Tesla Model S is the second-most searched worldwide, and is also the first EV car launched by Musk.
Uniquely, the car looks like a hatchbank, but has a front truck and its handles draw back into the car automatically.
You don’t even have to plug in a key to start the car. The minute you sit down in the car and close the door, the car will turn itself on. And when you get out, it will know to turn itself off as well.
It also has a quirky Easter egg hidden within the software — an underwater mode. It doesn’t actually let you drive the car underwater but it does make you feel like a spy.
Nissan Leaf was on the market long before Elon Musk came along promising sustainable EVs to the masses. Initially, the offerings may have been limited, but the newest Nissan Leaf launched in 2019 has a longer range and more powerful motor than its predecessors.
The Nissan Leaf also cheaper than the Tesla Model 3 will its basic variant retailing for $30,885 or ₹2.1 million (₹21 lakh).
The only drawback of the car is that it’s not as speedy and doesn’t accelerate as fast its counterparts.
The Tesla Model X may have been adapted from the Tesla Model S but only ended up sharing 30% of its design with the original Tesla instead of the planned 60%.
The concept of the Tesla Model X is especially unique since the car has falcon wing doors — like the BatMobile.
And, while they might be iconic — they’re not not very practical if you’re parking in cramped spaces.
The BMW i3 is its first mass manufactured EV with zero emissions, launched in 2013. What’s interesting is that BMW revamped its entire production process to do it right.
Sustainable materials were used to build the interior. Also, the entire manufacturing plant is powered by renewable energy, even the painting process uses 30% less water.
The Renault Zoe is the best selling EV in France, its home base. It is also the second best selling EV in Europe, garnering over 20% of the market share in 2018.
One of the main concerns with the car was its range, which was upgraded to 400 kms in 2019. This is its first upgrade since the car was introduced seven years ago.
It’s not the biggest car on the block but as a supermini, its managed to make significant headway in the EV industry despite the competition from Tesla and Nissan.
The Hyundai Kona Electric is the first EV on this list that actually available in India. The South Korean company is currently the second largest automobile manufacturer in the county.
Launched this year, the electric SUV retails for ₹2.5 million (₹25.30 lakh). Its market penetration is fairly limited, with only 14 dealerships around the country.
In a bid to boost the use of EVs in India, Hyundai has also partnered with Indian Oil to set up fast charging stations in Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Bengaluru.
Kia Soul EV is another great electric car that isn’t available in India — and has no plans of launching until charging infrastructure is in place.
But, as a show of good faith, the company did gift one of the Kia Soul EVs to the Andhra Pradesh government to express its support for India’s pro-EV stand.
The Jaguar I-Pace is the first EV manufactured by the company but it costs a whopping $90,000. Being a luxury brand, Jaguar did beat Audi and Mercedes to the market by launching its EV ahead of the competition.
The EV is also not what you would expect from a typical Jaguar car. Aside of the signature Jaguar grille up front, the car looks distinctively different from other Jaguar offerings — especially with its size.
And despite that, it managed to maintain the Jaguar ‘look’.