• Hyundai-Kia is arriving late to the EV party. But it appears that Kia has made a careful study of what's available, 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 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 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 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 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 will be VW's first electric car entry 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 move beyond niche status.

    Volkswagen E-Golf

  • 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 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

  • 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

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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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  • Next-Generation 2016 Chevy Volt Will Be More Efficient and Powerful
    We are approaching the four-year anniversary of the introduction of the Chevy Volt and Nissan LEAF. Since that time, it’s been exciting to watch the release of one new plug-in model after the next. But the most promising developments could be just around the corner: new and improved second-generation battery-powered models, starting with the Volt.


  • Next BMW Battery-Powered Cars Will Be Plug-in Hybrids
    In 2014, BMW introduced two plug-in vehicles: the all-electric i3 and plug-in hybrid i8 sports car. But that might be merely a precursor to a set of new practical plug-in Bimmers coming in 2015 and beyond.


  • VW E-Golf Scores 116 MPGe Rating, But Does It Matter?
    Volkswagen announced today that the 2015 E-Golf electric cars was rated by the Environmental Protection Agency at 126 city, 105 highway, and 116 combined miles per gallon of gasoline equivalent. In the world of EVs, these efficiency numbers take a secondary role to the all-important range number: how far an EV can go on a single charge.