• 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 Volkswagen E-Golf is VW's first electric car to hit the market. By placing an electric drivetrain into one of the most popular small cars in the world, VW hopes to convince the car-buying public that EVs have moved beyond niche status.

    Volkswagen E-Golf

  • 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 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 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 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

  • 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 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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  • Count the Plug-in Hybrid Concepts at L.A. Auto Show: Three
    As we posted last week, cars with plugs were hard to find at the current 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show (which runs through Nov. 30). On the bright side, electric cars and plug-in hybrids have emerged in recent years from futuristic concepts to actual vehicles on the road. With 20 battery-powered cars available to buy or lease—granted, mostly in California—what's left to show in L.A. except expensive and improbable plug-in prototypes.


  • Fast Charging: For Some, It's a Way of Life
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  • Fuel Cell Cars Take Limelight at Los Angeles Auto Show
    Five years ago, major auto shows were dominated by unveilings of battery electric vehicles. Carmakers that had new plug-in models and concepts to show were considered in the vanguard, and those without them were left scrambling to shoehorn a battery pack in any existing model. Now that electric cars are on the road, and selling at relatively steady rates, it appears that the magic words in auto show marketing has become: hydrogen fuel cell.