2014 Ford Fusion Energi - $35,525
7.6 kWh battery, 19 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.
2014 Ford Focus EV - $35,995
23 kWh battery, 76 miles (EPA), 105 MPGe, 107 kW motor
Ford's Leaf competitor offers slightly greater range and more power. It's also more efficient and 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 Fit EV - $259/month, 3 years
20 kWh battery, 82 miles (EPA), 118 MPGe, 92 kW motor
Sadly, Honda's electric fit is merely a 'compliance car', designed to meet California's zero-emission vehicle requirements. That's a shame, as the Fit EV is one of the most efficient plug-ins on the market. It's further harmed by being available only for lease--and not a cheap one, either, though it has come down recently, resulting in increased demand.
2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid - $40,570
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.
2014 BMW i3 - $42,275
22 kWh battery, 81 miles (EPA - i3 REx 72-150 miles), 124 MPGe (i3 REx 117 MPGe), 130 kW motor
BMW's i3 is a new entrant since we last updated this list, and while it's one of the more expensive electric cars on the market 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 $46,125.
2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive - $42,375
28 kWh battery, 85 miles (estimated), 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...
2014 Tesla Model S - $69,900-$93,400
60-85 kWh battery, 208-265 miles (EPA), 89-95 MPGe, 270-310 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. The Model S is probably the most convincing EV on sale--and certainly the most fun. It's also selling well, rolling out into Europe and China as you read this.
A few plug-in vehicles have been left from this list, for one reason or another. The 2013 Scion iQ EV has been omitted as the company decided not to sell the vehicle officially.
The Toyota RAV4 EV isn't long for this world as Toyota's deal with Tesla comes to an end, but can still be ordered at this time. BMW's i8 plug-in hybrid sports car has been omitted until full EPA ratings are known. We're also awaiting further details on Audi's A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid.
Keep this page bookmarked, as we'll be updating it as new plug-ins hit the market.