Cheapest Electric Car

If you want to buy an electric car here in the United States, your options are limited. You can buy one from Tesla, but even if you manage to get your hands on one, it will run you more than $100,000.

Then there's the Chevrolet Volt for $40,280. But that car isn't all-electric -- it has a gasoline engine, too, so it may not count.

Which brings us to the Nissan Leaf, which is the only mass-produced, all-electric car available in the U.S. The MSRP of the Leaf is $32,780.

And that's about it. The Leaf is the cheapest electric car in the U.S.

As far as the rest of the world, Renault unveiled an electric car it calls the "Twizy" at the Paris Auto Show recently. Price -- $9,700.

But don't hold your breath waiting for the Twizy to go on sale in the states. It's a little too small for our SUV-loving roads:

Reuters writes:

The Twizy measures to be a little over 7.5 feet in length by four foot wide and is just less than five feet tall. It weighs 922 pounds and has a 5 horsepower motor and a 7 kilowatt-hour battery.

The Twizy is actually designed for non-licensed drivers. A model with a 20-horsepower motor is available for licensed drivers who want to go faster and farther.

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