Electric Car Buying Guide

July 20th, 2010

We have an eye roll closer for years, and now it is all here: A new era of electric cars.

Only three or four months from now, the first highway-capable electric vehicles sold in volume by global automakers will appear in showrooms in California and other regions. By the end of 2011, they will be followed by several more.

This is our guide for all dozen electric cars (several varieties) that are now on sale in the U.S. or that the manufacturers have said they will start in the next 24 months.

Just to be clear, we are the definition of “electric vehicle” as a high voltage lithium-ion battery that plugs into the mains to recharge, and propels it purely on electric power for at least 10 miles.

The vehicle may not have a gasoline engine to provide additional offerings in a variety of configurations. As shown below, we have divided our guide into four parts, based on the expected dates on which the vehicle will go on sale:

* At the end of 2010
* January-June 2011
* July-December 2011
* During 2012

This data can obviously change at any time, but we’re pretty sure the Nissan Leaf and the Chevy Volt.

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