The variety of BEVs seven years ago was not what it is today. Stiglich chose between the Leaf and the BMW i3, which is now out of production. Other BEVs on the market at the time included the Chevrolet Spark EV — discontinued with the Bolt — Volkswagen e-Golf, Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive, Fiat 500e, Tesla Model S and Model X, and several others.
There are many more BEVs on the market now, including those with long range. The Spark EV had a range of about 80 miles compared to the Bolt’s 250 miles, and the 2023 Leaf can travel about 150-215 miles on a single charge. Even the Tesla Model S’s range has increased from around 200-270 miles in 2015 to around 400 miles now.
Affordability remains an issue. Kelley Blue Book estimates that the average BEV price is over $66,000, about $20,000 more than the average for all new vehicles. Teslas, which make up more than half of the 4,890 BEVs in Clark County, start at $46,990.
However, relatively affordable options are starting to appear on the market. Pricing for the 2023 Chevy Bolt starts at $26,500 — excluding destination freight, tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment. The The Leaf’s 2023 MSRP is $28,040new The Subaru Solterra starts at $44,995, The 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E starts at $46,895and The Ford F-150 Lightning starts at $51,974. Meanwhile, a The 2023 F-150 with a gas engine starts at $33,695.
Making electric vehicles more affordable is a federal tax credit of up to $7,500 for a new electric vehicle, whether it’s a plug-in hybrid or an all-electric vehicle. A $4,000 credit is available on used electric vehicles.