01/27/2011 08:38 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Electric Car Buying Tips: 9 Things To Know Before Purchase (PHOTOS)

The buzz in 2011 is about all the new electric cars on the road, led by the Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf. But because these are new products to the U.S. market, asked Nick Chambers, who has written about next-generation automobiles for the New York Times, Popular Mechanics and others, to cut through the hype and offer some practical electric car buying tips. He came up with these nine things you should know about electric cars before making a purchase:

9 Things To Know Before Buying An Electric Car