Electric vehicles are no longer novelty in 2013 – they have been widely available on the market for a couple of years already. And it shouldn’t come as a wonder that all of the top 10 most economical cars of 2013 are electric. Without further ado, here is the list.
10. Toyota RAV4 EV
An SUV in the top 10 most economical cars isn’t very common, but on the other hand neither is the new RAV4 EV. With an economy rate of 44 kW-hrs per hundred miles, this model opens our chart. A hundred miles driven with this model will cost you slightly more than $6.50.
9. 2013 Tesla S with 85 kW-hr Battery Pack
If you were inclined to believe that a very economical car has to be tiny, then think again – this Tesla model is large. The passenger volume is 94 cubic feet, which is pretty huge, compared to some tiny cars you will see down the road in our chart. The fuel economy is pretty good, in spite of the sizes of the car – 38 kW-hr per hundred miles, which yields an approximate fuel cost of $5.70 per hundred miles.
8. 2013 Tesla S with 65 kW-hr Battery Pack
At a fuel consumption rate of 35 kW-hrs/100 miles, the 2013 Tesla S takes the 8th position in our chart. The cost to drive 100 miles will be of $5.25. Given the smaller battery, this model has a better consumption rate than its 85 kW-hr peer, even though it’s virtually the same car.
7. 2013 Ford Focus Electric
This 2013 Electric model of Ford Focus is available as 4-door and Hatchback, and comes in fairly standard sizes (90 cubic feet passenger volume, and 13 to 23 cubic feet luggage volume). It is powered by a 107 kW AC PMSM electric motor/battery and has an economy of 32.50 kilowatts per hundred miles.
6. 2013 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive Convertible
Halfway through our top ten list come two models from Smart. The Convertible is a Two Seaters model. It will use up 32 kilowatts per hundred miles, which translates into an approximate fuel cost of $4.80 per hundred miles.
5. 2013 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive Coupe
Just like its Convertible peer, the Fortwo Coupe model from Smart has a fuel economy of 32 kW-hrs per hundred miles. It is powered by a 55 kilowatt DCPM engine, and a full charge run takes 6 hours at a standard 240 volts station.
4. 2013 Mitsubishi i-MiEV
With a fuel economy of 30 kW-hr per hundred miles, this model from Mitsubishi gets a well deserved spot in our top 10 best economical cars of 2013. Powered by a 49 kW DCPM engine, driving this car around for 100 miles will cost an average of $4.50.
3. 2013 Honda Fit EV
Honda doesn’t have a very strong history of producing economical cars, but they have outdone themselves with this model. This model is a Small Station Wagon with a 92 kW DCPM electric motor and has a mixed consumption rate of 29.5 kW-hrs/100 miles. Driving for 100 miles with this car will cost you only $4.43.
2. 2013 Scion iQ EV
1. 2013 Fiat 500e
The 500e model from Fiat is a Minicompact car that is perfect for crowded cities and ranked at top in the list of most economical cars of 2013 – given its size, you can easily find a parking spot. It has an energy consumption rate of only 28.9 kW-hrs per hundred miles, which leads to an approximate fuel cost per hundred miles of $4.34.