2011 Top Ten Electric Cars

Posted on 04 May 2011 by Tony Santos

With today’s oil prices soaring, more and more people are looking for ways to save on fuel. One of the most efficient ways to save money and the environment is through the use of electric car hybrids and below are the ten best of the innovative cars of the future.

Chevrolet Volt

Chevrolet Volt

The Volt is Chevrolet’s bid at becoming a leader in plug-in hybrid cars. This plug-in hybrid can achieve 40 miles on electric power and 500 miles per fill up. The Volt is only the beginning, according to Chevrolet, with plans to add pure battery-electric, diesel and E85 propulsion systems to their product offering. Most likely to be premiered next is a Chevrolet Crossover SUV.

Nissan Leaf

Nissan Leaf

As the first automaker in the U.S. to place over 10,000 pure battery-electric cars on the roads with the Nissan LEAF, this automaker deserves a spot on the top 10. The LEAF starts at $32,780 or at $349 a month, which isn’t bad considering the amount of gas savings involved. The LEAF is a 5 door, 5 seat hatchback and is the perfect variety for many who drive under 100 miles daily or for families with more than one car.

Ford Focus Electric

Ford Focus Electric

It’s expected that Ford will release at least two electric cars by the end of 2011 and five by the end of 2012. One of the cars expected to sell well will be the Ford Focus Electric, a car that’s expected to compete directly with the Nissan LEAF.

Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S

Tesla might not be a familiar name to many but it is the first brand to sell 1,000 electric cars in the U.S. and is the first electric car to put 10 million electric miles on the road. Their new Model S Hatchback is being developed and will have electric range of 130 to 300 miles per charge.

Fisker Karma

Fisker Karma

This car brand is perhaps the most luxurious of all the electric cars in the list. The Karma combines luxury and fuel economy with this whopping $90,000 car. Powered by 20kWh of lithium batteries, Karma drivers can go 50 miles before the 2L turbo engine is engaged. This car shows that electric can equal speed as two electric motors deliver an impressive 403 horsepower. This car is ultimately about performance, luxury and sex appeal.

Toyora Prius Plug-in Hybrid

Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid

The world leader and innovator in hybrids has begun its next step into the future with the 2012 Prius PLug-in Hybrid. This car looks very similar to the old Prius until you see that you can plug in the car for smart charging. Other upgrades include a switch to lithium ion batteries for more power and energy efficiency.

Honda Fit EV

Honda Fit EV

Honda is getting ready to launch the Honda Fit EV. The Fit EV is already in testing stages in places like Google and Stanford University.

Mitsubishi imiev

Mitsubishi iMiEV

This brand is currently the electric car leader in Japan and is set to make another mark with the iMiEV in the U.S. The U.S. version of the iMiEV is set to price at below $29,000 and is expected to have an electric range of up to 80 miles with a 16kWh lithium battery.

Daimler Smart Fortwo ED

Daimler Smart Fortwo ED

This electric driven car started out in Europe but is now reported to make a leap across the pond. As a favorite in super congested European cities like Paris and London, this car is set out to become the favorite of American cities.

Think City

Think is a pure electric mini car that’s been sold in Europe for years. Although it was briefly a part of the Ford group, the company has been bought by Norweigan investors and is planning to go into regular production of its 5th generation model. This European EV is also setting its sights on U.S. markets.

Miles Walker is a freelance writer and blogger who usually looks at car insurance comparison deals over at CarinsuranceComparison.Org. His most recent review looked at the best New Jersey car insurance.

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