Electric cars allow you to fully enjoy the driving experience, in total safety and comfort. Today, electric vehicles cost more than their gasoline or diesel counterparts, but the gap is narrowing considerably, thanks in part to incentive policies from national governments grants.
The growing trend of the electric car will only continue as electric vehicle costs come down, range increases, and the electric charging network expands. Of course, the motorist who wants to change car today will have to consider new parameters to evaluate if the electric car can really be the answer to the new mobility needs. For city use over short distances, we can already say that electric cars are definitely an excellent alternative to those with a heat engine, while for those who use them on medium-long journeys it is advisable to do the calculations well first.
Those wishing to purchase an electric car for longer journeys will need to ensure that local roads and highways offer a sufficient network of charging infrastructure along the way. The alternative to a pure electric car is a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), which combines battery-electric technology with the power of a gasoline- or diesel-powered heat engine to always have a mileage safety feature in case the electric range is not sufficient.
In this guide, we reveal our picks for the best electric cars, and explain why you should consider buying one now more than ever.
Hyundai Ioniq 5
The Korean manufacturer was among the first to believe in electric technology, investing before other brands and thus strengthening its position as an industry leader. Utilizing the basic E-GMP platform, the Hyundai Ioniq is a mid-size electric crossover capable of fast and efficient charging. The price is still quite high compared to the average, but the offering is respectable when you consider the range of almost 400 km, and maximum powers over 200 horsepower.
The Kia e-Niro is often compared to the Hyundai, being part of the same market segment. Of the Kia convinces the lower price, higher range (amounting to 455 km) and 7-year warranty offered on all models in the range. The standard equipment are top and fear no rivals: adaptive cruise control, leather interior, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay system with wireless phone charging system.
Tesla Model 3
The queen of the sector is still her, both for the number of cars sold and for the best compromise between quality and price. It is available in 3 variants, but already the entry-level version offers a range of over 400 km. The interior design is minimalist in style, but very elegant: the 15-inch central screen is a true multimedia station, capable of surfing websites, reading and listening to music. Last but not least, the high technological value of the car is increased by the intelligent and autonomous driving that made Tesla famous all over the world.
The small French electric car is one of the most popular novelties on the market, and in fact figures very well in the charts of best-selling cars. It is appreciated especially in the city, where the small spaces make it very versatile in parking. The price is very convincing: under 30,000 € you can comfortably buy it.
Volkswagen has introduced an all-electric version of the latest Golf to the market, effectively creating its own standalone range of electric cars under the name ID. The ID.3 is one of the most interesting mid-size and budget EVs. In fact, it possesses effervescent driving qualities and the well-known made-in-Wolfsburg quality, to make even the most tech-savvy buyers more than happy.
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