This is a question that is often asked in America, and around the world today. Now, we are going to give you an answer based on where you live, your income, and what electric car is best for you. It should be noted than the things talked about in this article will only be renewed over time. It should also be noted that new car brands are coming out with new electric cars every month. New options will always be available in the future. Let’s get in to it…
For starters, we are only counting 100% electric cars in this list. No plug in hybrid or flex fuel cars. Just electric vehicles.
The electric vehicle market is massive, and the prices on electric cars are only falling as technology improves. But some problems like range anxiety still exist in the United States for people who are considering buying electric cars. Below are two maps of chargers across the United States. The first map is a map of all the superchargers in North America. Superchargers are charging stations that work exclusively for Tesla Vehicles, and no other electric cars. The second map shows charging points for all types of cars, including Tesla’s if you have an adapter.
Essentially, if you live in the states from Montana down to New Mexico and North Dakota down to Kansas, I would not recommend getting an electric car right now. Especially if you don’t live near a somewhat large city, as there are exceptions in all the states I mentioned. Examples would be Denver, CO and Salt Lake City, UT. These places are abounding in chargers and would be prime places for owning an electric car. But areas that are more wide open spaces probably should wait until more chargers reach their area. It is pretty similar with Tesla vehicles, as the only chargers than aren’t in cities follow major highways. If you don’t happen to live by the city or a highway, then buying a Tesla might also not be the best idea. If you do decide to get one anyway, I would recommend a Tesla model with at least a 100 kWh battery, so that you have maximum range possible. Also, the superchargers are far more abundant in this area than the standard charging areas, and you will find it easier to fill up after longer trips.
If you live in the West Coast area (Washington to Arizona), you are in prime electric car real estate. Especially if you live in the state of California, where they have lanes designated for electric cars only. In the west coast, charging stations and Tesla Chargers are abundant. You can hardly go a mile without seeing one. You won’t need a car with massive mileage like a 100D model Tesla, but I also think you might be handicapping yourself if you decide to pick up an older Nissan Leaf. I would recommend the Chevy Bolt and Tesla Model 3 (base model) if you live in this region. Each comes with around 250 miles of range, which is more than enough to get you to your next charging station. Each also are very high tech cars, that don’t lack performance, but also don’t excel it in. If you are going for a more family car, the Jaguar I-Pace is the best option as it is the cheapest of the SUV’s available right now.
If you live in the Midwest, which is Minnesota over to Michigan and everything under, you need to have a Model 3. Tesla chargers in this area are surprisingly abundant and the All Wheel Drive on the Model 3 will come handy in the snow that often occurs in the northern most areas of the region. The Long Range on the Model 3 would be recommended as to ease any range anxiety. 300 miles should be plenty to get you to your next charger, or your at home Tesla charger which I highly recommend you get. It becomes the equivalent of charger your phone at night, and leaves you with 300 miles of fresh charge daily. Also, in the winter electric cars can lose a bit of range due to the cold, so it is a good idea to have the longer range to cushion how far your car will be able to travel. I cannot recommend any non-AWD cars due to the fact that winter without it will be terrible. Also, non AWD electric cars tend to perform poorly in snow and slick conditions.
In the New England to Florida area, you are also in prime Electric car real estate. Those who live in the warmer parts don’t need to worry about getting AWD cars, or worry about longer range vehicles. The Base Model 3, Chevy Volt, and New Leaf will all work for these warmer climates. You won’t lose any range due to cold weather, and you also won’t need power to all wheels in bad weather scenarios. But as we get more north, the Bolt and Leaf recommendations fizzle out to longer range Model 3’s and Model S’s. Tesla chargers in the New York area are absurdly close, and there may not even be a need to install your own charger at your house. But in the more spread out areas of Maine and Pennsylvania, at home charger is definitely recommended. As more all wheel drive electric cars become available, more will be recommended in cold weather areas. But for now, Tesla dominates this area of the electric car world, and that is why it is the only on we can recommend for the colder New England region.
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