Electric vehicles aren't a new phenomenon. In fact, the first fully electric car was developed in the 1830s. What's new is that EVs now compete for market share with traditional fossil-fueled models. Thanks to recent advancements in battery and charging technology, electric cars have finally become a feasible alternative to gasoline cars.
Today's best EVs make a compelling pitch to commuters: They're practical, easy to drive, inexpensive to run and packed with technology. And if the sticker prices look daunting, just remember that tax incentives and rebates can knock thousands off the cost of an EV, whether you're buying or leasing.
But shopping for an electric vehicle requires a different mindset. While a gasoline car can be refueled in just a few minutes, electric cars take longer to recharge, making them less than ideal for long-range driving. The trick is to think about how far you drive in an average day and how often you'd have a chance to charge up. If you can plug in at work or at home, an EV could be a great fit for your life.
To simplify your shopping process, we've put together a list of the best electric cars on the market right now. The electric car segment keeps growing, and buyers have more choices than ever. Our list of the best EVs will help you find the electric car that's right for you.
Best Electric Vehicles for 2018
At Edmunds, we put every vehicle we rate through a rigorous testing process that involves both objective tests conducted at our test track and a subjective evaluation on our 115-mile real-world testing loop. We then assign scores to specific characteristics and features to arrive at an overall rating for the car. The eight electric cars listed here received the highest marks from our experts. We think these are the best electric cars you can buy today.
It's worth noting that, in our experience, most manufacturers' range estimates are realistic — except in very cold climates (which, for several reasons, decrease range). So even if you drive 100 miles in an average day, the best electric cars will provide more than enough range to get you from charge to charge.
Affordable Electric Cars
Tesla may have captured consumers' imaginations with its futuristic and pricey cars, but mainstream automakers have been trying to crack the electric-car nut for a long time, with increasing success as of late. These affordable EVs have enough range to get most people through their daily commute and all the features you expect from a modern car.