Six Electric Vehicles to Watch this Year and Next

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.

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