The Mother Nature Network did a recent ranking of electric cars, and predicted which will be the most popular. However, as they themselves noted, electric and plug-in hybrid cars are being made in limited numbers and still being delivered to very specific test markets – not to mention that currently only a few of them are even available yet.The Mother Nature Network ranked the Chevy Volt and the Nissan Leaf at the top of the pack. Understandably so, since they were the first 2 major electric vehicle and plug-in hybrid cars available on the market.
The Chevy Volt was put at number 1 because of the current production shutdown in order to increase assembly line capacity and produce 60,000 cars in 2012. Nissan Leaf was put at number 3, which was a little surprising. Mother Nature Network says it’s due to the limited number that have been delivered, and the price of the 2012 Nissan Leaf going up to $38,000 for the SL trim.
Squeezing in-between number 1 and 3 is the Toyota Prius Plug-in: It has an all electric range of 9 to 13 miles, and based on the current Prius, which is the best selling hybrid of all time, is predicted to do very well when it hits the market in 2012.
The Ford Focus Electric is farther down the list, at #6, after the Tesla Model S at #4, and the Ford C-max Energi at #5. Mother Nature Network ranks the Ford C-max Energi higher than the Ford Focus Electric because the C-max Energi is a plug-in hybrid, where the Ford Focus Electric is a full electric vehicle.
Mother Nature Network provides little explanation as to why the Ford Focus Electric is so low on the list – they merely say the 2012 Ford Focus Electric has an 80 mile range and will work best as a city car and that the Ford Focus should offer good performance.
Here’s the full list:
- Chevy Volt
- Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid
- Nissan Leaf
- Tesla Model S
- Ford C-max Energi
- Ford Focus Electric, Toyota Rav4 Electric
- Fisker Karma
- Honda Fit, Toyota iQ city electrics
- BMW i3 Megacity Vehicle
- Porsche 918
One thing we noticed is that they make absolutely no mention of the Mitsubishi i-Miev which is, unlike most cars in the list, already available for pre-order.