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13 Electric Vehicles Coming To Market In 2014

Unfortunately, playing catch-up over the holidays kicked an article idea out of my head. Fortunately, an article on GM-Volt kicked it back in. Jeff Cobb of GM-Volt went ahead and published “9 new plug-in cars to look forward to in 2014″ last week. I’m more or less “copying” his list, but I will change things up a little bit and add my own notes. Check out these new plug-in vehicles for sale in 2014, and share with your friends!

[Three notes: 1) the list doesn’t include updates of models already for sale, such as the Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt, etc.; 2) links on the subheadings are links to our archives of these vehicles, while links on the names in the descriptions are to the manufacturers’ pages for the vehicles; 3) prices are before any tax credits or rebates.]

BMW i3 and me at Arc de Triompf in Barcelona, Spain.(This image is available for republishing and even modification under a CC BY-SA license, with the key requirement being that credit be given to Zachary Shahan / EV Obsession / CleanTechnica, and that those links not be removed.)

BMW i3 and me at Arc de Triompf in Barcelona, Spain.
(This image is available for republishing and even modification under a CC BY-SA license, with the key requirement being that credit be given to Zachary Shahan / EV Obsession / CleanTechnica, and that those links not be removed.)
Black & silver BMW i3 at EVS27 in Barcelona, Spain.(This image is available for republishing and even modification under a CC BY-SA license, with the key requirement being that credit be given to Zachary Shahan / EV Obsession / CleanTechnica, and that those links not be removed.)

Black & silver BMW i3 at EVS27 in Barcelona, Spain.
(This image is available for republishing and even modification under a CC BY-SA license, with the key requirement being that credit be given to Zachary Shahan / EV Obsession / CleanTechnica, and that those links not be removed.)
1. BMW i3

I’ve already expressed my love for the BMW i3 (at length). I know it’s no Tesla, but it’s still a freakin’ nice car, imho. Here are few stats on the BMW i3: 0–60 MPH in around 7 seconds; very tight turning radius (under 11 yards / 10 meters); range of 81–100 miles (130–161 kilometers); a 10 on my smoothness rating. Read my full, insanely detailed review here. (Technically, the i3 already launched in Europe at the end of 2013.)

Price = $41,350

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2. BMW i8 (plug-in hybrid)

I’m not sure if we should count this one, since it’s already reportedly sold out, but I guess I’m already including it. The BMW i8 certainly has some good numbers: 357 combined horsepower; 420 lb-ft of torque, 44% from the moment you step on the pedal; 0–60 MPH in 4.5 seconds; estimated combined fuel economy rating of 95 MPG. But the price… fuggedaboudit.

Price = $136,000

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3. Tesla Model X

I put the BMWs above the Tesla Model X since the Model X isn’t supposed to be delivered until the very end of 2014… and there’s a chance that time could be pushed back. But I think the Model X will actually have more going for it. Likely to have similar numbers to the Tesla Model S and some wicked falcon-wing doors, the Model X is likely to sell well. Elon Musk, who is making $4.3 million on his contributions to Model X development, has said that it is going to be even better than previously announced. That might make up for the fact that its production was pushed back from the end of 2013 to the end of 2014 back in March 2013, something that must have disappointed the hundreds of people who reserved the crossover within just a few days of its reservation availability. Btw, one initial numbers for the Model X was 0–60 MPH in 4.4 seconds. (That’s faster than the BMW i8 for less than half the price.) The Model X will also have all-wheel drive, which the Model S doesn’t have.

Price = $60,000

VW e-Up! at Arc de Triomf in Barcelona, Spain.(This image is available for republishing and even modification under a CC BY-SA license, with the key requirement being that credit be given to Zachary Shahan / EV Obsession / CleanTechnica, and that those links not be removed.)

VW e-Up! at Arc de Triomf in Barcelona, Spain.
(This image is available for republishing and even modification under a CC BY-SA license, with the key requirement being that credit be given to Zachary Shahan / EV Obsession / CleanTechnica, and that those links not be removed.)
4. Volkswagen e-Up!

It’s not yet clear if the Volkswagen e-Up! will come to the US in 2014 — seems unlikely — but the e-Up! is just about to roll out in Europe. You can read my full review of the e-Up! after a couple of test drives in Barcelona here. Overall, I thought it was a nice car. At £19,250 in the UK (about $31,610), it’s obviously a lot more affordable than the cars above, and I think it can compete with the Nissan Leaf (priced at $28,800 in the US), though I would personally buy the Leaf over the e-Up!.

Price = TBA

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5. Volkswagen e-Golf

The Volkswagen e-Golf should be coming to the US market in 2014 (4th quarter). It made its North American debut at the LA Auto Show in November. Some early numbers for the e-Golf are: “25 mph from rest in 4.2 seconds and to get to 62 mph in approximately 10.4 seconds;” 70–90 average miles of range on a full charge; 115-horsepower electric motor; 199 pound-feet of torque.

Price = TBA
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