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There are an even dozen electric vehicles (EVs) offered in the U.S. and their sales range from quite respectable to so little as to give fodder to critics.

As a type of vehicle, EVs are a slim minority of the U.S. sales total at 0.40 percent but they have an outsized reputation and more EVs are pending, including the next generation of higher-range-for-the-buck models in a couple years.

The current crop has grown over the past four years and been the topic of many news reports, features, and while lots of people have heard of them, there remains not a little confusion over them as well in some quarters.

A lot of talk is made over their comparatively limited range and “range anxiety” but a substantial number of anecdotes attest to the truth that once some people dive in, the range worries take care of themselves and they adjust to live within limitations.
SEE ALSO: Is a 200-Mile EV the Next Automotive Benchmark?

Even so, automakers themselves have not all been as gung ho as Tesla in proliferating this new kind of vehicle that could in time fully compete with their primary products.

Around half of the EVs sold are what are pejoratively called “compliance cars” to comply with California Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) rules under which automakers may accrue credits. This helps explain aforementioned very low sales, such as 253 units this year for the otherwise outstanding but limited-market Kia Soul EV – which to Kia’s credit is branching to new markets as we speak – but our list actually contains two compliance cars.

The ranking of Top 5 Best Selling Electric Cars has actually shifted since 2014 for the period of January 2015 through April 2015. Following is the latter, most-updated ordering with commentary. All prices are rough starting points and all cars are eligible for federal tax credits and state or other credits where applicable.
5. Chevrolet Spark EV – 1,276 sold
See the complete list of Best Selling Electric Cars at AutoGuide.com
 
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