All-electric car buyers have a limited range of options, but the field is growing fast.
The Nissan Leaf five-door hatchback is the highest-selling battery electric vehicle in the U.S., but its unusual looks, 73-mile range, and appliance-like character may not appeal to everyone, though upgrades are promised for the 2013 model.
The Tesla Model S is just entering production, but early models of the electric luxury sedan are almost twice the price of the RAV4 EV.
Two plug-in hybrids--the Chevy Volt and the Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid--give far lower electric ranges (38 miles and 6 to 11 miles, respectively) but their gasoline engines eliminate range anxiety.
The low-volume Ford Focus Electric is a more conventional looking (and better handling) alternative to the Nissan Leaf.
None of these cars are crossover utility vehicles, though; the nearest thing to an all-electric crossover is expected to be the 2014 Tesla Model X, but that is a long way from production at the moment.
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|19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||35 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Electric/Gas I4||Electric||Electric||Electric|
|Sport Utility Vehicle||Compact Cars||Compact||Midsize||NA|
|FWD 4-Door I4 (SE)||5-Door HB||5-Door HB||4-Door HB SV||4-Door Sedan|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front wheel drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|4 Door||Hatchback||Hatchback||4 Door Hatchback||Sedan|
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