Is it the right time to say goodbye to the traditional fossil fuel car models and welcome eco-friendly electric cars? Well, yes. At first, people were resistant to buying them because of power constraints and battery maintenance. But thanks to the noteworthy technological advancements that got us covered with the rapid charge technology, long-lasting battery life, and crazy torque.
Even now, people considered electric vehicles not ideal for long-range driving. But, with the little research, you could get the one fulfilling your needs. We have shortlisted five riveting electric car models available from Tesla, Hyundai, Porsche, Audi, and Jaguar that are perfect for day-to-day commuting as well as long trips. Have a look!
Tesla Model 3
Our first pick is the compelling electric car by one of the finest automaker named Tesla. Its versatility, levels of equipment, performance, and somewhat affordable price have made it the best selling electric car in the US, overtaking Chevy Volt.
Tesla Model 3 comes in four modifications, i.e., Standard Range, Standard Range Plus, Mid Range, and Long Range. You can order online any variant, except Standard Range, and Tesla will deliver it in 5 to 9 weeks.
The top of the line dual-motor Long Range variant has an acceleration of 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds, with an all-electric range of 322 miles, backed by 75-kWh lithium-ion battery. The other Standard Range Plus version delivers the all-electric range of 250 miles on a single charge of the 54-kWh battery.
All Tesla Model 3 versions come with Autopilot, an advanced driver-assistance system, except for the Standard Range. The Autopilot system is generally considered a Level 2 piece of tech under the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) 6 levels of driving automation ranging from 0 (fully manual) to 5 (fully autonomous).
Its real power lies in the innovative convenience and safety features as it has the most sophisticated driver aid of any vehicle class. The system is capable of effectively analyzing its surroundings, including lane markings and the position of nearby vehicles, even in bad weather conditions.
Consumers enjoy the added functionalities with free periodic software updates for the life of the vehicle.
Price starts from: $39,990.
Hyundai Kona Electric
It is another affordable electric car like Tesla 3 that offers a solid range at an affordable price from the South Korean automaker. Sales of Hyundai Kona Electric in the US started in 2019. It provides some eye-catching numbers despite coming into the category of small cars.
The flagship variant of Hyundai Kona Electric has a 64-kWh lithium-ion polymer battery that covers a range of 258 miles in a single go. The 100-kilowatt level three charger delivers 80% of the charging in 54 minutes.
The drivers have access to the three driving modes – normal, sport, and eco. Unlike Tesla 3, it provides Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support. The firmware fitted is considered an SAE Level 2 auto-driving vehicle with adaptive cruise control, lane-centering system, rear cross-traffic alert, and automatic emergency braking. However, it meager in range and do 0-60 mph in 7.6 seconds.
Price starts from: $37,190.
It is Jaguar’s first all-electric performance SUV that won the 2019 World car design of the year award.
The single charge of 90-kWh high energy density lithium-ion pouch cells goes for 292-miles in one charge. The 50kW DC rapid charger available at public spots makes it ready for another 168-mile journey in an hour. I‑PACE’s Touch Pro Duo infotainment system always keeps the driver in charge by keeping it in touch with the digital world.
The acceleration spin of 0-60 mph takes 4.5 seconds, and responsive steering makes the all-wheel-drive EV as sporty as it is luxurious.
Price starts from: $69,850.
Audi e-Tron is an answer if you are calling for outstanding comfort, refinement, quality material, elegant design, and spacious car. This fast and luxurious flagship electric SUV from Audi was awarded a 2019 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ and 5-star safety ratings from US Department of Transportation, and it is a perfect fit for those who are willing to spend more to enjoy the SUV with safety.
It comes with a 95-kWh lithium-ion battery pack offering a range of 204-miles (EPA est.) from a single charge. The underlying quick charging technology gives an 80% rapid charge in about 30 minutes. Moreover, a 10-minute quick charge would suffice for a 54-mile long journey. The battery has an eight year or 100,000-mile warranty that keeps a buyer at peace. The jump of 0-60 mph takes 5.5 seconds.
The in-car Amazon Alexa integration feature gives you the voice control to and from other Alexa-enabled devices. myAudi connectivity gives you control to personalize each ride by route, charging, and remote climatization planner.
Price starts from: $74,800.
The moment the word “Porsche” hit our ear, we know, now something highly luxurious is coming on board. The same is the case with Porsche Taycan, which is the first pure-electric production Porsche. Taycan is offered in three variants: Taycan 4S, Taycan Turbo, and Taycan Turbo S.
The car is known for its superior performance by having the two-speed transmission that provides neck-snapping acceleration. The base 390 kWh model – Taycan 4S – can go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds while the superior 560kWh version – Turbo S – achieves the same feat in just 2.6 seconds.
The speed is not the only thing to talk about this masterpiece. Taycan has the 800-volt DC fast-charging system that cuts down recharge times by recharging 80% of the battery in 20 to 22 minutes.
The Porsche Taycan “connect” feature offers voice control and places you in command to access the relevant information through your smartphone.
As per the EPA testing, the Turbo can cover 201-miles, and Turbo S can do 192-miles in a single charge, which is somehow lesser than its competitors.
Price starts from: $103,800.
Electric cars are usually expensive but are cheaper to run and require less maintenance. However, figuring out your commuting needs is a significant stepping stone to choose the one fulfilling your exact transportation needs. Do share and comment about your favorite car!
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