Huffington Post Lists Its “Top 7 Electric Cars of 2013”


Okay...We Agree With This ChoiceModel S

Okay…We Agree With This ChoiceModel S

…and the list is mostly a hot mess.

Here’s the title of the Huff Post article: “The Top 7 Electric Cars of 2013.”

And here’s the introductory paragraph:

Prius V is Definitely Not an "Electric Car"

Prius V is Definitely Not an “Electric Car”

“As gas prices creep up, more people are turning to hybrid and electric cars to reduce their fuel costs. Still, the number of electric cars sold is only a tiny percentage of the overall number of vehicles moving off car lots annually. Recent price wars have helped drive interest and purchases. If you’re ready to put a little more money up front for long-term savings in the years ahead, check out this list of the best electric and hybrid cars to buy this year.

Audi A3 e-tron Not Available in 2013

Audi A3 e-tron Not Available in 2013

Now it’s time for that list:

  • Tesla Model S
  • 2013 Toyota Prius V
  • 2014 Ford Fusion Energi
  • 2013 Nissan Leaf
  • 2013 Honda Fit
  • 2013 Mitsubishi MiEV
  • 2014 Audi A3 E-Tron

Notice any issues with this list?  The most glaring oversight is the inclusion of the Toyota Prius V, which is definitely not an electric vehicle, but the intro graph from Huff Post did say “hybrid,” so we guess its inclusion fits according to the guidelines listed.

The Audi A3 e-Tron?  C’mon, that’s not even going to available in this calendar year.  And the Mitsubishi i-MiEV?  Should it be placed in the top 7?

What would your “Top 7 Electric Cars of 2013” look like?

Source: Huffington Post

Category: Audi, Ford, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Tesla, Toyota


22 responses to "Huffington Post Lists Its “Top 7 Electric Cars of 2013”"
  1. pjwood says:

    Did Toyota buy this piece, or what?

  2. MTN Ranger says:

    Weird, seems to be missing the top selling plug-in.

    1. Assaf says:

      Great point!

      1. Assaf says:

        And it also includes an EV whose maker doesn’t really want to sell it, only as a compliance lip-service.

        In other words: par for the course of mainstream-media ignorance of the EV.

  3. Lou Grinzo says:

    Wait — the Prius V, which has no plug, and the MiEV both make the list and the Volt doesn’t???


  4. Tesla Fan says:

    Smart ED and Chevy Volt should be on the list

  5. Spec says:

    What the ‘F is that?!?!

    The top selling plug-in is not on the list! (The great Chevy Volt.) The Prius is not even a plug-in. And they included the Mitsubishi-i? What an amazing crap article. .

  6. Rick Danger says:


    1. Loboc says:

      Facewall. For when Facepalm is inadequate.

      1. CodyOzz says:

        Thank you for this new term Loboc!! Yes! Facewall!!! JC that list is craptastic!

  7. RedLeafBlueLeaf says:

    A proper list would probably look like:

    Tesla Model S
    Nissan LEAF
    Ford Fusion Electric
    Chevy Volt
    Chevy Spark Electric
    Smart EV
    Mitsubishi i-MiEV

    Preference has to go to pure EVs that are widely available so the top 3 are obvious. I know the Fusion Electric isn’t a big seller, mostly because it’s similar to a LEAF but with a bigger price tag, but it qualifies as being available everywhere in the US.

    After that we’re dealing with only compliance EVs (available in California only, or perhaps in a very small number of other states) and the Mitsubishi, which is now very hard to obtain. So, at this point the Volt has to be included as it is widely available, has a high adoption rate, and unlike other PHEVs has a sufficient EV-only range so that it can be used as EV-only if desired.

    Choosing among the compliance cars probably the Fit and the RAV4 are the most exciting, but both lose points for their marketing. The Fit was sold at a ridiculously low lease, which made other EVs look bad, but with so few available that the price was basically only hypothetical for most people. And it is lease only – after two years they are off to the scrap yard. The RAV4 suffers because of reports of Toyota denying warranty compensation for non-CA dealers.

    That eaves us with choosing from compliance cars for the last three. For now the Spark has the advantage of being supporting nationwide, even if sold only in CA and OR, and sufficient numbers available. Perhaps the BMW will shake things up. Until then you could substitute another low-number compliance EV for either of the last two.

    1. Rick Danger says:

      The Smart ED is supposed to be available through all Smart dealers in the US by sometime next year. Thus, it is not a compliance car. i believe it is already available in more states than the Spark (and probably the iMIEV right now too).

    2. David Murray says:

      There’s no such thing as a Fusion electric. They do have a “Fusion Energi” but it is only a plug-in hybrid and they sell only about 500 a month, as compared to your number 4 car which sells several thousand per month.

      1. RedLeafBlueLeaf says:

        Sorry, I mean the Focus Electric.

        1. Puzzlegal says:

          Ah. I wondered why you included the Fusion and not the C-Max. I think that both or neither should make the list, as they are similar in sales and utility. Personally, I would have included both, right after the Volt, on your list–and before the Focus Electric, which has barely sold. I’d probably include the Focus lower down, and leave off the imaginary i-Miev

  8. MrEnergyCzar says:

    Are they selling the e-golf already?


    1. George B says:

      I think that’s slated for next year.

  9. CodyOzz says:

    I would at reply the author of the article on twitter! I Did!

  10. Bill Howland says:

    Isn’t the Nissan Leaf the biggest selling EV of all time? Surely it should be on the list even though its getting to be a bit long of the tooth..

    1. Jesse Gurr says:

      It is on the list so I don’t know why you are saying that it should be on it when it is already on it.

      1. Bill Howland says:

        Yeah Jesse I should have Clarified that I meant it should be higher on the list, if not first, then second place. And a volt should have been somewhere. My Roadster still turns heads, so maybe that one also.

  11. Josh says:

    Here is my shot at the list:

    1. Tesla Model S
    2. Nissan LEAF
    2. Chevy Volt
    4. C-Max Energi
    5. Fusion Energi
    6. Ford Focus Electric
    7. Used Tesla Roadster