Electric Dreams: 11 Cars Worthy of a Look in 2014

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Electric vehicles may be hitting their stride. As drivers continue to see the benefits and automakers continue to improve on them, it’s likely that electric vehicles will only continue to gain in popularity.

Up until a year or two ago, the options for electric cars were exceptionally limited. Now, however, buyers have a wide range available to them, from the compact Nissan (NSANY.PK) Leaf to the mighty Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) Model S. Here are the 11 different cars that are — or will be — available in the U.S. this year.

The following cars are purely electric, not plug-in hybrids. We decided to omit the latter, as there are enough of them on the market to warrant their own article. Therefore, you won’t find the Chevy (NYSE:GM) Volt, Toyota (NYSE:TM) Prius plug-in, or the Ford (NYSE:F) Energi cars in these rankings, even though they have electric-only capabilities.

Additionally, some vehicles are only available in select markets, while others can be found nationwide. The mileage is measured in miles per gallon equivalent; you can read more on how that compares to conventional metrics here.

Since we here at Wall St. Cheat Sheet haven’t driven the vehicles in question ourselves, we turned to the automotive expertise of Edmunds.com for some insight as to the pros and cons of each vehicle. The following are ranked alphabetically.