While the state has only registered around 6,000 hybrid and and all electric vehicles, Kansas is seeing a boom in sales for EVs. Unfortunately, the state has passed a few laws and regulations that many EV owners don’t like, but that isn’t stopping them from purchasing! However, what are your options for the most popular EVs in Kansas? Here are the details.
Total Electric Vehicles Sold in Kansas
As of December 31, 2021, the total number of all electric vehicles registered in Kansas was 4,500. This accounts for only .17% of all vehicles registered in the state. Kansas doesn’t list its EV registrations as far as car type, only if the car is a PHEV or EV. Because of this, we had to look at outside resources, including the purchases of used cars.
While we don’t have specific percentages, it’s safe to note that electric vehicles like the Tesla Model Y and Nissan Leaf are among some of the most popular options for electric vehicle drivers in Kansas. As it stands, almost half (or 50%) of registered EVs in Kansas are Teslas, with the most popular models being the Model Y and Model 3. However, the numbers are terribly specific.
The 4 Most Popular EVs in Kansas
Okay, let’s talk about the most popular EVs in Kansas, whether purchased new or used!
Tesla Model Y
The Tesla Model Y is currently the most popular EV in Kansas, and for good reason. On a full charge, the Model Y Extended Range can travel 330 miles. With a projected maximum range of 303 miles, the Model Y Performance isn’t far behind. The range on the cheapest Model Y All-Wheel Drive is 279 miles. That’s quite a bit of travel!
Two electric motors and all-wheel drive are part of the 2023 Tesla Model Y’s drivetrain. The Model Y accelerates almost instantly because of the motors controlling each axle and its excellent traction on the road, going from 0 to 60 in 3.5 to 5 seconds. But you’ll certainly pay for performance. The starting prices for the 2023 Tesla Model Y Long Range and Model Y Performance, respectively, are $52,990 and $56,990.
When it comes to maintenance and warranties, Tesla has some decent options. Their limited warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles. The powertrain warranty covers 8 years or 100,000 miles. However, you won’t get any complimentary maintenance and will have to pay out of pocket.
If you’re looking for a more affordable EV to get you to and from work or a daily commute, look no further than the Nissan Leaf! The 2023 Nissan Leaf is the cheapest new EV on the market with a starting MSRP of under $28,000. The cost of the longer-range Leaf SV Plus increases to around $35,000.
The 2023 Nissan Leaf is available in two different options — the S and SV Plus. The Leaf SV Plus sports a larger 60-kWh battery and a 214-horsepower electric motor, compared to the Leaf S’s 40-kWh battery pack and 147-horsepower electric motor. Both models have front-wheel drive and a single-speed automatic transmission.
However, the Leaf’s driving range is a significant disadvantage for the EV. Depending on the trim, it can go between 149 and 212 miles on a full charge. These ratings are substantially below those of more recent EVs, like the Tesla Model Y.
Even if you consider the driving range as a negative, at least the Leaf is fast to charge. The Leaf S and its 40 kWh battery can be fully charged in eight hours using a 240-volt outlet, and the Leaf SV Plus and its 60 kWh battery can be fully charged in about twelve hours. If you have a level 3 charger (although these are more expensive) you can charge it in as little as 45 minutes.
Technically, the Prius is a hybrid, not a fully electric car. However, it’s one of the more popular options in Kansas, especially considering the lack of vehicles available for EV lovers.
For improved performance, all Prius models receive the same 194HP hybrid powertrain as well as a more solid structure with stiffer suspension and a longer wheelbase than before. The front-drive LE has a starting price of around $29,000 while the all-wheel drive Limited is about $35,000.
In combined city and highway driving, the LE with front-drive will achieve up to 57mpg (that is, 56mpg city and 57mpg highway). The LE only gets 54mpg with AWD. The EPA range is rated at 44 miles per charge, which is fairly high for a hybrid. Once these miles are used, the car will switch over.
Back to regular EVs, the Chevrolet Bolt is considered one of the cheapest options on the market. The base 2023 Chevrolet Bolt 1LT is roughly $6,000 less expensive than its 2022 counterpart, starting at just $26,000. With a price tag of $28,800, the 2LT is also reasonably priced.
The 65 kWh battery will get you 200HP, helping the car accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds. For drivers who want to drive without using the brakes, a button on the console initiates the vehicle’s one-pedal mode.
With an EPA-estimated all-electric range of 259 miles, the Bolt boasts a great driving range. And, a 120-volt domestic power outlet will add around 4 miles in an hour. The battery charges completely using a 240-volt outlet in around seven hours. If you have a DC Fast-Charging station, your car could fully charge in about an hour.
The 4 Most Popular EVs in Kansas Wrap Up
Even though EV growth in Kansas may seem slow, it’s easily becoming an EV hub, and we expect it to continue throughout the years. We hope that extra infrastructure and laws will aid in making electric vehicles more affordable and easy to get!
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