EV Alternatives To Tesla

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Tesla is undoubtedly leading the EV market. Is it just Tesla that has this market wrapped up? When you look at your actual need, a lot of options open up beyond Tesla. The market is wider than you think and a lot of leading automakers are coming up with EV’s. We should not ignore the newcomers making their way in through new innovations. This article shows the wide range of EV’s that are offered and also helps you select one based on your need.

2020 BMW i3 Hatchback

2020 BMW i3
The 2020 i3 is powered by a 181hp Electric motor that makes 199 lb-ft torque. The i3 Pulls hard and has a linear power delivery to the RWD powertrain. The i3 with a 42.2kwh battery pack has a range of 153 miles. 
Starting Price: $45000

2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV

2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV
The Chevy Bolt EV is a value for money EV out there and is feature-loaded. It has a 200hp motor that makes 266 lb-ft torque that accelerates the Bolt almost instantaneously when you put your foot down. Has a pedal for adjusting the regenerative braking that can also stop the car completely. A bunch of driver-assist features and great storage space like a crossover SUV makes it a more practical EV. The 66kwh battery pack lasts for 259 miles on a single charge
Starting Price: $37000

2020 Jaguar I-PACE

2020 Jaguar I-PACE
The I-PACE can be called a luxury comfort EV with air suspensions. It has all that EV DNA when needed with two electric motors that make 394 hp and 512 lb-ft torque. The I-PACE gets a 90Kwh battery pack that gives a range of 253 miles on a single charge that takes 8.5hr (11kw charger). 
Starting price: $71000

2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric

2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric
The Hyundai Ioniq EV has a bit more environmental impact than any other EVs with its eco-friendly interior material. The affordable EV has a 134hp electric motor and 28kwh battery pack that gives a range of 170 miles on a single charge. Even though it lacks power, it is packed with driver-assist features and adjustable regenerative braking. 
Starting price: $34000

2020 Nissan LEAF

2020 Nissan LEAF
Nissan has been offering all-electric vehicles since 2010, It is easy to forget the Leaf when brands such as Tesla, Audi and jaguar are dominating the EV market. However, the Leaf is roomy enough for a hatchback and comes with a 147hp electric motor that is powered by a 40kwh battery pack which gives a range of 180 miles. 
Starting price: $32000
In the above chart, the price and range of all the EV’s including Tesla can be seen. The chart give a clear picture of value for money and lets you select according to your need. If you have a look, the Porsche Taycan is the most expensive vehicle (cost per mile of range) and on the other hand, if hummer makes what it claims, it will have the lowest cost per mile of range. The Nissan Leaf and Chevy Bolt EV will be the best value for money package for the range it offers. Tesla is not very special if you just look at these core numbers.

2019 FIAT 500e

2019 FIAT 500e
The Fiat 500e is a tiny car that is meant for a city commuter. Under the hood, it gets a 111hp electric motor that is powered by a 24kwh battery pack. The 500e’s battery pack will run out of juice after 112 miles. 
Starting price: $34000

Smart EQ Fortwo 

Smart EQ Fortwo
The Smart EQ Fortwo Cabrio is a Mini electric convertible priced at £21k. It is powered by a 60kw electric motor that produces 159 Nm of torque. The EQ for two Cabrio offers a range of 84 miles on a single charge.
Starting Price: $24000

2019 Kia Soul EV Wagon

2019 Kia Soul EV Wagon
Kia Soul is a small station wagon that is powered by a front-mounted permanent magnet motor that makes 201hp and 291 lb-ft torque. It comes with a 64kwh battery pack and is rated to have a 243 miles range. It is practical with room enough for 4 adults. and the variable trunk can carry luggage for most of your trips. 
Starting price: $34000

2020 Kia Niro EV SUV

2020 Kia Niro EV SUV
Kia’s Niro EV is a crossover SUV that is affordable. It has a 201hp electric motor that makes 291 lb-ft torque. Its 64kwh battery pack provides juice for up to 239 miles. The Niro can be driven with a single pedal thanks to its regenerative braking. 
Starting price: $40000

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E SUV

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E SUV
The American muscle has gone all-electric and practical with 5 seats. The Mustang Mach-E SUV gets an electric motor that makes 459hp and 612 lb-ft torque. According to Ford, Mustang Mach-E comes with two battery pack options 75kwh and 98.8kwh which give you 210 and 300 miles range respectively. 
Starting price: $44000

2021 Hyundai Kona Electric SUV

2021 Hyundai Kona Electric SUV
Hyundai replaced the gasoline engine with an electric motor in the Kona to compete in the EV market. The front wheels are driven by the 201hp electric motor powered by a 64kwh battery. The Kona takes about 9 hr 30min to fully charge on a 240v home charger and offers 258 miles range on a single charge. 
Starting price: $38000

2019 Audi e-Tron SUV/Sportsback SUV

2019 Audi e-Tron SUV/Sportsback SUV
Audi’s crossover SUV comes with standard all-wheel drive. It has a 95kwh battery pack that powers a 355hp motor which makes 414lb-ft. It is also capable of towing 4000lb and takes nine hours to fully charge the battery to run 204 miles.  
Starting price: $78000

2020 Porsche Taycan 

2020 Porsche Taycan
The Taycan is the first electric car from the brand. It is also the first production car to use two-speed transmission and an 800V electrical system. This system provides quicker acceleration and shorter recharge time. The base battery option makes a peak power output of 522hp that shoots the Taycan from 0-60mph in 2.6sec and has a 203 miles range 
Starting price: $105000

2021 MINI Cooper Electric

2021 MINI Cooper Electric
The MINI Cooper Electric is the first EV from the brand. The two-door hard-topped MINI has a 181hp motor that makes 199lb-ft torque. The 32.6kwh battery pack lasts for only 110 miles and can be fast-charged to 80% in 35min using a home charger.  
Starting price: $30000

Mercedes Benz EQC

Mercedes Benz EQC
The EQC shares most of its body structure with the GLC. The 402 hp Electric motor makes 561 lb-ft of torque. The Compact SUV shoots from 0-60 mph in 4.8 sec. The 200 miles range that the 80kwh battery pack offers, leaves it behind the model X. 
Starting price: $68000

Polestar 2

Polestar 2
Volvo’s Standalone brand Polestar’s second creation is an all-electric performance crossover. The AWD power train with two electric motors makes a total output of 402hp and 487 lb-ft. The 78kwh battery pack that offers 233 miles range and charges the same up to 80% in 40 min. 
Starting price: $61000

Lucid Air Touring

Lucid Air Touring
The Lucid Air Touring can be on the list as the price range is slightly higher than Tesla’s. Air Touring has two electric motor making 620hp. The 113kwh battery pack lasts for 406 miles on a single charge. 
Starting Price: $95000

RIVIAN R1T

RIVIAN R1T
The 400 mile range Pickup truck is made by a new American startup brand RIVIAN. The R1T has a 754hp motor that can tow up to 11000 lb. It comes with three battery options 105kwh (230 miles), 135kwh ( 300 miles), 180kwh (400 miles). RIVIAN is all set for it’s production and can be pre-ordered on its website. 
Starting price: $70000

RIVIAN R1S

RIVIAN R1S
The RIVIAN R1S is the 7 seater SUV version of the R1T. The R1S has a 754hp motor that can tow up to 11000 lb. It comes with three battery options 105kwh (230 miles), 135kwh ( 300 miles), 180kwh (400 miles). RIVIAN is all set for it’s production and can be pre-ordered on its website. 
Starting price: $74000

GMC Hummer EV

GMC Hummer EV
The iconic Hummer gets a new life. 1000 hp GMC Hummer EV SUT is said to be a super truck. It can blast from 0-60 mph in 3 seconds. It makes massive 11500 lb-ft torque and can tow 11000 lb. It is said to have 400 miles range and the specialty is it can go diagonally! but why? 
Starting price: $70000

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