Tesla Model Y

The Best New Electric Cars You Can Buy Right Now

Leave Gasoline Behind

Electric cars offer the promise of quiet rides, instant torque, fewer maintenance intervals, and the lack of issues that come with an internal combustion engine. They’re most likely the future for the automotive industry, and they’re better than ever this year. 

Let’s take a closer look at the best electric cars out there for 2020, so you can decide if this is the year that you should really leave the gas pump behind. With longer ranges, better power, and more realistic charge times, it’s becoming more and more likely that you’ll be switching to an EV soon. 

New Designs for 2020

There are better and better electric cars coming out each and every year. These are the new-for-2020 electric cars. You couldn’t buy them before this year, and that makes them special and as you can see from the specs below, very good electric cars. 

2020 Tesla Model Y

Tesla Model Y
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Do you want a Tesla Model 3 but would rather have a crossover rather than a small sedan? That’s exactly why Tesla made the Model Y. This vehicle is essentially a Tesla Model 3 crossover and with a bit more of a chunky, curvy body. It’s longer and wider than some of the competitors in this class. That extra size allows it to comfortably seat five people 

The Tesla Model Y has a range of 300 plus miles. There are two motors and two different trim levels at the moment a Long Range and a Performance. Tesla says the Model Y can do a 0-60 mph run in just 3.5 seconds. Later on down the road, there will be a rear-wheel-drive version but right now there’s just the all-wheel-drive one, which is nothing to complain about. The vehicle starts at $45,690.

2020 Porsche Taycan

Porsche Taycan
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The Porsche Taycan (all versions of the vehicle) is here to challenge Tesla at its own game. While the car doesn’t quite beat the Tesla Model S—it’s chief rival—in terms of range or price, the Taycan arguably offers a better driving experience than the Model S does. This paired with the insane attention to detail helps the Taycan stand out. It’s also the only electric car to get if you like the way Porsche’s cars drive and look. 

The Taycan comes in three different trim levels: The 4S (522-hp), the Turbo (670-hp), and the Turbo S (750-hp). The range on the Taycan is just over 200 miles, which puts it far below the Model S, however, you’re bound to have a bit more fun in this car and get far more looks than you would in any Tesla model. Porsche’s EV doesn’t come cheap, with a starting price of $103,800. 

2020 Polestar 2

Polestar 2
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The Polestar 2 is another EV that you simply have to look at if you’re considering an electric car. This five-seat fastback vehicle has a sleek and sophisticated styling both inside and out. It’s the electric brand under the Volvo umbrella, which means the folks making this car know what they’re doing. It’s a real contender for the best EV out there and should be available in November of this year. 

The vehicle can do up to 275 miles of range per charge. When you look under the bodywork, you’ll see two electric motors that give this car all-wheel-drive and 402 horsepower and 487 lb-ft of torque. It’s not the fastest out there at 4.7 seconds to 60 mph. However, the Polestar 2 is less about straight-line speed and more about an enjoyable experience. The starting price for this vehicle is $59,900, so it’s less expensive than the most affordable Tesla Model S. 

Best Non-New Designs You Can Buy in 2020

The following are cars that you can buy new in 2020 but are designs that have come out in previous years. Some of these are just from a year or two ago, so they’re still on the cutting edge and are still some of the best electric vehicles out there that you can buy. 

2020 Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3
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The Tesla Model 3 has been out for a couple of years now and to great fanfare. The car deserves the praise it has gotten. It also deserves some of the vitriol from the non-fans. Tesla had some issues early on with production but now seems to have things sorted. The scaled-down Model S handles well, rockets to highway speeds quickly, and does so all while being a comfortable and technological joy to drive and use daily. 

The Tesla Model 3 features a couple of different variants. There’s the Standard Range Plus version that provides 250 miles per charge, and then there’s the Long Range and the Performance versions that can do over 300 miles per charge. The 0-60 time for the top model is 3.2-seconds, thanks to its two-motor arrangement. It’s a real winner with a starting price of only $33,690

2020 Hyundai Kona Electric

Hyundai Kona Electric
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The Hyundai Kona Electric came out last year to a lot of praise, and it’s easy to see why. The vehicle is based on the gasoline version of the Kona, and that means you get a practical little EV crossover with good handling, attractive styling, and a comfortable interior. It’s certainly not going to challenge the other models here in terms of performance, but that’s not the point of the Kona Electric. 

The vehicle offers buyers a battery range of 258 miles, according to the EPA, and it does so while also offering a spunky little powertrain thanks to an electric motor that puts out 201 hp. That power all goes to the front wheels and enables the Kona Electric to make the 0-60 mph run in just 6.4 seconds. This model comes with a starting price of $37,190. It’s worth noting that Kia uses the same powertrain in the electric Niro, which is also a very good crossover, but the Kona wins the battle between the two. 

2020 Jaguar I-Pace

Jaguar I-Pace
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Everyone loves a Jaguar, and the I-Pace is honestly one of the company’s best vehicles. The company’s first electric vehicle came out last year, but it’s obviously still a winner, with an interesting exterior styling, a luxurious interior, and good performance, there’s not much to dislike about this Jag. With that being said, it is not as impressive in terms of range and speed, though it still offers more than you will need. 

The I-Pace has a couple of electric motors that whir out a strong 394 hp and 512 lb-ft of torque, making a 0-60 mph run in just under five seconds. All-wheel drive is standard on this model, and it can do 234 miles per charge if driven judiciously. The starting price for the I-Pace is $69,850 and that is right on par if not cheaper than the Tesla Model X, with which it most closely competes.