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Fuel-Free Summer Road Trips: 5 EVs With 200+ Miles of Range

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author photo by Jessica Shea Choksey May 2019

It was just a few years ago when electric vehicles were only good for running short errands and making quick trips to the grocery store. The extremely limited range made them highly impractical for most people. But times have changed thanks to huge leaps in battery technology, making many electric car offerings viable for much longer cruising distances. These days, that means it's possible for families to take long road trips without using a drop of gas. Here are five fantastic EVs that offer a range of 200 miles or more for fuel-free driving all summer long.

Chevrolet Bolt EV

Chevrolet Bolt EV

Although the Chevrolet Bolt is not the most eye-catching of electric vehicles, it delivers quick acceleration, impressive maneuverability for city driving and a spacious interior thanks to its smartly-conceived hatchback design. When you think of the Bolt, words like functional and practical come to mind. It's a no-nonsense commuter EV that offers a roster of tech features like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, as well as available amenities such as leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, and a heated steering wheel. But the most alluring attribute of the Bolt is its 238-mile range. And with a starting price of $36,620, it's a hard one to beat in the world of electric vehicles. Find a Chevrolet Bolt EV for sale

Hyundai Kona Electric

Hyundai Kona Electric

The Hyundai Kona Electric seems to have everything going for it. This crossover is defined by a beautiful exterior design as well as one of the most advanced battery systems on the market. With an electric range of 259 miles, the Kona Electric is a true road trip vehicle. Furthermore, the battery can be charged up to 80% in an hour using a fast charger, which is about the time it takes the family to stop for a break on their journey. As for comfort, the interior of the Kona Electric is high-quality and well-appointed, with plenty of room for five passengers and their cargo. And on the road, this electric crossover delivers a smooth ride, quick acceleration and regenerative braking to help extend range. With a base price of $36,950, the Kona Electric is clearly one of the best family EVs out there. Find a Hyundai Kona Electric for sale

Kia Niro EV

Kia Niro EV

The Kia Niro EV is another electric crossover getting a lot of attention. The fully electrified version of the Niro Hybrid (and Niro Plug-In Hybrid) comes in two well-contented trim levels teeming with technology and amenities, exuding a tough look with its hunkered stance and lower body cladding. With an EPA range of 239 miles, the Niro EV dramatically reduces range anxiety for long distance travelers and weekend road trippers. And with DC fast-charging, the Niro EV can recharge up to 80% in just 75 minutes, maximizing your time on the road. Inside, the Niro EV offers good quality materials and a high level of fit and finish. It also provides more head- and legroom than the Nissan Leaf and more cargo room than the Chevy Bolt and the Nissan Leaf. Pricing for the Kia Niro EV starts at a competitive $38,500. Find a Kia Niro EV for sale

Nissan Leaf

Nissan Leaf

As one of the original mass market electric vehicles, the Nissan Leaf continues to be a popular choice in the zero emission segment. After being redesigned last year, the Leaf has undergone a number of improvements, including increased quietness, comfort and driving enjoyment. The only real shortcoming is with the Leaf's steering system, which doesn't offer a telescoping feature to adjust for driver height. Depending on the specific variant, the Leaf's range falls between 151 and 226 miles, putting it on par with the other heavyweights in the electric car segment. Like the Bolt, the Leaf is more of a commuter EV than anything else because of its compact dimensions. You can certainly take the Leaf on a road trip, but plan to pack light. The Nissan Leaf starts at a very affordable $29,990. Find a Nissan Leaf for sale

Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3

Up until now, Tesla has been an aspirational brand. Meaning, its offerings have been out of the affordability range for most mass market buyers. But the Tesla Model 3 changes all of that. The Standard Range Model 3 has a range of 220 miles, while the Long Range version car travel up to 325 miles on a single charge. And because it's a Tesla, you get a luxury level car with sports car like performance to the tune of 258 to 271 horsepower. From behind the wheel, you can expect a very responsive and refined on-road experience. There's no question the Model 3 lives up to the Tesla name when it comes to driving enjoyment. In addition to the driving experience, there's a wide array of interior enhancements such as heated seats, multiple USB ports and dual smartphone docking stations. For all of these reasons -- plus an affordable starting price of $35,000 -- the Tesla Model 3 is one of the most appealing offerings in the EV marketplace today. Find a Tesla Model 3 for sale

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