Electric Cars have arrived at many dealerships, unfortunately some of them are restricted to just a few states. Here are six , in no particular order, that are available now.
1) Tesla Model S
The 2013 Model S ranges in price from $52,400 to $72,400 (after the $7,500 Federal Tax Credit ) based on the size of the battery. The bigger the battery the farther you can drive between charges. The cheapest S version has a 40kWh battery pack. Tesla estimates the range as 161 miles. The mid-range S costs $62,400, has a 60kWh battery pack and an EPA estimated range of 208 miles; the MPGe is 94 city, 97 highway. The most expensive Tesla S has an EPA estimated range of 265 miles with the 85kWh battery. Its MPGe is 88 city, 90 highway.
The Model S recently received Motor Trend’s 2013 Car of the Year award. With the exception of a somewhat discredited critical review in the New York Times, the model S has received overwhelming praise.
2) Ford Focus EV
The 2013 Focus Electric starts at $39,200; almost the same price as a Chevy Volt. Ford expects to sell about 10,000 Focus EVs per year, which seems reasonable given the sales performance of its main competitor, the Nissan Leaf.
The estimate range of the Focus EV is 76 miles per charge. The EPA MPGe is 110 city, 99 highway.
The Focus EV may be hard to find, currently it is sold only at selected dealerships.
3) 2013 Nissan Leaf
The 2013 Nissan Leaf benefits from a new base model and a major price drop. The base model S Leaf starts at $21,300 after the $7,500 Federal Tax Credit.
The EPA estimates a leaf can go 73 miles on a charge, its MPGe estimate is 106 city, 92 highway.
The Leaf is available at virtually all Nissan dealerships.
4) 2013 Mitsubishi i-MiEV
Similar in size to the new Chevy Spark the i-MiEV (MiEV stands for Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle, i stands for i) starts at $21,625 after the $7,500 Federal Tax Credit. One of the cheapest pure electric vehicles the i-MiEV has received less than stellar reviews from the automotive press and the car buying public.
The i-MiEV can go farther than most EVs between charges with an EPA estimated range of 126 city, 99 highway.
The i-MiEV is available at most Mitsubishi dealerships.
5) 2013 Honda Fit EV
Currently the Fit EV is only available in California and Oregon. The EPA estimates the Fit EV will go 82 miles on a charge. The MPGe estimates are 132 city, 105 highway.
The pricing for the Fit EV begins at $29,125 after the $7,500 Federal Tax Credit. The Fit EV is only available through a 36 month lease, it cannot be purchased.
6) 2013 Toyota RAV4 EV
The RAV4 EV is available only in California and in a very limited supply. Toyota plans on building only 2,600 RAV4 EVs over a 3-year period.
EPA range of 78 city, 74 highway
The Fiat 500e has an estimated range of 87 miles on a charge and an MPGe of 122 city, 108 highway.