2012 Ford Focus Electric, New York City, April 2012
2014 Chevrolet Volt - $34,995
16.5 kWh battery, 38 miles (EPA), 98 MPGe, 111 kW motor
Chevy hasn't yet hit its yearly sales targets with the Volt, but it's still the best-selling plug-in on sale. Over 30,000 have now found homes in the U.S. and owners are very happy. They're also doing two-thirds of their driving on electric power--proving that the concept works. A recent price drop has made the Volt $5,000 cheaper than before.
2013 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, 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.
2013 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 Ford Fusion Energi - $39,495
7.6 kWh battery, 21 miles (EPA), 100 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 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.
2012 Toyota RAV4 EV - $50,645
41.8 kWh battery, 103 miles (EPA), 76 MPGe, 115 kW motor
The original RAV4 EV is still praised widely by its owners, and when used models appear for sale, they rarely remain unsold for long. The new car uses Tesla expertise, but unfortunately, sales will be restricted--the RAV4 EV is only a compliance car.
2013 Tesla Model S - $71,070-$91,070
40-85 kWh battery, 160 miles (estimated)-265 miles (EPA), 89 MPGe, 270 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. Thankfully, its near-$2,000 is now included in the car's cost. The Model S is probably the most convincing EV on sale--and certainly the most fun.
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 Scion has not officially priced it--since the company decided not to sell the vehicle officially. The recently-unveiled BMW i3 electric car has no official efficiency ratings, though it has been priced--$42,275 before incentives, or a few thousand more than the Volt and Accord plug-in.
Keep this page bookmarked, as we'll be updating it as new plug-ins hit the market.