It’s true that electric cars aren’t a new thing and that the very first fully operational electric car was actually designed and developed as far back as the 1830. The thing that makes our time stand out is that electric vehicles are now competing with conventional fossil-fuel-powered cars. Due to huge developments in charging and battery tech, EVs have now become more of a feasible option if you’re not wanting a gas-fueled car. DotCom Magazine have picked out our favorite electric cars from 2018.
The Leaf had a redesign by Nissan for rerelease in 2018 and this next-gen model is even better than the previous line. It’s a lot better to drive, more comfortable and quieter. You’ll also find that it offers a great range for virtually any commute. Although, it’s not so good if you are a particularly tall driver, because the steering wheel does not telescope. However, this car has a lot more strengths than it does weaknesses.
Tesla Model S
We realize that the Tesla Model S is actually the oldest Tesla vehicle currently in production. We still feel though that it has some charming and amazing features that make it stand out from the three on offer. It mixes having an outstanding range and well-designed driving dynamics with an attractive and spacious cabin. Depending on what you opt for, it can also be extremely speedy. Remember, though, this is a Tesla and its price tag is more than a bit frightening. There’s also the fact you have a sedan that’s like a lot of others, but it doesn’t look very well finished. You’ll also notice a lack of some of the practical and luxurious features you get in others like ventilated or massaging seats. If you are desperate for a Tesla, this is the one you should get.
Kia Soul EV
The Kia Soul may have the shortest range out of all the affordable models on this list, but it’s still able to travel over 100 miles on one charge. Moreover, it’s on our list because it’s got massive amounts of interior space, considering and a really fun personality. It feels more like a small crossover rather than a traditional compact car. It’s less fun driving it than some of the others, but the extra space it offers will probably be enough of a compensation for many drivers.
The Hyundai Ioniq has the user-friendly technology you’d expect from the manufacturer packaged in a lower entry cost than some. It also benefits from an electric drivetrain that is the most efficient around, meaning you pay less money to keep this beauty charged. It’s not the best to drive though and its rear seating isn’t roomy or even comfortable. However, we like the appealing price and the fact that it’s feature-filled.
Chevrolet Bolt EV
The electric Chevrolet Bolt offers a number of surprises – it has the range that been only seen in Tesla vehicles and is fun to drive and very zippy. Although it doesn’t have a cargo space that’s particularly impressive, on paper. In practice it’s a lot more practical than you’d think. The downsides are that the front seats are not the softest and the interior has a real plasticky feel and the Bolt’s own infotainment setup is a lot clunkier and less refined than we’re used to from Chevy. However, for its price, it delivers great performance and amazing range.