top 10 electric cars

Top 10 Electric Cars

A three-quarter front view of a red 2008 Tesla Roadster
The future has arrived, and it doesn't take gas! No longer an experimental side note in the auto industry's quest for new, fuel-efficient technology, today's electric vehicle is a fully functional automobile capable of transporting you through the heavy demands of daily life—without the burden of pit stops at the pump. Gone are the glorified golf carts of earlier days and in their place is a diverse and growing field of electric-powered cars that cater to a wide variety of lifestyles. From budget coupes to family-friendly crossovers to high-performance sports cars, modern electric cars come in all shapes, sizes, and price ranges, and our list covers them all!

Chevrolet Volt

A three-quarter front view of a 2011 Chevrolet Volt

Chevrolet Volt
This series-hybrid is powered solely by an electric drive unit, and makes for a great commuter vehicle. Best of all, the four-passenger sedan can be plugged into a standard 120-volt outlet to recharge overnight.
Base Price: $41,000
Range: 40 miles (electric motor)
Horsepower: 150 hp

Nissan Leaf

A three-quarter rear view of a 2011 Nissan Leaf

Nissan Leaf

This zero-emissions electric vehicle, powered exclusively by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, will be the first of its kind to see a large-scale commercial release when it hits showrooms in early 2011.
Base Price: $32,780 (est.)
Range: 100 miles (est.)
Horsepower: 107 hp

Mini E

A three-quarter front view of a 2011 Mini E in action

Mini E


Currently being field tested by BMW in select American markets, this German-engineered electric vehicle combines state-of-the-art lithium-ion technology with classic Mini styling.
Base Price: 1 year, $850/month lease
Range: 104 miles (est. under normal conditions)
Horsepower: 201 hp

Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid

A three-quarter rear view of a Toyota Prius Plug-In prototype

Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid

This plug-in version of the Toyota Prius replaces the popular hybrid's nickel-metal hydride batteries with advanced lithium-ion battery packs and adds the option of recharging from a standard 110-volt electrical outlet. The result is a one-of-a-kind car that looks and feels like an ordinary Prius, but can drive up to 13 miles on electric power alone.
Base Price: $27,000-$34,000 (est.)
Range: 13 miles (electric motor)
Horespower: 134 hp

Fisker Karma

A three-quarter front view of a Fisker Karma

Fisker Karma

This highly-anticipated hybrid sports car delivers high-performance fun with a low environmental impact. Set to hit showrooms in 2011, the Fisker Karma will be a welcome alternative to the current class of gas-guzzlers that populate the luxury car segment.

Base Price: $88,000 (est.)
Range: 50 miles (electric motor)
Horsepower: 403 hp

Tesla Roadster

A three-quarter front view of a red 2008 Tesla Roadster

Tesla Roadster

Boasting a long list of celebrity owners including Jay Leno, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Iron Man himself, Tony Stark, this all-electric sports car is a shooting star in its own right, capable of rocketing from 0-60 in just 3.9 seconds.

Base Price: $109,000
Range: 245 miles
Horsepower: 288 hp

Coda Sedan

A three-quarter front view of a white Coda sedan
Coda Sedan

This all-electric mid-size sedan, capable of going 80 mph, will be available in late 2010 for approximately $45,000. Powered by a lithium-ion battery that provides a range of 90 to 120 miles, the fully-equipped, five-passenger Coda will also be able to recharge in less than six hours.

Base Price: $45,000 (est.)
Range: 90-120 miles
Horsepower: 134 hp

Mitsubishi i-MiEV

A front view of a white Mitsubishi i-MiEV

Mitsubishi i-MiEV

This tiny Mitsubishi made a big splash amongst the Asian auto industry when it entered the Japanese market in 2009, and looks to continue making waves when it hits American shores in 2011. While the i-MiEV's small size is sure to garner some scoffs, city-dwellers will appreciate the convenience this all-electric subcompact has to offer.

Base Price: $32,000
Range: 80-100 miles
Horsepower: 63 hp

THINK City

A three-quarter front view of a yellow 2011 THINK City

THINK City

Already on sale in Europe, this tiny two-seater will be available to American consumers starting in late 2010. Combining a zero-emission electric engine with body parts that are up to 95% recyclable, the THINK City is a truly environmentally-conscious urban car.

Base Price: $28,000
Range: 100 miles
Horsepower: 47 hp

GEM e4

A three-quarter rear view of a GEM e4 on the streets of Los Angeles, CA

GEM e4

This small neighborhood runabout is perfect for quick jaunts to the store or going out for a cruise down quiet suburban streets. Running solely off an all-electric 12-horsepower electric motor, the GEM e4 won't be winning any street races; however, with a top speed of 25 mph, it is capable of driving on public roads with a speed limit of 35 mph or less.

Base Price: $10,295
Range: 30 miles
Horsepower: 12 hp