Top Recommended Electric Vehicles

Despite fuel prices occupying (at least figuratively) the basement, the electric vehicle – spearheaded by Nissan’s Leaf and Tesla’s Model S – is enjoying a rebound in both interest and sales. Despite all the skepticism regarding Tesla’s lineup and business model, it’s hard to argue with the sedan’s 200-mile range. Chevy’s redesigned Volt now offers roughly fifty miles of battery-only running (and roughly 350 miles with its range extender), while the company’s upcoming all-electric Bolt will exceed 200 miles on a full charge. That – it’s believed – is the comfortable minimum to move people into EVs that might not have considered the vehicles otherwise. Offering abundant torque, more flexibility in drivetrain packaging and – not incidentally – the chance to be different with a carbon-sensitive footprint are the initial arguments in favor of their purchase. Down the road, it will be the much easier to service an EV, making it increasingly attractive for a growing number of consumers.

2016 i3

2016 BMW i3

For three years now, the BMW i3, a five-door hatchback, has been the most energy-efficient car sold in the U.S.Its technology is a couple jumps ahead, with a totally electric powertrain and unique carbon-fiber reinforced plastic shell.

An optional setup adds a two-cylinder motorcycle-based engine with a two-gallon fuel tank, which about doubles its approximate 75 miles of range.But the weight of this add-on makes acceleration performance slower and cuts a few miles out of the all-electric range.It's called REx, for Range Extender.

The funky i3 sells well, …

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$42,400 - $46,250
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MPG MPG 137 City / 111 Hwy
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2016 LEAF

2016 Nissan LEAF

For 2016, Nissan Leaf takes a leap: Thanks to a new battery pack, the all-electric car now boasts a range of 107 miles, the farthest of any electric car except the expensive luxury Tesla.The hatchback Leaf is the size of a compact car with the interior space of a midsize car.

It accelerates silently to 60 mph in less than 10 seconds, and has a top speed of 90 mph, although don't expect to go 107 miles at high speed (or in cold weather).

The Leaf can keep up with traffic and is easy to drive.The Leaf can also …

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$29,010 - $36,790
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MPG MPG 126 City / 101 Hwy
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2016 Model S

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$68,000 - $134,500
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MPG MPG 88 City / 90 Hwy
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