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PICTURES: Electric Vehicles Ready for a Joyride

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photo of Carrie Mihalcik
April 21, 2011

President Obama is making good on his promise to reward communities that make it easier for people to drive electric vehicles. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced a plan on Tuesday to award $5 million to cities that make plans to "deploy electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure and charging stations."

The incentive, along with a new effort between the DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Google to map EV charging stations nationwide, could boost the number of electric vehicles on U.S. streets. Here's look at some electric vehicles, both existing and conceptual, that could show up on a road near you:

Chevrolet Volt


General Motors officially launched the world’s first electric vehicle with extended-range capability on November 30. Environmental Protection Agency estimates say the 2011 Volt can run for 35 miles on electric power before switching to its gasoline engine.

Nissan Leaf

The Nissan Leaf, an all-electric vehicle, was named the 2011 World Car of the Year. The EPA gave the Leaf, which runs on an 80 kw motor powered by a lithium-ion battery pack, a 99 mpg equivalent.

BMW ActiveE

The all-electric BMW Active E was unveiled at the 2011 New York International Autio Show. It will undergo long-term customer testing in the U.S. this fall.

Mercedes Benz SLS AMG E-Cell

The Mercedes Benz SLS E-Cell was displayed during the 2011 North American International Auto Show.

Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid

This Toyota Prius Plug-in is being charged at one of the San Francisco Bay Area's 120 EV stations. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has set aside $5 million to increase the number of electric-car charging stations to 5,000.

Smart Electric Drive

Smart's Electric Drive car is undergoing consumer testing in the U.S. The all-electric plug-in vehicle has a 16.5 kw battery and got a 63 mpg equivalent from the EPA.

Ford Focus

Ford Motor Co. President and CEO Alan Mulally gives the all-electric Ford Focus a kiss at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show.

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