Barr Lynn a Washington, D.C.-based writer and executive editor of Global Business magazine.

FUTURE POWER
Company: General Motors
How Powered: Pure electric
Max. Speed: Electronically regulated top speed of 80 mph
Range: 75-130 miles (nickel metal hydride battery)
Emissions: None
Price: Starting at $349/monthly lease
When Available: Discontinued. But still available for rent through EVRental, www.evrental.com
More info:www.gmev.com

Company: DaimlerChrysler
How Powered: Pure electric
Max. Speed: 25 mph
Range: 35 miles
Emissions: None
Price: From $6,995
When Available: Now
More info:www.gemcar.com

Company: Toyota
How Powered: Hybrid gas-electric
Max. Speed: 100 mph
Miles Per Gallon: 52 city/ 45 highway
Range: 500+ miles
Emissions: SULEV (Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle)
Price: $20,450
When Available: Now
More info:http://prius.toyota.com

Company: Honda
How Powered: Hybrid gas-electric
Max. Speed: 104 mph
Miles Per Gallon: 61 city/ 68 highway
Range: 700+ miles
Emissions: ULEV (Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle, based on a government rating system)
Price: $19,080
When Available: Now
More info:www.hondacars.com/models/insight

Company: Ford's Th!nk division
How Powered: Pure electric
Max. Speed: 62 mph
Range: 50 miles
Emissions: None
Price: $20,000
When Available: Fall 2002 in USA