2017 Ford Focus Electric
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2017 Ford Focus Electric - $29,995
33.5 kWh battery, 115 miles (EPA), 107 MPGe, 107 kW motor
Historically, the Ford Focus Electric has been a "compliance car," sold only in volumes required to meet California's zero-emission vehicle mandate. But for 2017, it gets some notable updates that could broaden its appeal, should Ford aim for higher sales volumes. Where its previous EPA-rated range of 76 miles was among the lowest of any electric car, the 2017 model's larger battery pack boosts range to a more competitive 115 miles. The Focus Electric also gains DC fast charging, using the Combined Charging Standard (CCS) protocol.
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2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric - N/A
28 kWh battery, 124 miles (EPA), 136 MPGe, 88 kW motor
The 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric launches as one of three Ioniq variants, with hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions available as well. The all-electric version is the most efficient car available in the U.S., and its 124-mile EPA-rated range is competitive with most electric cars, excluding Tesla models and the Chevrolet Bolt EV. In California, Hyundai will offer a subscription-based "Ioniq Unlimited" plan as an alternative to traditional leasing, although it is unclear if that option will be offered nationwide.
2017 Kia Soul EV
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2016 Kia Soul EV - $32,800
27 kWh battery, 93 miles (EPA), 105 MPGe, 81 kW motor
Kia has not released details on the 2017 Soul EV, but the 2016 model remains on sale in a limited number of electric-car friendly states. When it launched as a 2015 model, the Soul EV's 93-mile range was impressive for a non-Tesla electric car, but many other models have since surpassed the Kia.
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2017 Mercedes-Benz B250e - $40,825
28 kWh battery, 87 miles (EPA), 84 MPGe, 132 kW motor
Mercedes' electric car—formerly known as the B-Class Electric Drive—is essentially unchanged for 2017, although it does get a price cut of around $2,000. The hatchback is still only available in certain electric-car friendly states. It is now at a disadvantage to Mercedes rival BMW's i3 in terms of range, put still offers a somewhat more practical package at a similar price.