Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) Available in the US (As of June 17, 2017)
As of June 17, 2017 there are 13 battery-electric vehicles available in the US. Tesla remains the only manufacturer with more than one BEV available (Models S and X).
The average battery range is 173 miles, while the more accurate median range is 124 miles. The average base price is $58,237 and median price is $37,495.
The Tesla Model S 100D has the highest battery range at 335 miles. The Mitsubishi i-MiEV andsSmart fortwo electric drive pull up the rear with 62 and 68 miles respectively. The highest range of a non Tesla is of course the GM’s Chevrolet Bolt at 238 miles. In a landslide, the Bolt takes the top prize for the lowest cost per mile of range at $158. The $145,000 high-performance Tesla Model S P100D not surprisingly has the highest cost per mile at $502.
If the Tesla models are excluded, the median ranges drops to 107 miles and median cost of $30,680. Median cost per mile actually increases $10 when the Tesla models are excluded.
The Chevrolet Bolt has the lowest cost per kWh at $625 with the Tesla Model S 75 a distant second at $925 and Model S 100D third at $975.
Looking at the cost per kWh of an EV’s battery pack, six BEVs are at or above $1,400. The smart fortwo electric drive takes the high-cost crown at $1,471 because of its small battery pack of 17 kWh. The BMW i3 has the second highest cost perkWh at $,464 followed by the Tesla Model X P100D.
The analysis reveals that there are several ways to achieve a high-cost per kWh, including having either have a low cost and tiny battery pack, or very high cost and large battery pack. But the Bolt reveals the key to the future with a reasonable price combined with a good-sized battery pack.
Interested in which plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models are currently available in the US? Visit our Available PHEVs page.