Twenty years ago, electric cars were an idea, a hope, and a dream. Ten years ago, they were a reality though extremely pricey. A consumer would need to pay over $100,000 to own an EV. Today, prices have decreased, and society is on its way to more affordable, mass-produced electric vehicles. Earlier this year, Tesla Inc. unveiled the newest addition to their line, the Model 3, their first mass-produced EV. While the reasonable pricing and exemplary design have encouraged the populace to purchase an EV, the extensive waiting list has caused many to look at what other options might be available. The Model 3 is in a league of its own, but there are many companies hard at work to bring some competition to Tesla. For those looking for an environmentally friendly vehicle, here are the top 3 alternatives to the Tesla Model 3.
2017 Chevrolet Bolt
The top alternative to the Model 3 is the 2017 Chevy Bolt. Ranked #1 in the compact cars category by U.S. News’ Best Cars. It also ranked #1 in small cars, hybrid and electric cars, and hatchbacks. Based on an evaluation of 18 pieces of research and data elements, the Chevrolet Bolt received an overall score of 8.9 out of 10 points. The vehicle comes with an astonishing range of 238 miles in a single charge. It has space for five passengers and comes with plenty of room for cargo, and to top it all off, it comes with tech-savvy features, such as a 10.5-inch touchscreen system.
2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric
The 2017 Ioniq is available as an electric vehicle, a hybrid, and a plug-in hybrid. The strong driving performance, stellar fuel economy, an appealing base price, and upscale interior landed this Hyundai at the #11 ranking in compact cars. It was also ranked #6 in hybrid and electric cars, #13 in small cars, and received an overall score of 8.4 out of 10. This alternative is highly efficient with a 124-mile range and includes a 7-inch intuitive touch screen system.
2017 Nissan Leaf
This alternative is the option for anyone looking for a daily vehicle. The U.S. News’ Best Cars ranked the Leaf as #21 in compact cars based on an evaluation of 65 pieces of research and data elements. It also received #15 in hybrid and electric cars, #30 in small cars, and #24 in hatchbacks with an overall score of 7.6 out of 10. While it isn’t as upscale as its competition, this Nissan offers a spacious interior, a cushioned ride, and a range of 107 miles.