Every day, the Earth is exposed to the greenhouse effect of gases produced by internal combustion engines inside each vehicle. The programs of most of the largest representatives of the auto industry contain items on the development, design and operation of electric vehicles. Electric cars are a clean, from the point of view of ecology, analogue of a car with an electric motor.
So, let's look at the main electric cars and their characteristics, and also conclude which car will be the best solution.
Chevrolet Bolt EV
- good speed and acceleration time;
- a large power reserve - the best, if you do not compare the electric car with Tesla models;
- reasonable cost for its characteristics.
- low quality of finishing materials;
- inconsistency of engine performance with the expectations of motorists - according to many, more can be expected from a 200-horsepower engine;
- only front-wheel drive available.
Its feature is the presence of not only an electric motor, but also an engine running on gasoline (which already contradicts the main purpose of EV)
The full battery capacity of such a vehicle is enough to cover 114 mi - a fairly large distance, but not for an electric car at a price of about $ 50 thousand.
- light weight due to aluminum body;
- good maneuverability;
- fast battery charging function.
- small luggage compartment;
- width, allowing only two adult passengers to fit on the second row;
- high price;
- small power reserve.
Nissan Leaf S
- high level of security, proven by NCAP crash tests;
- optimal power reserve to price ratio.
- small battery life - the manufacturer claims 5 years of service, in fact, the life is half as much;
- poor sound insulation;
- cramped compared to other electric vehicles.
Hyundai Ioniq Electric
- thoughtful layout of the cabin and luggage compartment;
- good equipment for its price - seat heating and ventilation, climate control, driver assistance systems;
- several driving modes.
- not large power reserve for a vehicle with such a price;
- modest design;
- overpriced with such a power reserve.
- low price of the model;
- simple and convenient operation.
- low speed;
- heavy front part, which interferes with cornering at a relatively high speed;
- a small cabin, which comfortably accommodates no more than 4 passengers of medium height.
- good quality finishes inside the car.
- too high a price for such a power reserve;
- low speed;
- large brake track.
- good dynamics of acceleration;
- affordable price;
- charging from a network 220V;
- minimum brake track among electric hatchbacks.
- small luggage compartment;
- poor equipment;
- low quality trim.
Tesla Model S
In his cabin you can find one of the best touch screens, which replaced the familiar control panel.
The top model received a huge range 373 mi, speed up to 163
mph and the ability to accelerate from 0-60 mph 2.4 seconds.
Such amazing parameters are far from all cars with gasoline or diesel engine from this price category.
- modern design;
- a powerful power unit that provides the electric vehicle with better dynamics than most models with internal combustion engines;
- a huge 17-inch touch screen as a control panel;
- a complete set of many modern security systems and driver assistance;
- significant range, reaching for for top trim levels of almost 340 mil.
- the same stylish design as other Tesla electric vehicles;
- powerful engine and large power reserve;
- good dynamics;
- safety systems at the highest level (NHTSA rated the Tesla Model 3 electric car at the highest possible five points. Moreover, the car managed to get 5/5 in all the crash tests. Euro Euro NCAP and IIHS Model 3 also received the highest possible safety rating. Thus, Tesla Model 3 is one of the safest cars on the market);
- Model 3 is the best-selling car in Europe among premium sedans;
- large touch control panel and many other useful options;
- comparatively affordable cost against competitors similar in parameters.
Four-wheel drive allows the car to drive great, not only in the city, but also on suburban roads.
- powerful battery, providing a significant range;
- an engine that provides the car with fast acceleration and high speed;
- the ability to increase the number of seats from 5 to 7 by installing two additional seats in the luggage compartment;
- four-wheel drive and good braking system;
- original opening back doors and stylish design.
The one exception is the price. But let's not forget that the price of Tesla is consistent with its quality. And all Tesla vehicles will now come with a basic Autopilot system!
I am committed to bringing as many people as possible to use EV. It doesn’t matter which car manufacturer you choose, the main thing is that you replace your ICE car with an EV and, as we can see from the information presented, Tesla is the best option.
About the Author
Eva Fox joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover breaking news as an automotive journalist. The main topics that she covers are clean energy and electric vehicles. As a journalist, Eva is specialized in Tesla and topics related to the work and development of the company.