The 8 Most Popular EVs in Idaho

Electric vehicle (EV) adoption continues to accelerate across the United States, with more models than ever providing compelling alternatives to gas-powered cars. And Idaho is no exception – EV registrations in the state have been rising steadily, nearly tripling since 2016 according to Idaho Power.

While still a small overall percentage of vehicles on Idaho roads today, consumer interest in EVs like Tesla’s lineup as well as more affordable options from mainstream brands continues to grow. Supportive policies and incentives also signal strong momentum ahead.

Here’s a closer look at the 8 most popular electric vehicles that Idaho drivers are embracing as the technology improves and options expand:

1. Tesla Model Y

The sleek, tech-filled Tesla Model Y has quickly become one of the hottest-selling EVs nationwide since first deliveries began in early 2020. In Idaho, this electric compact SUV appears to be a runaway favorite due to its unique combination of style, utility, range and performance.

With available all-wheel drive, expansive cargo space and seating for up to 7, the Model Y balances practical family/lifestyle usage with Tesla’s revered tech innovations – including available “Full Self-Driving” advanced driver assistance capabilities powered by regular over-the-air software updates.

Range and Power: Offering up to 330 miles of range along with swift 0 to 60 mph acceleration as quick as 3.5 seconds depending on configuration, the Model Y also provides peace of mind for longer trips across Idaho’s varied terrain.

Price: From $65,990 in base dual motor AWD trim up to $72,990 for the high performance version, the Model Y brings Tesla’s revered EV technology to a slightly more affordable point than the larger Model X SUV.

2. Tesla Model 3

Tesla’s mass-market EV has been a runaway success since first hitting the market in 2017, topping US sales charts and bringing new buyers into the EV fold. In Idaho, the compact Model 3 sedan dominates as the most popular fully electric model thanks largely to its balance of innovation, performance, range and comparatively reasonable pricing.

Often praised as the iPhone of automobiles, the Model 3 wows owners with OTA software updates that continuously improve features over time, a huge interactive touchscreen, advanced safety technology and up to 358 miles of driving range per charge. Beyond the technology, acceleration and handling make the Model 3 delightfully fun to drive as well.

Range and Power: Available rear-wheel and all-wheel drive versions deliver up to 358 miles of range, with acceleration from 0 to 60 mph as quick as 3.1 seconds depending on the model.

Price: From $46,990 for the base rear-wheel drive Model 3, the AWD dual motor performance version ups the ante to $62,990.

3. Ford Mustang Mach-E

The exciting new Mustang Mach-E crossover SUV has won over reviewers and customers alike as Ford’s first dedicated battery electric vehicle. Blending performance and style reminiscent of the iconic Mustang coupe with everyday SUV practicality, the Mach-E finished runner-up to the Model Y in US EV sales last year and looks primed for more growth.

With availble all-wheel drive putting down up to 480 horsepower and 600 lb-ft torque in the GT Performance Edition, plus innovative tech features like Ford’s new SYNC 4A infotainment system with a 15.5-inch touchcscreen, the Mach-E has been earning rave reviews and serious interest from EV shoppers in Idaho.

Range and Power: RWD and AWD models deliver EPA-rated driving ranges spanning from 224 miles up to 314 miles, with standard models sprinting to 60 mph in the mid-5 second range and the high-po GT version in just 3.5 seconds.

Price: From $46,895 for the base Select RWD model, the Mach-E GT starts at $67,500 reflecting its blistering performance.

4. Chevrolet Bolt EV

The Bolt EV has made big waves in the mainstream EV space by making long-range electric mobility much more affordable and accessible. Offering up to an EPA-estimated 259 miles of range from a relatively lightweight single electric motor powering the front wheels, the Bolt hatchback enters its third model year in 2023 with several key upgrades.

For under $30,000 including destination, the no-frills Bolt EV is focused on efficiency and value. Large touchscreens with smartphone integration and available driver confidence features provide contemporary tech, while the Bolt also delivers pleasing interior space given its compact footprint. For Idaho drivers seeking an affordable, long-range EV that’s also fun to drive, it’s easy to see the Bolt’s appeal.

Range and Power: Up to 259 miles of EPA estimated range and 200 horsepower translates to accessible electric driving. DC fast charging replenishes 100 miles in 30 minutes.

Price: Starting at just $26,595 including destination charges, the Bolt EV sets an appealing price while still providing impressive EV capability that stacks up with far costlier rivals.

5. Volkswagen ID.4

As VW pivots toward EVs through its ID family of electric models, the ID.4 compact SUV has arrived as its first salvo in the key crossover segment. Early reviews have been positive, with the ID.4 winning over reviewers and owners with its comfortable interior space, sharp handling and up to 260 miles of real-world driving range.

Assembled in the USA at VW’s Chattanooga plant and offered in various configurations spanning from 201 to 295 horsepower, AWD models starting under $40,000 also deliver strong value. With VW investing $7.1 billion in North America toward producing EVs through 2026, the ID.4 looks set to play a major role moving forward.

Range and Power: RWD and AWD options with 82 kWh battery packs earn up to 260 miles EPA range estimates. Power output spans from 201 hp to 295 hp. DC fast charging adds 52 miles of range in 10 minutes.

Price: From an entry price of $37,495 including destination fees for the base Pro RWD model, AWD versions add $3,680 or more depending on the trim.

6. Nissan LEAF

As the world’s first mass-market modern EV starting production in 2010, the Nissan LEAF remains globally popular even as new models continually raise the bar for affordability and features. Now entering its second generation car design with enhanced range, styling and technology features, the 2023 LEAF provides familiar, pragmatic electric mobility with a low barrier to entry.

With EPA range reaching up to 212 miles from its efficient 147 hp electric motor powering the front wheels, the LEAF rivals twice its original debut range. Normal and higher-speed DC fast charging support ease refueling stops, and Nissan’s Safety Shield driver assistance technology provides confidence. With used LEAF models also abundant nationwide, value remains high for budget-minded EV shoppers.

Range and Power: Up to 212 miles EPA range from its 40 kWh battery feeds the single electric motor with 147 horsepower and 236 lb-ft torque. Fast charge support delivers range quickly.

Price: From $28,790 delivered for the baseline S grade, to $32,620 for the feature-packed SV PLUS with more premium tech and exterior styling.

7. Audi e-tron (Sportback and SUV)

As a landmark first fully-electric model for the premium German brand, the Audi e-tron aims to match expectations for comfort, quality, design and performance – with the added kick of zero-emission capability and high-end features suiting buyers in Idaho and beyond.

Available in standard SUV or fastback-like “Sportback” body styles, the e-tron doubles down on battery capacity and next-gen electric drive technology. With standard quattro AWD, drive modes tailored to road conditions, and an array of technology features that almost drive themselves in the right scenarios, both e-tron models deliver what enthusiasts expect from the Audi badge.

Range and Power: 95 kWh (gross) of battery capacity feeds a potent 95 hp front and 135 hp rear motor for standard AWD, up to 402 horsepower total. This muscle pushes both e-tron SUV and Sportback models to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds.

Price: From $68,400 for a base e-tron SUV, up to $88,100 for a fully-loaded RS-badged e-tron Sportback that promises genuine supercar quickness.

8. Porsche Taycan

German luxury and performance icon Porsche shocked some fans but won many more with the phenomenal Taycan – an EV that set new benchmarks for power, handling prowess and technology in its class. While not cheap, there’s no disputing the Taycan signals a new era for EVs matching or exceeding the capabilities of top-shelf internal combustion exotics.

As Porsche’s first all-electric vehicle, the Taycan turns heads with sultry styling inside and out while outpacing even company icons like the 911 Carrera in acceleration tests. With multi-link air suspension, rear-wheel steering, advanced stability management tech and sprightly handling, the Taycan promises Porsche athleticism through the turns too.

Offered initially as a low-slung sedan while a Cross Turismo wagon version has joined the lineup, expect Porsche EV performance to influence expectations industry-wide.

Range and Power: With 93.4 kWh total battery capacity and permanently excited synchronous electric motors, power climbs to staggering levels: from 402 hp and 472 lb-ft torque in base single-motor RWD form, up to 750 hp / 774 lb-ft in high performance trims, rocketing the Taycan sedan to 60 mph in as little as 2.6 seconds.

Price: $85,300 and above. But for some buyers, such capability simply has no price – especially when wrapped in Porsche prestige.

The Road Ahead for EVs in Idaho

While still representing a fraction of total vehicles on Gem State roads compared to Portland or other urban regions embracing electrification fastest, EVs are clearly gaining momentum in Idaho’s auto sales. Improving technology that better addresses range, power and driving refinement while offering more affordable options has won over early adopters here.

Incentives including federal tax credits of up to $7,500 depending on battery capacity help offset typically higher upfront pricing over gas models as well. Supportive policies and investments in public charging infrastructure led by Idaho Power and electrification advocates will further boost mainstream consumer adoption moving ahead.

Judging by global industry momentum, analysts widely agree that zero-emissions electric cars, trucks and SUVs are inevitable in the coming decades – it’s just a matter of how fast. For drivers in Idaho seeking to balance excitement, innovation and environmental responsibility in their next vehicle purchase today though, this list represents those leading the charge.

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