)

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IT would be nice to have the third chart, Price per mile of range, also include plug-in hybrids with their EV only range. Or maybe that’s a separate chart for plug-in hybrids.

This is some great analysis!

Yes…a “Price Per AER EPA Mile” column would be a good comparison to have.

Perhaps a chart showing which EV’s are available nationwide. It shouldn’t take long to compile that one, since it is likely only about one fourth of the existing chart.

+Mark C – Yes, this please.

Looks like the Spark EV is the most EV-bang for the buck.

And that’s the easiest way to sell compliance models…

I’d say that is the easiest way to sell any model. Model S isn’t far behind. Compliance models the the Rav4 were almost double the Spark EV.

The table should include AWD Tesla models and associated 0-60 times as they are quite different. Also, the expected range for the Teslas is published and well known, so it need not be estimated.

The Tesla S90 has the same official range as the S85. This is known to be wrong, so the estimated range is shown. Being an estimate doesn’t mean that it is necessarily less accurate.

It is interesting that the Toyota RAV4-EV and Honda Accord PHEV are still included, while they are no longer manufactured.

I am happy to see the new Mercedes S Class, Audi e-Tron, and Volvo XC90 making the list, though each is very new and very difficult to locate.

Thank you for your information, but please remove vehicles which are no longer available to the public. While the Honda Fit EV is no longer manufactured, some are still available for re-lease after the original “owners” return them, but it is unknown whether these existing vehicles will continue to be available for leasing 2 years from now (Honda plans to crush them all, just like the EV Plus, but the lease extensions are a glimmer of hope that the Fit EV will not receive the same death fate).

We made a conscious decision to leave those in there (actually had a little group convo about it), just because we are still inside the current year they were discontinued; and we actually found 2 pieces of spare new inventory when we had a looksee.

…and we figured people might just like to see for information, or if they were looking at some slightly used/re-leased product. I imagine with the next update they will be gone.

Useful table, Jay.
Do some customers avoid the destination charge? If not, why not just merge the first two columns into MSRP incl delivery.
Do the cars need to be in alphabetic order? That might be neat when we have hundreds to choose from. For now, I would sort them in the table in descending order of battery size or range.
One typo – the article heading correctly says electric car comparison whereas the table header says EV, which Zero motorcycles would point out is inaccurate. How about adding the Zero & Brammo bikes to the list. It would be interesting to see how the electric motorcycles compare in the charts (range & price per mile).

Yes motorcycles too would be cool 🙂

Have you put together a global database with EV’s and/or PHEV’s?