With the Elon Musk-induced downfall of Twitter, it may not be long before Musk's company Tesla loses its place as the coolest electric car brand, and one of Tesla’s top competitors steps up to the plate.
Not to mention, many former Tesla fans may be in the market for a new electric vehicle, but want to try an alternative to Tesla, so as not to support Musk — or the controversies Tesla has been involved in.
Here’s a look into a few fully electric car companies that may stack up to Tesla in terms of energy efficiency, performance, and — most importantly — cool factor.
Lucid Motors is a fully electric car company based in California, that aims to “shape a future where we no longer have to choose between doing great things and doing the right thing.” The company’s CEO Peter Rawlinson formerly worked at Tesla, and Lucid’s cars have a similar sleekness to them, from the flush door handles to smooth design.
The company claims that the Lucid Air is the fastest-charging electric car with the longest range on the market. It takes just 12 minutes to charge 200 miles, and can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in under two seconds. It was also named the 2022 MotorTrend Car of the Year.
The Lucid Air starts at $87,400, with other Lucid cars going up into the $250,000+ range. You can reserve yours on Lucid’s website. The cars are only available to U.S. and Canada residents as of now, and you can shop on the website or in-person at Lucid’s studios, of which there are about two dozen across the two countries.
Fisker Inc. first unveiled the Fisker Ocean SUV in 2019, and it finally went into production on Nov. 17, 2022. Founded by car designer Henrik Fisker, Fisker is a new fully electric car company, making its the Fisker Ocean SUV in the One, Sport, Ultra, and Extreme models.
The company’s mission is “to create the most sustainable vehicles on Earth.” The Fisker Ocean’s features include: a full-length SolarSky roof that generates energy for the motor; a rotating screen; an automatic parking assist system; vegan and recycled interior materials; a spacious interior; and a stylish, sleek design thanks to “modern cubist sculptural shapes.”
Prices start at $37,999. You can reserve your spot on the Fisker website.
If you are looking for a large electric car that can handle tougher terrain, check out Rivian. The company aims to preserve “the natural world for generations to come,” and sells two models directly to consumers through its website: an electric pickup truck called the R1T, and an electric SUV called the R1S.
Rivian’s batteries are designed to be easily removed from the vehicles and reused in other applications; the car interiors are made from completely animal-free materials; and the company has a number of other sustainability initiatives. The cars also come with a driver assistance system called Driver+, which is essentially self-driving mode.
Additionally, Rivian sells electric commercial vans so you can electrify your business’ fleet. Rivian cars start at $73,000.
Aptera is preparing to launch its flagship vehicle, which the company hopes will help solve its missions of creating “the most efficient transportation on the planet.” The Aptera is a three-wheeled, futuristic looking solar electric car that garners most of the energy it needs for daily use from the sun, thanks to its solar panels. For longer trips, you can charge your car by plugging it in.
The company claims that the Aptera car uses 70 percent less energy than the typical electric car, thanks to its solar panels and three-wheeled design, which “eliminates a touch point where energy can be lost.”
The car ranges in price from $25,900 to $50,700, and you can reserve yours on the Aptera website. It will start production in 2023. Just know that in certain states, such as New York, three-wheeled motor vehicles are technically classified as motorcycles, and must be registered as such.