2017 Mitsubishi i-MiEV
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2017 Mitsubishi i-MiEV - $23,845
16 kWh battery, 59 miles (EPA), 112 MPGe, 49 kW motor
The Mitsubishi i-MiEV carries forward into the 2017 model year essentially unchanged, although EPA-rated range dips from the previous 62 miles to 59 miles. The i-MiEV is hampered by that short range, as well as limited interior space and performance, but with a sub-$24,000 base price (before Federal, state, and local incentives) that is unchanged from the 2016 model year, it remains one of the cheapest electric cars available.
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2017 Nissan Leaf - $31,545
30 kWh battery, 107miles (EPA), 112 MPGe, 80 kW motor
The Leaf received a larger, 30-kWh battery pack as an option for the 2016 model year, and that pack becomes standard equipment on all models for 2017. That means the Leaf gets a slight bump in base price, pushing it over the $30,000 mark. But all Leaf models also now have a 107-mile range, compared to the 84-mile range of cars equipped with the previous, 24-kWh pack.
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2017 Tesla Model S - $69,200-$135,700
60-100 kWh battery, 210-315 miles (EPA), 98-104 MPGe, 234-396 kW motor
The Tesla Model S lineup seems to be in constant flux, but at the moment it includes rear-wheel drive and dual-motor all-wheel drive versions with 60-kWh and 75-kWh battery capacities (creating a "75" car actually involves a software patch to unlock extra capacity), all-wheel drive 90D and P100D models. Tesla recently began installing a new hardware package for its Autopilot system—called "Hardware 2"—in all production cars, and launched a "Ludicrous Plus" mode software update that allows the Model S P100D to do 0 to 60 mph in 2.4 seconds.
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2017 Tesla Model X - $90,000-$140,000
75-100 kWh battery, 238-289 miles (EPA), 86-93 MPGe, 234-396 kW motor
Tesla Model X deliveries began just over a year ago, after many delays. Since then, Tesla's first SUV has received mixed reviews due to quality issues with early-build vehicles, and unorthodox features such as the roof-hinged "Falcon doors," expansive windshield, and fixed rear seats. The Model X gets the same "Hardware 2" upgrade as the Model S, and P100D versions are expected to get "Ludicrous Plus" mode as well.
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A few electric cars have been left from this list, for one reason or another. We are awaiting final pricing, efficiency, and range ratings for the updated, longer-range 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf and the redesigned 2017 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive, neither of which has gone on sale yet.
The Chevrolet Spark EV has been discontinued. It was a "compliance car" available only in California, Oregon, and Maryland, and is being supplanted by the Bolt EV, which will be available nationwide by this September.
More battery-electric models are expected to go on sale in the coming months, including the Honda Clarity Electric, a battery-electric version of the Clarity Fuel Cell sedan that will arrive later this year, likely as a 2018 model.
Keep this page bookmarked, as we'll be updating it when new battery-electric models hit the market.