Now that there has been a cultural shift that encourages people to be “environmentally friendly,” it is safe to say that cars are having to follow suit pretty quickly. For a while, the hybrid car was all the hype. However, the future of the car market is electric cars that use no gas at all.
Believe it or not, this is not something that is restricted to futuristic idealism—there actually are affordable electric cars on the market today!
Now that this has become a car that is more in demand, there are many more options for consumers. Prices have also leveled out because so many manufacturers offer an electric option. When researching electric cars, decide if you want 100% electric or if you still want a fuel option because that will help to narrow down your choices. Also, look into leasing an electric car because of how quickly technology is evolving. Who knows, in 3 years there could be a brand new type of electric car!
With all these new options for electric cars, you will be sure to find the perfect match for your personality—and even your budget! Check out this list to be up to speed on what the car market can offer to those who want to do their part to help keep the environment clean and healthy.
- Chevrolet Volt. This car is the perfect compromise between gas and electric. It still has the option to be fueled by gas but can completely run off of electricity. Why is it beneficial for it to be able to run off of gas? Isn’t the point of an electric car to not use gas? Well, there is a great benefit of this compromise in the Volt. Let’s say your destination turns about to be a lot further than you anticipated—thanks unexpected detour! Your car can only run off of electricity for so long and you could end up stranded! Luckily, your Chevrolet Volt can run off of gas, so you won’t be stranded in the middle of nowhere without an electric outlet to charge your car. Check out this car out if you are looking for a reasonably priced, incredibly competent vehicle (Read: 10 Fuel-Efficient Cars That Save You Gas and Money).
- Toyota Prius Plug-in. This is everything you love about the Prius, but electric. This is the ideal car for people that have short commutes and ready access to outlets. This car can run 100% on electricity, which could greatly diminish your budget for car expenses! This Prius is a great option because it comes from a good line of environmentally friendly cars. If you tend to take longer trips, you may want to consider the hybrid option so that you can fill up with gas when you need to. But if you make short trips, this is the car for you!
- Nissan LEAF. This is probably one of the best, most affordable purely-electric cars on the market—it doesn’t even have a tailpipe! This car can be plugged in at home or on the go. Either way, the only reason you will need to stop at a gas station is for a Slurpee. Not only does this car not require gas, but it also has zero emissions! This is one of the more unique features of the Nissan LEAF because most hybrid or electric cars release emissions. This is also one of the most affordable electric cars, starting at a price as low as $21,000. This is an investment that you will not regret—and the environment will thank you!
- Ford C-MAX Energi. This is another primarily electric car that has compromised with gas. It can run completely off of electricity, but you can also fuel up if you get in a bind. This is mid-range in price and can come in sedan and crossover sizes. This is a great car for those that sometimes travel long distances but mainly commute short distances. Yet another option in the electric car market—who knew you had so many cars to choose from!
- Daimler Smart Electric. The iconic “Smart Car” has been around for a while, dominating the hybrid market. Now they have come out with an electric version of the classic Smart Car. These electric cars offer the efficiency you want out of an electric car without skimping on features like noise reduction and choices in the model you want. This is a great option for someone living in a city with tight parking spaces that commutes short distances. Check out these cars for a smart, electric choice!
- Mitsubishi i-MiEV. This is another lower end of the budget option in the electric car market. Starting at $22,000, this is a great option for those looking to invest in an electric car. This electric option is great for those in cities with regular commutes and its even better for those living in cities that have started installing outlets in gas stations. This car comes with many different features and many options about body appearance.
- Fiat 500e. Although this Fiat is a little pricier, it is 100% electric—no gas and no emissions! The Fiat comes in many colors and has many options for customization. This is a great car for city dwellers because it tends to be a little smaller and fit better in tight spaces. Although it is kind of pricy, you will ultimately be saving a lot of money because you will never purchase gas again—a type of freedom that everyone should experience!
- Honda Fit EV. This spacious sedan could end up at the top of your budget, but it might be worth it. This electric car can go for almost twice as many miles on it’s battery than other electric cars on the market. Also, it has the classic appearance of a Honda Accord, so you won’t feel like you are driving a futuristic space ship! This is simply another option on the electric market that will not necessarily make your decision easier because of all the awesome features!