Despite the fact that in 2015 the market of EVs (electric vehicles) went down a bit in sales here in the United States, there were some miscalculations about that and later in December, it all cleared out. So, generally, that was (yep, was, we’re in 2016 now) a pretty great year for the electro fans and this one is shaping up to be an even bigger one. As is often the case in the automobile industry, the success of EVs in 2016 will depend heavily on the best-sellers – the market makers, if you will – including the tinny-tiny Chevrolet Volt, the nimble Focus Electric, and the gorgeous BMW 330E. The good news is all 3 went through some significant changes last year, so that means we’re all set for a bumpy ride (that’s a good thing). Wait, that’s not all the good news: the second part has to do with the introduction of several ground-breaking vehicles hitting the US market for the first time.
We’ve got a cool new Volvo electric vehicle (when was the last time you heard “Cool” right next to “Volvo”?), the Caddy EV, the gorgeous Mercedes-Benz C350 Plug-in Hybrid, et cetera, et cetera. Right now the EV segment is having a great time and, as global sales are going upwards and upwards only, the major companies all around the world are investing more and more into this grand new endeavor. If big bucks are coming in, that means big things await. So, without further ado, let’s see the list of 2016 Best Electric Vehicles.
The Ford Focus Electric
The sneaky and cute Focus Electric was one of the first in the world of electric vehicles, however, the EV model hasn’t gone through any significant changes since 2011. Blame it on Ford’s natural laziness, but the sales are actually pretty solid. Still, you can’t really expect the customers to stick with you for any longer, and that’s why I’m happy to say that a brand-new edition – the 2017 Ford Focus Electric – is slated to hit the shelves (the dealerships, I mean) in late 2016. The manufacturer promises us more than 100 miles of EV-only range and some new tech that will allow for a quick recharge. True, there will be a lot of strong competitors on the electric market in 2016, especially hatchbacks, but with new looks, a reasonable price-tag and a good range/fast recharge the upgraded Focus Electric will definitely be a class-leader.
The Chevrolet Bolt EV
Alright, I know I just said that the 2017 Ford Focus Electric will be a class-leader, but I didn’t say it will be the only one, so, welcome the now-legendary Bolt EV from Chevy – the second American-made electric vehicle in our list. And I gotta say up front that in my opinion, this one is going to be the crowd pleaser this year and probably even the best bankroller. So, what’s so great about this compact beauty with those puppy eyes? How about a 200-mile range and a starting price of 37,5K MSRP without any discounts/incentives? That seems like quite the deal for me, especially if you take into consideration that the brand-new Chevrolet Bolt EV will be one of the strongest “electricians” in terms of the powertrain: according to the official sources, the car will come with 200 Horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. No other vehicle on the market under 50K can offer quite the same pack. It deserves its place in our list of 2016 Best Electric Vehicles!
Best Electric Vehicles – The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
Mitsubishi is one of the biggest players on the market from Japan, along with Toyota, Nissan, Honda and Subaru, and they’ve got a very strong contestant in the EV world as well. The Outlander PHEV has been the #1 best-selling plug-in vehicle in Europe since 2014, and that automatically means that we’re in for a treat: the wait is almost over, as this good-looking stud will hit the American market in August 2016. My prediction is Mitsubishi will have strong commercial success with this one because the customers are ready to pay for an all-around amazing electric crossover. Unfortunately, I can’t share with you any EPA-estimated specs, as they are quite different over in Europe. Regardless, I’m sure they’ll be impressive, as you can’t just be the best-seller in a whole continent without being the best at what it. So, this segment should definitely be in the 2016 list of Best Electric Vehicles.
The Ford Fusion Energi
So, this is the second EV from Ford and it’s the real deal. The US folks really love the traditional Fusion for its reliability, durability, affordable price and the nice, classy design. Then came the hybrid edition that was a big hit. And as of late we also have the Energi – the electric model to enjoy. In the recent press conference at the Detroit Auto Show Ford executives introduced the next generation of all 3 Fusions, and that means some positive changes are in order. By the way, the Ford Fusion Energy 2015 was number 5 on the list of top-selling plug-in vehicles here in America with almost 10K units sold. And with the brand-new edition arriving late 2016 I believe the sales will only go up.
The Mercedes-Benz C350 Plug-in Hybrid
Mercedes has been doing exceptionally great these past few years and with the C-class getting the World Car Award they decided it’s time to debut the C350 plug-in hybrid in the land of opportunities (that’s the United States of A, in case you were wondering). This beautiful thing is promised to provide 15 to 20 miles of electric-only range and class-leading 443 pound-feet of torque. So, if you’re all about that green-friendly and environment-preserving state of mind but still want to drive around the city blocks in something respectful and near-luxury, the new offering from Mercedes might just be your perfect pick. The company officials claim an early 2016 release is about to happen, so, let’s cross those fingers.
The BMW 330E
Germany has a strong hand in the market of electric vehicles and BMW, along with Mercedes, is going all in. If you go to the official American website, you won’t find much info; however, they say the gorgeous 330E can go on electricity-exclusive for 24 miles straight (that’s almost a record-breaking result). Ok, to put things in perspective for you I just wanna point out that this is a plug-in hybrid edition of the sleek and sexy 3 Series BMW and it’s slated to arrive in the US dealerships in mid-late spring 2016. As for the price, the officially confirmed tag is 44.7K. That’s a fair deal for a car like that and I’m sure it will get a lot of attention once it arrives. The release date is only 6 months away from now, so, if you want to be one of the first Americans to own a BMW 330E, you better start saving your hard-earned bucks today.
The Cadillac CT6
Cadillac has always been on the verge of something great and is used to investing big bucks into new, uncharted lands (that’s why this monster is here, in our 2016 Best Electric Vehicles list). And they usually find commercial success there, too. However, the recent Caddy ELR, the so-called luxury edition of the friendly Chevrolet Volt, was not a particularly successful launch. So, for 2016 the legendary brand is all about new beginnings and is ready to introduce the plug-in hybrid CT6 later this year. The great news about it is we’ll get a particularly strong powertrain under that luxurious hood: the electric CT6 will be good for 335 Horsepower and 432 pound-feet of torque. General Motors – the “chief” of Caddy – will manufacture this vehicle in China (in their own factories) and import hot-and-fresh units straight into the United States. Not sure why that’s a smart move, but I’ll buy it.
Best Electric Vehicles – Volvo S90 T8
Volvo had been under the shadows for a while in recent years, but they managed to get back on their feet on the American market with the awesome XC90 SUV. It was an all-around attractive model that introduced the company’s twin-engine electric drivetrain to the US. As for the plug-in edition of the S90 sedan, it’s slated to hit the roads in 2016, so, brace yourselves for another strong release by Volvo. I for one am pretty pumped to see how this beautiful and strong hybrid mid-size sedan will do in the industry of luxury cars.
The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
Last, but not least I wanna tell y’all about the upcoming Chrysler Pacifica – the hybrid. The company hasn’t been active on the plug-in front recently, but that’s about to change with the Pacifica arriving in US markets in 2016. So, why did I save this one for last? Well, it’s a hybrid minivan! It’s the first in its kind and is claimed to offer 30 miles of electric-only range and an equivalent of 80MPG (miles per gallon). The vehicle was introduced at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show and made some buzz around town. I’m not sure what to expect from the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, to be honest, but that doesn’t mean I’m not curious. On the contrary. Share your thoughts about the list of the 2016 Best Electric Vehicles in comments!
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