The 7 Most Popular EVs in Pennsylvania

Electric vehicle (EV) adoption is accelerating across the United States, but Pennsylvania has lagged behind many other states with under 20,000 EVs registered as of 2021. However, EV interest is growing as more drivers learn about the performance, range and potential cost savings these vehicles can provide.

Pennsylvania currently lacks widespread public charging infrastructure or strong state incentives that could further boost EV sales. But favorable federal policies like the $7,500 EV tax credit, rising gas prices and the arrival of new models have more Pennsylvanians considering going electric for their next vehicle purchase.

Here is an overview of the 7 most popular EV models purchased in Pennsylvania based on new registration data from IHS Markit. We‘ll analyze key specs, pricing, incentives and pros and cons of each vehicle to help you select the right electric car for your budget and lifestyle.

Tesla Model 3

The Tesla Model 3 compact sedan leads EV sales not just in Pennsylvania, but across America thanks to its potent performance, ample 310 mile range and access to Tesla‘s vast Supercharger fast charging network.

Nearly 20% of all EVs sold in Pennsylvania in 2021 were Tesla Model 3s. Base models start at $46,990, while performance variants exceed $60,000. Buyers may claim up to a $3,750 federal tax credit depending on when existing credits for Tesla phase out.

Pros: Class-leading performance and technology like available "Full Self Driving" mode, huge charging network, advanced safety features and available all-wheel drive.

Cons: Quality control issues reported on initial builds, costly add-on options.

Chevrolet Bolt EV

The Chevy Bolt hatchback ranks second for EV sales in Pennsylvania, appealing to buyers seeking more passenger and cargo room than the Model 3, along with a lower $31,500 starting price. Its EPA rated 259 miles of range beats nearly every EV costing under $50,000.

Bolt buyers can claim a $7,500 federal tax credit in full, along with Pennsylvania‘s alternative fuel vehicle rebate of up to $1,750 – providing over $9,000 in potential savings.

Pros: Roomy interior with ample legroom, responsive handling and low price backed by federal and state incentives make it an affordable option.

Cons: Limited availability of DC fast charging hampers road trip viability, the interior feels basic.

Nissan LEAF

Among the first mainstream EVs dating back to 2011, the 2023 Nissan LEAF hatchback got a range boost to 215 miles. Combined with a low $28,190 starting price and qualifying $7,500 federal tax credit, cost conscious Pennsylvanians continue to purchase LEAF models which ranked #3 in state EV sales for 2021.

Pros: Improved range for 2023 models expands usability for commuters, still among the most affordable new EVs eligible for tax credits.

Cons: Lower range and lack of fast charging still limit viability for road trips, competition has eclipsed it on performance and features.

Tesla Model Y

The Model Y electric crossover SUV ranks among both America‘s and Pennsylvania‘s best selling EVs. It closely matches the Model 3‘s range and performance, while providing a more functional raised ride height and extra cargo room. As Tesla‘s newest model introduced in 2020, buyers also benefit from Tesla‘s latest self-driving and safety technology.

Pros: Blends the best aspects of Tesla‘s technology with increased practicality over the Model 3. All versions deliver blistering sub-5 second 0-60 mph acceleration.

Cons: Many desirable features are costly add-ons pushing the price towards $60,000, build quality issues reported by reviewers and owners.

Ford Mustang Mach-E

Part electric SUV and part muscle car, the Ford Mustang Mach-E won over drivers with its futuristic style inside and out paired with available all-wheel drive 459 hp GT trim level. Range spans from 247 to 310 miles depending on configuration, with availability of up to 150 kW fast charging.

Incentives like Pennsylvania‘s $2,000 rebate + federal tax credits ranging from $3,750 to $7,500 can drive its cost well under $50,000. Mach-E finished 2021 as Pennsylvania‘s 5th best selling EV model.

Pros: Performance and tech options rival luxury brands, Ford‘s dealer network provides service support nationwide.

Cons: Traditional Mustang buyers were alienated by the Mach-E‘s focus on practicality over performance in lower trims.

Audi e-tron (SUV)

Luxury automakers have been slower to electrify their model ranges, but Audi‘s large electric SUV delivers refinement and innovation with available virtual side mirrors and a solar panel roof contributing extra driving range.

Starting above $68,000 it is among the priciest options featured here, but a max $7,500 federal tax incentive along with Audi‘s four year/50,000 mile warranty help ease the hit.

Pros: Luxe interior materials, available massage seats and virtual cockpit set it apart from mainstream EVs. Confident handling with standard all-wheel drive.

Cons: Below average efficiency of just 222 miles per charge, priced too high to qualify for added Pennsylvania incentives.

Hyundai Kona Electric

Representing one of only two fully-electric subcompact SUVs available stateside alongside corporate cousin Kia Niro EV, the quirky Kona Electric carries the lowest base MSRP here at $34,000. Its 258 mile range beats gas-only rivals, aided by small exterior dimensions reducing drag.

Combining state and federal credits can drive its effective cost below $25,000. It finished behind the Niro EV for Hyundai group subcompact EV sales in PA during 2021.

Pros: Unique styling, nimble driving dynamics and discounted pricing thanks to incentives. Standard 258 mile range is class-leading.

Cons: Funky looks not for all tastes, Hyundai dealers emphasize upselling models with higher profit margins.

In summary, Pennsylvania‘s EV options run the gamut from affordable electric hatchbacks like the Chevy Bolt to cutting-edge luxury cruiser EVs including the Audi e-tron SUV and leading Tesla entries. Buyers should weigh factors like purchase price, operating costs, qualifying incentives and intended use when selecting their next electric vehicle.

State and federal policies supporting consumer education, public charging infrastructure upgrades and new incentives will play an important role in accelerating Pennsylvania‘s EV adoption further in line with top states like California and New York.

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