Electric Cars Capture Top 2 Spots On CNET’s Top 5 Cars Of 2015 (Video)


We we’re pleasantly surprised to see plug-in electric cars capture the top two spots on CNET’s Top 5 Cars of 2015.

Both vehicles are deserving of their rank. The Tesla Model S P85D redefines the electric car segment due to its sheer power and speed, while the i3 makes its mark by being the world’s most efficient electric car and perhaps the most exotic electric car out there today with its use of carbon fiber, available REx and more.

Tesla Model S P85D

Tesla Model S P85D

BMW i3

BMW i3

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14 Comments on "Electric Cars Capture Top 2 Spots On CNET’s Top 5 Cars Of 2015 (Video)"

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Kind of like owning a BMW in the 80’s.

Or, kind of like seeing all the smart rich people around.

Nonda Trimis


David Stone

EV religion???

EV greatness is fact, as proven by Tesla, Rimac and a few others, not blind belief based on myth and wishful thinking.


Some people don’t understand the difference between a verified fact, and a personal opinion. *shrugs*

David Murray

Nice job Tesla and BMW!


i3 “Exotic”?



Well . . . that is better than ‘polarizing’. (Or ‘ugly’).

Chris Sherman

This guy is smarminess incarnate. The smugness oozes out his pores.
Not even any redeeming wit to choke it down with.


Well done BMW and Tesla! This helps the whole EV industry to have EVs held is high regard like this.

Jouni Valkonen

And what were the rest of the three cars that were in the top 5?

Who really cares!


Who the hell said that the i3 is the most efficient electric car ????
Both the leaf and the Zoe do much better range while at the same time being bigger more practical AND waaaay cheaper.

Who allows these morons to misinform people like this?????

Jeff Songster

Agreed… while the BMW is an interesting vehicle with its plastic body, apparently the kings of power and acceleration at CNET decided to ignore its major REX flaws. The REX is too weak to move the car at speed on hills. It makes it hazardous.
The LEAF or Zoe… or eGolf or iMiev would have been better choices. The LEAF simply based on popularizing what Tesla made sexy, powerful electric supercars, if not for innovations and sales alone. The heat pump AC and efficiency of the LEAF are great and getting better. The 2016 should be doing 100+ miles EPA rated… but alas… whatever…

Well, sorry to inform you the REX i3 doesn’t drive the car, never was intended to, is not a Volt the motor is just a back up generator to extend the range. I own a i3 Rex and have had it since November 2014. I live in Hawaii where this car has been optimal since small island anyways for my situation it has been a dream, i get between 80-150 miles. The gas generator has only come on 4 times once since we had driven all around the island with family visiting, and the other three to do routine maintenance due to inactivity of the gas motor. We have yet to put gas in the thing. I can leave my house to go 12 Miles up the road to the next town to shop and say start off with an 80 mile range and by the time I get to the town it says I have 84 miles, and when I return it says I have 80 miles, but my trip odometer says I have gone 12.6 miles on the trip. So this is a testimony to the range efficiency. Also to those that say a leaf is more efficient,… Read more »
Jeff Songster

It is also clear that the CNET folks have some Chevy, BMW and Audi ads running or something… the whole video feels like clickbait. The Chevy TRAX… really? The modern version of the Pontiac Aztek?… All the other cars from either Audi or Bimmer. Love to see Brian Cooley run the battery out and test the i3 on Mt Tam or Diablo… see how smug he feels then about his range extender.