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Mitsubishi i MiEV

The i MiEV is a zero-emissions vehicle. Even when taking into account CO2 emissions at the power plants that generate the power needed for charging the car, it emits only approximately 30% of the CO2 of a gasoline minicar.

Range:

62 miles

Battery Type:

16 kWh lithium ion

Passenger Capacity:

Seats 4

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Tesla Model S

At the heart of the vehicle is the proven Tesla powertrain, delivering both unprecedented range and a thrilling drive experience.

Range:

60 kWh-208 miles, 85 kWh-265 miles

Battery Type:

60 and 85 kWh lithium ion options

Passenger Capacity:

Seats 7 (5 adults, 2 children)

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Smart fortwo

100% electric vehicle that is better for you and the environment, yet doesn’t compromise on performance, safety or comfort. For just under $15,000 (with all rebates applied), the ability to fit in any street parking, and with a range of 68 miles it is sure to impress.

Range:

68 miles

Battery Type:

16.5 kWh lithium-ion

Passenger Capacity:

Seats 2

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Nissan Leaf

Designed specifically for a lithium-ion battery-powered chassis, Nissan LEAF is a medium-size hatchback that comfortably seats five adults and has a range of 84 miles to satisfy real-world consumer requirements. At a price of $16,325 after taking advantage of Colorado and federal rebates it is sure to be a great deal.

Range:

84 miles

Battery Type:

24 kWh lithium-ion battery

Passenger Capacity:

Seats 5

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Chevy Volt

Volt is unique among electric vehicles because you have two sources of energy. You have an electric source–a battery–that allows you to drive gas–free for an EPA–estimated 38 miles. And there’s also an onboard gas generator that produces electricity so you can go up to a total of 380 additional miles on a full tank of gas. The price point to own one is around $23,100 (after federal and state tax credits).

Range:

38 full electric, total 380 miles

Battery Type:

Lithium-ion

Passenger Capacity:

Seats 4

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Ford C-Max Energi

A spacious, sporty plug-in hybrid from Ford that boasts a 21-mile range on electric before it switches to gas for a total range of 620 miles. This combination promises speed, efficiency, and range at under $30,000 with federal and state rebates.

Range:

620 miles

Battery Type:

Lithium-ion

Passenger Capacity:

Seats 5

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Toyota Plug-in Prius

The traditional, reliable Prius designed to plug-in to an electrical source to provide a pure electric mode that lasts for 11 miles, after which it seamlessly shifts back to hybrid mode for a full range of 540 miles. After all state and federal rebates have been applied a Plug-in Prius can be purchased for around $26,300.

Range:

11 miles (electric only), 540 miles (hybrid)

Battery Type:

Lithium-ion

Passenger Capacity:

Seats 5

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BMW i3

The BMW i3 coming in at a price point of just under $30,000 (after rebates) promises quality, speed, and luxury in an all electric vehicle. With a range of 80-100 miles, and an optional range extender (180+ miles), BMW is entering the EV market with a hit!

Range:

86 Miles

Battery Type:

Lithium-ion

Passenger Capacity:

5

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Ford Fusion Energi

Want style, class, and 620 miles of range? The Ford Fusion Energi offers 21 miles of all-electric driving, but can finish the journey on gas for longer trips. Coming in at $32,056 after Colorado and federal tax incentives it is a great purchase for those who travel extensively.

Range:

21 miles electric, 620 total

Battery Type:

Lithium-ion

Passenger Capacity:

5

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Chevrolet Spark EV

The Chevrolet Spark EV packs a punch, with 400 lbs/ft torque you’ll arrive at your destination quickly. With 82 miles of all-electric range the Spark is certainly a great value at $15,156 after federal and state tax credits.

Range:

82 miles

Battery Type:

Lithium-ion

Passenger Capacity:

4

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Ford Focus Electric

Powered exclusively by a new lithium-ion battery system, the 2012 Ford Focus Electric is projected to be the first five-passenger all-electric vehicle with a combined fuel efficiency rating of over 100 MPGe.

Range:

76 miles

Battery Type:

23 kWh liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery

Passenger Capacity:

Seats 5

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Honda Fit EV

100% electric Fit features cutting-edge technology like a 20kWh lithium-ion battery, three driving modes and a smart phone app to keep tabs on your battery’s state of charge.

Range:

82 miles

Battery Type:

20kWh lithium-ion battery

Passenger Capacity:

Seats 5

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Smart Ed

100% electric vehicle that is better for you and the environment, yet doesn’t compromise on performance, safety or comfort.

Range:

68 miles

Battery Type:

16.5 kWh lithium-ion

Passenger Capacity:

Seats 2

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Honda Accord Plug-in

Honda Accord Plug-in

The Honda Accord has been a best-selling sedan for a long time, and this plug-in hybrid model will offer drivers 13 miles or electric range and 570 miles overall. Although only being sold in NY and CA currently, we expect to see it on Colorado dealer lots soon.

Range:

13 miles electric, 570 overall

Battery Type:

Lithium-ion

Passenger Capacity:

5

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Emergency Response Training

Emergency response for electric vehicles is not significantly different from conventional vehicles. Electric drive vehicles are designed with cutoff switches to isolate the battery and disable the electric system, and all high-voltage power lines are colored orange. One element of the Electric Ride Colorado campaign is to educate first responders around Colorado to make sure that drivers and first responders are kept safe on our roads while driving and assisting electric vehicles.

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Where and how to charge

Home recharging of electric vehicles (EVs) is as simple as plugging them into an electric outlet. Electricity fueling costs for electric vehicles are reasonable compared to gasoline, especially if consumers take advantage of off-peak rates. However, electricity costs vary across the U.S. depending on location, type of generation, time of use, and access point (home, business, etc). More public access electric outlets and charging stations will be seen in the coming years at libraries, shopping centers, hospitals, and businesses. Find more electric vehicle locations on the Alternative Fuels and Data Center station locator tool.

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How long it takes to charge

Level I –”wall plug” charging, equivalent to running a hair dryer (120V). Recharges roughly 5 miles of driving for each hour plugged in.

Level II – special electric car plug, equivalent to a clothes dryer (240V).
Recharges roughly 25–50 miles of driving for each hour plugged in.

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How many miles your car can travel per charge

  • Ford Transit Connect Electric: 80 miles
  • Chevy Volt: 379 miles
  • Fisker Karma: 300 miles
  • Nissan Leaf: 100 miles
  • Tesla Roadster: 245 miles
  • Wheego Whip LiFe: 100 miles
  • Smart ED: 98 miles
  • Honda FIT EV: 123 miles
  • Ford Focus Electric: 100 miles
  • Tesla Motors ‘S’: 40 kWh-160 miles, 60 kWh-230 miles, 85 kWh-300 miles
  • BMW Active E: 100 miles
  • Mitsubishi i MiVi: 62 miles
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Safety and Emergencies

  • Electric vehicles meet the same safety standards as any vehicle in the U.S., following the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards [Alternative Fuels Data Center].
  • The batteries are encased and sealed in protective shell to prevent issues in the case of an accident.
  •  Any EV available for purchase will have gone through intense testing to ensure safety in a variety of conditions including overcharge, vibration, extreme temperatures, short circuit, humidity, fire, collision, and water immersion.
  • In the event of a collision or short circuit, the entire electrical system is deactivated and the battery will be isolated to avoid any further damage.
  • While emergency response for an EV accident is not significantly different, there are established emergency response guidelines and training for first responders. For more information on training, visit The National Fire Protection Association training site.
  • Both the Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf are among the 2012 Top Safety Picks for Small Cars from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
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Study of a Conversion – Duke’s Garage

Any internal combustion engine can be converted to an EV by removing the engine and adding a battery pack. An EV conversion creates the greatest impact on driving range for lighter-weight vehicles. Source
Interested in converting your car?

  • Try Duke’s Garage or EEtrex conversion services.
  • Understand the costs and benefits as explained by Boulder Hybrid Conversions, a local company.
  • Find out how to do a conversion yourself at EVconvert.com.