All You Need To Know About Buying and Owning Electric Cars

  • Hyundai-Kia arrived late to the EV party. But it appears that Kia made a careful study of the competition, and loaded its Soul EV with smart features for electric car drivers. For starters, it offers 93 miles of real-world range.

    Kia Soul EV

  • The Volkswagen E-Golf is the company's first all-electric car. It maintains the spirited driving experience of internal combustion versions of the Golf-one of the most popular small cars in the world. The VW E-Golf is arguably the best handling car among the emerging class of small affordable EVs.

    Volkswagen E-Golf

  • The five-door hatchback provides about 80 miles of range. It offers many features that make it an enticing EV package, including an attractive design and zippy drive. The Focus Electric employs a 107-kilowatt (143 horsepower) motor, compared to the LEAF’s 110 horsepower motor.

    Ford Focus Electric

  • The Ford C-Max Energi is a compelling alternative to the other leading plug-in hybrids—the Chevy Volt and Plug-in Prius. It offers 20 miles of all-electric driving, 620 miles of total range, and an attractive price.  The C-Max is considered a small

    Ford C-Max Energi

  • The Spark EV is the all-electric version of Chevy's five-door urban mini-car.  The powerful motor, quick acceleration, and short wheelbase, make it an exhilarating drive.  At an estimated 119 MPGe, it's one of the most efficient electric car on sale today.

    Chevrolet Spark EV

  • The stylish if slightly odd-looking BMW i3 is the lightest EV on the market.  That makes it very efficient while providing a fast and fun 170-horsepower ride. The i3's battery pack delivers more than 80 miles of range. The electric Bimmer is also available with a small gas engine that essentially doubles that distance.

    BMW i3

  • The latest version of tiny two-seat city car is a vast improvement over Smart’s previous all-electric versions. Measuring just over 106 inches from tip to tail, and a shade under 62 inches tall and wide, the Smart ForTwo Electric Drive is small enough to occupy the smallest of spaces. And it's the only EV available with a convertible top.

    Smart Electric Drive

  • The Fiat 500e is every bit as cute as the gas-powered Fiat 500.  It uses a 24 kilowatt-hour liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack, providing an official EPA range of 84 miles.  The Fiat 500e is widely considered a

    Fiat 500e

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  • The Nissan LEAF is by far the most popular EV in the world. It is a well-equipped, all-electric hatchback that seats five adults and can travel up to 107 miles on a single charge.  The LEAF is available to test-drive and purchase at Nissan dealerships throughout the United States.
    Nissan LEAF
  • The 2016 Chevy Volt ushers in the second generation of the world’s most popular plug-in hybrid. While the first-generation model was designed to attract early adopters, the 2016 edition expands the Volt’s market reach to a broader segment of car buyers. It has more all-electric range; it's faster; and its design is more pleasant.
    Chevy Volt
  • The Tesla Model S is a bright vision of a practical and desirable all-electric sedan.  Tesla set a big goal for itself: to deliver not just a great EV, but one of the world's best luxury sedans.  Mission accomplished.
    Tesla Model S
  • The stylish if slightly odd-looking BMW i3 is the lightest EV on the market.  That makes it very efficient while providing a fast and fun 170-horsepower ride. The i3's battery pack delivers more than 80 miles of range. The electric Bimmer is also available with a small gas engine that essentially doubles that distance.
    BMW i3

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  • What Volkswagen’s Big EV Bet Tells Us
    Volkswagen Group CEO Matthias Mueller last week said his company plans to sell as many as 3 million plug-in electric vehicles per year by 2025, representing as much as a quarter of the company’s total projected sales. To put that in perspective—in the span of about two product cycles—VW plans to sell in a single year at least twice as many plug-in cars as exist today on Planet Earth.


  • Tesla’s 60 Kilowatt-Hour Model S is Back
    Tesla announced last week that it will bring back the Model S 60—a version of the car with slightly less driving range. The change is coming about one year after the 60-kWh version was discontinued. The new S 60 will start at $66,000.


  • Model 3 Owners Will Pay for Access to Tesla Superchargers
    Elon Musk, Tesla's chief executive, announced at a shareholder meeting last week that Model 3 owners will be required to pay to access the company’s Supercharger network. For the Model 3 to succeed in the long run, Tesla needs to slice off as much starting cost from the car as possible without compromising the brand’s luxury credentials.