By now you’ve heard of the Chevy Bolt EV, Nissan LEAF, and Tesla Model 3, but what about the more powerful 2.5 liter, EcoBoost-powered turbocharged inline-four?
Here’s a rundown of the three big engines, as they’re currently produced.
Chevrolet Bolt EV: The Bolt EV is the most powerful car in the Chevy lineup and, according to Edmunds, it has the best fuel economy and fuel economy per mile of any of the other four.
That’s despite it being a compact, plug-in hybrid, with a combined EPA-estimated EPA-rated range of 238 miles (440 kilometers) on a combined charge.
That combined range is well above the EPA’s recommendation of 180 miles (370 kilometers) for the two- and three-row versions, and the Bolt is rated at 177 miles (290 kilometers) with a full charge.
It’s got a whopping 310 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque (with a 0-60 time of 3.9 seconds), and it’s also got an excellent range.
Chevy says the Bolt EV can go 0-62 in 5.3 seconds, but the company’s website says the 0-100 mph (0-62 mph) is a bit slower.
While we’re sure the Bolt will impress on its 0-to-60 mph (in 3.6 seconds) time, it also has a surprisingly low 0-centisecond-per-mile (0.05-second-per) average speed (0,000 mph) and a rather low 0.02-second acceleration (0.,00 seconds).
The Bolt is available in three trim levels, the 3.5L, 5.0L, and 7.0l models.
The Bolt can also be equipped with a 3.7L version, which is an upgrade from the standard Bolt with a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, but with a turbocharger.
This version can reach a top speed of 200 miles per hour (322 kilometers per hour), which is pretty impressive.
The 3.0LE and 5.1L versions have an even higher EPA-recommended range (250 miles (470 kilometers) combined), but this doesn’t come close to the Bolt’s power or range.
While the Bolt has the cheapest price of the group at $30,995 (excluding $1,500 in destination charges), you’re likely to spend more for the 5.2L and 7-inch models, which come with a 7-liter engine, and a 7.2LE engine.
The 5.4L and 6.2LT have the lowest starting prices at $27,595 and $29,995, respectively.
Nissan LEaf: The Leaf is the newest, most affordable plug-ins in the lineup, and it has an EPA-approved range of about 215 miles (400 kilometers).
The Leaf can go from 0-120 mph (62 kilometers per second) in 3.3 second (0,-6 seconds), which makes it one of the quickest and most fuel-efficient EVs in the bunch.
It has a very good top speed, reaching a top of 180 mph (300 kilometers per minute).
Its EPA-tested range is about 300 miles (465 kilometers) and it comes with a base price of $26,995.
While you won’t find the Leaf anywhere near the Bolt, you’re probably going to find it on sale for the lowest price of any EV in the group.
The Leaf has an impressive 0-61 mph (4.3 sec) time of 5.6 sec, and its EPA-verified range is more than double the Bolt at 200 miles (322 km).
Tesla Model X: While the Model X is an all-electric vehicle, it’s not a plug-infused car.
Tesla doesn’t use plug-ups like the Bolt and Bolt EV.
Instead, it uses a hybrid-electric motor that is supposed to give the car a total of 200 pounds (85 kilograms) of electric torque (at the rear axle) while maintaining all-wheel drive.
The Model X can go up to 200 miles on a full recharge and has a 0 to 60 mph (3.8 seconds) top speed that puts it behind only the Bolt.
It can go 1-60 in 6.6sec, which means the Model S, Model X, and Model 3 are also capable of that in less than 2 seconds.
This means that the Model 3 and Model X are all capable of 0-30 mph (1.8 and 3.1 seconds), but the Model 2 is actually a bit faster (0 to 60 in 4.2sec).
While the battery pack in the Model III is rated to hold about 200 kilowatt-hours (kWh), it has a nominal capacity of just 90 kWh, so if you want the most out of your battery pack, you