Plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles have been steadily building their constituencies, offering drivers a chance to experience technology that is very much of the future. The top models in this segment deliver the eco-friendliness prized by many car shoppers, and they’re also practical enough to serve as competent transportation during everyday travels.
Our Daily News Autos Awards select the best vehicles in a host of categories, as chosen by our staff and contributors. Below, we’ve listed our top choices when it comes to plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles, starting with our DNA Award winner for 2018. Below that model, four recommended alternatives are presented in alphabetical order, and all pricing shown includes the destination charge.
We encourage you to use our selections as a resource if you’re shopping for a vehicle in one of these categories.
Best Plug-in Hybrid/Electric Vehicle: 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV
Limited driving range is the one thing that has kept some electric vehicles from achieving wider acceptance. Able to travel nearly 240 miles between charges, the 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV is built to offer range that’s practical enough to appeal to mainstream drivers. The Bolt EV’s other strengths include reasonable pricing and agreeable driving dynamics. This hatchback’s motor provides 200 hp, and pricing starts at $37,495.