Comparing Three Affordable Electric Vehicles

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The Chevy Bolt, Nissan Leaf and Tesla Model 3

In this blog, we compare the exterior and interior designs, performance, range, and price of the first three affordable electric vehicles.  We have developed Value Curves with Metrics and ask you the question at the end, “If you were to purchase one of three cars, which one would it be and why?”

Exterior Photos

Chevrolet Bolt:

Courtesy: Chevrolet website
Courtesy: Chevrolet website

Nissan Leaf:



Tesla Model 3:



Interior Photos:

Chevy Bolt:


Nissan Leaf:


Tesla Model 3:


Performance Comparison:

There’s more information available on the Leaf because Nissan has been producing it for several years.  Through the 3rd Quarter of 2015, Nissan had sold more Leafs than any other electric vehicle.  At the end of 2015, the Tesla S Sedan moved past the Leaf and is now the best selling electric vehicle in the world.  According to Matthew Debord of Business Insider on April 16, 2016, Tesla had received 400,000 checks for $1,000 from consumers wanting to preorder the Model 3.



Chevrolet has stated that the first Bolts will be available for sale by the end of 2016.  The Nissan Leaf is available today. Tesla expects production of the Model 3 to start by the end of 2017.


Chevy Bolt, US$ 37,500 (not including Federal and State Tax Incentives)

Nissan Leaf, US$ 35,050

Tesla Model 3, US$ 35,000

Value Curves with Metrics:

The Value Innovations’ team developed Value Curves based on the information available today (see below):

Developed by Value Innovations, Inc. using Slalom(R) software

Tesla Motors has not announced whether Model 3 owners will be able to use Tesla Supercharger Stations at no charge.  If Tesla decides to offer “free fuel” even with an upfront payment of $5,000, it would appear the Model 3 offers the best value to a consumer looking to purchase an affordable electric vehicle in the US.

Which Affordable EV would you Purchase?:

We would be very interested to hear which of these three EVs you would purchase and the reasons why. If you wouldn’t purchase any of the three, please share why.

You can reply below.

The Value Innovations’ Team would like to thank you for reading this blog and taking the time to respond.

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