Electric Dreams 11 Cars Worthy of a Look in 2014

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Electric Dreams: 11 Cars of a Look in 2014

January 19,

Source: Suntech Power

Electric vehicles may be hitting stride. As drivers continue to see the and automakers continue to improve on it’s likely that vehicles will only to gain in popularity.

Up until a or two ago, the options for electric were exceptionally limited. however, buyers have a range available to them, the compact Nissan  (NSANY.PK) to the mighty Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA ) S. Here are the 11 different cars are — or will be — available in the U.S. year.

The following cars are electric, not plug-in hybrids. We to omit the latter, as there are of them on the market to warrant own article. Therefore, you won’t the Chevy  (NYSE:GM ) Volt,  (NYSE:TM ) Prius plug-in, or the  (NYSE:F ) Energi cars in rankings, even though have electric-only capabilities.

some vehicles are only in select markets, while can be found nationwide. The mileage is in miles per gallon equivalent; you can more on how that compares to metrics here .

Since we here at  St. Cheat Sheet  haven’t the vehicles in question ourselves, we to the automotive expertise of  Edmunds.com  for insight as to the pros and cons of vehicle. The following are ranked

Base price:  $42,275 destination)

Fuel economy: 125 mpge

Pros and cons:  The i3 is BMW’s first foray the electric car market, and it is radically from the rest of the company’s Edmunds  noted that the i3 and lightweight, seats four rather comfortably), boasts acceleration and crisp handling and and even offers a notably ride at high speeds. the range is fairly limited the extender — which runs on gas — and there are the polarizing looks set the i3 apart from other completely.

Options to splurge on: If is a concern, the range extender (about $4,000 more) be a good investment. Other that, no further options been disclosed save for rim and paint options. The i3 should be dealers sometime this

2. Chevrolet Spark EV

Base  $26,685

Fuel economy: 119 combined

Pros and cons:   commended   the Spark EV’s “ acceleration, its “eager” handling, and range relative to some electric vehicles in its segment — 82 miles on a full charge. It packs a body-tenderizing 400 pound-feet of Additionally,  Edmunds  enjoyed interior design. However, the EV is relegated strictly to the California and markets, and it reportedly takes a time to recharge, even hooked up a 240-volt charger.

to splurge on:  The base EV comes pretty well with fog lights, a USB port, and entry. Upgrading to the 2LT trim $500 over base), will add pewter leatherette front seats, a leather-wrapped wheel, and a DC Fast Charger.

3. Fiat 500e

Base  $31,800

Fuel economy:  116 combined

Pros and cons:   called the Fiat ‘s (FIATY.PK) range — about 100 miles in the — “impressive” (and for a car its size, it is), and also noted it has quicker acceleration than the gasoline-powered 500. It noted the vehicle fun to drive, easy to and quite stylish for an electric On the downside, the battery pack and its “consume valuable rear and cargo space,” according to . while the front is cramped in the area with the sunroof. are limited to California.

Options to on:  The only offerings for the are some alternative wheel but if you’re going to change up the put down for the ESport Package which adds cast wheels, black-trimmed lights, and mirror caps — it doesn’t like much, but it looks a lot cooler.

4. Ford Focus

Base price:  $35,170

economy:  105 mpge combined

and cons:   Edmunds  has not reviewed the Electric separately from the model, but  Green Car was able to fill in. The layout is similar to the gasoline model, so owners will find the version quite familiar. Green Car Reports  found it to be smooth, and sporty.” It’s in select states, but not just on the Coast. With 143 horsepower, more powerful than in the EV class, but that translates lower range, which is for about 76 miles. It’s more expensive than EVs in its segment.

Options to splurge on: Ford not offer extraneous options for the Electric, though it comes well equipped as standard.

and cons:  For the 2013 Edmunds found the Honda’s ) range (about 82 miles) to be that was complemented by a spacious plenty of cargo capacity the rear seats are folded, and visibility. However, with the seats up, the space is diminished; the braking was dubbed “subpar,” and the Fit EV is a lease-only with availability limited to Oregon, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland, and Rhode

Pros and cons:  In its review of the model (the 2014 has yet to be reviewed), Edmunds complimented the for its ”excellent all-electric efficiency,” a price, “crisp” acceleration, and its cabin. However, it does a shorter range than its — it’s been claimed for but the cars have had trouble that figure, per Edmunds . as quiet as the interior is, the auto says it feels cheap, and it cargo capacity for a hatchback, limited in-cabin storage. We that at least some of issues were resolved the last two years.

Options to on: Options have not been for the 2014 model year.

7. Nissan Leaf

Base  $28,800

Fuel economy:  115 combined

Pros and cons:   enjoyed the Leaf’s spacious and cabin, its “ample” features, the that — as one of the first mass-market EVs — the is “established in terms of reliability and and that it has a pretty affordable price. However, Edmunds so keen on the Leaf’s “limited range” and “mediocre” performance.

to splurge on:  There is one package for the Nissan Leaf S — the model — and that’s the charging ($1,300), which cuts the charging time for the Leaf about eight hours to four. It also includes a camera, so that’s a plus.

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8. Fortwo Electric Drive

price:  $25,000

Fuel 107 mpge combined

Pros and  Green Car Reports  says “if you’re still smitten the design and styling of the Smart you’re probably going to be with the version that needs a gas station.” It’s to drive and responsive; it’s a car, so the anemic 74 horsepower be sufficient. It can also be quite — like sub-$20K affordable — the tax credits take effect. it’s a tiny car, limited cargo room, and not very aerodynamic, which hurt the already limited (68 miles) on the highway.

Options to on:  We would opt for the heated ($240) if you’re in the right and the center console storage Chances are the Smart will be largely for local city so the cruise control package and would be crucial in this

Base price:  $69,900

economy: 95 mpge

Pros and  Edmunds lauded the Tesla’s excellent range, its “sleek” styling, and the high level of performance all the models. It has lots of cargo an available seven-passenger configuration, and is by Tesla’s supercharger infrastructure, allows owners free For cons, Edmunds notes the Tesla’s reliability isn’t known and it “lacks the convenience and familiarity of priced luxury sedans.”

to splurge on: If you have kids — than one, especially — the seats ($2,500) would be a call. There are also fog ($500) and the subzero weather ($750), which includes nozzle heaters, three-zone seat warmers, and wiper defrosters, if the climate requires it. the Supercharger enabling option would be a good bet — consider it a payment for fuel.

10. Tesla X

Base price . Currently but expected to be around $70,000.

economy:  Unknown, but based on S specs, expect a figure 95 mpge from the 60kWh option.

Pros and cons:  The Model X, expected out this is the crossover to wait for if you want truly different. In true style, it’s completely it features falcon-wing doors lift up and an all-wheel drive that will make it the production electric car to run on all fours; and it has Tesla’s trademark 17-inch center console. It has the usual EV though: limited range with potentially long times.

Options worth splurging It might come to the detriment of but the all-wheel drive model be too good to pass up. If the Model X with the Model S-type then we’d spring for as well.

11. Volkswagen e-Golf

price:  Unknown

Fuel Also unknown

Pros and  Not a whole lot is known the e-Golf, as it isn’t expected later on this year. We do that it will use a 115-horsepower motor and boast a range of 118 miles, putting it toward the top for the EV segment.

Options to splurge on: The for the e-Golf haven’t yet been

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