Tesla stops sharing its crown.
The other day we reported that the 2020 Hyundai is getting a significant boost in range, matching the Tesla Model 3 in terms of efficiency. However, the EPA figures are now in for the 2020 Model 3 and Tesla has upped its game. There is a caveat, in that its the Tesla Model 3 Standard Range-Plus that now has a combined city and highway MPGe of 141 miles. That's up 8 MPGe over the equivalent 2019 model. Before the Ioniq got its new bigger battery to raise its range, it was king of efficiency and running 136 miles on the equal amount of electrical energy that a gallon of gas contains.
The 2020 Hyundai Ioniq EV's range is now 170 miles while, according to EPA estimates, the 2020 Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus will go 250 miles on a single charge. The EPA also estimates the average fuel cost for that particular Model 3 is $450 per year, which compared to even the average gas-powered economy car is negligible. The good news for electric car buyers is that it's still going to be quite sometime before electric cars dominate the landscape. When that happens, expect the price of charging to increase and for states to apply new taxes.
We still don't know the price of the 2020 model year Hyundai Ioniq EV, but it shouldn't go too much higher than the current starting price of $30,315. Right now, a Standard Range Plus version of the Model 3 costs $39, 490.
For 2020, the lowest-ranked Tesla for efficiency is the Long Range Performance AWD at 113 MPGe combined. Compared to the average gas-powered economy car, the higher $600 estimated cost to fuel per year is still negligible.