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EV/PHEV guide

Below, we offer basic information on various EV and PHEV autos which are either already in production or are scheduled to come into production and become available to consumers to purchase within the United States within the next two years. Mainstream means EVs and PHEVs capable of driving at regular highway speeds in the United States, meaning at least 70 mph.

There are low-speed electric vehicles available -- and they’re often much cheaper than the mainstream EVs/PHEVs, which are likely to cost at least $30,000. Of course, many of these low-speed EVs have a top speed of 25 mph. They are therefore practical only for very specific types of driving needs and contexts. A good source for a list of so-called “neighborhood” EVs is the Electric Auto Association.

If you have information, corrections, updates, etc. to add to this list, please e-mail us at editor AT solarchargeddriving.com.

SolarChargedDriving.Com has put together this list for informational purposes and it should not be construed as an endorsement for any of the vehicles or manufacturers to whose pages or videos we link below.

(List below last updated: June 2012)


Car Make & Information Video Clip

BMW ActiveE EV

Battery size: 32 kWh

Range: 100 miles

0-60 mph: 8.5 seconds

Top speed: 95 mph

Price: ?

For sale by: Leased BMW ActiveEs being tested right now.

Select SCD.Com articles on ActiveE/MINI E:
New Jersey's newest solar-charged driver
This MINI runs on sun
Driving on sunshine: It's a gas
BMW, Real Goods Solar plug EV into PV
A solar-powered ActiveE

BMW i3 EV

Battery size: 22 kWh

Range: 100 miles

0-60 mph: 8.5 seconds

Top speed: 95 mph

Price: ?

For sale by: 2013

BYD Auto e6 EV

Battery size: 53 kWh

Range: 200 miles

0-60 mph: 8 seconds

Top speed: 100 mph

Price: Around $35,000 in U.S.

For sale by: Sometime in 2012 in U.S.

BYD F3DM PHEV

Battery size: 16 kWh

Range: 60 miles on battery alone (300+ miles overall)

0-60 mph: 10.5 seconds

Top speed: 100 mph

Price: Around $29,000 in U.S.

For sale by: 2012 in U.S.

Chevrolet Spark EV

Battery size: 20 kWh

Range: ?

0-60 mph: ?

Top speed: ?

Price: ?

For sale by: 2013 in U.S.

CODA Automotive CODA Sedan EV

Battery size: 34 kWh

Range: 90 to 120 miles

0-60 mph: 8 seconds

Top speed: 85 mph

Price: $44,900

For sale by: Currently for sale in select U.S. markets

Select SCD.Com articles on CODA:
→ CODA vs. Ford Focus Electric vs. Nissan LEAF
→ CODA Automotive definitely gets it
CODA to electrify Enterprise Rent-a-Car fleet

Daimler Smart ED (Electric Drive) EV

Battery size: 16 kWh

Range: 90 miles (for li-ion version)

0-60 mph: ?

Top speed: 70 mph

Price: Around $20,000

For sale by: Sometime in 2012, select leases earlier.

Fisker Karma PHEV

Battery size: 22 kWh

Range: 50 miles on battery only (300+ overall)

0-60 mph: Less than 6 seconds

Top speed: 150 mph

Price: $88,000

For sale by: Currently for sale

Select SCD.Com articles on Fisker Karma:
Fisker Karma will sport large solar roof

Ford C-Max Energi PHEV

Battery size: 9 kWh

Range: Battery only TBA (around 500 miles total)

0-60 mph: ?

Top speed: 102 mph

Price: ?

For sale by: Sometime in 2012.

Ford Escape PHEV

Battery size: 10 kWh

Range: 40 miles on battery only (around 300 total)

0-60 mph: ?

Top speed: 102 mph

Price: ?

For sale by: Sometime in 2012.

Ford Focus Electric EV

Battery size: 23 kWh

Range: 100 miles

0-60 mph: 9 seconds

Top speed: 100 mph

Price: $39,200 (before tax credit in U.S.)

For sale by: Currently for sale in select U.S. markets.

Select SCD.Com articles on Ford Focus Electric:
Ford to plug 20 U.S. cities into Focus Electric in 2011
CODA vs. Ford Focus Electric vs. Nissan LEAF
Focus Electric gets new Facebook page
Ford Focus Electric to be made using solar power

Ford Fusion Energi PHEV

Battery size

Range:

0-60 mph: ?

Top speed: ?

Price: ?

For sale by: 2013

General Motors Chevrolet Volt PHEV

Battery size: 16 kWh

Range: 40 miles on battery alone (300+ overall)

0-60 mph: 8 seconds

Top speed: 80 mph

Price: $33,500 (in U.S. after $7,500 Federal Tax Credit)

For sale by: Currently for sale in U.S.

Select SCD.Com articles on Chevy Volt:
First consumer Chevy Volt rolls off assembly line
GM-Volt.Com's Lyle Dennis juiced up about Volt
Solar EV charging stations give Volt green jolt
Yes, there are Chevy Volts on the road in Colorado
Driving a Volt is patriotic

Honda Fit EV

Battery size: 20 kWh

Range: 100 miles

0-60 mph: ?

Top speed: 90 mph

Price: Available on select basis for lease only

For sale by: Available for lease in select U.S. markets.

Hyundai Blue-Will PHEV

Battery size: 

Range: 40 miles on battery alone (300+ overall)

0-60 mph: ?

Top speed: ?

Price: ?

For sale by: Sometime in 2012.

Hyundai i10 EV

Battery size: 16 kWh

Range: 100 miles

0-60 mph: 15 seconds

Top speed: 80 mph

Price: ?

For sale by: 2012

Mercedes SLS E-Cell EV

Battery size: 48 kWh

Range: 130 miles

0-60 mph: 4 seconds

Top speed: 155 mph

Price: ?

For sale by: 2013

Mitsubishi iMiEV EV

Battery size: 16 kWh

Range: 62 miles

0-60 mph: 14 seconds

Top speed: 80 mph

Price: $21,625 (in U.S. after $7,500 Federal Tax Credit)

For sale by: Currently for sale in Europe; 2012 in U.S.

Select SCD.Com articles on iMieEV:
Mitsubishi gets reservations process right

Mitsubishi PX MiEV PHEV

Battery size: 10 kWh

Range: 31 miles in electric mode before hybrid mode

0-60 mph: ?

Top speed: ?

Price: ?

For sale by: 2103

Nissan LEAF EV

Battery size: 24 kWh

Range: 100 miles

0-60 mph: 8 seconds

Top speed: 90 mph

Price: $27,700 (in U.S. after $7,500 Federal Tax Credit)

For sale by: Currently for sale

Select SCD.Com articles on Nissan LEAF:
CODA vs. Ford Focus Electric vs. Nissan LEAF
USA TODAY: LEAF a good car, but it's UGGGLY!
LEAF battery warranty and rollout plans announced
→ 7,100 gas-free miles in a solar-charged LEAF

Renault Fluence ZE EV

Battery size: 22 kWh

Range: 100 miles

0-60 mph: 13 seconds

Top speed: 84 mph

Price: $36,000

For sale by: Currently for sale in parts of Europe & Israel.

Tesla Motors Roadster EV

Battery size: 53 kWh

Range: 220 miles

0-60 mph: 3.7 seconds

Top speed: 125 mph

Price: $109,000

For sale by: Available since 2008 & now being phased out.

Select SCD.Com articles on Tesla Roadster
Checking out the Tesla Roadster in Boulder, Colo.
Tesla Roadster completes around-the-world trip
Roadster travels 313 miles on single charge

Tesla Motors Model S EV

Battery size: 42, 65 & 85 kWh options

Range: 150 to 300 miles (based on battery option)

0-60 mph: 5.5 seconds

Top speed: 130 mph

Price: $57,000

For sale by: June 2012 in U.S.

Tesla Motors Model X EV

Battery size: 60 & 85 kWh options

Range: ?

0-60 mph: 4.4 seconds

Top speed: 130 mph

Price: ?

For sale by: 2013

THINK City Electric Car EV

Battery size: 24 kWh

Range: 100 miles

0-60 mph: 12 seconds

Top speed: 65 mph

Price: $$35,000

For sale by: Currently for sale in Europe and U.S. (but declared bankruptcy in June 2011)

Toyota Prius Plug-in PHEV

Battery size: 4 kWh

Range: About 15 miles on battery only (300+ overall)

0-60 mph: 11 seconds

Top speed:

Price: $32,000

For sale by: Currently for sale in the U.S.

Toyota RAV4 EV (2nd generation)

Battery size: 42 kWh

Range: 100 miles

0-60 mph: 7 seconds

Top speed: 100 mph

Price: $49,800

For sale by: 2012

Volvo C30 EV

Battery size: 24 kWh

Range: About 30 miles on battery only (300+ miles overall)

0-60 mph: 6.9 seconds

Top speed: 80 mph

Price: ?

For sale by: ?

Volvo Plug-In Hybrid Diesel V-70

Battery size: 11 kWh

Range: 100 miles

0-60 mph: 10 seconds

Top speed: 80 mph

Price: $50,000

For sale by: 2012

Volkswagen Golf Blue E-motion EV

Battery size: 26 kWh

Range: 93 miles

0-60 mph: 11 seconds

Top speed: 85 mph

Price: ?

For sale by: 2013

Wheego Whip LiFe EV

Battery size: 30 kWh

Range: 100 miles

0-60 mph: 11 seconds

Top speed: 65 mph

Price: $32,995

For sale by: Currently for sale

 

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