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I’ve driven 28 electric cars. These were my least favorite

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2022 GMC Hummer EV Edition 1.
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  • I have driven over 20 electric vehicles so far.
  • I’ve enjoyed most of them, but I’d avoid three specific EVs if I was going to buy one.
  • Those models are the GMC Hummer EV, Nissan Leaf and Electra Mechanica Solo.

testing 24 Electric car Over the last few years, I’ve been behind the wheel of a car. some real gems — It is a car that I would like to buy as soon as I have the opportunity.

a Awful, $200,000 Porsche station wagon Accelerate to 90 mph in 2.7 seconds? Yes, please.a Rivian luxury 4×4 SUV Who eats off-road trails for breakfast? Please register.

My experience was generally positive, but three vehicles stand out as ones to avoid. I’m not saying anyone should buy these cars. Please purchase it. But for my personal tastes and needs those drawbacks outweigh the benefits.

Electra Mechanica Solo

Electra Mechanica Solo.
Tim Levin/Insider

please do not worry. Probably I have driven only 23.5 electric cars he has. Electra Meccanica Solo’s Include in this list.

This single-seater tricycle challenges Americans’ appetite for ever-larger vehicles, which I think is great. Indeed, many companies take up more space and produce more emissions than they should.

Electra Mechanica Solo.

Electra Mechanica Solo.
Tim Levin/Insider

Solo seems to be a cheat code for getting around some cities. It has a small trunk for groceries, a small footprint that fits in almost any parking space, and it’s enclosed, making it more comfortable than an e-bike or motorcycle. But it doesn’t fit my driving needs at all.

My trips usually go far from cities, often with other people or bikes in tow. The Solo and its 160 miles of range just don’t fit that requirement. Plus, I felt dangerously exposed and invisible in his tall SUVs and trucks during his 20-minute test drive in downtown Manhattan.

GMC Hummer EV

GMC Hummer EV Edition 1.

GMC Hummer EV Edition 1.
Tim Levin/Insider

of New $113,000 Hummer pickup The overwhelming size and excessive size makes it fun to touring on the weekend.Like ridiculously huge and expensive toys.

But that’s a lot more ride than most people need. Rear-wheel steering increases maneuverability, but the many blind spots and tank-sized footprint make driving in urban areas stressful. Even on the highway, the Hummer feels unnervingly big. More than once or twice, I stared at the tiny sedan passing me and wondered how long it had been cruising in my blind spot.

2022 GMC Hummer EV Edition 1.

2022 GMC Hummer EV Edition 1.
Tim Levin/Insider

and Least efficient EV on the market, it will betray the purpose of stopping gasoline in the first place. Other electric pickups, the Rivian R1T and the Ford F-150 Lightning, are more appropriately sized, less obtrusive, and equally functional.

nissan leaf

2022 Nissan Leaf.

Rapidly charge the 2022 Nissan Leaf.
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The Nissan Leaf is one of the OGs of the EV world. A pioneer when he first launched over a decade ago, he remains one of the most powerful companies today. Affordable EVsnothing beats modern products.

The base $27,800 Leaf has an EPA-certified range of just 149 miles, significantly less than other options and not enough for a confident road trip. The $43,000 Tesla Model 3 delivers 432 miles of range, while the $26,500 Tesla Model 3 Chevrolet Volt EV The rate is 259 miles. Even the expensive Leaf SV Plus has just 345 miles.

2023 Nissan Leaf

2023 Nissan Leaf.

In addition, Leaf Use a different fast charge port It has more limited refueling stations than other industries.Given the The state of EV charging infrastructure today is disappointingWe want to be able to access all plugs as much as possible.

nevertheless, Leaf is a robust, low-cost option It’s mainly for people who don’t have to drive very far and can charge at home.

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