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Published on July 16th, 2012 | by Zachary Shahan


10 Electric Cars You Can Buy This Year!

July 16th, 2012 by  

The first car on the list is the Chevy Volt — heard of it? Of course you have….

The Volt isn’t a full, 100% electric car, but it’s got a battery with 38 miles of range, more than enough for most trips. (40% of all trips in the US are within just 2 miles of home, and 50% of US workers commute 5 miles or less to work. Over 99% of trips are fewer than 50 miles in distance.) If the battery runs low, the gas-powered engine can kick in to bring the range up to 379 miles, which is completely unnecessary in most cases.

On the battery, the car gets 98 MPGe, according to the EPA. In total, the average combined rating for the Chevy Volt is 60 MPGe.

The base price (or MSRP) for the car, before tax incentives (i.e. the $7,500 federal tax incentive for electric vehicles, or other state and local tax incentives), is $39,145.

(For those who happen to be in Europe, the European version of the Volt is the Opel Ampera. Its battery reportedly has 52 miles of range on a full charge, and the car has a range of 360 miles in total. The vehicle won the 2012 European Car of the Year award, and it seems to have a starting price of £28,995 in the UK.)

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is tryin' to help society help itself one word at a time. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director, chief editor, and CEO. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, Canada, and Curaçao. Zach has long-term investments in Tesla [TSLA] — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in this company and feels like it is a good cleantech company to invest in. But he does not offer (explicitly or implicitly) investment advice of any sort on Tesla or any other company.

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