Two all-electric compact hatchbacks compete with 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf, one from a mass-market brand and one from a luxury maker.
The Nissan Leaf, by far the world's best-selling electric car, offers a higher 107-mile range than the 84-mile e-Golf, at about the same price.
It's a dedicated design that won't be mistaken for anything else, while the e-Golf is one of the stealthiest of all electric cars.
On the luxury end, at a price $10,000 to $15,000 higher, the technology-forward BMW i3 also got a range boost this year, to about 110 miles.
The i3 also remains the most energy-efficient car of any kind sold in the U.S.
Two other, much lower-volume electric cars, are the Ford Focus Electric and the Mercedes-Benz B-Class.
The electric Focus is expected to get its own range boost this year, to 100 miles or more from its current and very noncompetitive 73 miles.
The Mercedes B-Class is a unique model to the U.S., but it's much more conventional in appearance and starts about $10,000 higher as well.
No word yet on whether it'll get a boost from its current 87-mile range rating.
But the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV will offer a range of 200 miles or more, though ratings haven't been released—and that will change the game entirely this year, leaving all four of the others at a disadvantage.
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