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Best Electric Cars 2014 : Price, Specs, Insurance & Comparison for Tesla Model S vs. Honda Fit EV, Mitsubishi i-MiEV and Nissan Leaf

First Posted: Mar 15, 2014 11:31 AM EDT
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Back in the day, electric cars were deemed as impractical alternatives for standard fuel vehicles. Today, however, better cars are being manufactured, and they have grown in popularity. Now the batteries are lighter, smaller, and cheaper. The driving range of these cars has also drastically increased. Here are some of the most popular brands of electric cars available in the market today.

Tesla Model S: This car has a top speed capacity of 125mph. It can go from 0-60mph in just 5.6 seconds. It also has advanced technology features such as a touchscreen driver interface, Internet access via Wi-Fi, and a panoramic roof. This brand is available for a base price of $71,070. It has a 362 horsepower motor and is a 5-seater vehicle.

Honda Fit EV: The Honda is run a by 20 kWh battery pack made from lithium-ion. It has a quick acceleration feature and the ability to recharge quickly. The car can go from having a dead battery to being 100 percent charged in just 3 hours. It also has an EPA rating of 118 MPG. This means you won't have to worry about filling up that often. The base price is $389 per month on a 3-year lease.

Mitsubishi i-MiEV: Powered by a 66-horsepower motor which is AC synchronous and magnetic, this small sized electric car is a big hit. With a range of 62 miles before draining the battery and a $21,625 base price, it didn't take long for this electric vehicle to become popular.

Nissan Leaf: The Leaf is powered by a lithium-ion rechargeable battery. It has a 73-mile range and can reach a top speed of 90mph. It is a 5-seater car and is also cheaper than other options.

Getting insurance for electric cars is also easy. Although the premiums are more expensive, the coverage is great and often includes new car replacement cost coverage and original equipment coverage, not to mention the variety of payment options. For those who can afford them, these electric cars are definitely worth a try.

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