The Volkswagen E-Golf, introduced in late 2014, was the company's first all-electric car. It maintains the spirited driving experience of internal combustion versions of the Golf—one of the most popular small cars in the world. The VW E-Golf is among the best handling car among the class of small affordable EVs. However, its range of 123 miles lags behind models such as the 151-mile Nissan LEAF and 238-mile Chevy Bolt. The E-Golf is, in effect, a placeholder for VW's large lineup of EVs, starting with the ID Crozz due in late 2020.

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The Model Y is Tesla’s crossover SUV. It’s the taller and more spacious variant of Tesla’s Model 3. Or you could think of it as scaled down version of the sizable Model X. The Model Y, the fifth vehicle in Tesla’s line, will go into production in fall 2020. It will offer up to 300 miles of range on a single charge.

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The Model X is Tesla’s powerful long-range, all-wheel-drive sports utility vehicle. The body design—featuring a high-tech cabin and double-hinged falcon doors that lift up and over the vehicle—is mostly unchanged since the X’s introduction in 2015. However, Tesla repeatedly tweaks the vehicle’s performance specs, range, and price. The current Model X can now travel between 305 and 328 miles on a single charge.

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Tesla’s daring EV is a major hit with huge sales and ardent fans. It's an impressive luxury EV with many unprecedented high-tech features. As of this writing, the entry-level Model 3 is the 240-mile Standard Range Plus version, which costs about $38,000. The Model 3 outsells all other EVs combined, for good reasons.

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The concept version of the Taycan was introduced in 2015 as the Mission E. The design strikes a balance between the iconic Porsche 911 sports car and the Panamera luxury sedan. The Taycan can sprint from zero to 60 miles per hour in less than 3.5 seconds and reach 124 miles per hour in just 12 seconds. “The Taycan drives like a Porsche, looks like a Porsche, and feels like a Porsche,” said Stefan Weckbach, head of Porsche’s battery-electric vehicle model series. “It just happens to have a different type of drive.”

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In fall 2020, Kia will begin selling a much-improved version of the Soul EV. The new, second-generation electric Soul takes a big leap in driving range to 243 miles. It’s also faster and bigger. The Soul retains much of its iconoclastic, boxy vibe, albeit with sharper lines. If the Soul EV’s yet-unannounced price tag beats its EV siblings—the all-electric Kona and Niro—the high-riding Kia electric hatch could become the affordable go-to model.

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The Kia Niro EV is an attractive and practical all-electric five-door hatchback. The EV version shares the conventional exterior looks of the hybrid and plug-in hybrid version of the Niro. In the all-electric variant, a 64 kilowatt-hour battery provides 239 miles of range. Kia’s affordable crossover EV is available in 12 states.

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The stylish, 234-mile Jaguar I-Pace is the British brand’s first battery-electric vehicle. The low-slung, small five-seat crossover is characterized by a cab-forward design. The all-wheel-drive I-Pace gets its considerable power from a pair of Jaguar-developed motors, one mounted on each axle. The powertrain delivers 392 horsepower and 512 pound-feet of torque, enough juice to launch the I-PACE from a standstill to 60 miles per hour in about 4.5 seconds. Starting at about $70,500 before incentives, the 394-horsepower I-Pace is positioned as a Jaguar halo car.

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The all-electric version of the Kona compact SUV offers 258 miles of driving range—taking the lead for range among electric vehicles in the same price range while providing more room than the Chevrolet Bolt and Nissan LEAF. The Kona model (in gas-powered form) is one of the best compact SUVs on the market. The electric version is a compelling, relatively affordable long-range EV—although it's only available in California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

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