Electric cars are all the rage right now and the two models dominating the American market are the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt. So far this year, sales figures between the two models are separated by only 17 cars (yes a mere 17). With gas prices the way they are, there has never been a better time to snag one of the hottest electric plug-ins around, but before you go running to your local car dealer, let’s learn more about these two beauties.
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First, let’s touch on the basics. The Nissan Leaf is an all-electric model that will run you about $33K and can run for about 75 miles before you have to charge it. The Chevrolet Volt is GM’s first electric creation, but unlike it’s competitor, it’s a hybrid-electric. The Volt, which has an MSRP of around $41K, has a gas engine that will kick in after the 40 mile electric range is exhausted which could really come in handy if you’re planning a longer trip.
Although its sleek design is eye catching, if you drive a ton, the Nissan Leaf isn’t for you. The Chevy Volt on the other hand is a hot car, but the price tag may be a tad steep for most of us. It doesn’t hurt to look, though…
Based purely on the name, the Volt just sounds more like a car. Do you really want a car named after the part of a tree that falls off and sits on the ground just to be raked up and discarded? Come on, Nissan, you couldn’t come up with anything more powerful than Leaf? Bolt, Thunder, Shock, anything really would be better than Leaf.
What do you think? Are electric cars a passing fad or are they here to stay?