Tesla isn’t the only go-to brand for all things electric anymore. It is still at the forefront of electric cars, there is no doubt about that, but other companies are beginning to throw their hats in the ring when it comes to the electric future. Some fully rely on electricity, like Tesla and others simply use it for a certain period of time and then switch to gas. This is opening up the market place so that more and more people are willing to explore what electric vehicles could do for them. Here are just a few companies exploring the electric realm that you should be looking out for.
What You Should Pay Attention To When Buying An Electric Car
Buying an electric car is uncharted territory for many people today. As time slowly rolls on by, more and more people will begin to trust the technology and adopt it, but for right now it can be hard to sift through what you should be looking out for. It comes down to two main things, Miles per charge, and budget constraints. You want to know going into purchasing a vehicle how many miles you drive a day and what your price range is, this will determine exactly what car you should get and why. For someone with a stricter budget, the Leaf is great and for someone who has a little more money to spend looking at the Kona is probably a better bet. In the end though, it all comes down to what you feel most comfortable buying. Take a look at these five cars and decide which one fits you!
2019 Kia Niro EV
The Kia Niro was first introduced in 2017 as a hybrid between electric and gas. It quickly rose to become one of the fastest-selling cars behind Tesla. Many adopters of the car loved the fact that you were able to use electricity in the city but had the option to go for gas if they went for longer distances. It allowed for the best of both worlds.
In 2019, they announced that this sleek and stylish SUV would have a fully electric counterpart entitled the EV. This made many people excited about the new world of electric cars because they could go all-electric in an affordable package. This new version of a tried and tested vehicle boasts 239 miles of range and will allow you to have the storage that you need from a vehicle of its caliber. This new version rings right around the $39,000 range that Tesla has been going for with the model 3 but with more storage space.
It is important to note that you can still get the Kia Niro hybrid that will allow for up to 29 miles fully electric until it switches to electric and gas hybrid boasting 110 mpg.
2019 Hyundai Kona Electric
The Hyundai Electric is the new and improved version of the Hyundai Kona. Unlike the Kia Niro, this improvement over the original is coming from a full gasoline-powered car meaning this is uncharted territory for the line of cars introduced in 2018. The new Kona which is fully electric has been adored by the people who have driven it because it can go 258 miles without having to recharge and you can get it for the low price of $35,000.
The electric version of this car has such a large amount of miles in the SUV styling that it is the one on the list that is best for taking road trips in or it is great for someone who doesn’t have the means to install a charging station into their house. Even if you do install a EV home charger in your home it means that you won’t have to worry about plugging it in every single night.
2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV
Introduced in 2017, it became the only other car on the market to rival Tesla in terms of an electric vehicle that could go as far as the most expensive Tesla models. This allowed for it to start carving out a niche for itself that would eventually lead to more companies adopting an electric vehicle at a low price. The smaller hatchback also allows for it to be one of the best in its class in terms of city driving, but can be a bit small when it comes to cargo space.
Even on the smaller side compared to the competition it can still boast quite the kick of power if it is needed as the electric motor allows for it to have no lag from your pedal to the floor. Even though traditionally a car of this size wouldn’t have the means to be quick, it now can.
2020 Nissan Leaf
The Nissan Leaf was originally introduced in 2010 as a car that would change the landscape of hybrid vehicles. Unfortunately, it ran into a lot of problems and did not take off initially. The Leaf slowly became a vehicle that was not sought after by very many people, that was until 2018 when it underwent a complete redesign. This redesign made the car into one that is climbing up the ranks as a must-try for anyone who is looking for an electric car on a budget.
The Nissan Leaf S can be had for between $25,000 and $31,000, making it the lowest costing electric car at the moment. The range is somewhere between 150-226 miles on a single charge. It’s lower electrical mileage means that you may not want to get it if you go on a lot of road trips, but if you mostly are staying within your town the range will end up being fine for you. Also, the pricing on it is low enough that it can be a great place to start if you are looking to test the waters with electric vehicles.
2019 Volkswagen e-Golf
The Volkswagen e-golf is beginning to be touted as one of the best electric vehicles that you can get for under $35,000. This is because Volkswagen decided to take the Golf which was already a world-renowned car that was fun to drive and turn it into an electric car giving it just that little bit of extra power that you would need for a fun experience.
This car is not fully electric all the time and can switch to gas if need be, but when it is fully electric it will go for 125 miles on the battery and then once you go past that it will switch to e-gas for up to 126 mpg. This is the perfect car for anyone who is ready to jump into electric cars without the hassle of having to find a charging station everywhere that they go. It’s a great and fun driving car without the downsides that plague both electric and gasoline-powered cars.
It Is Time To Make A Change
Electric vehicles are the future, plain and simple. Every day more and more people are converting over to electric vehicles and for good reason. They have the ability to help change the environmental landscape while still being a fun and enjoyable car to drive. With that change, comes a few hiccups along the way.
One of those hiccups is the ability to obtain the electricity that you need everywhere that you are traveling. While many places are beginning to adopt charging stations, there are still not nearly as many in comparison to gas stations. This is why you should get your own home EV station.
Here in Northern California, Divine Electric is your number one stop for all things involving EV home charging stations. We have the ability to install a charging station that will be the perfect fit for your new electric car. Stop using apps to find where the nearest station is and start charging your car right from home! Contact us for an estimate and schedule an appointment today!