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Efficiency Matters: 2017 Chevrolet Bolt vs BMW i3 vs Nissan Leaf

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If like a lot of people one of the main focuses when buying a new electric car is on the amount of miles you get, you may be considering the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt, Nissan Leaf or the BMW i3. But which of them is going to give you the most for your money?

The Nissan Leaf offers up a range on battery of around 107 miles if you go for the base version of the vehicle and it has the 30kWh battery. However if you can get your hands on the 24kWh battery version, this is said to offer more at 114MPGe. The Nissan Leaf is going to cost you around 96 cents to drive 25 miles and yearly costs are said to be around $600.

The Chevrolet Bolt offers up and estimated 238 EPA range, which is very efficient and a 119MPGe. It is going to cost you about 92 cents to drive 25miles and annually you would pay around $550. This means that it comes in cheaper than the Leaf per year. The Bolt comes in with a price tag that starts at $37, 495.

The BMW i3 offers an EPA range of around 81miles from the 60-amp-hour battery, but this is the most sophisticated of the three vehicles. It will cost you just 88 cents per 25 miles and the annual cost to drive it comes in at about $550, which is the same as the Bolt. There is also a 94amp-hour battery version available and this gives you about 118MPGe. The starting price comes in at $43,000.

Out of the Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Bolt and the BMW i3 the i3 comes out the winner in our eyes, but do you agree?

Always looking for something new to learn, Mario looks at the internet as one big startup. With him at the helm, Autoomobile.com continues to head in the right direction of providing high quality and unbiased information on the latest new car models and electronics.

2 Comments

  1. Az Dry Heat

    November 11, 2016 at 10:05 am

    You forget a lot of variables. How far do you drive each day on average? How long does it take to charge?

  2. JD

    November 11, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    The Nissan Leaf depreciates worse than any other car you can buy: http://www.autoblog.com/2015/12/31/nissan-leaf-depreciates-worse-than-any-other-car/

    This is because Nissan chose the wrong battery chemistry and didn’t bother to put a cooling system in the battery pack. They still don’t even on the 2017 Leaf.

    The BMW i3 also has terrible depreciation and worthlessly low range. Whereas Tesla has the lowest depreciation of any car on the road:
    https://cleantechnica.com/2016/09/03/depreciation-electric-cars-today-tomorrow-2020/

    The Chevy Bolt is the only contender, but there is no supercharging network for it, and depreciation will not be known for at least a year.

    When you add depreciation to your cents/mile things turn ugly real fast.