If a new car is in your budget and you care about the planet, you’re probably considering an electric, right? Although hybrids produce less emissions than gasoline-powered cars, electric cars produce zero emissions and require absolutely no gas! As demand increases and society becomes more environmentally conscious, it gets easier to buy and own an electric vehicle. Nissan and Ford have produced electric vehicles with premium entertainment and safety features, all wrapped in a sleek design at an affordable price.
2013 Nissan Leaf—Starting $21,300
The 2012 Nissan Leaf averaged 73 miles per charge and it’s predicted that this will increase with the 2013 model, according to the Chicago Tribune. Reviewers note that the Nissan was able to cut cost without losing many amenities. The two most significant changes to the Leaf in 2013 are the production of the car’s battery and the price drop. The Leaf’s exterior received a new, sculpted aerodynamic design while the interior nearly doubled in cargo space. The Leaf now has 24 cubic-feet of storage space when the rear seats are folded down. The new charger has reduced charging time by 50 percent (charging time was an issue for many owners of the 2012 model). The electric engine generates 107 horsepower and produces no emissions. According to the Nissan website, the leaf gets an amazing 130 city and 103 highway mpg (equivalent).
Standard features in the 2013 Leaf include:.
- Automatic temperature control
- Power door locks with auto-lock
- A three-month trial subscription to SiriusXM Satellite Radio
- iPod USB compatibility
- Airbags for front and rear seats
- Traction control system
- Front seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters
- Rear-seat height-adjustable headrests
2013 Focus EV—Starting $39,200
Ford’s first electric debuted in spring 2012 as the EV version of the Ford Focus, available only as a hatchback. The Focus is a five-seat, four-door vehicle with front drive. The 3013 EV produces 143 horsepower and 184 torque through single-speed automatic transmission. According to Forbes, the EV size is nearly identical to the original Focus. The electric car is 58.2 inches tall, 71.8 inches wide, 172.9 inches long and has a combined passenger and cargo space of 105.2 cubic feet. You can see the specs on the Ford Focus at Automotive.com. The site says the stylish electric car gets 110 city and 99 highway mpg. The EV, much like the Focus, is renown for it’s sleek design and advanced standard technology. Many of its standard features compete equally with the leaf, but the exterior design is completely different.
Standard features in the 2013 Focus EV:
- SYNC with My Ford Touch navigation system.
- Automatic temperature control.
- Push button start controls.
- Telescoping and tilt steering wheel.
- Rear cargo management system.
- MyFord mobile app for smartphones.
- Sony audio system with nine speakers.
- Voice activated communication.
- Sirius XM Satellite and HD radio.
- LED taillamp accents.
- Four-wheel antilock brake system.
- Regenerative braking.
- Front and rear airbags.
- Electronic stability control.
- Tire pressure monitoring.