2018 Nissan Leaf
This week's Geneva auto show has seen lots of news about new electric cars, but almost all of them come from luxury brands.
The 2019 Jaguar I-Pace has made its debut, Aston Martin announced its Lagonda brand would be dedicated to all-electric vehicles, and so forth.
That's all very nice, but what about affordable electric cars for mass-market buyers?
This week's Twitter poll descends from those exalted levels of the auto industry to the cars that everyday buyers can obtain for near-mass-market prices.
We're curious how our Twitter followers will rank four reasonably priced battery-electric models now on the market.
Granted, not all of them are available in all parts of the U.S.
Which electric car is your favorite?— Green Car Reports (@GreenCarReports) March 5, 2018
Following a six-month rollout at the start of last year, the 238-mile Chevrolet Bolt EV can now be found in every one of the 50 states.
The 124-mile Hyundai Ioniq Electric, unfortunately, cannot. In fact, today its U.S. sales are restricted to Southern California, reflecting intense demand for the vehicle from other global markets.
The 151-mile 2018 Nissan Leaf, the comprehensively updated second generation of the pioneering battery-electric hatchback, is now rolling out across the U.S. from its assembly plant in Tennessee.
The 125-mile Volkswagen e-Golf, on the other hand, remains available in only a handful of states—primarily, of course, California, where about half the nation's plug-in electric cars are sold.
2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV
2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric - frame from video road test
2018 Nissan Leaf
2017 Volkswagen e-Golf, first drive, New York City, April 2017
If Twitter allowed us more room for the answers, we'd have added not only the EPA-rated battery ranges for each option but also its starting price.
The Bolt EV is most expensive, at $37,500 including delivery, but all of them fall roughly into the $30,000 to $37,500 window.
With one vote only allowed from an array of four choices, our polls don't allow a lot of nuance. Still, consider this a simple, political-style straw poll: Which one of these four candidates would you vote for?
As always, please note that our Twitter polls are far from scientifically valid, due to small sample size and self-selection by those who choose to participate.