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2012 Electric Cars That Will Rock Your World

2012 is shaping up to be a year where you are able to choose from more electric vehicles, EV and plug-in hybrids, PHEV than ever before.

Nissan Leaf. The Leaf sports an 80 kW AC synchronous motor backed by a 24 kWh lithium-ion battery. It uses the 3.3 kW onboard charger, you can get up to 100 miles range (US EPA LA4 City cycle) and speeds of up to 90 mph. The electric vehicle will set you back $35200, or $27700 after federal and state incentives.

Ford Electric Focus. Ford Electric Focus, available now with a 92 kW, 143 hp electric motor, coupled to a 23 kWh lithium-ion liquid cooled battery pack, which will take you 3 to 4 hours to charge on a 240v outlet or 18-20 hours on a 120v, a top speed of 84 mph with a roughly 100 mile range, all of which for $39,995, upon which you can add federal and state incentives bringing it down to roughly $32,500.

Ford Electric Transit Connect. The Ford electric Transit Connect is truly a versatile vehicle. Great for fleets, professionals, independents and families, this EV will morph to accommodate your every needs. It uses a 28 kWh lithium-ion battery pack with a 300V nominal three-phase liquid-cooled AC induction motor, giving you an 80 mile range, 6 to 8 hours for a complete recharge on a 240v outlet, twice as much on a 120v, for $65000. Fleet owner and professionals can take about $15,000 from their first unit.


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