Electric Cars Available Now And Those You’ll Want To Own
There’s no denying the EV scene has taken the world by surprised, draws a lot of ink, or electrons and have tapped a lot of emotions. Almost all EVs, and most neighborhood EV, NEVs will have enough range to get you to and from work. Of course, there are people who commute over 100 miles a day, for those plug-in hybrids, PHEV with a bank loan will work. Burt what’s available now and tomorrow.
Currently Available EVs. The Nissan Leaf is the undisputed king in the EV world. It has been sold for a year and the starting price of $27,700 EV can be slashed by another $7,500 if you are in the right tax bracket, plus other local and state incentives available. All of this gives you an estimated range of 100 miles. Case in point, a friend of mine lives in Long Beach, California, has been going to work with his Leaf for a year now to Santa Monica. That’s a 70 miles round trip that costs him pennies on the miles instead of the double digit pennies he used to pay with his gasoline car.
The Mitsubishi i MiEV is also available in the affordable range at $29,125 with which you can subtract $7,500 in federal tax credit bringing it down to $21,625. If you happen to live inland California, the additional incentives will bring it down to around $16,000. Not bad for a car that will give you about 72 miles of range on a charge.
The CODA is now also available at $37,400, adding the federal incentive brings it down to shy of $30,000. Check your local and state incentives for further price reduction. All of this gets around 120 miles of range.
And Then, There Is Tomorrow.
Ford’s electric Focus is right around the corner with a base price of $39,200 add the federal incentive and it comes down to about $32,000, more with other state and local incentives, if available. This car gives you also 100 miles of range.
Tesla’s Model S will be out in three weeks and available in three options, 160 to 230 and 300 miles. Prices are $49,900, $59,900, $69,900, respectively. Federal, state and local incentives also apply, if available.
BMW’s i3 will eventually be sold and give you 100 miles for $35,000, on which you can add all available incentives.
So what are we waiting for? Obviously financing is important but we are a country used to living with credit. That is a moot point. Then there’s the patriotic chord. It’s becoming hard to justify gasoline cars, giving away close to half our tank’s money to petroleum making countries hostile to the USA. Surely that point makes little sense. But in the end, we are a country built on efforts and rewards. Nothing happened easily and surely the gasoline engine wouldn’t have happened if everyone sat on their hands content with steam engines 100 years ago. So let’s hear your bravos and grunts to make sense of it all here.