Top 5 All-Electric Cars to Buy in 2014

Posted on December 21, 2013 by

Nobody is asking who killed the electric car these days, because the electric car is very much alive and well. A growing number of automakers are offering cars with a fully-electric powertrain, moving one step beyond hybrid technology and eliminating a need for gas. Part of what’s fueling the increase in electric vehicle models is the increasing availability of public charging stations, combined with a better educated public that is beginning to understand the benefits of using electricity to power a car.

That being said, not all electric cars are made equal. Like internal combustion models, some are more efficient than others. Different electric vehicles offer different levels of comfort and utility, which of course are important in a car you spend countless hours inside each week. If you are in the market for an electric car, check out these top 2014 models.

2014 Ford Focus Electric2014 Ford Focus Electric (Credit: © Ford)

1. Ford Focus Electric

The Blue Oval is jumping into the all-electric market with its highly popular Focus compact car. The Focus has won over quite a number of drivers and car reviewers with its European-like handling dynamics. The interior also features quality materials and a level of craftsmanship not seen in most compact vehicles. The miles per gallon equivalent or MPGe estimate from the EPA for the Focus Electric is 105 combined, which is impressive.

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  • jeffsongster

    Ford Focus Electric is a beautiful California Air Resources Board Compliance car. You can tell this since they really don’t advertise it… barely support it… it has no quick charge option which severely limits range and usefulness. Makes a decent local second car for most.

  • jeffsongster

    Fiat 500e. This is the cute sporty one of the bunch… CARB compliance was main reason it exists… to prove that they are serious about Electrics… they should add a quick charge input to the car to allow 30 minute 80% charges. Ideally from CHAdeMO chargers which are becoming plentiful along the west coast. Another nice second car.

  • jeffsongster

    Fit EV… another CARB compliance car with no quick charge option… go fully beyond the range and you are parked for possibly 3 or 4 hours. Nice second car also.

  • jeffsongster

    Nissan LEAF, the Bigger, Small, all electric car. I’ve had 5 in my car for short distances… 4 is better. This is the one I picked… Drive it every day… parked my gasser. expect 55 to 65 real world miles at 55 to 60 on freeways… 80+ miles easily if you try to avoid freeways. Even good for longer drives 150 to 200 miles or more a day if there are CHAdeMO quick chargers (30 minutes back up to 80% charge) along the route. ( make sure yours has the charger upgrades to make it loads more practical in the long run )

    Now into its 1.5 version as of 2013 when 100 refinements were added, this is the mature, useable, car that is very efficient even compared to Tesla for daily driving. 24kW battery means you can add this car’s charger even to older homes without expensive electrical upgrades. ( the upgraded 6.6kW charger on the car needs only 30 to 40 amps available on your electric panel for easy 4 hours from empty recharges. A repurposed, or shared electric dryer plug should do. ) Fantastic daily driver for most folks. Check the PlugShare websites for charger info in your area. Only added $50 to electric bill monthly for me. Remote app lets you pre heat or cool the car and monitor chargers remotely. A solid performer for a first car if your charger infrastructure is installed and like me take trains and planes for long trips.

  • jeffsongster

    Tesla Model S. The car I need next. Got my LEAF. Love my LEAF but now that I really am enjoying this ‘no more gasoline thing’ I start thinking that now for the long trips I might rather take in my own super-car… this would be my ferrari, porsche…. OK so not as visually dramatic or ostentatious… but outperforms most of those cars and is an awesome daily driver. I’m waiting on a Model X for more practicality. The rapidly expanding, FREE, supercharger network makes this a no brainer for all but those who live more than 200 miles from a Supercharger. For the cost of most big luxurious cars you can have an awesomely powerful, understated, church-quiet, mega car. If you find this incredible…. don’t debate me here, go drive one. I have and it is very cool.

    Consumer Reports gave it their highest rating… and they are not a sponsored, bought off, group. They bought the car and tested it like all the other cars they do.