The 2017 EV LineUp.
The automobile is the American equivalent of independence and freedom. Zipping down the highway with the top down to destinations unknown is the American dream. Well, on the mainland anyway. Whether you’re looking for an environmentally friendly way to get to work or a stylish ride to get you to the beach, the lineup of electric vehicles in 2017 accomplishes both goals.
BEV: Battery electric vehicle
HEV: Hybrid electric vehicle
PHEV: Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle
RANGE: Distance an EV can travel on electricity alone
TESLA MODEL 3
215 MILES • STARTING AT $35,000
With seating for five adults, pick-up-and-go performance at zero to 60 mph in under six seconds and the highest five-star safety rating in every category, the long-awaited Tesla Model 3 is a premium sedan with a very inclusive retail price. With supercharging and autopilot hardware built in, the Model 3 could be the Model T of the 21st century.
TOYOTA PRIUS PRIME
22 MILES • STARTING AT $31,000
The 2017 Prius Prime is the most advanced Prius yet, offering double the electric range than its predecessor, a hybrid driving range of more than 600 miles and innovative tech like Toyota’s intelligent clearance sonar and parking assist system. The new Prius Prime may have only four seats, but with a chart-topping EPA rating of 120 miles per gallon equivalent in electric mode, it’s the most fuel-efficient hybrid on the market.
AUDI A3 E-TRON
17 MILES • STARTING AT $39,850
Audi has updated its entire A3 model line for 2017 with a redesigned exterior, more advanced technology and expanded suite of driver-assistance features, including lane-departure warning, cross-traffic warning and automatic emergency braking.
Since debuting the first e-tron Sportback in the U.S. last year, Audi has pledged to launch an electric vehicle every year, beginning with its highly anticipated all-electric SUV in 2018.
BEV OR HEV COMPACT
180 MILES • MSRP: TBA
At time of publication, Nissan had not released official word about the 2017 LEAF, but the Internet is buzzing with speculation. Industry insiders are saying the new LEAF will feature a 60-kilowatt-hour battery pack for an extended range of around 200 miles. Others are saying that Nissan will turn the LEAF into a plug-in hybrid with autonomous-drive technologies. Only time will tell.
200 MILES • $37,500
The 2017 Chevy Bolt is General Motors’ first crack at an all-electric vehicle since the EV1 of the ’90s, and it’s head-to-head with the Tesla Model 3 as an affordable, mass-market rig with an impressive electric range. The Bolt has one of the fastest acceleration rates of any pure electric vehicle, reaching 60 mph in less than seven seconds. Bolt drivers get 25 miles for every hour of charging, or they can install an optional DC Fast Charger for up to 90 miles of range in half an hour.
81 MILES • STARTING AT $42,400
A zippy and compact five-door city car, the i3 jumps off the line at zero to 30 mph in 3.5 seconds. Lightweight and constructed with sustainable materials, the i3’s carbon fiber-reinforced plastic foundation is as strong as steel but half the weight, translating to responsive acceleration, impressive handling and the most fuel-efficient EPA-certified vehicle regardless of fuel type.
“BMW is committed to offering both 100 percent electric vehicles and plug-in variants of its most popular models such as the 3-Series, X5 Sport Activity Vehicle and the flagship 7-Series sedan.” —TIM PALMS, ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER, BMW OF HONOLULU