It’s a hot topic whenever anyone mentions electric cars: pricing. Many electric cars are more expensive than their regular counterparts, though naturally they cost less to run too.
But what do today’s electric and plug-in cars actually cost? We’ve gathered together each plug-in car on sale today in one place. Every vehicle here shows the manufacturer’s suggested retail price, plus any mandatory destination and handling fees.
The prices do not include any local or federal tax incentives or rebates–so many cars here may be available cheaper, for those eligible for specific credits or rebates. All MPGe figures refer solely to the cars’ electric efficiency.
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This article, written by Antony Ingram, was originally published on Green Car Reports, a publishing partner of Popular Science. Follow GreenCarReports on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
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2013 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive: $25,750
17.6 kWh battery, 68 miles (EPA), 107 MPGe, 55 kW motor Smart’s latest electric drive model is the cheapest new electric car on the market. You only get two seats, but you also get rid of the gasoline car’s jerky transmission. There’s enough power to make good progress now, and if you’re able to benefit from incentives, the price starts to look quite tempting.
2013 Chevrolet Spark EV: $27,495
20 kWh battery, 82 miles (EPA), 119 MPGe, 110 kW motor Chevrolet has put the same effort into its diminutive Spark as it did the Volt, and has managed to improve the aerodynamics and interior to match the Spark’s electric aspirations. With huge torque on offer, performance is pretty strong.
2013 Nissan Leaf: $29,650
24 kWh battery, 75 miles (EPA), 115 MPGe, 80 kW motor The Leaf is one of the better-known electric cars. While sales haven’t matched Nissan’s expectations and there have been issues with battery degradation in hot weather, the Leaf is still one of the most usable electric cars on the market. 2013’s price drop has made the Leaf one of the more affordable electric cars on the market.
2013 Mitsubishi i: $29,795
16 kWh battery, 62 miles (EPA), 112 MPGe, 66 kW motor It may no longer be the cheapest EV on the market, but 112 MPGe still means the Mitsubishi i is one of the more efficient electric cars. If you can live with the looks and limited range, it’s worth a look–and there are some incredibly cheap lease deals out there.
2013 Fiat 500e: $31,800
24 kWh battery, 87 miles (EPA), 116 MPGe Fiat’s 500e electric car may be a mere “compliance car”, but the engineers have done a great job–its nippy, fun to drive and probably a better vehicle than the gasoline version. Limited availability is a hindrance, though.
2013 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid: $32,795
5.2 kWh battery, 11 miles (EPA blended), 6 miles (EPA all-EV), 95 MPGe, 60 kW motor (134-hp combined) The Prius Plug-In is a little off the pace technologically these days, but its similarity to the regular, familiar hybrid means it’s ideal for drivers trading up from a regular Prius. The short all-electric range is disappointing to some, though.
2013 Ford C-MAX Energi: $33,745
7.6 kWh battery, 21 miles (EPA), 100 MPGe, 88 kW motor (195-hp combined) Ford’s first plug-in hybrid challenger mixes good performance with impressive efficiency in electric mode. Like the Toyota Prius V, it’s a practical vehicle too, ready to handle everything family life can throw at it.
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.
2013 Chevrolet Volt: $39,995
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.
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.