10 ELECTRIC CARS THAT WILL MAKE YOU WANT TO TRADE IN YOUR GAS GUZZLERS 

How would you like to never visit a gas station again?A decade ago, the idea of driving an electric car seemed inconceivable to most Americans, but these cars with plugs are definitely here to stay. Technological improvements, stricter emissions standards, and changes in consumer tastes are driving electric cars further into the mainstream. We’ve highlighted 10 of the best that are currently on sale. The electric-car segment is in a state of flux, though. Many new models are on the way, including the highly anticipated Chevrolet Bolt EV and Tesla Model 3, electric versions of the upcoming Hyundai Ioniq and Honda Clarity, an electric Porsche sedan, and many more in the coming years.


BMW i3

The BMW i3 is about as different from other cars as can be. It’s not just the electric powertrain: the i3 features a carbon fiber-reinforced plastic body shell, wheels that look like pizza cutters, and an interior trimmed in a plant-based material called kenaf. The i3 is also the most energy-efficient car currently sold in the U.S., at an EPA-rated 124 MPGe combined for the 2016 model, which also has 81 miles of range. An updated 2017 model with 114 miles of range is on the way, and BMW also offers the i3 REx with a small gasoline engine that acts as a generator to boost range.


Chevrolet Volt

Now in its second generation, the Chevrolet Volt continues to offer a electric-car buyers flexibility. It has an “extended-range electric” powertrain, with a gasoline engine that serves as a generator. The 53-mile electric-only range is enough to cover the average commute, while a full tank of gas provides plenty of backup range should the driver need it. The powertrain and overall packaging of the current-generation model impressed us so much that we named it a 2016 Car Awards winner.


Fiat 500e

Small city cars and electric powertrains go really well together. A combination of maneuverability and the instant torque of an electric motor make slicing and dicing through city traffic easy, and even fun. The Fiat 500e has received plenty of praise from reviewers for just this reason, and its retro looks certainly don’t hurt either. Right now, though, the 500e is only available in California and Oregon


Kia Soul EV

The Kia Soul EV is the kind of car you drive if you want to make a statement, and not just about saving the environment. The boxy Soul is a cool car not matter what powertrain it uses, and the electric Soul EV version retains that style. It’s also a pretty good electric car, with a 93-mile range that’s near the top of the class for non-Tesla cars. The Soul EV isn’t available nationwide, although Kia has steadily expanded the number of states where it is sold.


Mercedes-Benz B250e

It may say “Mercedes-Benz” on the tailgate, but the B250e boasts a Tesla-developed powertrain, the result of a short-term relationship between the two companies. Formerly known as the B-Class Electric Drive, the B250e offers electric motoring to entry-level luxury shoppers, and more utility than most vehicles in this segment. Its five-door hatchback body makes this Mercedes a bit more practical than the similarly priced BMW i3, not to mention pint-sized gasoline four doors like the Audi A3 and Mercedes’ own CLA-Class. Note that the B250e is only available in certain states.


Mitsubishi i-MiEV

It may not be very spacious, and its EPA-rated 62-mile range is nothing to brag about, but the Mitsubishi i-MiEV has one advantage over other electric cars: it’s cheap. Starting at $23,845 (including destination), it undercuts most other electric cars on the market. Unlike many models that are sold only in certain states, the i-MiEV is also widely available. Parking the tiny Mitsubishi should be easy, too.


Nissan Leaf

The Nissan Leaf is the bestselling electric car in history, and the first modern all-electric car to be sold in large numbers. Its success is due to more than just Nissan’s commitment to electric cars, though. With a maximum 107-mile range, practical five-door hatchback body, and pricing close to that of the average midsize sedan, the Leaf is also the electric car that makes the most sense for the most people.


Tesla Model S

What hasn’t been said about the Tesla Model S? Tesla’s luxury sedan proved that electric cars could be desirable. Impressive technology and supercar-rivaling performance make the Model S appealing even to those who don’t care about the environment. A range of more than 200 miles (or up to 303 miles with the largest, 90-kWh battery pack) and Tesla’s free-to-use Supercharger network of charging stations also makes driving the Model S virtually anxiety free.


Tesla Model X

The Model X offers the same technology as the Model S, but with more showmanship. From the roof-hinged “Falcon doors” to the expansive glass roof, the Model X is full of details normally found only in concept cars. The Model X is also the only all-electric SUV currently available, and boasts a talent unique among electric cars: the ability to tow up to 5,000 pounds.


Volkswagen e-Golf

When building an electric car off an existing model, it helps to have a solid starting point. The current Volkswagen Golf is a competent compact car, with refined road manners, satisfying handling, and a well-designed interior. All of those plus points carry over to the electric e-Golf. The only downside is that this electrified VW is only available in a handful of states.

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