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Driving Electrified

Shopping for any vehicle can be challenging, but for first-time electric car buyers, it can be a whole new world. To help make the experience easier, we’ve created a helpful guide that allows car shoppers to learn about electric vehicles in the most simplistic and comprehensive manner available.

Compare electric vehicles

Types of electric vehicles


Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) run only on electricity from batteries charged by plugging into an outlet or charging station. BEVs have no gasoline engine and don’t produce tailpipe emissions.


Electric-only motor

No emissions

Does NOT require gasoline

Requires plug-in charging

Some electric vehicle models are:

Tesla Model S

Nissan LEAF

Fiat 500e

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Hybrids combine a gasoline engine with an electric motor, but they can’t plug-in because their batteries are charged from capturing braking energy that converts kinetic energy into electricity.


Gasoline engine and electric motor

Some emissions

Requires gasoline

Does NOT plug-in

Some conventional hybrid models are:

Toyota Prius

Honda Accord

Toyota Highlander

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Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) are similar to conventional hybrids, except PHEV batteries can be charged by plugging into an outlet and PHEVs can substitute plug-in electricity for gasoline.


Gasoline engine and electric motor

Some emissions

Requires gasoline

Requires gasoline and plug-in charging

Some plug-in hybrid models are:

Chevy Volt

Hyundai Ioniq

Toyota Prius Prime

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Tax incentives

Depending on your location, and your personal tax situation, you may qualify for federal, state, and local tax incentives for driving an electric vehicle. Find all incentives listed at the US Department of Energy.


Electric Vehicle Buyer's Guide

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BMW Electric Vehicles

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Ford Electric Vehicles

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Go green

Electric vehicles significantly reduce a driver’s tailpipe emissions and therefore his or her personal impact on our environment. Reducing your impact on the planet will allow future generations to enjoy our blue planet to the fullest.

Reduce pollution, produce zero emissions

Electric vehicles are significantly cleaner and much safer for people & our environment than traditional internal combustion engine vehicles. By driving electric, you’re helping to reduce air pollution from traditional exhaust systems; the type of pollution that can irritate and even cause severe health issues like asthma and bronchitis.

Reduce dependency on fossil fuels

Solving climate change is one of the most important challenges of our time, and driving an electric vehicle is one of the ways you can take action. Since fully electric vehicles use energy efficiently, they don’t consume any fossil fuels whereas a traditional internal combustion engine relies on gasoline made from fossil fuels pulled from the earth.


In the last few years, e-vehicles have set a high bar for performance and technology. With unbeatable built-in features and instantly available torque, you’ll have difficulty finding a traditional vehicle that can keep up.

State-of-the-art technology

Electric vehicles often come with tons of exciting features.

Pedestrian Detection

Adaptive Cruise Control w/Stop and Go

In-Car WiFi

Remote Engine Start

Forward Collision Warning

Front and Rear Parking Sensors

Lane Keep Assist

Power Trunk/Liftgate

4 yr / 50K mi Basic Warranty

8 yr / 100K mi Hybrid/EV Warranty

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

Spacious, Quiet, smooth, Green

  • Electric vehicles have more space available due to having fewer components than traditional vehicles.
  • Electric vehicles have quieter engines since there are less mechanical parts moving.
  • Phone calls, conversations with passengers, music, and podcasts are all much more enjoyable.
  • Fully electric vehicles don’t have any tailpipe emissions, however, plug-in hybrids and conventional hybrids do — although it is much less than the emissions of a traditional vehicle.

The safest option

  • Electric vehicles are often at the top of their class in terms of crash and safety ratings.
  • Electric vehicles have fewer components than traditional vehicles so there’s less opportunity for anything to break or go wrong.
  • Battery packs lower the center of gravity and offer additional rigidity to the frame.
  • Since electric vehicles are powered by batteries as opposed to traditional gas engines, they are less prone to fire.
  • Electric vehicles are federally mandated to carry separate warranties for their battery packs (8 years or 100,000 miles at least).

Quick acceleration

  • Even lower-cost electric vehicles are fun to drive due to the instant torque and handling of electric engineering. In fully electric vehicles, all of the torque is readily available at 0 RPM.
  • The Tesla Model S Performance is the third fastest accelerating production car ever built reaching 60 mph in just 2.4 seconds. Only two other vehicles are faster, however, both cost over a million dollars and can no longer be purchased new.

Range & charging

Wait less, drive more, and save an average of $4,500 in fuel over 5 years. No more lines, dirty pumps or gassy fumes. With an electric vehicle, your peace of mind and extra time are priceless.

Further than ever

There are lots of mix-ups about electric vehicles, but the main one is the fear that you can’t drive very far, known as range anxiety. In fact, many electric vehicles can go over 200 or 300 miles on a single charge and the ongoing build-out of the national EV-charging network should help reduce any fears of running out of charge.

Easily find charging

There are 21,000+ public charging stations with 65,000+ individual charging outlets in the United States, as of late July 2019. But EV and plug-in hybrid owners don’t need charging stations the same way traditional vehicles need gas stations, because most of the time they’re charging at their own garage or workplace.

Try the US Department of Energy station finder

Charge from home

EV and plug-in hybrid owners can charge at home by plugging in the charging cord that comes with the vehicle to any standard three-prong outlet. It takes a while, but you can charge anytime in the convenience of your own home. Alternatively, owners can install a wall charger for a much quicker charge.

Try our Charging Time Calculator


A vehicle without all of the complicated moving parts in a traditional combustion engine doesn’t need all of the maintenance of a vehicle with a traditional combustion engine. Less moving parts with electric vehicles means less maintenance with electric vehicles.

Less maintenance means Lower costs

Fully electric vehicles don’t have a traditional combustion engine. As a result, 24+ mechanical components that would ordinarily require routine service are no longer a problem because EVs don’t have them. Choosing EV means bypassing oil changes, cooling system flushes, transmission servicing, and air filter, spark plug, and drive belt changes.

Lithium ion battery warranty

Whereas the standard warranty coverage for a traditional vehicle is 3 years or 36,000 miles with 5 years or 60,000 miles for the powertrain, electric vehicle’s lithium ion batteries are under warranty for at least eight years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first.

Compare 2022 electric vehicles

Reference the table below to compare the key statistics of some of the most popular electric vehicles.**

Model Range chevron-down CTY / HWY chevron-down DRIVE chevron-down 0-60 chevron-down MSRP chevron-down

Audi e-tron GT quattro

238 mi 81 / 83 MPGe AWD 3.9 sec $102,400

Audi RS e-tron GT quattro 20”

232 mi 79 / 82 MPGe NA 3.1 sec $139,900

Audi e-tron quattro 20”

222 mi 78 / 77 MPGe AWD 5.5 sec $65,900

Audi e-tron Sportback quattro 20”

218 mi 76 / 78 MPGe AWD 5.5 sec $69,100

Audi e-tron S 20”

208 mi 72 / 75 MPGe AWD 4.3 sec $84,800

Audi e-tron S Sportback 21”

185 mi 64 / 66 MPGe AWD 4.3 sec $90,050

Audi Q4 50 e-tron quattro 19”

241 mi 100 / 89 MPGe AWD 5.8 sec $49,900

BMW i4 eDrive40 18”

301 mi* NA RWD 5.5 sec $55,400

BMW iX xDrive50 20”

324 mi* NA AWD 4.4 sec $83,200

Chevrolet Bolt EV

259 mi 131 / 109 MPGe FWD 6.5* sec $31,000

Chevrolet Bolt EUV

247 mi 125 / 104 MPGe FWD 7.0* sec $33,000

Ford Mustang Mach-E Select SR RWD 18”

247 mi* NA RWD 5.8 sec $43,895

Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Perf. ER AWD 20”

260 mi* NA AWD 3.5 sec $67,995

Hyundai Ioniq 5 SE SR RWD 19”

220 mi 127 / 94 MPGe RWD NA $39,700

Hyundai Ioniq 5 SE AWD 19”

256 mi 110 / 87 MPGe AWD 5 sec $47,150

Hyundai Kona Electric

258 mi 132 / 108 MPGe FWD 7.9 sec $34,000

Jaguar I-PACE EV400

234 mi* NA AWD 4.5 sec $69,900

Kia Niro EV

239 mi 123 / 102 MPGe FWD 7.5 sec $39,990

Lucid Air Dream Edition Range 19”

520 mi 126 / 125 MPGe AWD 2.7 sec $169,000

Lucid Air Dream Edition Performance 21”

451 mi 110 / 111 MPGe AWD 2.42 sec $169,000

Mercedes EQS 450+ (RWD; 20”)

350 mi 97 / 97 MPGe RWD 5.5 sec $102,310

Mercedes EQS 580 4MATIC (AWD; 21”)

340 mi 92 / 99 MPGe AWD 4.1 sec $119,110

MINI Cooper SE

114 mi 119 / 100 MPGe FWD 6.9 sec $29,900

Nissan LEAF S (40 kWh)

149 mi 123 / 99 MPGe FWD 7.4* sec $27,400

Nissan LEAF e+ SV (62 kWh)

215 mi 114 / 94 MPGe FWD 6.5* sec $37,400

Polestar 2 Single Motor 19”

270 mi 113 / 100 MPGe FWD 7 sec $45,900

Polestar 2 Dual Motor 19”

249 mi 94 / 84 MPGe AWD 4.5 sec $49,900

Porsche Taycan (79 kWh) 19”

200 mi 76 / 84* MPGe RWD 5.1 sec $82,700

Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo 20”

202 mi 74 / 73 MPGe RWD 2.7 sec $187,600

Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo 20”

202 mi 74 / 73 MPGe RWD 2.7 sec $187,600

Rivian R1T (Large pack, 21”)

314 mi 74 / 66 MPGe AWD 3 sec $67,500

Tesla Model 3 RWD 18”

272 mi 138 / 126 MPGe RWD 5.8 sec $44,990

Tesla Model 3 Perf. LR AWD 20”

315 mi 118 / 107 MPGe AWD 3.1 sec $58,990

Tesla Model S LR AWD 19”

405 mi 124 / 115 MPGe AWD 3.1 sec $94,990

Tesla Model S Plaid 21”

348 mi 102 / 99 MPGe AWD 1.99 sec* $134,490

Tesla Model X LR AWD 20”

348 mi 107 / 97 MPGe AWD 3.8 sec $104,990

Tesla Model X Plaid 22”

311 mi 94 / 88 MPGe AWD 2.5 sec $125,490

Tesla Model Y Long Range AWD 19”

330 mi 127 / 117 MPGe AWD 4.8 sec $58,990

Tesla Model Y Perf. LR AWD 21”

303 mi 115 / 106 MPGe AWD 3.5 sec $63,990

Volkswagen ID.4 Pro 19”

260 mi 107 / 91 MPGe RWD NA $40,760

Volkswagen ID.4 AWD Pro S 19”

240 mi 104 / 89 MPGe AWD NA $45,260

Volvo XC40 Recharge

223 mi 92 / 79 MPGe AWD 4.7 sec $55,300
* Estimated or unofficial value **All information is current as of Febuary 2021