What really is the deal with humanity? We want to live so bad we just can't stop continually killing everything that seems to be coming between us and pleasure. All while going around our busy lives. Luckily for those of us that love to hug trees, there is some glimmer of hope. The government requires that by 2030, 60% of all cars that will be sold should be electric cars. And that's a good move since they are really friendly to our planet in the long run. They let us get around silently. And they avoid ruining the atmosphere with emissions that the traditional internal combustion engine is so fond of producing. Just like it has always been with the usual cars, automakers have hit the market with an insurgence of electric cars that are competing for our attention, which is a great thing. All indications are that owning an electric car will be more than just a cute way of turning heads; it will be a practical, viable solution to our global warming problems. Lay down the gas can and come with us as we take a look at some of the brighter sparks that today's technology is about to set on our roads. Are you ready?? Vroooom, or perhaps hush, now that we are going silent under the hood.
How good is the Tesla Model S?
What name do you give to a story about electric cars without a chapter from Elon Musk? We have an answer, Dead on Arrival! This is the ultimate electric car for those among us that fancy driving smoothly in a stylish vehicle, while still making peace with the ozone. It is now available in 75D, 100D, and P100D flavors, which means there is something for everyone. Naturally, they made this a perfect blend of innovation, superb performance and style. You get 0-60 mph in 2.6 seconds, a 17-inch touchscreen and Tesla Autopilot on the 2018 model S. If you can raise $66,245 then this is the car for you.
What makes the 2018 Nissan Leaf special?
The Leaf keeps getting better. After having sold well above 300,000 units by early this year, the hatchback that was initially designed in 2011 is due for a well-deserved replacement. The new Leaf features improved performance and better interior quality at a cost increment that is close to negligible. It is widely available on the market, and the 2016 30kWh battery had a 155-mile range. There is enough room in there for a family of four to take a peaceful drive around town. The price is about 27 grand if you want to turn over a new leaf.
What about the BMW i3?
Here comes a beam of sophistication from the makers of the beloved X6. The i3 puts together all you would need in a small electric car that is as compact as it is gorgeous. Like its kin, it sends power to the rear wheels, but that's really where the similarities end. You will be surprised if you look under the hood for you to find no engine there. Worry not, the 168 hp unit is safe and sound in the trunk. The starting price is about $31798; it is due to be updated following the release of the i3s.
What can be said about the Hyundai Ioniq?
The Ioniq is one hell of a vehicle; it features electric, petro-electric and plug-in hybrid powertrains. The 2018 EV sacrifices the multi-link rear suspension that is present in the other versions to pack in a lithium-ion battery that gives it a range of 174 miles. It produces 118 bhp and is capable of doing 0-60 mph in less than 10 seconds. While this is not a car to take to the racing track, it does have outstanding qualities when driven within its limits. The Ioniq makes for a good choice if you need to use your back seat and trunk more often than not. You can get one for close to $32,000.
The Jaguar I-PaceA
The I-Pace was met with great anticipation since the Concept made its debut in the 2016 LA Motor Show. In addition to being Jaguar's first production all-electric car, it has also gained popularity for being an electric SUV that stands shoulder to shoulder with Tesla's sporty prowess. This 5-seater gets its bile from two Jaguar motors that let it bust 0-60 mph in just 4.5 seconds. The 90kWh battery packed inside gives it an impressive 298-mile range, and it can be rapidly charged by public power outlets. The starting MSRP is $78,622.