If you want to get an all-electric vehicle and don’t drive long distances, I really like the Nissan Leaf, which is a great car and a lot less expensive than a Tesla. (If you have all the money in the world, get a Tesla.)
But if like me you sometimes drive more than 70 miles in a day, then I think the Volt is the perfect car for you. It’s VERY fun to drive—handles brilliantly, good 0-30 acceleration—and I use about 45 gallons of gas a year to drive 7,000 miles. (So I get something like 155 miles per gallon.) Charging is easy and super cheap: It costs me something like 50 cents to get enough electricity to drive my Volt 40 miles. I also haven’t had any mechanical problems.
The transition from electric to gas mode is seamless, and the interior is almost entirely silent. The sound system is great; bluetooth works perfectly; and because Chevrolet leased a lot of them, you can get a low-mileage used Volt for less than $25,000. (They remain very cheap to lease relative to sticker price.)
After two years of owning it, the Volt remains my dream car, and I wouldn’t want to drive anything else (not even a Tesla or, like, a Ferrari).