Sticker prices on electric vehicles run the gamut, from the low $20,000 range to over $100,000 for the most expensive model with all the bells and whistles. As with any purchase, the more you spend, the more you’ll get for your money.
We’ll take you through what you’ll get with a more economical electric vehicle—a 2017 Nissan LEAF—versus what you get with a high-end EV, the Tesla X. Keep in mind that with any EV you purchase, you are eligible for the $7,500 government tax credit extended to EV owners. Read more about EV incentives here.
Vouchers, rebates and city and state tax credits toward your EV are also available across the country, depending on where you live. In Colorado, residents get a $5,000 state credit when they buy an EV. For incentives in your state, check out this interactive map.
Price: MSRP from $30,680 Range on a full charge: 107 miles Performance: 0-60 mph in 10.2 seconds Miles per gallon gasoline equivalent (MPGe): 114 Seating: 5
Affectionately referred to as “the people’s EV,” the Nissan LEAF is the highest selling electric vehicle in the world. As of fall 2016, more than 100,000 LEAFs were sold in the U.S. and more than 238,000 around the world. Sales remain strong even with Nissan soon to release its new, 2018 model, which will offer more range. Overseas, the LEAF was recently named “Best Green Car” in the U.K.’s 2018 Driver Power Survey.
MSRP for the 2017 LEAF starts at $30,680. When you factor in the government tax rebate of $7,500, that figure drops into the $20,000s. Incentive programs can also lower the cost figure even more. EZ-EV, for example, offers $10,000 off a 2017 Nissan LEAF, and that’s on top of the $7,500 government tax credit.
The LEAF offers 107 miles of battery range, it’s a four-door vehicle and it can seat five passengers. It has a top speed of 93 mph and it features a 30 kWh battery. Charging a LEAF on a Level 2 home charging system is estimated to take about six hours with the 6.6 kW onboard charger.
Perks and features—some for an additional cost—include a Bose® premium audio system, rear cargo cover, carpeted floor mats, all-season molded floor protectors, black leather-appointed seats and heated front and rear seats. NissanConnectSM EV, a system owners use to manage their vehicle and control features, helps you keep track of your driving range, calculate range-saving routes and find the nearest spot to charge.
The 2018 Nissan LEAF will include the ProPilot package that Nissan introduced with its Serena minivan last year. It’s an automated system that can handle braking, steering and acceleration, but it’s not self-driving.
Price: MSRP from $82,500 Range on a full charge: 237-289 miles Performance: 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds Miles per gallon gasoline equivalent (MPGe): 86-92 Seating: 7
When Tesla founder Elon Musk unveiled the Tesla prototype in 2012, the world became captivated by the automaker and its high-end electric cars. Of its three models—Model X, S, and 3—the Model X is the priciest of the bunch.
Since the Model X is a sport utility vehicle, a fully souped-up version could cost you around $150,000. The vehicle starts in the low $80,000 range. You will need to make a deposit first if buying the Tesla interests you.
Recently, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded the Model X SUV its highest rating, five stars, in each of the government’s three crashworthiness categories—frontal, side and rollover crashes.
Tesla calls the vehicle “a family car without compromise.” It comes with all-wheel drive, three rows of seating for up to seven adults, and up to 295 miles of range on a single charge. It’s also the quickest SUV in production; it can accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour in 2.9 seconds.
Owners love its high-tech features including keyless entry and startup, and door handles that detect the driver’s presence when they get in the car. The vehicle will also lock itself when the owner walks away.
Other features—some of which cost extra—include Falcon Wing doors, a panoramic windshield, LED ambient interior lighting, self-presenting front doors, medical grade air quality and self-driving hardware.
The Tesla X’s Enhanced Autopilot and software includes Autosteer up to 90 mph, Auto Lane Change and Lane Departure Warning and Automatic Emergency Braking.
Tesla is currently working on a new compact SUV, the Model Y, which it hopes to have on the road by 2019.
Read more about all of the electric vehicles currently for sale in the U.S.
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