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2016-02-01

Electric Car Price Guide: Every 2015-2016 Plug-In Car, With Specs
(part two)



2015 Fiat 500e

Many electric cars are more expensive than their regular counterparts, though naturally they cost less to run too.
But what do today's electric and plug-in cars actually cost? We've gathered together each plug-in car on sale today in one place. Every vehicle here shows the manufacturer's suggested retail price, plus any mandatory destination and handling fees.
The prices do not include any local or federal tax incentives or rebates--so many cars here may be available cheaper, for those eligible for specific credits or rebates.
MPGe figures listed below refer to the cars' electric efficiency, unless otherwise stated.

2016 BMW i3 - $43,395 22 kWh battery, 81 miles (EPA - i3 REx 72-150 miles), 124 MPGe (i3 REx 117 MPGe), 125 kW motor
BMW's i3 is the most energy-efficient vehicle--of any kind--sold in the U.S. While it's one of the more expensive electric cars on the market aside from any Tesla, it's also one of the best. Its carbon fiber-reinforced plastic construction is like nothing else in the segment, nor is its futuristic styling and loft apartment-style interior. Range-extended models begin at $47,245.

2016 BMW i8 - $141,695 7.1 kWh battery, 15 miles (EPA), 76 MPGe, 96 kW motor (357 hp combined)
Making quite a different impression from the i3, the BMW i8 is a sleek plug-in hybrid coupe with similar carbon fiber-reinforced plastic and aluminum construction to the i3. The sexy styling is backed by an emphasis on performance, because when you're paying this much for a car, why not make it both fast and efficient?

2016 Mercedes-Benz B250e - $42,375 28 kWh battery, 87 miles (EPA), 84 MPGe, 132 kW motor
Mercedes' electric car is rechristened the B250e for 2016, throwing out the old B-Class Electric Drive moniker to align with Mercedes' new naming scheme. The hatchback is still only available in certain electric-car friendly states, but serves as a more practical alternative to the BMW i3 at a similar price.

2016 Tesla Model S - $71,200-$106,200 70-90 kWh battery, 234-270 miles (EPA), 89-101 MPGe, 284-568 kW motor
You may have seen a lower base price advertised for the Model S, but Tesla cheekily deducts the full $7,500 federal tax rebate in its price lists. Tesla recently updated the Model S lineup with its "Autopilot" and "Summon" autonomous driving features, and a "Ludicrous" mode for performance models. There's also a 90-kWh battery pack option that Tesla says should increase range by 6 to 7 percent, but that doesn't show up in EPA testing.

2016 Volkswagen e-Golf - $29,815 24.2 kWh battery, 83 miles (EPA), 116 MPGe, 85 kW motor
The Volkswagen e-Golf is still only available in a handful of states, but at least there's now a second trim level that drops the price a bit. The addition of this new SE model amounts to a roughly $4,500 cut in the base price. Range is almost identical to the base Nissan Leaf S.

2016 Kia Soul EV - $32,800 27 kWh battery, 93 miles (EPA), 105 MPGe, 81 kW motor
Like the e-Golf, some of the appeal of the Kia Soul EV comes from the fact that it's based on a popular existing model. The Soul EV isn't available nationwide right now, but its relatively long range has created much consumer enthusiasm where it is sold.

2016 Cadillac ELR - $64,995 17.1 kWh battery, 40 miles (EPA), 85 MPGe, 174 kW motor
Based on the first-generation Chevy Volt, the ELR proved to be a sales disappointment at launch. So Cadillac cut its extremely high base price, boosted power, and added upgraded suspension and other new features.

2016 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid - $94,250 9.4 kWh battery, 16 miles (EPA), 51 MPGe, 70 kW motor (416 hp combined)
Like a Tesla Model S, Porsche's first mainstream plug-in hybrid features four doors and a sporty attitude. However, the Panamera S E-Hybrid is really more of a fast luxury car with supplemental electric power than a truly green vehicle,

2016 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid - $78,250 10.8 kWh battery, 14 miles (EPA), 47 MPGe, 70 kW motor (416 hp combined)
For the 2015 model year, Porsche is offering a plug-in hybrid powertrain in its Cayenne SUV. That gives Porsche a head start over upcoming plug-in SUV competition from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, and fellow VW Group brand Audi.

2016 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron - $37,900 8.8 kWh battery, 16 miles (EPA), 83 MPGe, 75 kW motor (204 hp combined)
The long-awaited A3 e-tron is the first production Audi plug-in hybrid sold in the U.S. It's also the only way to get an A3 hatchback on this side of the Atlantic, and its restrained styling is perfect for those who don't want to attract too much attention to themselves.

2016 BMW X5 xDrive 40e - $63,095 9 kWh battery, 14 miles (EPA), 56 MPGe, 82 kW motor (308 hp combined)
BMW's plug-in hybrid SUV marks the beginning of a barrage of new plug-in models from the German luxury brands. The fifth plug-in vehicle from BMW, it competes with luxury plug-in hybrid SUVs from Porsche and Volvo, and will soon be joined by competitors from Audi and Mercedes-Benz.

2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid - $35,435 9.8 kWh battery, 27 miles (EPA), 99 MPGe, 50 kW motor (202 hp combined)
Alongside the redesigned Sonata Hybrid, Hyundai introduced a first-ever plug-in hybrid version of the mid-size sedan. That gives Hyundai rivals to the Ford Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi twins. A plug-in hybrid version of the related Kia Optima is expected soon as well.

2016 Mercedes-Benz S550e - $96,575 8.7 kWh battery, 14 miles (EPA), 58 MPGe, 85 kW motor (329 hp combined)
The Mercedes-Benz S550e is a plug-in hybrid version of the company's flagship luxury sedan. It would seem to offer the best of both worlds, but in reality the S550e is likely more focused on luxury and performance than outright fuel efficiency.

2016 Volvo XC90 T8 "Twin Engine" - $69,095 9.2 kWh battery, 14 miles (EPA), 53 MPGe, 60 kW motor (315 hp combined)
The XC90 is the only seven-seat plug-in hybrid available, and one of an emerging breed of luxury plug-in SUVs. It uses a turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder engine from Volvo's "Drive-E" line, paired with electrification for the first time.

2016 Tesla Model X - $81,200 70-90-kWh battery, 220-257 miles (EPA), 89-92 MPGe, 568 kW motor (P90D)
If you're looking for a seven-seat, all-electric vehicle that can tow a large trailer, your choices are pretty much limited to the Tesla Model X. With its attention-grabbing "Falcon doors" and powertrains adapted from the Model S, the Model X is an impressive first attempt at a crossover from Tesla.

Not included A few plug-in vehicles have been left from this list, for one reason or another. We're waiting for pricing and full efficiency details on the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid and 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, which doesn't start production until the end of the year.
The Honda Accord and Toyota Prius plug-in hybrids have both been removed from this list, as both models were discontinued.
There are several plug-in hybrids that aren't on sale yet, but will be in the coming months, including the 2017 Audi Q7 e-tron, 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE550e, and C350e, and the BMW 330e. Hyundai will also introduce its Ioniq later this year, with hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and battery-electric variants.