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New Sierra Club Guide Helps Car Shoppers Choose an Electric Vehicle

WASHINGTON — The Sierra Club has updated its online Electric Vehicle Guide, designed to help car shoppers choose the EV model that best suits their needs. The guide is intended to help those considering a growing number of EVs, including the Fiat 500e, Kia Soul EV and Mitsubishi i-MiEV.

The interactive guide includes a "Pick-a-Plug-In" quiz that asks questions about details like budget, miles driven per day and size of vehicle needed to help steer users in the right direction.

There's also a searchable zip-code feature that points out rebates, tax credits and other EV incentives that are offered in various areas.

In addition, the site features a "Go Electric" page that separates myth from reality about electric vehicles, as well as a blog section with articles and commentary on the subject.

"The electric car market moves at an incredible pace, with several new models coming on to the market each year," said Gina Coplon-Newfield, director of Sierra Club's Electric Vehicles Initiative, in a statement. "This newly updated EV guide sifts through the cars and incentives available to find the perfect match for people's specific needs."

Coplon-Newfield continued: "With significantly lower emissions than traditional vehicles, a switch to electric vehicles helps reduce our dependence on dirty fuels and reduce our carbon footprint. Our newly updated electric vehicle guide not only lets the users pick out the right car for their families, but the right car for the planet, too."

A quick test of the Sierra Club guide turned up a number of pure electric models under $30,000, including the Ford Focus Electric, Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Spark and Volkswagen e-Golf.

Expanding the search to "any price" added such vehicles as the BMW i3, Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive and Tesla Model S.

Opening up the search to include plug-in hybrids brought into play models like the Chevrolet Volt, Ford C-Max Energi and Toyota Prius Plug-In.

According to the Electric Drive Transportation Association, sales of pure electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles rose from 2.37 percent of the U.S. market in 2010 to 3.47 percent in 2014. And a recent report from specialist firm Transparency Market Research predicts that the worldwide market for these models is expected to grow to $271.67 billion by 2019, an annual growth rate of 19.2 percent.

Edmunds says: Consumers seeking more information about EVs should take a look at the Is a Plug-In Hybrid or Electric Car Right for You? page.

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