Electric vehicles at CarMax
Electric vehicles are a compelling choice for your next car, truck, or SUV. Practical, easy-to-drive, and loaded with great technology features, these zero-tailpipe-emission vehicles allow you to unplug and go without the need to stop for gas.
With a variety of range estimates and body styles it's possible to find an EV with the capabilities to suit your lifestyle.Browse electric vehicles for sale
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CarMax's inventory and availability of electric vehicles is expanding every day; these are some EVs we don't currently sell and some alternate choices you can find in our inventory:
|Audi Q4 e-tron||Tesla Model Y|
|BMW i8||Tesla Model S|
|Fiat 500E||Chevrolet Bolt EV or Chevrolet Spark EV|
|Hyundai Ioniq 5||Tesla Model Y|
|Hyundai Ioniq EV||Nissan Leaf|
|Hyundai Kona EV||Chevrolet Bolt EV|
|Kia EV6||Ford Mustang Mach-E|
|Kia Niro EV||Tesla Model Y|
|Kia Soul EV||Ford Focus Electric|
|Lucid Air||Tesla Model S|
|Mercedes-Benz EQS||Porsche Taycan or Tesla Model S|
|Mini Cooper SE||BMW i3|
|Polestar 2||Tesla Model 3|
|Rivian R1T||Tesla Model X|
|Smart ForTwo Electric||Mitsubishi i-Miev or Chevrolet Spark EV|
|Volkswagen e-Golf||Chevrolet Bolt EV or Ford Focus Electric|
|Volkswagen ID.4||Ford Mustang Mach-E or Tesla Model Y|
|Volvo C40 Recharge||Volvo XC40 Recharge or Jaguar I-Pace|
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Here is a list of the 10 best electric cars, based on CarMax vehicle and sales data from January 1, 2021, through June 30, 2021.
- Nissan Leaf
- BMW i3
- Tesla Model 3
- Chevrolet Bolt EV
- Chevrolet Spark EV
- Ford Focus Electric
- Mercedes-Benz B250e
- Tesla Model S
- Mercedes-Benz B-Class
- Mitsubishi i-MiEV
There are three primary types of cars and trucks with electric power:
HEV - Hybrid Electric Vehicles (commonly 'hybrids')
HEVs feature a conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) and supplemental battery that is paired to an electric motor. These vehicles can operate on only the engine, only the battery, or both together for added performance, though the driver typically can't select which mode; the car's software determines that based on conditions. HEVs don't need to be plugged-in when the battery gets low, as they can charge by drawing power from the engine or through regenerative braking.
PHEV - Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (commonly 'plug-in hybrids')
PHEVs are similar to HEVs with a conventional engine and electric motor but have two primary differences:
- PHEVs can be driven in pure Electric Vehicle (EV) mode for an extended period
- PHEVs can be plugged in to recharge their battery (but most don't have to be – the battery can recharge as a typical HEV does)
PHEVs are well liked because for most of their driving they can operate in EV-only mode, but can engage the ICE when driving longer distances or needing more power. The Ford Fusion Energi, which has an EPA-estimated EV-only range of 26 miles for 2019 and 2020 model years, is an example of a PHEV.
BEV - Battery Electric Vehicles (commonly what people mean when they talk about 'EVs')
BEVs do not have a conventional internal combustion engine and instead use a battery and electric motors for propulsion. While BEVs do have regenerative braking for minimal recharging, they need to be plugged-in to fully recharge their batteries. For long-distance driving, there are a variety of manufacturer and third-party-owned charging networks nationwide (with more coming online every day).
With so many perks to an EV, including no longer needing to visit traditional refueling stations and simplified maintenance (no more oil changes), it's easy to see why they are on so many shoppers' wish lists. The Tesla Model 3, Ford Mustang Mach-E, and Volvo XC40 Recharge are examples of BEVs.
There are several benefits to an electric car but for many, they might seem like a big step. Whether you want to live a more green-conscious lifestyle or just want to stop taking frequent trips to the gas station, an electric car is an excellent choice with a variety of options whether you want a sleek luxury, a practical SUV, or a compact for daily driving.
If you're interested in an electric vehicle (EV) and want to keep researching, you're in the right place. Here's what you need to know about how to buy an electric car.https://www.carmax.com/articles/should-you-buy-electric-car
Energy must be used to get any vehicle up to speed, and typically that energy comes from either a fuel source or battery pack in your car.
With a traditional braking system, pushing your foot on the pedal triggers the brake components to compress together, creating resistance to slow your vehicle's wheels. Any energy you had used to get up to speed is then lost as heat.
With a regenerative braking system, your wheels are connected to a motor that recaptures some of the energy used to get your vehicle up to speed, which is then converted back to stored power in the battery (hence the name 'regenerative').
Most electric vehicles, including BEVs, HEVs, and PHEVs, feature both braking systems and allow you to select whether to use both or only regenerative braking. Because most regenerative braking systems kick in immediately after releasing your accelerator pedal (no need to apply the brake pedal), you can drive while using your traditional brakes significantly less often; this is commonly called one pedal driving.
No, used electric vehicles do not currently have a tax credit available. While Congress has discussed providing tax credits to buyers of used electric vehicles, as of April 2022 there are no current federal tax credits offered.
A variety of factors can contribute to the longevity of an electric vehicle’s battery, though some contributors are age of the battery, temperature exposure over time, number of charging/discharging cycles, and times the battery has been fully discharged.
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