The Model 3 is now the new standard for affordable EVs, every affordable EV is compared to it. Many people think it cannot be replaced, it can be. For the people in the United States this is the best affordable EV money can buy, I cannot dispute that, but, here are 4 EVs you can buy instead of the Model 3. You might get the Tesla appeal, but you will get a bit more exclusivity. Note: Am using Level 2 charging for as it is the most available EV charging option.
2020 Chevy Bolt
This is the best contender out there. The bolt has a range of 259 miles more than the base model of the Model 3 - 240 miles and is even cheaper than it. The charge time of it is 10 hours on a Level 2 charger. It also has just the right amount of space if you have to ferry yourself to you job and back and the shops and back that is it.
Nissan Leaf Plus
This is a car that has been on the market longer than the Model 3 and was the best selling EV till the Model 3. The range it does provide is 226 miles from a 62 Kwh battery pack. On a Level 2 charger it takes 11.5 hours to charge - more than the Tesla. The benefit of this car is that it is reliable and it does cost $1500 lesser than the Model 3 net (driveaway/on road price).
Pretty much the most obvious one to be on this list. However, only loyal fans of the bavarians will get this, but, I say this is better than the model 3. How you may ask knowing the 3 beats the i3 in range and battery size. I would get the range extender if I were to pick this car - with the range extender it gives 200 miles. But, this car is built tougher thanks to CFRP (Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic) and comes with more space, fancier interior and charges faster by 3 hours on Level 2 charging. Best thing about the i3 - German made.
Hyundai Kona Electric
This would be my choice of EV over of the Model 3, except for the name - don’t ask what it means in Portuguese, because you will laugh and might not want to buy this. As a person who knows what it means I would still buy this. It does have a range of 258 miles (more than the model 3), price is similar, space is much more and charging times is similar. Many say this is the best EV you can get this year and it is true this is the best you can get this year.
I am not a fan of EVs but, they are the future of the motoring world, unless a new miracle fuel should arrive that helps with mileage and emissions. But this is the list, I hope you like it and if it helps anyone, you are welcome. I am curious to know which one you would get on this list. Let me know in the comments.