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Electric cars worth your money in 2020 – and ones to avoid

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Making the shift to electric cars makes more sense now since their costs are now comparable to hybrid vehicles. In some cases electric vehicle (EV) costs more or less similar to their gasoline-powered counterparts. The drivetrain technology and the battery units powering the EVs have evolved dramatically in the last few years, giving the buyer true value proposition.

Things to consider while buying an electric vehicle are torque, horsepower delivery, miles per charge and most importantly the battery degradation rate. After all, battery performance is determinant in the overall performance of the car. Which EV should you go for in 2020 to have complete peace of mind? Let’s take look at the most value for money EV options on the market. Thereafter, you can also take a brief look at the electric cars that should be avoided while making the buying decision.

Hyundai Kona EV

An adaptation of the Hyundai Kona subcompact crossover on the design front, the Kona electric car is true value for money. Having an impressive 258 miles of EPA range which is the second best to Tesla Model 3, and 291 pound-feet of torque, the Hyundai Kona EV ticks all the checkboxes when it comes to making the buying decision.

The liquid-cooled 64-kilowat-hour lithium-ion battery fairs well and can be charged in a jiffy on a 240-volt outlet or a DC fast charging outlet. Hyundai Kona EV is priced at $36,990 for the SEL model, $41,600 for the limited variant and $45,200 for Ultimate model. The value for money among these is the Limited variant as it comes with a sunroof, leather upholstery and other features which come handy in the long run.

Chevy Bolt EV

Another good options for the long run is the front-wheel driven Chevrolet Bolt EV hatchback having a range of 259 miles on single full charge. The electric motor churns out 200 horsepower and at peak level generates 266 lb-ft of torque, especially in initially acceleration, reaching 60 mph in just seven seconds.

The EV has a 288-cell lithium-ion battery sandwiched between the axles and it charges with a 240-volt outlet in nine hours. With a DC fast charger the vehicle gives 100 miles with just 30 minutes of charging. Chevrolet Bolt EV starts at a price tag of $37,495 with features an end-user will cherish for years to come.

Nissan Leaf S Plus

If you are looking for an electric vehicle that’s luxurious and loaded with technology, then the Nissan Leaf is the one for you. The car has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support along with Intelligent Around View Monitor and Intelligent Driver Alertness function. The car comes with safety features like forward collision warning, smart lane switching and blind spot intervention.

The 62 kWh battery of the Leaf S Plus goes 226 miles on a single charge and the 214 horsepower motor and a 250 lb-ft torque makes it go off the line like any other performance hatchback. The car has been around for 10 years selling more than 300,000 units and the S Plus model is the most value for money prospect at a price tag of $38,200.

2020 Kia Niro EX EV

The 2020 Niro EV is based on the Niro Hybrid car and adapts most of the performance and design capabilities of the crossover. It has an EPA-rated range of 239 miles and come with driver-assistance features like steering wheel paddle-controlled regenerative braking. The new 2020 model gets fresh headlight and taillight design.

Niro is a single electric motor driven EV which produces 201 horsepower translated into performance via the 1-speed direct drive transmission. The car goes from 0-60 mph in just 6.5 seconds, which is better than the Bolt EV. It has a 64 kWh battery, which can be recharged via a 240-volt connection in 9 hour, and with the 100kW charger it can charge 80 percent in just one hour. The Niro EX at $40,210 is a value option.

Tesla Model 3

On this list, Tesla Model 3 is the most appealing electric vehicle which is a complete package of performance, looks and future-proofing. The car has a range of 250 miles on single charge and shoots from 0-60 mph in flat 3.5 seconds. Standard version of the EV at a price tag of $39,190 is very well positioned and comes with a premium brand value.

This rear-wheel drive EV has the battery positioned under the body which gives it a very low center of gravity. One more advantage of buying a Tesla is the availability of fast-charging stations dubbed Superchargers.

What to avoid – Older electric cars

Buying an electric car comes with its own set of caveats like performance, battery degradation and the charging woes. All of these will be drastically improved in the coming decades, if not already. Though, we believe they are getting better by the day. Electric car batteries need to be replaced after certain period of time due to degradation – in some offerings it is much worse than other brands, which adds demerits of such EVs.

With better options like the ones listed above, the older electric car models like Volkswagen Golf GTE 2017 and Ford Focus EV 2014 should not be on your buying list. Also, the cars including Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and Renault Zoe aren’t a real value for money just yet.

Over time, these cars have been tested to have worse battery degradation than other EVs and will add up to the maintenance costs in the long. Also, a degrading battery deeply impacts the performance of the car on the road which will hamper your experience. It is worth noticing that the battery pack of an electric vehicle is like the engine of a gas-powered vehicle – it comes for a steep price and complete replacement is not a viable option at times.

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Today’s Wordle Answer #382 – July 6, 2022 Solution And Hints

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The answer to Wordle’s July 6, 2022, edition is the word fluff. When it comes to an etymological analysis, there isn’t much meat to the puzzle here. A close predecessor is the word floow (also spelled as flue), which refers to a wooly substance. There’s a Flemish term called vluwe and a French word velu meaning hairy or shaggy that are said to be earlier variants of the word. Some say that the world fluff is an imitative modification of the word floow, which describes the act of puffing a light substance. Another theory is that fluff came out from the merger of flue and puff.

There’s also a movie that was released in 2020 by the name “Fluff,” but you haven’t likely seen it unless names like John Pallotta, Wesley Green, Brian Anthony Wilson, and Gina Martino ring a bell. Fluff sandwich is also a delicacy in the New England region; it gets its name from the light filling that is predominantly marshmallow with jelly or peanut butter, and is colloquially referred to as the fluffernutter.

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Samsung’s Foldable Phones Could Get Much Cheaper In The Near Future

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During the restructuring of its smartphone branding scheme, Samsung adopted the A letter for its mid-range phones, reserving M for entry-level devices (spoiler: the three phone families now spell S, A, M). The Galaxy A series usually has some resemblance to flagship Galaxy S phones, particularly in design, but often skimps out on other hardware components like the processor, memory, and cameras. According to an insider source (via ETnews), Samsung will be using the same tactic to bring down its foldable prices to a more agreeable level.

The report doesn’t say which corners will allegedly be cut to reach that lower price point, though it does mention only having core functions installed. If there is one thing that Samsung can’t skimp on, however, it is the durability of the foldable phone and the materials it will use. If a cheap foldable phone with an already fragile display is easily damaged, it will only serve to scare potential buyers away rather than increase confidence in the product line.

Samsung will reportedly target a price of 1 million KRW, which is roughly $770 USD and therefore considerably cheaper than even the Galaxy Z Flip 3 model’s price tag. This won’t be happening anytime soon, though, as the pieces are unlikely to fall into place until 2024 — presumably when foldable displays themselves have become less expensive to make. Samsung’s timeline might also be influenced by Apple’s foldable plans, as the Korean company will most likely want to have its brand well-established in that market before the first foldable iPhone or iPad launch.

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This New HTC Tablet Is A Missed Opportunity

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The fact that the HTC A101 is an entry-level budget tablet is evident from the design itself. Take, for example, its massive bezels, making it seem a bit dated. The display used on this tablet measures 10.1-inches across and has a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels. While the HTC A101 gets a respectable 8GB of RAM, the processor used here is the UNISOC T618 chip. Designed by UNISOC, this SoC is an entry-level chipset that is based on a 12nm manufacturing process. Given its credentials, do not expect blazing fast performance on this tablet. The model features 128GB of onboard storage and packs the option to add a microSD card, as well.

The camera setup on the A101 includes a 12MP primary rear-facing camera and a 2MP ultrawide camera. HTC has also thrown in a decent 5MP front-facing camera. Powering the tablet is a 7,000 mAh battery that does not support fast charging. On the software side, this tablet will ship with Android 11 at launch. Clearly, the HTC A101 is an entry-level device that targets people who do not have a huge amount of money to splurge on a tablet. 

Unfortunately for HTC, the advent of fiercely competitive Chinese smartphone brands has blurred the lines between mid-tier and low-end devices. This means that consumers of late have been getting really good-looking, well-specced products for low prices. With the HTC A101 tablet, that doesn’t seem to be the case. Our perception of the product may change in case HTC decides to price the device competitively, but unfortunately, the company has yet to reveal this rather crucial piece of information.

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