This year, two all-electric cars enter the fray as competitors to the Tesla Model S.
One is the Chevy Bolt EV, the first mass-priced battery-electric car with range approaching that of a Tesla, at a rated 238 miles.
It’s an upright, compact, five-door hatchback at half the price of a Model S, but it’s the first of a growing number of less-expensive long-range electric cars.
It’s also a Chevy, which may be its biggest flaw in the eyes of Tesla shoppers.
Then there’s the company’s own Model X--another hatchback on the same running gear--and the Model 3, which is smaller, has fewer features and a much plainer interior, but similar range for prices one-third or more lower.
If you’re not already on the reservation list, it may take you a year or more to get one, but Model 3s are now reaching buyers.
On the other hand, the large German luxury sedans—BMW 7-Series, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, and Porsche Panamera—all offer plug-in hybrid versions, albeit with minimal electric range.
They’re undeniably more luxurious inside and offer a wider array of luxury features, but they’re not electric, and that may take them out of contention.
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