• 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 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 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 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

  • 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

  • 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

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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 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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  • More Signs of Future BMW Plug-ins in Various Forms
    The BMW blog reported earlier this month that the 2017 BMW 5-Series will be offered with three plug-in hybrid options. The launch of one or more of these plug-in cars in global markets could be as early as December 2016. Stories about these models first emerged late last year, and add to a growing roster of BMW EVs and plug-in hybrids expected in the next couple of years.


  • Should Charging Networks Assess Post-Charging Occupancy Fees?
    Blink Network, the second largest network of electric car charging stations, will assess a fee of $0.08 a minute, when an electric car remains in an EV charging spot after the vehicle is fully charged. The “charger occupancy” fee will begin on Monday, July 20. The $0.08 a minute fee equates to $4.80 an hour, or $115.20 per day. While Blink is considering waiving the occupancy fee in certain locations, such as airports, there are no exceptions at this point.


  • New Target Date for Outlander PHEV Introduction: Spring 2016
    Mitsubishi announced in late June that the long-anticipated Outlander Plug-In Hybrid utility vehicle would arrive to the American market in spring 2016, as a 2017 model year. The model was originally slated for US introduction in 2013. When it arrives, the Outlander Plug-in Hybrid will be a unique offering—a mid-sized plug-in SUV with all-wheel drive capability and high ground clearance.