December 27, 2017
Yes, Tesla is one of the most popular names in the vehicle industry right now, and yes, having one does bring with it some rock star pizzazz with it. While some people may love the popularity that having one of these vehicles brings, there are some who look at owning an electric vehicle as more than just being trendy. A great number of people see the good in owning one of these alternative vehicle options, and that is in reducing the carbon footprint that they leave on the planet.
Saving the planet from further deteriorating is one of the main reasons why these vehicles are being produced by numerous manufacturers, with Tesla being only one of many. If you are seriously thinking of doing your part in reducing mankind’s dependence on fossil fuels, here are a few other EV options you can choose from:
Ford Focus Electric – if you love Ford, you’ll be happy to know that one of their more popular models, which is the Focus, has an electric version. This hatchback is more expensive than its gas-consuming counterpart, but hey, you do get to save on gas costs for the next ten to fifteen years.
Hyundai Kona EV and Ioniq – this Korean car manufacturer is also on the EV bandwagon, with offerings that include full-electric, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid versions. This brand’s all-electric vehicle boasts of being able to take you on long distance rides on a single charge, and being able to restore 80 percent of your battery’s power in half an hour with the use of a DC charger.
Kia Soul EV and Niro EV – this sister company of Hyundai also has its own offerings for those who want to start helping the planet reduce gas consumption. The Soul EV is an SUV-type option that gives you plenty of interior space, modification options (cruise control, heated seats, etc.), and a regenerative braking system. The Niro EV is scheduled to be launched this year and is said to carry a battery that will allow you to travel 200 miles with just one charge.
Nissan Leaf – this is the most popular EV in 2017 and the latest model is slowly becoming a fast favorite as well. This electric car from this Japanese brand boasts of 150 miles on a single charge and will now come with a sportier look as compared with its older version.
Mercedes Benz B-Class EV – for all of those who love this particular brand, the B-Class EV is the electric version of the regular B-class, with all the same interior and exterior features. This luxury vehicle has one drawback however, and that is in the charging. You can only charge this baby with the use of a home wall box and you cannot recharge using a DC charge point.
Volkswagen E-Golf and E-UP – these two e-cars from this German brand come with regenerative braking system (which recharges your battery while you slow down), DC fast charging, and a respectable 186 miles-to-a-single-charge travel distance.
BMW i3 – another luxury brand that has an electric vehicle offering on the market is BMW, with their rather boxy i3. Don’t let the less-than-sleek exterior fool you though. This vehicle has all the bells and whistles that this brand is known for and has rapid AC and DC charging, 125 miles on a single charge, and 62mph acceleration in under 8 seconds.
These are just some of the other options that you can choose from when you do decide to purchase an electric vehicle. Other brands that are also offering similar options include Jaguar, Audi, Peugeot, Renault, and Smart.