Top 10 Electric Cars

smart fortwo electric drive
Transferring the smart fortwo's already-eco-friendly outlook to an all-electric platform, the smart fortwo electric driveuses a small but efficient 30-kilowatt motor that gives the green micro machine an impressive range of nearly 90 miles. While the smart fortwo electric drive is currently only available for a two-year lease, look out for a second generation model that can be either leased or purchased in the near future.
Base Price: 2-year, $599/month lease
Range: 87 miles
Horsepower: 40 hp
A three-quarter front view of a smart fortwo electric drive

The future has arrived, and it doesn't take gas! While electric vehicles were once seen as an impractical alternative to standard fuel, today's EVs present a viable option for the eco-conscious car buyer. With charging stations becoming more and more common alongside American highways, and some AAA affiliates even offering roadside battery recharging, the infrastructure is firmly in place for an electric car revolution. Of course, the real draw is the cars themselves. No longer restricted to tiny two-seaters and experimental designs, modern electric vehicles come in all shapes, sizes and price ranges, from high-performance sports coupes to value-oriented family sedans — and our list covers them all!A three-quarter front view of a 2011 Nissan Leaf, one of our Top 10 Electric Cars

Nissan Leaf

This zero-emissions electric vehicle, powered exclusively by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, is the first of its kind to see a large-scale commercial release in the US. Capable of reaching top speeds of 90 mph and traveling distances of over 70 miles on a single charge, the Leaf provides an exciting glimpse into the possibilities of an all-electric automotive future.A three-quarter rear view of a 2011 Nissan Leaf

Base Price: $32,720
Range: 73 miles 
Horsepower: 107 hp
A three-quarter front view of a 2011 Mini E in actionMini 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 HybridA three-quarter rear view of a Toyota Prius Plug-In prototypeThis 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 KarmaThis highly-anticipated hybrid sports car delivers high-performance fun with a low environmental impact. With production beginning in July 2011, the Fisker Karma will be a welcome alternative to the current class of gas-guzzlers that populate the luxury car segment.

Base Price: $96,895
Range: 50 miles (electric motor) 
Horsepower: 403 hp

Tesla Roadster

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

Coda Sedan

A three-quarter front view of a white Coda sedan

Mitsubishi i-MiEV

A front view of a white Mitsubishi i-MiEV


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

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