USA & Europe
Not that long ago, only a few electric cars were on the market.
Nowadays, there are a few dozen. We certainly have a few favorites here on CleanTechnica,
but every plug-in car really has its own selling points.
I’m sure I don’t have a comprehensive list of these in my head,
and many of the points are definitely as subjective as opinions about music or movies,
but below are my summarized thoughts on why I’d recommend various plug-in models.
Audi A3 e-tron: This car offers the kind of luxury-class interior many people
want and expect from a $38,000 car. The backup engine makes sure you never have to worry
about running out of electricity, and the power the drivetrain provides is enough to
have some fun on an empty road. Overall, the A3 e-tron’s style is near the top of the table.
Audi Q7 e-tron: Another beauty that also packs a punch of torque, includes a
wealth of luxurious interior features and soft spots, and serves as a style and status marker in any neighborhood is
Audi’s first plug-in SUV. I have to say that I’m yet to experience the inside of this model, so can’t say as much about it
as most of the models on this page, but it surely fits the Audi brand is must offer more of the fine
features of automotive life than is normal or even healthy. Enjoy it if you got it.
BMW 225xe, 330e, 530e, 740e, X5 xDrive40e | Mercedes B250e, C350e, E350e, GLC350e, GLE550e, S550e | Volvo S60 T8, V60 T8, XC90 T8: I think we all know why BMW, Mercedes, and Volvo models sell so well — they offer enough luxury and traditionally high-class style to make the CEO of a multinational corporation feel like she/he has arrived. The choice between the models really just depends on your preferences regarding size, power, car class, and price, but they all provide luxury, comfort, and prestige. Except for the fully electric B250e, all of these models also provide a mixture of moderate electric range for city driving and a large gasoline tank + engine for backup power. Yes, the Audi models could have been lumped in here as well, but for some reason I left them to themselves.