Electric Cars

Best Electric Cars & Hybrids for the Environment

September 21, 2020

New Vehicle Recommendations

Whether you’re browsing online or at the store, shopping for a new electric car is an exciting experience. However, with so many vehicle options available in today’s market, it can be a challenge to find the perfect car. To make things a little easier, we created a list of what we believe to be the three best electric cars and hybrids for the environment.

2020 Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus

  • Vehicle Type: BEV
  • Vehicle Class: Sedan
  • MSRP (without incentives): $39,990
  • Electric Range (on full charge): 250 miles, which is higher than the average range provided by a BEV
  • Electric Fuel Economy: 141 combined MPGe, which currently makes this the most fuel-efficient BEV on the market
  • Battery Warranty: 8 years / 100,000 miles (whichever comes first) with minimum 70% retention of battery capacity over the warranty period.

Notable features:

  1. 5-star overall NHTSA rating
  2. Driving assistance and safety features such as emergency braking, collision warning, and blind-spot monitoring
  3. Standard autopilot capable of steering, accelerating, and braking automatically for other vehicles and pedestrians within its lane
  4. 8 surround cameras and 12 ultrasonic sensors provide 360 degrees of visibility with object detection
  5. 15’’ center touchscreen display

2020 Nissan LEAF PLUS

  • Vehicle Type: BEV
  • Vehicle Class: Hatchback
  • MSRP (without incentives): $38,200
  • Electric Range (on full charge): 234 miles, which is higher than the average range provided by a BEV
  • Fuel Economy: 108 combined MPGe
  • Battery Warranty: 8 years / 100,000 miles (whichever comes first) as well as protection against capacity loss below 9 bars (out of 12) as shown on the capacity gauge

Notable features:

  1. Driving assistance and safety features through Nissan Intelligent Mobility such as cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning and intervention, blind-spot warning and intervention, high beam assist, rear cross-traffic alert and rear automatic braking.
  2. The e-pedal, which allows the option to accelerate and brake with only one pedal
  3. 7’’ information display and 8’’ center touchscreen display compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  4. Rearview monitor and sonar system
  5. Bluetooth hands-free phone and text messaging assistant

2020 Toyota Prius Prime

  • Vehicle Type: PHEV
  • Vehicle Class: Hatchback
  • MSRP (without incentives): $27,900
  • Electric Range (on full charge): 25 miles, which is about the average range provided by a PHEV
  • Gasoline Range: 640 miles, which is currently the highest gasoline range offered by a PHEV
  • Fuel Economy: 133 combined MPGe when driving electric and 54 combined MPG when driving on gas, which currently makes this the most efficient PHEV on the market
  • Battery Warranty: 10 years or 150,000 miles (whichever comes first)

Notable features:

  1. Driving assistance and safety features such as blind-spot detection, pre-collision avoidance with pedestrian detection, full-speed range dynamic cruise control, lane departure alert and steering assist, and automatic high beams.
  2. Multiple driving modes to optimize efficiency-based demand and driving conditions
  3. Compatible with Amazon Alexa via smartphone app
  4. 4.2’’ information display and 7’’ center touchscreen display compatible with Apple CarPlay
  5. Bluetooth hands-free phone system with voice recognition