After few years of testing and improving the EV (electric vehicle) market, electric cars have become a very attractive proposition for a lot of people. In 2017 the latest EV models are promising driving ranges up to 311 miles (500 km) on a charge, which is more than enough for most people's needs. Of course, high price, limited range and the need to plug the electric car in to charge it up are the main obstacles for ownership, but all of these characteristics are improving.
We’ve chosen the best EV models of 2017 and you can compare their main specifications in one table. You can read a detailed review for every model, just pressing active link with the car’s name.
|Price||Range -miles||Range -km||Full charge - socket||Full charge - station||Fast charge - station|
|BMW i3||$43,000 - $48,000||180||288||8,5 hours||3 hours||30 min - 80%|
|Chevrolet Bolt EV||$37,500 - $42,000||200||320||9 hours||3 hours||30 min - 45%|
|Tesla Model S||$68,000 - $144,000||311||500||9,5 hours||1,5 hours||30 min - 70%|
While other companies struggle to enlarge the range of their EV (Electric Vehicle) up to 200 miles (320 km), Tesla model S, has already gained 311 miles (500 km).
Buyers can choose between a 60kWh battery with a 208-mile (332 km) range or the larger 80kWh battery with the full 311 miles (500 km).
In 2017 Tesla has high hopes for the model S. This all-electric car is fast, luxurious, eco-friendly and is packed with latest technology.
The cabin combines unique noise engineering to obtain the sound dynamics of a recording studio.
The 17 inch touchscreen controls most of the car's functions.
It puts rich content at your fingertips and provides mobile connectivity so you can easily find your destination, favorite song or open the all glass panoramic roof.
Model S comes with amazing Autopilot capabilities. Not all drivers are ready to start using Autopilot, but such an option makes you feel that the future has come.
Another “hello from the future” – bioweapon defense mode enabling air filtration system, which removes at least 99.97% of particulate exhaust pollution and effectively all allergens, bacteria and other contaminants from cabin air.
Charging time is an important competitive characteristic. For the full charge it takes 9,5 hours. With a high-power wall charger the total charging time drops to 4 hours, 45 minutes.
Model S, and other Tesla’s EV have many amazing options, but the longest range and a growing network of Supercharger stations are the main characteristics, allowing Tesla to be the leader of the luxury electric vehicles market today.
You can compare prices and specifications of Tesla Model S with the best electric cars of 2017 here:
In 2017 General Motors intends to take it’s part of EV (electric vehicle) market, offering its new plug-in model.
Bolt EV is equipped with a 60-kwh lithium-ion battery that gives it a range rating of 200 or more miles, making it the first mass-priced 200-mile electric car. Anyone with a typical new-car budget can afford a Bolt. The range and the price by themselves make the Bolt one of the leaders of the EV market today.
From the outside, this car looks like a tall hatchback, but Chevrolet is classifying the Bolt as a small station wagon.
From the moment you open the door and get behind the wheel, it's clear that this is no ordinary Chevrolet. The interior is spacious and airy with good outward vision in all directions. Seats employ new thin-foam construction, saving space and weight.
The Bolt offers an optional rearview camera that provides a full-time rear view even when driving forward.
The interactive, standard 10.2-inch diagonal tablet-like display makes it easy to view and quickly access real-time vehicle information. Splitscreens and expanded views allow you to simply navigate and retrieve your music, contacts and more.
Like all hybrids and battery-electrics, the Bolt employs regenerative braking, through which the drive motor serves as a generator, using the car's momentum and rotating drive wheels to recharge the battery.
EV market is growing fast, but charging issue is still a major problem to all producers. For Bolt it takes 9.5 hours to charge fully at 240 volts or you can use DC Fast Charging capability, which provides up to 90 miles of range in about 30 minutes of charge time.
Unfortunately Bolt model can’t satisfy a long distance traveller, because of the lack of charging stations network so far. The only fast growing network of Supercharger stations belongs to Tesla, set up inside and between major metropolitan areas in US. But 200 miles range is more then enough for enjoying life within the city, driving around, going to work and back home, where you can recharge your electric vehicle.
You can compare prices and specifications of Chevrolet Bolt EV with the best electric cars of 2017 here:
The 2017 BMW i3 represents the significant update since it went on sale in 2014. The latest BMW i3 has a 114 mile (180 km) range on a full charge—that's 40% farther than the first generation i3. And with the Range Extender, your total driving range is up to 180 miles (290 km). The use of strong yet lightweight Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) in the framework of the BMW i3 makes it one of BMW’s lightest vehicles. CFRP is 50% lighter than steel, but just as strong.
The navigation system takes into account your battery charge level, driving style, the traffic situation and topographical information to show you the most efficient route with the current battery charge. Another revolution in routing: If you can reach your destination quicker using alternative transport such as the subway or rapid-transit train, navigation will show you current schedules and guide you to a parking space near the train stop. You can also use the integrated BMW iRemote app to sync your BMW i3 to your smartphone, Apple Watch, Samsung Galaxy Gear Watch and other mobile devices. When connected, you'll be able to check your battery's state of charge, configure automatic charging times, set a comfortable cabin temperature through preconditioning, and even sync destinations, all before getting behind the wheel.
The BMW i3 can be fully recharged in just 4.5 hours using a Level 2 charging station, or in 8,5 hours using a domestic socket. Get up to an 80% charge in approximately 30-40 minutes with a DC Combo Fast Charger.
You can compare prices and specifications of BMW i3 with the best electric cars of 2017 here: