EV Life | December 20, 2017

Looking Back at the New EV Models Launched in 2017


Michael Jones

Vice President, North America Strategic Sales

The Tesla Model 3 Was a Top EV Model in 2017

2017 was a transformative year for EV sales and EV launches. More than 10 new models joined the portfolio of options available in the U.S., and EV sales consistently broke records, which was incredible—and something to celebrate.

The first affordable EVs with 200+ miles of range rolled out: the Chevy Bolt EV, launched in the first half of the year, is now available nationwide, and the long-awaited Tesla Model 3 was released in the second half of the year (in California, to a few hundred lucky folks: sadly, I was not among them). Families rejoiced to get the first plug-in minivan capable of kid-hauling, the Chrysler Pacifica, and several new luxurious plug-in hybrid EV (PHEV) options came out, including the BMW 530e, Volvo XC60 and S90 T8 and Cadillac CT6. A sporty new MINI PHEV gave us another fun driving option, and both Honda and Hyundai began to roll out affordable cars in both all-electric and plug-in hybrid options. Best of all, most of the new models are available in all 50 states, making going electric a viable option no matter where you live.

Thinking about getting an EV for the new year? Read our guide to this year’s new models below and stay tuned for our look forward to 2018 models, coming in January. If buying a new EV is currently outside your price range, think about leasing or consider used EVs. There are many great deals you can get.

Chevrolet Bolt EV

Why Get It With over 200 miles of range, the Bolt is a great choice if you’re looking for an affordable, fully electric car that you can drive around town and take on road trips.
When & Where To Get It

Following a December 2016 introduction in California, the Bolt is now available in all 50 states and Canada.

MSRP $37,495 (before incentives)
Range 238 miles (all electric)
Charging Speeds 25 miles of Range Per Hour (RPH) on Level 2 charging stations. DC fast charging option adds about 90 miles of range in 30 minutes.
Fuel Economy 119 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe*)
Acceleration 0-60 in 6.5 seconds
Awards 2017 North American Car of the Year, 2017 Green Car of the Year, 2017 IIHS Top Safety Pick When Equipped with Optional Driver Confidence Package
Our Take Complete Guide to Charging the Chevy Bolt EV

Chrysler Pacifica PHEV

Charging the Chrysler Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid

Why Get It The first plug-in minivan has everything a busy family needs, including 8.4-inch touchscreens for backseat entertainment and the ability to tow up to 3600 pounds.
When & Where to Get it Available in all 50 U.S. states and Canada.
MSRP $41,995
Range 33 miles electric, 566 miles combined gas and electric
Charging Speed

25 miles of RPH on a Level 2 charging station

Fuel Economy 84 MPGe* combined
Acceleration 0-60 in 7.8 seconds
Awards 2017 IIHS Top Safety Pick when equipped with the advanced SAFETYTEC™ package, Consumer’s Digest “Best Buy” in the Minivan segment, Best Family Minivan of 2017 by Parents and Edmunds.

BMW 530e

Charging BMW 530e Plug-in Hybrid

Photo: Lawrence Urlich

Why Get It A roomy, swanky BMW 5-series sedan offers better fuel economy at a better price than a traditional 5-series (after tax credits).
When & Where to Get It On sale since April 2017. Available in all 50 states and Canada.
MSRP $52,400
Range 16 miles electric, 370 miles combined
Charging Speeds

12 miles of RPH on a Level 2 charging station (3.3 kW onboard charger)

Fuel Economy 72 MPGe* combined

Tesla Model 3

The Tesla Model 3 in Action

 

Photo: Mashable

Why Get It The most-sought after EV of 2017, the Model 3 has all the style and range of the popular Tesla Model S at a fraction of the cost. Some lucky folks who’ve already put down a deposit could get their vehicles in just a few months.
When & Where to Get It

The first Model 3s were delivered in July. Reservation holders can check the FAQ for when to expect the car and newcomers can get in line here.

MSRP $35,000
Range 220-310 miles (all electric)
Charging Speeds 25-30 miles of RPH on a Level 2 charging station (7.7 kW - 11.5 KW onboard charger); DC fast charging comes standard.
Fuel Economy 126 MPGe*
Acceleration 0-60 mph in 5.1 to 5.6 seconds
Our Take Tesla Model 3 Charging Details Revealed

Hyundai Ioniq Electric

 

Why Get It The hyper-efficient Hyundai Ioniq Electric offers a new approach to car ownership with a complete subscription model including unlimited mileage, charging reimbursement, maintenance and initial taxes, title, license and fees for $275 per month.
When & Where to Get It Available only to California residents since April 2017.
MSRP

$29,500

Range 124 miles (all electric)
Charging Speeds

25 miles of RPH on a Level 2 charging station; DC fast charging comes standard.

Fuel Economy 136 MPGe*
Acceleration 0-60 mph in 8.1 sec
Awards ACEEE’s Greenest Vehicle
Our Take Everything You Need to Know About the Hyundai Ioniq Electric

MINI Countryman

MINI Cooper Countryman Electric Vehicle

Photo: MINI

  The iconic MINI, long beloved as a symbol of British culture, is now available as a plug-in hybrid for more efficient driving fun.

 

When & Where to Get It On sale since June 2017 at select dealerships in all 50 states and Canada.
MSRP $36,800
Range 12 miles electric, 270 miles combined
Charging Speeds 12 miles of RPH on a Level 2 charging station (3.3 kW onboard charger)
Fuel Economy 65 MPGe* combined
Acceleration 0-60 mph in 6.7 seconds

Volvo X60 T8 PHEV

Volvo XC60 PHEV

Photo: Volvo

Why Get It SUVs are popular with many folks and this is the top of Volvo’s line of luxury SUVs, which also happens to be a plug-in hybrid for more power with fewer emissions.
When & Where to Get It On sale since July 2017 at select dealerships in all 50 states and Canada.
MSRP $52,900
Range 18 miles electric, 370 miles combined
Charging Speeds

12 miles of RPH on a Level 2 charging station (3.5 kW onboard charger)

Fuel Economy 59 MPGe* combined
Acceleration 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds

Cadillac CT6

Cadillac CT6 PHEV

Photo: Cadillac

Why Get It Classic Cadillac luxury, better for the planet.
When & Where to Get It On sale since April 2017 at select dealerships in all 50 states and Canada.
MSRP $75,095
Range 31 miles electric, 440 miles combined
Charging Speeds 12 miles of RPH on a Level 2 charging station (3.3 kW onboard charger)
Fuel Economy 62 MPGe* combined 
Acceleration 0-60 mph in 5.2 seconds

Honda Clarity Electric

Photo: Honda

Why Get It The Clarity is a roomy and affordable all-electric sedan perfect for commuting and driving around town.
When & Where to Get It Currently available at select dealers in California and Oregon.
MSRP Lease for $269/month, $1,999 due at signing.
Range 89 miles (all electric)
Charging Speeds 25 miles of RPH on a Level 2 charging station; DC Fast charging with SAE Combo connector
Fuel Economy 114 MPGe*
Acceleration 0-60 mph in 8.1 seconds
Awards The Complete Guide to Charging the Honda Clarity

Volvo S90 T8 PHEV

Volvo S90 T8 PHEV

Photo: Volvo

Why Get It A luxury sedan with twin gas and electric engines to enhance performance and reduce emissions. Only about 65 have been sold as of the end of November, so you'll also be driving a unique car.
When & Where to Get It The first sales of the S90 T8 started in September of this year at select Volvo dealerships.
MSRP $63,650
Range 21 miles electric, 350 miles combined 
Charging Speed 12 miles of RPH on a Level 2 charging station (3.3 kW onboard charger)
Fuel Economy 71 MPGe* combined
Acceleration 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds

Honda Clarity PHEV

Charging the Honda Clarity PHEV

Photo: Honda

Why Get It

The second-highest all-electric range in a plug-in hybrid (after the Chevy Volt) with a little more room, especially in the back seat.

When & Where to Get It Sales started December 1 at select dealerships across the U.S. and Canada.
MSRP $33,400
Range 47 miles electric, 340 miles combined
Charging Speeds ~18 miles of RPH on Level 2 charging
Fuel Economy 110 MPGe* combined
Acceleration 0-60 mph in ~8.1 seconds
Our Take The Complete Guide to Charging the Honda Clarity

We appreciate all of these innovative EV models for making 2017 the best-selling year for EVs yet. Tell us which one is your favorite on Facebook or Twitter.

*MPGe or miles per gallon gasoline equivalent measures the average distance traveled per unit of energy consumed. It’s used instead of miles per gallon for electric and hybrid vehicles.


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