With all the excitement around the upcoming Tesla Model 3, we though it would be interesting to see what’s available for people who want an EV and don’t want to wait for it. Luckily, there’s a local dealership that specializes in used hybrids and electrics. We caught up with the owner of Green Eyed Motors, Luke Walch, to get his list of the top 5 electric cars available today.
#5 Chevrolet Spark EV
With a starting price of $25,995, the Chevy Spark EV is a gateway drug into the world of electric cars. If 82 miles of range and a 0-60 mph time of 7.2 seconds doesn’t do it for you, how about a maximum of 327 lb-ft of torque sent to the front wheels? According to Walch, nothing will beat it in a 0-20 mph race. Did somebody say bragging rights?
#4 Fiat 500e
Given its oddly appealing exterior, buyers of the 500e will likely be of the right-brained ilk. On paper it doesn’t make sense when compared to the Spark EV. Its range is estimated at 84 miles and 0-60 comes in an uninspiring 9.1 seconds… not exactly what one would expect from the on-demand torque EVs are known for. The 84kW electric motor puts out 111 horsepower and 147 lb-ft of torque. The 500e starts at $32,300… a $6,305 premium over the Spark EV.
#3 Kia Soul EV
What the Kia lacks in acceleration, it makes up for with its roominess and comfort. For those who want real-world around town usefulness, the Soul EV is perhaps the best choice given its passenger and cargo room compared to the rest of the list. The cheapest electric Soul is the EV-e, but that’s only sold in California. The next trim level up is the Soul EV, which starts at $33,950.
#2 Chevy Volt
The second generation of the Chevy Volt just recently went on sale, so there’s a big number of first generation Volts available on the used car market. It is an electric car with a range-extending gasoline generator. The car can only go between 30 and 40 miles on an electric charge, but the gasoline generator will allow you to drive as far as you want with conventional fuel stops. If you have not considered a used Chevy Volt, then you should since you can find some examples in good shape for around $15,000.
#1 Nissan Leaf
In the EV world, range is the name of the game. With up to 107 miles of all-electric range, the Leaf goes farther on a single charge than any other pure electric on the list. That is why it got the top spot. Walch also likes them for their reliability and value. The used one in his shop has 7,000 miles and sells for about $9,500 after tax rebates. Plus, there’s the option for level 3 charging.
Check out the video below to see Roman’s interview with Luke and learn more about the used EV market.