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  • Tuesday, November 3, 2015


    Best Electric Car For The Average American

    Zachary Shahan, November 2, 2015 (Clean Technica)

    “…[The best electric car for the ‘average American’ depends on what you consider average…[A] short-range electric car like the Nissan LEAF (84 miles of range), BMW i3 (81 miles of range), VW e-Golf (83 miles of range), or Kia Soul EV (93 miles of range)…[is really adequate for the average person because] ~99% of trips are under 50 miles (leaving plenty of room for buffer) and ~90% of days have a total of just ~70 miles of driving (with plenty of time between trips to charge — whether from a charging station or a typical electricity outlet)… [A] new Mitsubishi i-MiEV ($22,995), Smart Electric Drive ($25,000), Chevy Spark EV ($25,995), VW e-Golf ($28,995), Nissan LEAF ($29,010), or Ford Focus Electric ($29,170) fall below the average [$31,000] new car price… even before you subtract the $7,500 federal EV tax credit and any other incentives available…So, basically, any electric option [except Tesla] on the market is as cheap or cheaper than the average new car bought in the US…[After that, it is] personal preferences…[T]he case is well enough made that the i3 is the best electric car for the hypothetical average American…But if you want more space and seating, the Soul EV, LEAF, or e-Golf probably is. If you want a normal-looking car, the e-Golf is surely your best option. If you want better fast charging options, the LEAF is probably the best electric car for you…” click here for more


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