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The New Electric Cars for 2013

Updated on December 5, 2012
BMW i3
BMW i3
Chevy Spark
Chevy Spark
Fiat 500e
Fiat 500e

The Prius and Leaf are the current most popular electric cars. Chevy Volt is still on the fringe. In the coming year, several mainstream auto makers will offer their take on electric cars and the facing the same issues of battery life and travel distance.

Electric cars are still a novelty unless you are able to work or your world consists of less than 100 miles. It also helps to have a gas car around for those really long trips you know recharging an electric car will be an issue. Most electrics are snails. It is akin to being stuck behind a VW bug back in the 60-70's- you couldn't wait to pass them!

LA, SF, Seattle, Portland, Sacramento might be better places for the electric than living miles from a main urban area. Some new electrics to consider are:

  1. Fiat 500e - $25,000
  2. Chevy Spark - $25,000
  3. BMW i3 - $48,000

The Fiat has a range of 80-100 miles with a 111 hp motor and can recharge within four hours. Most of the other features are similar to the gas model.

The Chevy Spark has 130 hp motor and batteries that can last 100K and goes from 0 to 60 in eight seconds. This is similar to many gas engines.

The BMW i3 has the range of the Fiat and can recharge in under 30 minutes and has doors that open like the old 1964 Lincoln Continental. Its motor is a 170 hp, making it by far the most powerful of all electrics. It goes from 0-60 in four seconds! Its cargo area is 200 liters.


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    • perrya profile image

      perrya 5 years ago

      well, of the three new ones, if I had the extra money, the BMW seems to have the power that electrics all lack.

    • QudsiaP1 profile image

      QudsiaP1 5 years ago

      Electric cars; so very fascinating but i guess they can be a reality only in places that have an abundance of electricity.

    • strkngfang profile image

      strkngfang 5 years ago

      Nice write up, I voted interesting. There are more electric cars coming out but they do still share the same problems. I know Mitsubishi has their "egg" car and Ford is coming out with theirs really soon as well. The Volt will never take off because of its 40K price tag, after 30 miles, it becomes a bad mpg version of a Chevy Cruze, I really don't see any appeal to that car. I think we are still several years away from an electric car for everyone.