The 4 Best Electric Cars in 2019

Unlike some electric vehicles (EVs) of the past, the models of 2019 are sleek and perform as well or better than traditional vehicles do. There are affordable models, sporty models, and even SUVs rounding out this year’s best offerings.

They combine great value with high performance: think a nice long driving range that won’t require you to spend more time recharging your vehicle than driving it, horse power that matches that of non-electric vehicles, beautiful finishes, and an excellent value for the price point.

What to Look for in an Electric Vehicle

Knowing what to look for in an EV can help ensure you make the right choice for your needs. Some key considerations include:

Range

This is the amount of time an EV will run after being fully charged. Many vehicles used run out of juice after just a couple hundred miles, but range is improving with newer models. If you're looking to take long trips, then you'll need to look for a vehicle with a longer range.

Charge Time

The amount of time an EV takes to charge also depends on the type of charging point they're using. With a rapid charger, you can add up to 100 miles of charge in around 30 minutes. Most electric vehicles require an overnight charge on an average charger to get back to full power. There’s not much of a difference between a six-hour or nine-hour charge unless you plan on driving round the clock, but it’s still important to consider.

Engine Power

Electric vehicles have a stereotype of being sluggish when compared to traditional vehicles. While this is not usually the case anymore, you should still keep in mind the horsepower (hp), or the maximum power output, when you are looking at vehicles to buy.

Price

Electric vehicles used to be out of range for many people when it comes to cost, but that's changing. They still can be a little pricier than similar cars that have similar features but use fossil fuels, but the gap in price difference is beginning to shrink. Like anything else, there’s virtually no ceiling on what you can pay for an electric vehicle, but there are good deals to be had, and it’s something to keep in mind when looking for a vehicle.

2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV

Silver Chevrolet Bolt next to a charging station in a showroom.

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Price: Starts at $36,620

Range: 238 miles

Recharge Time: 30 minutes to 9.5 hours, depending on charging station

Engine Power: 200 hp

If you are looking for a small, sporty, and affordable vehicle with an impressive range, look no further than the Chevy Bolt. It doesn't have the fanciest interior features, but it accelerates quickly, is surprisingly spacious on the inside, and has an impressively long range. New features for 2019 include separate buttons on the touchscreen for heat and AC, new paint colors, and a tire-fill alert that lets you know when your tires reach the appropriate PSI.

2019 Nissan LEAF

White Nissan Leaf in a showroom

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Price: Starts at $29,990

Range: 150 miles

Recharge Time: 30 minutes to 20 hours, depending on charging station

Engine Power: 147 hp

The Nissan LEAF is the best-selling EV in the world. It's affordable and sleek, but it does not have a super long range, so it is best for city driving and short commutes. It accelerates smoothly and quickly and drives quietly. It has top safety features as well, including driver assist, auto emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, and lane keep assist.

2019 Volkswagen e-Golf

Man connecting aVolkswagen e-Golf to a charging station

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Price: Starts at $31,895

Range: 125 miles

Recharge Time: 35 mins to 6.5 hours, depending on charging station

Engine Power: 134 hp

The 2019 Volkswagen e-Golf drives exactly how you would imagine a Volkswagen would. It is easy to drive and has an interior roomy enough for four people plus their luggage. It’s a little pricier than the non-electric version of the Golf, but it's still a great buy.

2019 Audi E-tron Premium Plus

Blue Audi e-Tron parked next to ivy wall and palm trees

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Price: $74,800

Range: 248.5 miles

Recharge Time: 10 minutes for 54 miles

Engine Power: 402 hp

An electric SUV with all the muscle of a traditional vehicle? You’d better believe it. This SUV is sleek, sporty, and can quickly go up to a breathtaking speed of 124 miles per hour. One Road & Track reviewer called the vehicle “the SUV that drives exactly as you'd expect from a 400 horsepower Audi five-seater. Only even smoother, and much quieter.”

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