Electrification transforms the 2015 Kia Soul EV, already one of the automaker's best cars, into an excellent first entry into the small EV market and rockets it to the head of its class.
The following cars represent the most technically advanced available.
Kia electrifies the Soul compact with a positive eco-charge.
The Soul is the rock star of its class -- can Kia bring its winning ways to the EV? Brian Cooley gets behind the wheel and checks the tech.
The Honda Fit EV shows range similar to that of other compact electric cars on the market and drives well enough, but ultimately feels like a retrofit project car rather than a fully realized futuristic production vehicle.
The 2014 BMW i3 looks and feels like the compact car of the future, but its high price tag will be a huge sticking point for thrifty small-EV drivers.
The use of carbon fiber in the frame of the BMW i3 has many worried about high repair costs. BMW gives us an inside look at why it won't be so bad.
Is the 2013 Honda Fit EV a better ride than a golf cart? CNET's Brian Cooley test drives the all-electric Fit and checks the tech.
Honda gives its versatile Fit model the EV treatment, a clean-running and efficient drivetrain with a potent sport mode.
Owning a battery-powered electric vehicle is no good if you have nowhere to charge it. BMW and VW are working with Chargepoint to give you plenty more choices in the US.
At CES in Las Vegas, Chevy CMO Tim Mahoney unveiled the newly redesigned Chevy Volt with a longer range and a better EV mode.