Recent developments prove that the world is heading towards a carbon-free future. Electric vehicles will become mainstream. If you are thinking about buying your first electric vehicle or upgrading to a better one, you are in the right place. The following is a list of family-friendly electric vehicles:
#1: Tesla Model S
You cannot have a list of the best electric cars without including a Tesla. Since 2008, the company has been manufacturing fully electric vehicles. Today, they set the pace for the electric car segment. The Model S is a great family car because of its comfort and versatility. It has an all-wheel-drive system and is very fast – it can go from 0 to 60 in less than 4 seconds. It also has a ton of safety features to protect you and your family on the road. The standard features are autopilot, forward collision warning, airbags, emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, and lane-keep assist.
The vehicle can fit a family of five perfectly. The seats are comfortable for both adults and children. There are also two LATCH connectors at the back for baby seats. The trunk space is sufficient for light packing; it has 26.3 ft3 of space with the second-row seats up. Folding those seats increases the capacity to 60 ft3 of space.
#2: Nissan Leaf
Japanese carmakers are renowned for making reliable and affordable cars. The Nissan Leaf certainly lives up to those expectations. It is one of the most affordable family-friendly electric cars on the market, going for less than $35,000. It is a five-seater with a range of more than 200 miles on a single charge. The 40 kWh standard battery takes less than 8 hours to fully charge on a level 2 charger.
The vehicle can also comfortably fit five people. There is a pair of LATCH connectors in the back seat for those with small children. This vehicle has 26.6 ft3 of space with the second-row seats up and 30 ft3 of space with the seats folded. A rear view parking camera, automatic high-beam headlights, blind-spot monitoring, forward collision warning, lane-keep assist, and rear door alert are standard safety features in this car.
#3: Toyota Prius
The Toyota Prius is a family-friendly electric vehicle for four reasons: affordability, reliability, comfort, and space. You can buy a Prius for less than $30,000. The car is reliable since it can run for years without developing any major mechanical issues. The Prius can comfortably seat five passengers--regardless of whether they are children or adults.
When it comes to space, this car is impressive. The Prius has 27.4 ft3 of space with the second-row seats up. If you fold the seats, that space increases to 50.7 ft3. Some of the standard safety features on the latest Prius are pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, road-sign recognition, a rearview camera, automatic high-beam headlights and emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control.
#4: Chevy Bolt
This family hatchback can hold its own against the competition. For starters, it has the longest range after Tesla models on this list; it can cover 259 miles on a single charge. The vehicle also feels smooth and grounded on the road. Like most of the vehicles on this list, there is enough legroom on the Chevy Bolt for five people. The cargo space is also sufficient; 16.9 ft3 with the second-row seats up and 56.6 ft3 with the seats folded.
The infotainment system comes with a 10.2-inch touch screen as standard. The latest Chevy Bolt vehicles have a surround-view parking camera, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure and assist, and forward-collision warning,
#5: BMW i3
The BMW i3 has a unique futuristic exterior. This small hatchback is great for a family of four. But don’t let the size fool you. The BMW i3 is faster than some of the electric vehicles on this list; it goes from 0 to 62 in less than 7.2 seconds. Just because it has two seats in the back, it doesn’t mean that you can't fit a child’s seat; there are two LATCH connectors.
The interior is luxurious as you’d expect from BMW. Interestingly, most of the interior is made from recycled and eco-friendly materials. Rain-sensing windshield wipers, parking sensors, and a rear view parking camera are standard safety features on the i3.