This is a list of currently available electric cars that you can buy right now in the U.S. For the purpose of this list, a plug-in battery electric or a plug-in hybrid is considered an electric car, because you will be plugging it into an outlet in your garage to charge the batteries at night.
- A plug-in battery electric relies solely on batteries to power the car, also known as a Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV). This type of vehicle uses no gasoline!
- A plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) uses batteries and a backup engine that uses gasoline or diesel.
We covered these two types in our post Plug-In Car.
This list is a work in progress and will be updated when a new BEV or PHEV has been released. An electric car has to be available for purchase to the general public, out of testing, and delivered to those who pre-ordered the car to be on this list (Mapawatt Note: we've decided to go a little lax on this requirement. The cars have to at least have an announced release date within a few months). We're also only focusing on vehicles that are marketed to the general public for use on all road types (city and highway). To see a list of upcoming electric vehicles, concepts, and their release dates, check out the list at Plug In America. This list only includes cars available for purchase in the United States.
Currently Available Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV)
- BMW ActiveE (for lease in early 2012)
- Ford Focus Electric (Mid 2012 in Arizona, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, Virginia and Washington.)
- Mitsubishi i
- Nissan Leaf
- Tesla Roadster
- Wheego Whip LiFe
Currently Available Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV)
- Chevrolet Volt
- Fisker Karma
- Toyota Prius Plug-In (March 2012 in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Washington)
As you can see, the list is short. Let's hope this is inspiration for automakers of electric vehicles! Let us know if you have an update for the list or you have an electric vehicle and you'd like to share your experience.
***Update - 2/24/11: we have a new post up titled "Plug-in vehicle and EV charging station trackers" that gives you a bunch of more useful information on this topic!