Automotive vehicle evaluation site Total Car Score recently assembled its list of the Top 10 plug-in vehicles for 2013. Let the countdown to number 1 begin.
10. Honda Fit EV
Bottom line, the Fit EV is "an appealing model hampered by an unconvincing commitment to the electric car movement," says editor in chief of Total Car Score, Karl Brauer.
9. Cadillac ELR
"Expect the ELR to go on sale in the next 12 months and offer performance similar to the Chevrolet Volt," remarks Brauer.
8. Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid
It goes 13 miles on a full charge and gets up to 46 miles per gallon.
7. Toyota RAV4 EV
The RAV4 EV's 103-mile rated range has proven conservative in real-world testing. The high price tag is its biggest hurdle, according to Brauer.
6. Ford Focus Electric
Starting price: $39,995
Its 76-mile range and comparatively short charge time bumps the Focus Electric up the list.
5. Tesla Model S
Price: Widely varies depending upon version
This award-winner is a true stand out. But according to Brauer, "The real question remains: How realistic is the Model S to the average Joe?" Brauer adds that with the Model S, "you can definitely play…if you pay."
4. Ford C-Max Energi
Its decent 21-mile electric-only range and reasonable price lands the C-Max Energi in fourth.
3. Toyota Prius Plug-in
The most successful hybrid has an added plug. Need we say anything else?
2. Chevrolet Volt
"As the first mainstream vehicle to combine internal combustion technology with an electric motor, the Volt has brought real-world electric driving to a wide range of people," says Brauer. Its 38-mile electric-only range is unmatched in this category.
1. Nissan LEAF
Base price: $28,800
A deeply discounted price on the 2013 LEAF puts America's top-selling pure electric vehicle into first place.
Brief explanation of Total Car Score's ranking system.
Karl Brauer, editor in chief of Total Car Score, notes that price impacts the rankings, especially for plug-in vehicles. As Brauer states, "Ultimately, the long-term future of electric-powered personal transportation will hinge on making these cars as affordable and accessible as tradition automobiles."
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