Why stop at hybrids? Just go electric! These three new plug-ins boast staggering performance, economy, and eco-friendliness
TESLA ROADSTER 2.5
Top speed: 125 mph
The best-performing electric car, this hand-built, carbon-fiber plug-in goes from 0 to 60 in 3.7 seconds, and just one charge can get you up to 245 miles. Recharge using just about any standard electric outlet in as few as four hours, or six hours using your mobile connector.
Top speed: 90 mph
Anticipation has been building for the release of Nissan's first all-electric, zero-emission car. It's here, and it's surprisingly affordable. Although the Leaf has a downside—it gets only 100 miles per charge—Nissan says you'll soon be able to charge at home, at work, and on the road, so that limited range shouldn't slow your roll too much. A full charge requires about eight hours on a 220v outlet and significantly longer on a standard outlet. Nissan's special quick-charge station will take less than an hour.
Top speed: 100 mph
GM's plug-in electric car comes with an onboard gas engine, so once you've exceeded the car's all-electric limit of 40 miles, you'll be able to recharge the lithium ion battery for up to 300 additional miles. Another cool feature: a mobile phone app that lets you monitor your current electric range, fuel efficiency, and battery charge as well as perform other commands like locking doors or initiating a remote start.
Fast Fact: You'll get back $7,500 from the government for going electric.