2011 has proven to be a watershed year for electric vehicles, with more mass-market EV’s hitting dealerships this year than any year prior. Some have only just started rolling off production lines; others have been on sale for almost a year. So which EV’s came out on top? Check out our rundown to find out!
#5: The Mitsubishi i. Compact, under $30K, and electric with a 62 mile range the Mitsubishi I is a good starter EV. Not very flashy and the range is limited, but with a 16kWh lithium battery the Mitsubishi I will get you where you need to go without filling up the tank. Best of all, with certain Federal and state tax credits, this little EV could cost you less than $20,000!
#4: The Ford Focus Electric. Fords competition for the Nissan LEAF. With a price tag of $39,200, room for five, a range 100 mile range, and the awesome ability for the customer to customize/pick (battery-electric, plug-in hybrid, hybrid, or fuel-efficient sedan) the Ford Focus Electric is my pick for number four. It would have been higher, but it is currently only on sale in two states.
#3: The Nissan LEAF. Nissan has put an estimated 20,000 pure battery vehicles on the roads of America already and is line to get 50,000 battery vehicles shipped around the world. With fast charge options and a $35,200 price tag the LEAF is going strong. While the range of the vehicle is an issue the thing is a Nissan — and that means reliability and a very long life on the road. The LEAF is the king of EV sales for now.
#2: Tesla Model S: Technically still not for sale, Tesla claims to have already sold out of its upcoming all-electric luxury sedan. With a base price of $50,000 (after the Federal tax credit) and a range of 160 miles, the Model S will offer up to 320 miles of range and blistering performance. Too bad its not on sale…yet.
#1: Tesla Roadster. Still the ultimate EV. With the Roadster winning EV championships around the world, traveling zero to sixty in less than four seconds, a 240 mile range, and looks that will melt your face it is the king of the EVs. The price is steep, and production of the roadster is coming to an end, so it is a fitting tribute that it finishes off on the top of my list.
Andrew Meggison was born in the state of Maine and educated in Massachusetts. Andrew earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Government and International Relations from Clark University and a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Northeastern University. Being an Eagle Scout, Andrew has a passion for all things environmental. In his free time Andrew enjoys writing, exploring the great outdoors, a good film, and a creative cocktail. You can follow Andrew on Twitter @AndrewMeggison