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The most affordable electric vehicles in 2013

An electric vehicle is not only the object of the wealthy.
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2013 Ford C-Max Energi

Price: $32,950

Cost to drive 25 miles: $1.18

The  2013 Ford C-Max Energi is a plug-in model equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor.

Able to reach up to 188 horsepower, the Energi has a large lithium-ion battery pack, and while on electric mode, can travel 21 miles with a top speed of 85mph. The plug-in has an EPA combined rating of 100 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent).

Ford says the car's battery can be charged in roughly three hours by using a 240-volt outlet.

Via: Ford  | Edmunds

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2012 Toyota Prius C

Price: $19,080

Cost to drive 25 miles: $1.78

The 2012 Toyota Prius C is a light, economical electric vehicle with a 1.5 liter engine and dual electric motors. The Prius C has been awarded a fuel economy rating of  53 mpg city, 46 mpg highway and 50 mpg combined driving.

The car's electric generators supply the car with an additional 60hp to the car's 73hp gas engine. Combined average output reaches 99hp. In Edmunds performance testing, the Prius needed 11.3 seconds to reach 60 mph.

Via:  Toyota | Edmunds

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2014 Chevrolet Spark EV

Price: $26,685

Cost to drive 25 miles: $0.84

The 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV, available to residents of Oregon and California, is a 2,989 pound front-wheel drive able to churn out 130hp and 400 lb-ft of torque.

The Spark can go from 0 - 60mph in 7.6 seconds, and according to SlashGear, "excels with point & squirt city driving, dashing into gaps in traffic, thrumming forward from lights, and generally feeling considerably more lively than you might expect."

The car can be charged with a standard 240-volt outlet, and can travel 82 miles on a single charge. 

Via:  Chevrolet | Green Car Reports

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2013 FIAT 500e

Price: $31,800

Cost to drive 25 miles: $0.87

The FIAT 500e an 83-kilowatt electric motor offering 111 horsepower and 147 pound-feet of torque. The electric model is fed by a 24kWh lithium-ion battery mounted under the floor, and is able to reach 0 - 60mph in roughly nine seconds.

Charging time depends on the battery level and charging device, but Fiat estimates that while a level 2 charger can recharge a battery fully in four hours, a standard charger will only give you up to 10 miles of range in the same time period. 

Via: FIAT | Autoblog

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Mitsubishi i-MiEV

Price: $29,125 (before government incentives)

Cost to drive 25 miles: $0.90

The Mitsubishi i-MiEV contains a 49-kW (66 hp) synchronous permanent magnet motor and 16-kWh lithium-ion battery and can reach 81mph, athough testers say that the car begins to feel sluggish after roughly 50mph. Through standard, gentle use, you can expect roughly 62 miles of driving per charge.

The car has an EPA rating of 112MPG.

Via: Mitsubishi | The Car Connection

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2013 Chevrolet Volt

Price: $31,645

Cost to drive 25 miles: $1.05

The 2013 Chevrolet Volt, a hybrid car which merges electric and traditional fossil-fuel power, allows you to drive gas-free for an EPA-estimated 38 miles. In addition, the automaker says the vehicle can be powered by an onboard gas generator that produces electricity so you can travel a total of 380 miles on a full charge and full tank of gas

The Volt can travel 25-30 miles on electric alone, 300 miles with the addition of gas, and has a 1.4-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine -- with 273 lb.–ft. of low–end torque.

Via: Chevrolet  

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2013 Nissan Leaf

Price: $21,300 (after government incentives) 

Cost to drive 25 miles: $0.87

The 2013 Nissan Leaf, complete with 107hp, 5 seats and an 80 kW AC synchronous electric motor, is an upgrade on the 2012 model.

The Leaf can go from 0 - 62mph in 11.9 seconds, and has a top speed of 100mph. Nissan claims the Leaf can go 124 miles on a single charge -- up from 109 miles -- and takes only four hours from a standard outlet.

Via: Nissan | Car Magazine

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Ford C-MAX hybrid

Price: $25,995

Cost to drive 25 miles: $1.18

The Ford C-MAX 7-seater hybrid is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine good for 141 horsepower and 121 pound-feet of torque, and produce a combined 188hp. In testing, the vehicle was able to reach 0 - 60mph in 8.1 seconds.

The car has an EPA rating of 43mpg.  

Via:  Ford | Edmunds

This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com

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