Hyundai’s aerodynamic and attractive compact hatch is offered as a pure electric car with a driving range of about 170 miles. The starting price for the Ioniq EV is just over $31,200 before incentives. That makes it one of the most affordable electric vehicles. However, its 170-mile range is well below battery-powered models that cost a few thousand dollars more. Those competitors include the Hyundai Kona Electric SUV, which sells for about $38,000 while providing 259 miles of range.

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The Chevy Bolt was the auto industry’s first affordable long-range electric car. It starts at $37,500 and provides 238 miles on a single charge. The Bolt is now joined by long-range, low-priced EVs from Hyundai, Nissan, and Kia—as well as the slightly more expensive Tesla Model 3. The all-electric Bolt is a well-rounded, comfortable, and zippy hatchback that can work for everyday drivers.

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The M-Byte is the first vehicle from Byton—the EV startup founded by seasoned auto-industry executives (mostly from BMW) and headquartered in Nanjing, China. The M-Byte all-electric mid-size SUV will go 250 or more miles on a single charge. But that’s beside the point for a vehicle primarily designed for connectivity and automation. Its four-foot curved dashboard screen dominates the interior. The M-Byte is expected to sell for around $45,000 when it arrives in the U.S. in late 2020.

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More than five years after its introduction, the BMW i3 remains an excellent choice for electric commuters. The current version of the small, fast, and fun EV is capable of traveling 153 miles on a single charge. The electric Bimmer is also available, at least for another year, with a 2.4-gallon gas engine that fires up when the battery is almost depleted—boosting driving distance to 200 miles.

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Audi designed its first all-electric vehicle to look, feel, and drive just like a conventional vehicle. It’s a strategy to appeal to mainstream buyers rather than early EV adopters. The e-tron offers legitimate SUV dimensions, about 204 miles of range, and ultra-fast charging.

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The Honda Clarity Electric is a spacious, well-equipped five-passenger sedan. However, the pure battery-electric version offers only 89 miles of driving range on a single charge. That's less than half the range provided in best-of-class electric cars. Clarity is also offered as a plug-in hybrid. The Clarity Electric is only available for lease in California and Oregon.

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The Mustang Mach-E is a dramatic start to Ford’s new EV efforts. The company infused the all-electric SUV with the signature design and performance of its legendary American sports car. When it arrives in late 2020, it will be available with standard and extended-range battery options offering up to 300 miles of range. And buyers will have the choice of either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. The Mach-E is American muscle applied to a pure electric, five-seat sport utility vehicle.

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Mini announced in July 2019 that it will introduce the all-electric Cooper in the United States in 2020. The MINI Cooper SE will use a 32.6 kilowatt-hour battery pack to provide about 130 miles on a single charge. (The official announcement states as much as 167 miles in Europe’s lenient test cycles.) While the range is below the new 200-mile standard, the style and performance of an electric MINI should attract drivers wanting a sporty all-electric ride.

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Polestar, Volvo’s all-electric brand, will introduce a 275-mile luxury EV sedan in mid-2020. The Polestar 2 will compete against the Tesla Model 3. It borrows much of Volvo’s crisp styling, as well as the Swedish brand's engineering prowess. The $63,000 all-electric sedan will be the first vehicle (of any kind) to have native Android Auto technology built directly into its 11-inch vertically-mounted dashboard touchscreen.

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By Brad Berman ·
April 22, 2019

Incentives for Plug-in Hybrids and Electric Cars

We're doing our best to track the growing list of federal and state-based incentives for purchasing an electric car or plug-in hybrid. See how much you can save to get behind the wheel of an electric-drive plug-in vehicle.

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