CNET On Cars
The following cars represent the most technically advanced available.
The new Smart Fortwo Electric Drive is priced lower than any other electric car on the market, and makes for a very economical commuter.
At events around the world, BMW pulled the wraps off its purpose-built electric car.
With 500W of electric assistance, the A2B Alva+ is an effortlessly quick commuter, but its cumbersome weight can be a problem when dismounted.
If you have a commute under 50 miles and a place to plug the car in, the 2013 Ford C-Max Energi makes an economical and excellent commuter and family vehicle.
The 2014 Ford Fusion Energi drives very comfortably and easily, and proves extremely economical for people who can plug it in and drive a reasonable daily commute.
Mercedes-Benz fits a Tesla battery pack to its 2014 B-Class Electric Drive, creating a comfortable driver with limited range.
Pricing not available
If you're looking for a reliable, no-frills electric range with a fashionably modern look, this Whirlpool fits the bill.
This is a decent range, but you can find similar models -- with more predictable cook times -- for much less.
Its short driving range and long recharge times limit the suitability of the 2012 Ford Focus Electric to some specific lifestyles, but it is a very high-tech car that should delight early adopter types.
The culture of fast, exotic, Italian performance motorcycles dates back to the dawn of the vehicle. Now, a new Modena-based company is bringing that tradition into the future, with a lightning-fast battery-powered superbike.