By Alex Davies and Mike Nudelman
Having won accolades like Motor Trend's Car of the Year, the Tesla Model S has positioned itself squarely at the top of the electric car field. Luckily for those who want to drop gasoline but don't have $70,000 to spend on a ride, there are plenty of other options. Not that it's easy to know which is the best balance of price, range, looks, and power.
To help out, we've put together a comparison chart, noting the most important specs for the nine best electric cars (including two plug-in electric hybrids) on the road today or the near future. The orange bar represents the most impressive car for each category. Note that charge times vary widely based on equipment and battery options for each vehicle. (We've selected charge times, provided by the automakers, for the more expensive options.)
Take a look (click to enlarge):
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