So you want to buy an electric (or hybrid) car to “go green” and do your part to save the planet? Congratulations, and good for you! Most often when people talk about buying an electric car they’re thinking in terms of the Chevy Volt, or the Nissan Leaf…cars that are within reach of folks making an average salary, but what if money were no object? In that case your options go up as does the quality of the car. We decided to take a look at what the the most money can buy in the EV (Electric Vehicle) market. Here are the most expensive electric cars in 2016.
The Tesla Model S ($115,000)
No list of high end electrics would be complete without an entry by the current industry leader, Tesla. In fact, two of the cars listed here are from Elon Musk’s company. The Model S is the four-door family sedan. As such, it’s acceleration is significantly less than the Roadster, which was Elon Musk’s first design. Even so, can you imagine a family car going from zero to sixty in just 4.8 seconds? That might be slow by performance car standards, but it’s unheard of in the family market. All that and the car gets a staggering 300 miles per charge, and has a fast charging port so that it’s ready to drive whenever you need it.
The BMW i8 ($136,500)
This fantastic looking entry from BMW is a hybrid gas/electric, so it’s still got the ICE (internal combustion engine), with an assist from EV technology, which gives it a staggering estimated 76 MPG despite the fact that it’s packing an impressive 228hp engine.
You’ll find everything you’d expect to find in a BMW in this offering. Things like anti-lock breaks, side seat airbags, passenger knee air bags (complete with occupancy sensor, so they don’t fire unless they need to), 20” aluminum wheels, and that’s in addition to the lithium ion battery array the car sports. If you’re interested in EV technology, but want to take a half step, and are looking for something in the luxury market, then the BMW is an excellent choice.
One of the most persistent complaints about so many of the other hybrid vehicles on the market is one of aesthetics. Often these cars just don’t look very good. In fact, they look boxy and clumsy. None of the cars on this list suffer from that problem, and BMW’s i8 delivers both style and performance, making it an excellent choice for those who want luxury, but don’t want to spend their life savings to get it.
The Tesla Model X ($140,000)
The Tesla X SUV, with all the bells and whistles, weighs in at a hefty $140,000, which is more than some people spend on the home that they live in. This car might look like a family vehicle on the outside with its proper four doors and plenty of room for passengers, but under the hood, it has the same beating heart of the monster that made Tesla a household name. The body is lightweight, reinforced aluminum, and it has a wheelbase of 116.7”. Three rows for seating, although the back row can get a bit cramped, with only 32.7” of leg room, and it can do zero to sixty in 3.8 seconds.
The Lightning GT ($239,000)
We’d be surprised if you’ve ever heard of the Lightning Car Company. After all, they are only planning to build a few dozen of their custom machines this year, the Lightning GT being one of them. With sleek lines and twin 150kW rear-mounted motors, this all electric wonder can hit 60MPH in four seconds flat, and if you run it full out, can reach speeds of up to two hundred miles per hour. Reserve yours today, for the “low” price of just $239,000.
The Porche 918 Spyder ($929,000)
With a list price of $929,000, this car was designed with the discerning driver in mind. The 918 Sypder is a hybrid vehicle so it has both an internal combustion engine with a massive 608hp, a 7-speed auto-shift manual transmission, impressive 20” magnesium wheels, and more. In other words, it’s everything you could ever want or expect in a high performance sports car, and more. More, because it’s also got a friendly green side, with its on-board battery system and fast charging port.
The Rimac Concept One ($980,000)
Slated to cost around $980,000, this is obviously not a car for just anyone. On the other hand, if you have a need for speed, the Concept One is one of only a very few companies that can boast about beating the mighty Tesla, accelerating from zero to sixty in just 2.8 seconds. It’s top speed is electronically limited at 190MPH, but for as much as you’ll pay for the pleasure of driving one, they’d surely remove such pesky restrictions for just a bit more. With a carbon fiber body, custom leather interior and a hand-made dash, it’s got all the aesthetic you need in a supercar as well.
*Note that there are a number of interesting looking performance EV’s on the drawing board, this courtesy of several new electric car manufacturing start-ups that have formed in recent years in response to the overwhelming demand and popularity. These, however, are still in the prototyping stage, so we couldn’t formally put them on this list. Even so, honorable mentions to the folks at Faraday Future and Atieva, both of whom will no doubt have cars on our list as they move closer to production.
*Some readers may be surprised not to see the now famous Tesla Roadster on our list. That’s because the car is not in the production line up for 2016. The Roaster is now several years old at this point, and Elon Musk made the decision to stop production and totally redesign it. Never fear though, the Roadster is slated to make its reappearance in 2020.