Clear the road for electric vehicles.
It’s official. Green car enthusiasm is taking over the industry one car company at a time. After seeing more electric and hybrid vehicle startups over the past few years, it’s very interesting to see how popular mainstream and luxury brands are stepping up as innovators in the electric vehicle industry. It’s no doubt that people are talking more about EVs, but that doesn’t mean they’re hitting the road in droves—yet. 2017 might just be the turning point for electric vehicles becoming the norm, and there are several new models on the horizon that we are getting really excited about. Here are just a few of them.
Volvo’s bold plan to switch to only electric or hybrid by 2021.
Volvo is the manufacturer with the most ambitious plans for transitioning to all electric vehicles. They are going to introduce three of them to the market between 2019 and 2021, including one that can go 250 miles on a full charge. Right now an average electric vehicle can go about 80 miles on one charge, so making that leap to 250 miles will mean a lot less time being plugged in, and a lot less electricity being used.
Go over 200 miles on a full charge with the Chevy Bolt.
The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV has a 238-mile range on a full charge and the base price is $37,495 before incentives and tax breaks. And it’s very popular. Sales have been consistently rising throughout the year, so Chevrolet isn’t really changing much with their 2018 model either. All they are changing is the heated steering wheel and also using a different trim level on the back of the front passenger seat. And that’s literally it. The price is the same and so is the impressive mile range—enjoy plugging in less with both the 2017 and 2018 models.
The 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric doesn’t even have a conventional gas version.
Many car companies are offering electric vehicle versions of the new cars they are coming out with. But Hyundai decided to skip the traditional gas car and only create the Ioniq as a hybrid version and a full electric version, but no conventional gas version. You should get 110 miles of range from this vehicle. The fact that the company isn’t doing anything with gas in this line shows you what direction the market is moving when it comes to electric vehicles.
2017 Ford Focus Electric is fast charging.
The Ford Focus Electric doesn’t go as far as some other EV cars between charges with only a 100-mile-or-less capability. However, the fast-charging battery makes charging simple and quick, ideal for drivers who will mostly be staying within a local area and have the ability to charge their car at home overnight. Ford is also planning to release 200-mile electric vehicles in 2019 and 2020, so that’s something we can look forward to.
Excited for EV yet?
It seems apparent that with so many large companies in the mix, electric vehicles are the future. And since electricity is becoming the future of transportation, it’s a good idea to make sure you’re not being overcharged for it now. Griddy is the best electric company for electric vehicle owners because our membership gives you access to real-time rates, smart energy tools to help you know the best time to charge, and price alerts to help you take advantage of negative or free pricing.