How Far (Literally) Can the Electric Car Go?

Electric Car Distance per Charge

Car Charging / April 12, 2019

Electric vehicles have come a long way. Back in the early days, consumers tended laugh at the worst EVs on the U.S. market. Once the prize-winning EVs by Tesla appeared, green cars were never the same. As of 2017, you can find Hyundai and BMW officially in the plug-in mix along with Nissan, Tesla, and Detroit. In other words, electric cars are a competitive affair across the globe.

Nonetheless, concerns about price and anxiety about range exist. To help lower emissions levels and jumpstart the industry, the federal government continues to offer a $7, 500 tax credit for buyers of EVs of a certain battery size. Many state governments are making EV purchases even easier for consumers, in some cases offering another $5, 000 in discounts off the original sticker price.

Still, every affordable (sub-$30, ooo) EV is unable to cover 140 miles on a charge, so consumers need to do their homework when planning a work commute and other activities in gas-free cars. Here are the top 10 electric vehicles ranked by total driving range.

10. Kia Soul EV

2017 Kia Soul

The electric Kia Soul EV was a significant entry in the scene in 2014, but not much has changed since. It still boasts an adequate 93 miles of total range and 120 miles per gallon equivalent in city driving, which is enough for many commuters. At a base price of $32, 250, Soul EV lags behind a few other plug-ins on the market but still offers a decent green option for its price tag. Kia also features a plug-in hybrid version of Optima.