• The RAV4 EV is currently the only all-electric high-riding crossover SUV available in the United States, although only in select cities of California. The well-respected Toyota platform takes on a Tesla powertrain, making it the least expensive way to experience rip-roaring acceleration from the famous California electric car startup. Driving range is around 120 miles.

    Toyota RAV4 EV

  • 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 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 estimated 80 miles of range under typical driving conditions.

    Fiat 500e

  • The 2014 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 is the most efficient electric car on sale today.

    Chevrolet Spark EV

  • 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 ELR boasts an electric-only range of 35 miles and a total combined range of about 340 miles. The ELR shares most of its technical elements with the current Chevy Volt, including its 1.4-liter gasoline engine and 16.5-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The ELR features Cadillac's signature angular look, but that alone is not worth the steep price.

    Cadillac ELR

  • 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 21 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 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. Zero to sixty performance is close to seven seconds. The i3 uses a liquid-cooled 22-kilowatt-hour battery pack to deliver 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 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid is pricier than its PHEV competition, but it comes in a very popular design, with more passenger space and lots of power. The plug-in Accord offers an impressive efficiency rating of 115 MPGe.

    Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid

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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 commonly travels about 80 miles on a single charge.  The LEAF is available to test-drive and purchase at Nissan dealerships throughout the United States.
    Nissan LEAF
  • The Chevy Volt is a well-equipped, five-door, four-seat hatchback that operates as an electric car for its first 38 miles after a full charge and then uses gas to extend its range. It burns no gasoline during those first miles after a charge, drawing energy from a lithium ion battery pack.
    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 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid’s 4.4 kilowatt-hour battery pack provides 11 or more all-electric miles after a full charge.  As a result, drivers with short commutes commonly get more than 100 miles per gallon.
    Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid

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  • Battery Capacity of Mercedes EV is 67% Bigger than for BMW i3
    There's an argument that a bigger battery pack is more important than greater efficiency, when it comes to range. Under “normal” charging, the Mercedes EV fully charges to 28 kilowatt-hours. But when the “range plus package” is employed, it pushes utilization to about 31.4 kilowatt-hours. Using that number compared to the i3’s usable capacity of 18.8, and the delta between the two is 67 percent.


  • Tesla Names Its Upcoming Smaller Sedan: Model III
    Tesla chief executive Elon Musk revealed yesterday that its upcoming smaller sedan will use Model III as its name—spoken as “Model Three.” It was previously referred to as “Gen 3,” and rumored to be called “Model E.” The new model—designed to compete against BMW’s 3-series (and other cars in that class)—is expected to go on sale in 2017.


  • Leasing EV Chargers and Profiting
    While worldwide sales of plug-in electric vehicles have grown to more than 12,000 monthly, in most locations today, there isn’t enough traffic for EV charging stations to directly pay back their cost within three years, which is a typical required return on investment.