by Jon LeSage, contributing editor, Dealer Digest Daily
There are several plug-in models in the works for the next few model years. As for 2013 and 2014 model years, here are few to notice…
2014 BMW i3: BMW has been testing out its Mini E and BMW ActiveE electric vehicles for a few years now, and has integrated its learning into the i3 compact car based on a dedicated platform and a carbon-fiber reinforced plastic unibody.
2014 Cadillac ELR: This is the first follow-up to the Chevrolet Volt’s plug-in hybrid Voltec powertrain. It’s going to be giving drivers a bit more power and torque than the Volt, but it will be a sleek, distinctive two-door coupe.
2014 Chevrolet Spark EV: While there’s been concern that the pure electric Spark EV could be just a “compliance car” in California, that doesn’t seem to be the case. The Spark EV will go on sale in several US markets, as well as Canada, South Korea and Europe. U.S. pricing starts at under $32,500, pre-incentives.
2013 Fiat 500e: At 108 MPGe highway, Fiat’s 2013 500e electric car is the most efficient highway vehicle on sale in the US. It gets 87 miles of range on one charge, greater than that of other similarly-sized electric cars and more even than some larger models. However, it may be more of a “compliance car” with no real plans yet for taking it outside of California.
2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid: Mitsubishi’s Outlander Plug-In Hybrid could improve the brand’s marketing challenges, with modern looks and a significantly greener powertrain than previous Outlanders. The EPA mileage ratings aren’t available yet, though the Outlander can operate in series or parallel hybrid modes.
2013 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive: The 2013 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive will show up on the market sooner than the other five electric vehicles on this list. It’s also the cheapest electric car on sale in the U.S, starting at $25,750 before incentives.