It’s 2020, and it’s time to think about taking the plunge and updating your vehicle fleet to electric. After decades of promise, in 2020 EV cars have finally hit their stride as a viable, competitive product to the traditional combustion-based automobile.
Today in the EV Connect Blog we’re looking at the best electric vehicles 2020 has to offer, to help you figure out which models will do the best job of meeting your fleet’s needs. At EV Connect we provide comprehensive EV charging solutions for corporate fleets, transit fleets, and municipal or agency fleets, which means we regularly hear from our customers exactly what they’re looking for when they consider upgrading their fleets to electric.
Our 2020 EV Car Recommendations
Fleet managers tend to focus on affordability, range, zip, simplicity, and cargo capacity, which are the metrics we’ve emphasized here.
Nissan Leaf EV
The venerable Nissan Leaf is one of the oldest EVs on the market, but it doesn’t show its age at all. A recent redesign incorporated many improvements that drivers had been asking for, and now the Leaf is one of the clear top 2020 EV cars for fleets.
At a starting price of about $32,000, which can get all the way down into the mid $20,000s after tax credits, the Leaf is about as affordable as today’s EVs can get. That alone makes it one of the best electric vehicles 2020 has to offer, but what really makes it stand out is that it’s also a great car.
With up to 226 miles of range, incredibly smooth handling, a compact profile, and a surprising amount of usable space—plus a handy hatchback design—it’s easy to see why so many fleet managers have already adopted the Leaf EV.
Kia Niro EV
Kia has been on a hot streak for years now, evolving from a company known in the 1990s for low prices and equally low quality into a manufacturer of some of the most reliable vehicles on the market in the late 2010s.
Their foray into EVs is no exception. Our first 2020 EV car recommendation is Kia’s Niro EV. For the Niro EV they took the underpowered Niro combustion powertrain and gave it powerful electric motors that provide great zip, all while providing a 239-mile range. This is a strict improvement over the traditional Niro and plug-in hybrid Niro versions, which struggle with acceleration by comparison.
Niro’s crossover body is clean and graceful. Like the general public, fleet operators have come to love crossover vehicles, and, in 2020, EV cars are no exception. Crossovers are more spacious and ride higher off the ground than a sedan, but don’t have the negative reputation or high operating costs of an SUV.
The Niro EV can easily accommodate equipment and comfortably seat passengers. Together with its great operating range and an MSRP below $40,000, we think the Niro EV is one of the best electric vehicles of 2020. You should absolutely consider it for your fleet upgrade.
Hyundai Kona Electric
The Kona Electric is a smaller crossover than the Niro EV, with a comparable price point of roughly $38,000, similar zip to the Niro EV, and a longer range of 258 miles.
The compact nature of the Kona Electric makes it sleek and lean, and it features advanced tech like adjustable regenerative braking. Not surprisingly, this little car has proven very popular in its short time on the market, and is another of our top 2020 EV car picks.
Chevrolet Bolt EV
The Bolt has a $37,000 starting price and a 259-mile range, making it very similar to the Kona Electric, except with a more spacious 57 cubic feet of cargo space.
The Chevy Bolt is the successor to the Chevy Volt, a plug-in hybrid that helped to pave the way for EVs to become a part of life for many Americans. The Volt offered a really ingenious combination mode for its electric motor and gasoline engine, allowing it to function like a pure EV, a gas-powered hybrid, or a gas-only car for long-range operation, hilly terrain, and extreme cold. Alas, as plug-in hybrids have declined, the Volt was discontinued after the 2019 model year.
The pure-EV Bolt builds on the Volt’s legacy and offers, in our opinion, one of the best 2020 EV car experiences, and the clear winner for any fleet manager who wants to go with a domestic vehicle option.
Volvo XC40 Recharge
Volvo’s first pure-electric vehicle is a beauty: a full-sized SUV with just over 400 horsepower and 0 to 60 acceleration in 4.7 seconds. It has a range of slightly over 200 miles, and its fast DC recharging capability means that all of this power won’t take an eternity to recharge.
The US version of the XC40 Recharge is coming later this year and is definitely one of the most exciting 2020 EV cars to hit the market. So if your fleet needs a full-size SUV, this new Volvo is an attractive option. Its MSRP before tax credits is about $55,000.
What About Trucks & Vans?
Heavier-duty vehicles are coming. Exciting offerings like the domestically-produced Rivian R1T pickup truck will be coming onto the market in late 2020 or perhaps slightly later.
Within two years, there will be many more options than there are today, as well as a better consensus as to which models offer a good value, so for the moment, we recommend holding off.
We’re Excited for EVs in the 2020s!
If the 2010s were the decade when EVs arrived on the scene, then the 2020s will be the decade when EVs truly come into their own. To learn more about our 2020 EV car recommendations, and get a better sense of what upgrading to electric can do for your vehicle fleet, connect today to speak with one of our specialists.