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2016-01-30

Electric Car Price Guide: Every 2015-2016 Plug-In Car, With Specs
(part one)



2015 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive

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. MPGe figures listed below refer to the cars' electric efficiency, unless otherwise stated.

2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV - $23,845
16 kWh battery, 62 miles (EPA), 112 MPGe, 49 kW motor
Mitsubishi's jellybean-style electric car has never been a strong seller in the U.S, but the Japanese automaker recently slashed its pricing, making it the cheapest electric vehicle on the market. You're still saddled with low performance and those unusual looks, but some owners could drive from a dealership having paid less than $16,000 for their i-MiEV, if they're able to maximize their use of incentives.

2015 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive - $25,750
17.6 kWh battery, 68 miles (EPA), 107 MPGe, 55 kW motor
Smart's Fortwo Electric Drive is one of the cheapest new electric cars 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. Convertible models are an extra $3,000 but top-down electric driving is a wholly pleasant experience.

2016 Chevrolet Spark EV - $25,995
19 kWh battery, 82 miles (EPA), 119 MPGe, 105 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 strong and the Spark EV is good fun to drive. Only sold in California, Oregon, and Maryland, the Spark EV will soon be replaced by the 2017 Chevy Bolt EV, a 200-mile electric car that will be sold in all 50 states.

2016 Nissan Leaf - $29,860
24-30 kWh battery, 84 -107miles (EPA), 112-114 MPGe, 80 kW motor
Five years after its debut, the Leaf is the bestselling electric car in history. Nissan expects to deliver the 200,000th Leaf this month, a testament to the car's wide appeal. For 2016, the Leaf gets an optional 30-kWh battery pack that boosts range to 107 miles.

2015 Fiat 500e - $32,780
24 kWh battery, 84 miles (EPA), 112 MPGe, 83 kW motor
Fiat's 500e electric car may be a mere "compliance car", but the engineers have done a great job--it's nippy, fun to drive and probably a better vehicle than the gasoline version. Limited availability is a hindrance, though, and the price is pretty steep for such a small car. Oh, and Fiat's boss would prefer you didn't buy one--it's costing him money...

2015 Ford C-MAX Energi - $32,645
7.6 kWh battery, 20 miles (EPA), 88 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.

2016 Chevrolet Volt - $33,995
18.4 kWh battery, 53 miles (EPA), 106 MPGe, 111 kW motor
The Volt benefits from a complete redesign for the 2016 model year, including an all-new powertrain, and a battery pack that grows from the previous 16.5 kWh to 18.4 kWh. That allows for an electric-range increase to 53 miles. The 2016 Volt is also more pleasing to look at than its predecessor, and at long last there's a fifth "seating position," albeit not one that's useful for long trips

2016 Ford Fusion Energi - $34,775
7.6 kWh battery, 20 miles (EPA), 88 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. More extensive upgrades are planned for 2017.

2015 Ford Focus Electric - $29,995 23 kWh battery, 76 miles (EPA), 105 MPGe, 107 kW motor Ford's Leaf competitor offers slightly lower range, but more power. It's also better to drive, 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. Ford says it will add DC fast charging and increase range to 100 miles for 2017, so it might be worth waiting for the updated model.