April 4th, 2014
Stopping every couple of hours to recharge your electric car may seem like it will take awhile, but in actuality there are plenty of cars on the market that do not take too long to charge. Trading in your current ride for an electric plug-in will not only save money at the pump, but it will also help Mother Nature.
Many electric cars on the market are compliance models, which meet their respective state's requirements for sales and produce zero-emissions. If you are looking to improve your carbon footprint and save some money in the process, you may want to hop on to the electric car bandwagon. Here are a few plug-in electric cars that are currently available:
2014 Chevrolet Volt
With a name like "Volt," you can be sure this Chevrolet model will be electric on the road. The Volt comes with a battery pack and a combustion engine. Because it has a traditional engine, you may feel like this model may not be doing much good, but in fact it is very energy conscious. The Volt is able to drive up to 35 miles on its electric battery before it switches to a range extender. This type of engine is similar to a gasoline engine. This type of system packs a punch, as you can drive your car up to 300 miles with the extender.
2014 Ford C-Max Energi
Of the two Ford Energi plug-in hybrid models, the C-Max allows you the space you need to transport a family. The five-door hatchback has a powertrain that has responsive power and is able to get up to 45 miles to the gallon on a standard city road.
2014 Nissan Leaf
Don't let the name fool you, the Nissan Leaf is not as brittle as it flora counterpart. According to High Gear Media, the Leaf is the best-selling electric car. The model comes in three different designs, the S, SV and the SL. Each have their own defining qualities, but all of them come with five seats, 107 horsepower and none will cost you more than $30,000.
2014 Tesla Model S
If you are looking for a bit of luxury with your electric car, the Tesla Model S is right up your alley. With the ability to go 0 to 60 miles per hour in 4.1 seconds, this energy conscious car packs a punch. The Model S is also convenient, as it can charge its battery to 80 percent capacity in less than 20 minutes.
2014 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid
Since its introduction in 2012, the Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid has been a dependable automobile for drivers. Costing less than $30,000, this smart car is able to get up to 95 miles to the gallon and comes with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, which can help alert you if you are in danger of getting into an accident. Although this feature can help you out in an emergency, you should still prepare yourself in case anything happens. Purchasing auto insurance can help cover the costs of your repairs in the unfortunate case you get into an accident.