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Why 2020 Is the Best Year For Electric Cars

January 18, 2020

Is it possible that we could soon refer to all gas-powered cars as vintage? Americans have always found pride in their cars, but it has come at a price greater than any MSRP. Sadly, the cars we’ve loved for so long haven’t shown much love to our environment as we continue to see the effects of global warming.

But, we can’t give up cars! Even if we live in a walkable town, cars are necessary for so many reasons, which is why car manufacturers have started to invest more in electric vehicle (EV) technology. At first, electric cars were the butt of many jokes because of their less-than-sexy style, but since innovators like Elon Musk have changed the market’s expectations of how EVs could look and perform, car companies have been able to help eco-friendly resonate with people who buy for muscle, endurance, and style. 

2020 could be the best year for EVs, not only because technologies are more advanced than ever, but also because some highly-anticipated late adopters are finally coming to market. If you have been on the fence about going electric, 2020 is a great year to take that leap! In addition to snagging some state and federal incentives ($7.5k), new EV drivers can relax knowing a lot of the “kinks” have been smoothed out.

2020 EV Range is MAJOR

Tesla takes the cake when it comes to range – the Tesla Roadster nearly doubles the runner up from the same brand – but some of the more affordable EVs are starting to share space with Elon’s wheels. The Chevy Bolt and Hyundai Kona, for example, add a few more miles with every battery update.

  1. 2020 Tesla Roadster* – $200,000 – 620 range
  2. 2020 Tesla Model S Long Range – $79,990 – 373 range
  3. 2020 Tesla Model X Long Range – $84,990 – 328 range
  4. 2020 Tesla Model 3 Long Range – $48,990 – 322 range
  5. 2020 Chevy Bolt – $36,620 – 259 range

*2020 Tesla Roadster available to reserve.

2020 Affordable Fully Electric Vehicles

A lot of nay-sayers will claim that the cost of buying an electric* car doesn’t outweigh gas expenses. For example, the Hyundai Kona (gas) has an MSRP of $20,300 while the Hyundai Kona EV has an MSRP of $37,190. Still, with so many tax incentives and an increasingly huge number of power stations going up** across the country, these 2020 EVs are making it affordable to drive green!

  1. 2020 Hyundai Ionic Electric – $29,815 – 170 range
  2. 2020 Nissan Leaf – $31,600 – 226 range
  3. 2020 Volkswagen e-Golf – $32,790 – 125 range
  4. 2020 Volkswagen ID.3 – $33,000 – 205 range
  5. 2020 Chevy Bolt – $36,620 – 259 range
  6. 2020 Hyundai Kona – $37,190 – 258 range
  7. 2020 Tesla Model 3 Standard – 39,990 – 250 range

*Kia, Toyota, and Hyundai have hybrid vehicles at a lower price point.

**Tesla currently has over 14,000 Superchargers worldwide, with six new locations opening every week.

2020 EV Newcomers

2020 is a big year for EVs, largely due to the latecomers finally coming online. Brands like Ford, Porche, and Volvo have revealed prototypes in recent years, but are finally introducing their first ever fully-electric vehicles to the market in 2020. Some brands, like Volkswagen and Tesla are adding to their line of EVs with new models this year while updating older versions with more advanced batteries and AI.

  1. 2020 Tesla Model Y – Expected delivery, Spring.
  2. 2020 Ford Mustang-Inspired SUV – Expected delivery, Winter.
  3. 2020 Porsche Taycan – Expected delivery, Spring.
  4. 2020 Volvo XC40 – Expected delivery, Summer or later.
  5. 2020 Volkswagen ID.4 – Expected delivery, Fall or Winter.
  6. 2020 Audi E-Tron – Expected delivery, Summer.

*The Tesla semi is supposed to start production in the later half of 2020.

*Mercedes was expected to deliver its first all-electric car this year, but it has been pushed to 2021.

*As early as 2022, Ford is expected to deliver 16 all electric vehicles.