Gasoline! It’s expensive, flammable, inefficient, and terrible for the planet. Make your next car the kind that drinks electrons instead of petrol.
Nissan Leaf | Best Compact
As the EV market has matured in recent years, we’ve gotten more cars that blend in with the pack. But if you want everyone to know you’re riding on Zeus power, the ever-funky Nissan Leaf is the way to go. The popular electric can ride 84 miles on a charge, typical for a non-Elon electric. And government incentives mean you can get a new one for $2,400 down and $199 a month, for 36 months. If you want the electric power without the stares, wait for next year’s revamped Leaf, reportedly coming with a more mundane look. $29,010
BMW i3 | Best Family
Munich’s urban electric doesn’t look like a BMW—the exterior resembles a haphazardly designed jigsaw puzzle—but it sure drives like one. The engine puts out 170 horsepower, and the car’s 2,700 pounds (thanks, carbon fiber–reinforced plastic body!) are perfectly distributed between the front and rear axles for optimal handling. Sans the gas-burning range extender, the 22-kWh battery’s good for 81 miles, and suicide doors make it easy to pack your stuff, or two kids, into the backseat. Too bad it’s only for sale in select (mostly coastal) cities. $42,400
Tesla Model S P90D | Best Performance
If you’re looking to burn cash, not gas, there’s nothing better than the P90D, the fastest, most capable version of Tesla’s Model S sedan to date. Two motors and a 90-kWh battery pack give it 300 miles of range and a supercar-quick 0-to-60-mph time of 2.8 seconds. Throw in sexy styling, a 17-inch infotainment screen, room for seven people, plus an autopilot setup that does some highway driving, and you can’t beat this EV. $108,000