The Best Electric Cars

Posted Nov 14, 2012

Since the Pulse2 founders were raised near the Motor City, we have naturally become car enthusiasts. We have tons of family and friends that work at the big auto companies and their suppliers. After the Department of Energy and the Obama administration pushed billions of dollars in the auto industry, we saw some changes in the environment around us. The optimism from Detroit companies grew since they were getting into the electric vehicle game. We have seen Henrik Fisker and Elon Musk build some great automobiles over the last few years too. This is why we have compiled a list of some of the best electric cars available on the market right now along with their specs. If there are some details that we have missed, let us know in the comments.

Tesla Model S

The Tesla Model S is a full sized electric sedan built by Tesla Motors. The retail deliveries of this electric vehicle started in June 2012. The Model S was designed to compete with premium cars like the BMW 5-series and

– Battery: 40/60/85 kWh Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
– The EPA pegs the energy consumption of the car at 855 kilojoules per km. with a combined fuel economy of 89 miles per gallon.
– 0-60 miles per hour in 5.6 seconds
– 300 miles per charge at 55MPH
– 0 Tailpipe Emissions
– Price: $49,900-$97,900

Fisker Karma

The Fisker Karma is a hybrid luxury sports sedan produced by Fisker Automotive and manufactured by Valmet Automotive in Finland. The Fisker Karma gasoline engine engages to extend your range up to an additional 250 miles by providing a boost to the battery system. The Karma will operate in pure electric Stealth mode for up to 50 miles (80 km) powered by its lithium ion batteries and dual-electric motors. The vehicle has 403 horsepower in the rear-wheels. The vehicle comes equipped with 8 airbags and has a full length solar roof.

– Battery: Mid-mounted lithium ion battery pack with Nanophosphate technology
– Driving Range: Up to 50 miles on electric and up to 300 miles total
– All-electric range of 32 miles
– 403 horsepower
– EPA rating of 54 MPGe
– 0-60 in 6.3 seconds
– Low CO2 emission of 188g/mile
– Price: $102,000-$115,000

Chevrolet Volt

The Chevrolet Volt is manufactured by General Motors and sales of the vehicle commenced in December 2010. The Chevrolet Volt is the most fuel-efficient car with a gasoline engine sold in the United States. The Chevrolet Volt operates as a pure battery electric vehicle until the plug-in battery capacity drops to a threshold from full charge. The internal combustion mode powers an electric generator to extend the vehicle’s range if needed. The Volt has low rolling resistance tires, Chevrolet MyLink, and 8 air bags.

– Battery: 16 kWh lithium-ion battery
– Driving Range: 379 miles
– Electric range: 38 miles
– 84 horsepower
– EPA rating of 54 MPGe
– 0-60 in 8.5 seconds
– Low CO2 emission of 188g/mile
– Base Price: $31,645

Ford C-Max

The Ford C-Max is a compact multi-purpose vehicle produced by Ford Motor Company. Ford first announced the C-Max in the United States as their first hybrid-only line of vehicles, which includes the C-Max Hybrid and the C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid. The C-Max has flat-folding third row seats, a hands free power lift gate, rear-view camera, panoramic sunroof, and park assist. Other specs include HD Radio, Sirius XM, Ford Sync, dual-zone climate control, and a navigation system.

– Battery: 7.6 kWh lithium-ion battery pack
– Driving Range: 550-620 miles
– Electric range: 21 miles
– 47MPG highway, 47MPG city
– 0-60 in around 10 seconds based on video demos that I have watched
– Base Price: $25,995 for the C-Max Hybrid and $33,745 for the C-Max Energi

Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid

The Toyota Prius is a full hybrid electric mid-size hatchback developed and manufactured by the Toyota Motor Company. According to the EPA and California Air Resources Board, the Prius is rated as among the cleanest vehicles sold in the U.S. based on smog-forming emissions. The Prius first went on sale in Japan in 1997 and worldwide in 2000. In 2011, Toyota had expanded the Prius family to include the Prius v, the Prius c, and a subcompact hatchback. The Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid is a

– Battery: 4.4 kWh lithium-ion batteries
– Range: 95 miles per gallon gas equivalent in all-electric mode and combined city/highway rating of 50MPG in hybrid mode
– 0-60 in 10.9 seconds
– Base Price: $24,000-$29,805

Ford Focus Electric

The Ford Focus Electric is a 5-door hatchback electric car produced by Ford Motor Company. The Focus Electric is Ford’s first full production, all-electric passenger vehicle, and production began in December 2011.

– Battery: 23 kWh liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery
– Electric Range: 76 miles
– 105 miles per gallon gasoline equivalent
– 141 horsepower
– 0-60 in around 10 seconds
– Base Price: $39,200

Nissan LEAF

The Nissan Leaf is a five-door hatchback electric car manufactured by Nissan. The vehicle was introduced in Japan and the United States in December 2010. The Nissan Leaf produces no tailpipe pollution or greenhouse gas emissions at the point of operation. The vehicle has a a CARWINGS Information System, on-board navigation system, climate control,

– Battery: 24 kWh lithium ion battery pack
– Electric Range: 73 miles
– 106 city MPGe
– 107 horsepower
– 0-60 in 7.9 seconds
– Base Price: $27,700

Honda Fit Hybrid

The Honda Fit is a five-door hatchback subcompact manufactured by Honda and was first introduced in June 2001. The Honda Fit Hybrid sales started in Japan in October 2010. The Honda Fit Hybrid has a 1.3-liter engine and electric motor and uses a parallel hybrid system.

– Battery: 20 kWh lithium-ion battery
– Range: 118 MPG
– Horsepower is around 100 in normal mode
– 0-60 in 9.1 seconds
– Price: $36,625

Mitsubishi i-MiEV

The Mitsubishi i-MiEV is a five-door hatchback electric vehicle that is produced by Mitsubishi Motors and is the electric version of the Mitsubishi i. The i-MiEV launched for fleet customers in July 2009 and April 2010 on a global scale. The i-MiEV is the most fuel efficient EPA certified vehicle in the U.S. for all fuels.

– Battery: 16 kWh lithium ion battery pack
– Electric Range: 100 miles
– 112 combined MPGe
– 63 horsepower
– 0-60 in 11.9 seconds
– Base Price: $21,625