BMW i3 REx

This is a range extender version of BMW’s i3 electric model with a 1.9 gallon gas tank. Use of the tank is a great emergency backup to get you to your next recharging location.

It is one of the lightest electric cars in its class made of plastics and carbon fiber reinforced plastic. It has plenty of glass to let the light in, making the cabin feel spacious and airy. Behind the rear storage area lives its 125 kW electric motor that sends 170 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels, delivering almost silent acceleration. While the acceleration is remarkable so is its deceleration. This car has one of the most aggressive regenerative braking systems and doesn’t coast like a gasoline car would. It’s the closest thing to one pedal driving available.

The battery charges fully in 4 hrs at 240 V.

This car also qualifies for the Utah HOV lane access sticker.

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Motor/Engine/Transmission:

125kW electric, 0.6L 2-cylinder hybrid, Automatic

Battery:

21.6 kWh lithium-ion

Battery charge time:

4h at 240V

Gas Tank:

1.9 gallons

EPA Fuel Economy:

  • 117 MPGe combined on electric
  • 39 MPG combined on gas only

Range:

  • 72 miles on electricity
  • 150 miles total combined (electricity + gas)
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Chevrolet Spark EV

The Spark EV is the first all-electric passenger car marketed by General Motors in the U.S. since the EV1 was discontinued in 1999. It was sold as a compliance car in California and a few other states from 2013-2016.

This is a freeway-speed capable car that can drive up to about 82 miles on a charge. In real-world testing by insideevs.com the range was 10% more than the Nissan Leaf when driven at a steady 60mph. The range can be more or less depending on your driving style and heater and A/C use. It offers seating for 4 with all the creature comforts of a gasoline vehicle.

The comparison with the gasoline Spark is very impressive.

Horsepower   Torque
Gasoline  81 hp82 lb·ft
Electric130 hp400 lb·ft

This car also qualifies for the Utah HOV lane access sticker, and free parking in downtown SLC.

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Motor:

  • 92 kW (130 hp) and 542 Nm (400 lb·ft) electric motor
  • Battery Size: 24kWh

Battery charge time:

20h at 120V / 7h at 240V

EPA Fuel Economy:

128 city / 109 highway / 118 combined MPGe

Range:

82 miles

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Chevrolet Volt Gen 1 (2011-2015)

The Chevy Volt offers the benefits of driving an electric car without range anxiety. The power on these cars will surprise you. While it only has 149 horsepower, the electric motor puts out 273 lb·ft of torque. With an electric motor you don't have to wait for the transmission to shift or the engine to rev up. You get instant, nearly silent acceleration.

The Volt charges at home using the included 120v charger. Or, charge it three times as fast with a 240v charger. You can get a 30-40 mile range on electricity before the car will turn on the gasoline motor. Once it is on gasoline it still acts like a hybrid, shutting off the gas motor when not in use. The gasoline motor is not directly linked to the wheels. It acts as a generator, creating electricity to drive the electric motor.

The Volt includes an eight year / 100,000 miles warranty on the battery and electric drivetrain.

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Motor/Engine/Transmission:

  • 149hp / 111KW / 273 lb·ft Electric Motor
  • 1.4L 4-Cylinder
  • Automatic

Battery:

  • 16 kWh lithium-ion (2011-2012)
  • 16.5 kWh lithium-ion (2013-2014)
  • 17.1 kWh lithium-ion (2015)

EPA Fuel Economy:

94 MPG equivalent combined on electric / 37 MPG combined on gas only

Range:

  • 35 miles on electricity (2011-2012)
  • 38 miles on electricity (2013-2015)
  • 380 miles total combined on electricity and gas (2011-2015)
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Chevrolet Volt Gen 2 (2016- )

The Volt is the first Plug-in Hybrid car to be redesigned for a second generation starting in 2016. The second gen Volt gets improved range and mileage on both electricity and gasoline. It also adds a third seatbelt in the back, although there is still zero legroom for the middle passenger. The second generation also adds more base features and additional options such as lane assist, adaptive cruise control, automatic braking, automatic parking, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

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Motor/Engine/Transmission:

  • 149hp / 111KW / 294 lb·ft Electric Motor
  • 1.5L 4-Cylinder
  • Automatic

Battery:

18.4 kWh lithium-ion

EPA Fuel Economy:

106 MPGe on electricity / 42 MPG gas only

Range:

  • 53 miles combined on electricity
  • 420 miles total combined (electricity + gas)
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Fiat 500e

With the instant torque and small size the Fiat 500e is one of the funnest electric cars around. This car is great around town or on the highway, and also qualifies for the HOV lane, and free parking in downtown Salt Lake City.

Acceleration is quiet, seamless, and is a totally different feeling than a traditional gasoline car.

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Motor:

83 kW (111 hp) and 200 Nm (147 lb·ft) electric motor

Battery Size:

24kWh Lithium-Ion

EPA Fuel Economy:

122 city / 108 highway / 116 combined MPGe

Range:

87 miles

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Ford C-Max Energi

The C-Max Energi is Ford's plug-in electric Hybrid. Running on electric only mode it can drive about 20 miles without burning a drop of gasoline. The car will automatically switch to hybrid mode after using up the battery in electric mode. You can also switch it to Hybrid mode for a little more power while still getting great mileage.

It is similar to the Chevrolet Volt in its driving style, but has less electric range. If you like the Volt, but need another seat or more headroom, this is your answer.

The C-Max Energi has seating for five on leather seats (heated front seats). The tall roof of the car gives you upright seating with lots of headroom. You do lose some room in the trunk to the battery.

The rear passengers have access to a 120V power plug. Microsoft SYNC gives you many multimedia options and inputs.

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Motor/Engine/Transmission:

35kW electric, 188hp net 2.0L 4-cylinder hybrid, CVT

Battery:

7.6 kWh lithium-ion

Gas Tank:

14 gallons

Range:

  • 20 miles on electricity
  • 550 miles total combined (electricity + gas)

EPA Fuel Economy:

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Ford Fusion Energi

Running on electric only mode the Fusion Energi can drive about 15-20 miles without burning a drop of gasoline. The car will automatically switch to hybrid mode after using up the battery in electric mode. You can also switch it to Hybrid mode at any time for a little more power while still getting great mileage.

The Fusion Energi has seating for five on leather seats (heated front seats). The full-size sedan gives you more room than other PHEV vehicles. You do lose some room in the trunk to the battery.

The rear passengers have access to a 120V power plug. Microsoft SYNC gives you many multimedia options and inputs.

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Motor/Engine/Transmission:

35kW electric, 188hp net 2.0L 4-cylinder hybrid, CVT

Battery:

7.6 kWh lithium-ion

Gas Tank:

14 gallons

Range:

  • 20 miles on electricity
  • 550 miles total combined (electricity + gas)

EPA Fuel Economy:

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Nissan Leaf

Leaf is the best selling Electric Vehicle (EV) in the world. It is a freeway-speed capable car that is rated to drive up to about 84 miles on a charge. The range can be more or less depending on your driving style and heater and A/C use. It offers seating for 5 with all the creature comforts of a gasoline vehicle.

The power on these cars will surprise you. While it only has 110 horsepower, the electric motor puts out 210 lb·ft of torque. Electric motors have all their torque available as soon as you press the pedal. Acceleration is quite, seamless, and is a totally different feeling than a traditional gasoline car.

Our experience is that the car is getting close to 4 miles per kwh. We are paying about 11 cents per kwh. So your fuel cost per mile should be just under 3 cents.

Nissan includes a 3 year / 36,000 mile basic warranty, 5 year / 60,000 mile powertrain warranty, and an 8 year / 100,000 mile battery warranty with the Leaf.

This car also qualifies for the Utah HOV lane access sticker, and free parking in downtown SLC.

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Motor:

80 kW (110 hp) and 280 Nm (210 lb·ft) electric motor

Battery Size:

24 kWh

EPA Fuel Economy:

126 city / 101 highway / 114 combined MPGe

30 kWh / 100miles

Range:

84 miles

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Smart ED

The ED (Electric Drive) Smart ForTwo has significantly more power than the gasoline ForTwo and feels really peppy around town. It is a great urban car that can also cruise at freeway speeds with no problem.

Most Smart ForTwo EDs have Mercedes Battery Assurance Plus. For $80 per month you lease the battery from Mercedes and they cover any defects and give you a yearly battery inspection. This allows you to pay less for the car upfront, and if the battery ever loses capacity Mercedes will replace it for you. You also have the option of paying off the lease early for roughly $5000, but you would lose the warranty.

Read more about Battery Assurance Plus here.

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Motor:

55kW / 74 hp, 130 Nm / 96 lb·ft Electric Motor

Battery:

17.6 kWh Lithium-ion

EPA Fuel Economy:

122 City / 93 Highway / 107 Combined

Range:

76 City / 59 Highway / 68 Combined

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