2016 Ford Fusion Energi - $34,725
7.6 kWh battery, 20 miles (EPA), 88 MPGe, 88 kW motor (195-hp combined)
For Fusion, read C-Max--mechanically, the two are near-identical. That means the same battery electric range and efficiency rating, despite the two different body styles. The Fusion is the looker of the pair though, while all that extra metal means finding a little extra cash before you sign on the line. Ford cut prices by $900 for 2016.
2015 Ford Focus Electric - $29,995
23 kWh battery, 76 miles (EPA), 105 MPGe, 107 kW motor
Ford's Leaf competitor offers slightly lower range, but more power. It's also better to drive, but sales have thus far been slow--and Ford is putting more faith in its other plug-in models, the C-MAX and Fusion Energi. A recent price cut has made it look a little more competitive, but no other updates joined the lower price.
2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid - $40,600
6.7 kWh battery, 13 miles (EPA), 115 MPGe, 124 kW motor (196-hp combined)
Honda's plug-in challenger is fairly new to the market, and it's a little more expensive than its similarly-specified rivals. Unlike the firm's mild hybrids though, the two-motor Accord offers class-leading efficiency and plenty of power.
2015 BMW i3 - $43,350
22 kWh battery, 81 miles (EPA - i3 REx 72-150 miles), 124 MPGe (i3 REx 117 MPGe), 130 kW motor
BMW's i3 is the most energy-efficient vehicle--of any kind--sold in the U.S. While it's one of the more expensive electric cars on the market aside from any Tesla, it's also one of the best. Its carbon fiber-reinforced plastic construction is like nothing else in the segment, nor is its futuristic styling and loft apartment-style interior. Range-extended models begin at $47,200.
2015 BMW i8 - $137,450
7.1 kWh battery, 15 miles (EPA), 76 MPGe, 96 kW motor (357 hp combined)
Making quite a different impression from the i3, the BMW i8 is a sleek plug-in hybrid coupe with similar carbon fiber-reinforced plastic and aluminum construction to the i3. The sexy styling is backed by an emphasis on performance, because when you're paying this much for a car, why not make it both fast and efficient?
2015 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive - $42,375
28 kWh battery, 87 miles (EPA), 84 MPGe, 132 kW motor
Mercedes' electric car will empty your wallet to the tune of just $100 more than the BMW i3, its closest competitor. For that you get a larger, more practical and more luxurious vehicle, though miss out on some of the BMW's more innovative aspects. Just go easy on the options, or you'll get within a stone's throw of Tesla pricing...
2015 Tesla Model S - $75,000-$105,000
70-85 kWh battery, 240-270 miles (EPA), 93-101 MPGe, 245-515 kW motor
You may have seen a lower base price advertised for the Model S, but Tesla cheekily deducts the full $7,500 federal tax rebate in its price lists. Tesla recently updated the Model S lineup with dual-motor all-wheel drive "D" variants, as well as several new technology features.
2015 Volkswagen e-Golf - $34,270
24.2 kWh battery, 83 miles (EPA), 116 MPGe, 85 kW motor
The Volkswagen Golf compact is now available with all-electric power. It has slightly less range than a Nissan Leaf, with slightly better efficiency, but the e-Golf's main appeal could be the familiar surroundings of a popular hatchback turned electric.