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8. Volkswagen e-Golf
Volkswagen's entrant into the electric compact sector isn't yet on sale, but it's not too bad a performer. "Around 10 seconds" is VW's estimate for the e-Golf (to 100 km/h, or 62 mph, it's 10.4). More pertinently, it's good over those first few yards too--proving fun to drive around the streets of Berlin on the car's recent launch.
9. Ford Focus Electric
Like the Golf and Leaf, few will regularly do a full 0-60 mph sprint on their daily commutes, but the Focus is par for the course for acceleration performance. The Focus's main trump card is handling though--the gasoline Focus is already widely praised, and the Electric model is also a neat handler.
10. Nissan Leaf
The Leaf lags its compact rivals here but many owners are content to cruise around using as little energy as possible. Like all electric vehicles, it's pretty good over those first few feet anyway--thank the 80 kW (110 hp) and 210 lb-ft electric motor's instant torque characteristics for that.
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11. Smart Electric Drive
We've driven the electric Smart Fortwo on several occasions, and consistently deem it a better vehicle than its jerky gasoline siblings. It's also quicker, hitting 60 mph in the same time as the Leaf--quite an experience in the Fortwo's upright body shape.
12. Mitsubishi i-MiEV
If you're a speed freak with a penchant for electric vehicles, the i-MiEV probably won't be on your shopping list. The 15-second sprint has been bettered by some drivers, but as the official figure that's the one we have to run with--and it does the i-MiEV no favors. Luckily, low lease rates make it one of the cheapest electric cars to get your hands on.