In our imaginations, electric cars that have a practical range, look normal and are not break-the-bank expensive to buy are far away dreams. But, with each generation of electric car, this dream becomes more and more realistic.
The G-Whiz is inexpensive, the Tesla Model S has a great range and the Nissan Leaf is relatively normal looking, but is there a car that combines all these traits?
GM will start production of their all new Chevrolet Bolt in October of 2016. The Bolt, the Volt’s smaller brother has a 200 mile range, it looks like a normal new car with distinctive creases, a big bumper and aggressive lights, and most importantly, before government incentives, the Bolt will go on sale for about $38k. Depending on where you live and what incentives you get from the state, this price may drop closer to $30k.
Like GM, Tesla is also working on their next car, also aimed at the middle class market. Unlike GM, their car will be released in 2017 and will take on the body style of a sedan, although the unveiling and pre-orders will start in March of this year. The Model 3 promises to have a 200 mile range and cost only $35k. The Tesla Model 3 shows similarities to the other cars in Tesla’s range: the Model S and the Model X.
In the coming years, expect to see many other practical, good looking reasonably priced electric cars.
An Imagination of what the Tesla Model 3 will look like.