Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) Available in the US (As of January 20, 2018)
As of January 20, 2018 there are 13 battery-electric vehicles available in the US. Tesla remains the only manufacturer with more than one BEV available (Models S, X and 3).
When including all variations of the Tesla Models, the average battery range is 192 miles, while the more accurate median range is 114.5 miles. The average Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) is $58,719 and median price is $37,510.
The Tesla Model S 100D has the highest battery range at 351 miles. The Smart fortwo electric drive pulls up the rear with 58 miles of battery range. The highest range of a non Tesla is of course the GM’s Chevrolet Bolt at 238 miles. The Bolt takes the top prize for the lowest cost per mile of range at $154, followed by the Tesla Model 3 at $161. The $145,000 high-performance Tesla Model S P100D not surprisingly has the highest cost per mile at $484.
If the Tesla models are excluded, the median ranges drops to 112.5 miles and median cost is $31,838. Median cost per mile declines $10 to $296 when the Tesla models are excluded.
The Chevrolet Bolt has the lowest cost per kWh at $610 with the Tesla Model 3 not far behind at $641.
Looking at the cost per kWh of an EV’s battery pack, six BEVs are at or near $1,400. The Honda Clarity Electric takes the high-cost crown at $1,471 per kWh, followed by the Tesla Model X P100D.
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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 and Model 3 reveal the key to the future and a low cost per kWh is with a reasonable price of the vehicle 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.