Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) Available in the US (As of May 5, 2019)
As of May 5, 2019 there are 16* battery-electric vehicle models available in the US. Tesla, Hyundai and Kia are the only manufacturers with more than one BEV available. Nissan and Tesla have multiple battery pack options for the LEAF and Model 3, S and X.
When including all variations of the Nissan LEAF and Tesla Models, the average battery range is 220 miles, while the median range is 236 miles. The average Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) is $53,557 and median price is $39,000.
The Tesla Model S Long Range has the highest battery range at 370 miles. The Smart fortwo electric drive pulls up the rear with 58 miles of battery range. The highest range of a non Tesla is the Hyundai Kona Electric at 258 miles. The Hyundai Kona Electric also takes the top prize for the lowest cost per mile of range at $141, followed by the Tesla Model 3 Long Range at $152. The $23,900 Smart fortwo electric drive has the highest cost per mile at $412.
If the Tesla models are excluded, the median ranges drops to 151.5 mile, median cost is $36,500, and median cost per mile increases to $273.
The Hyundai Kona Electric has the lowest cost per kWh at $570 with the Nissan LEAF S Plus not far behind at $590. The Honda Clarity BEV has the highest cost per kWh at $1,436.
Looking at the cost per kWh of an EV’s battery pack, 7 BEVs are above $1,000. The Honda Clarity Electric takes the high-cost crown at $1,436 per kWh, followed by the Fiat 500e at $1,388.
|Make/Model||Range (miles)||MSRP||Cost / Mile |
|Cost per kWh||Miles / kWh|
|Chevrolet Bolt EV||238||$36,620||$154||60||$610||3.97|
|Honda Clarity Electric||89||$36,620||$411||25.5||$1,436||3.49|
|Hyundai Ioniq Electric||124||$30,315||$244||28||$1,083||4.43|
|Hyundai Kona Electric (SEL)||258||$36,950||$143||64||$577||4.03|
|Kia Niro EV||239||$38,500||$161||64||$602||3.73|
|Kia Soul EV||111||$33,950||$306||30||$1,132||3.70|
|Nissan LEAF S||150||$29,990||$200||40||$750||3.75|
|Nissan LEAF S PLUS||226||$36,550||$162||62||$590||3.65|
|smart fortwo electric drive||58||$23,900||$412||17.6||$1,358||3.30|
|Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus||250||$39,490||$158||50||$790||5.00|
|Tesla Model 3 Long Range||310||$47,990||$155||78.3||$613||4.15|
|Tesla Model 3 Performance||310||$56,990||$184||78.3||$728||3.96|
|Tesla Model S Long Range||373||$79,990||$214||100||$800||3.73|
|Tesla Model S Performance||348||$99,990||$287||100||$990||3.48|
|Tesla Model X Long Range||328||$84,990||$259||100||$850||3.28|
|Tesla Model X Performance||305||$104,990||$344||100||$1,050||3.05|
|Total / Average (Mean)||220||$53,557||$259||63||$902||3.61|
*15 distinct BEV models, 22 when including all battery variations for Tesla Models S, X and 3 (except AWD variations) and both versions of the Nissan LEAF.
1) Honda Clarity BEV is only available by lease at $199/month (base) – MSRP shown is an estimate based on Edmunds.com data
Information as of May 1, 2019 | Research and chart: EVAdoption.com
The analysis reveals that there are a few paths to having a high-cost per kWh, including having either a low or moderate price of the vehicle and tiny battery pack, or very high cost and large battery pack. But the Bolt, Kona, LEAF and Model 3 reveal the key to the future and a lower cost per kWh is with a reasonable price of the vehicle combined with a good-sized battery pack.
Range and Miles of Range per kWh
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