Eight things you should know about electric cars

nissanleaf_0Sometime in the next few weeks, the 100,000th plug-in electric car will be sold in the U.S.

But they’re still mostly a mystery to the average new-car buyer, and there are a few key principles that get shared over and over again.

Here they are, boiled down for easy consumption: eight things you need to know about electric cars.

1. Electric cars cost more to buy than gasoline cars of the same size.

The least expensive plug-in electric car on the market, the 2013 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive, costs twice as much as the entry-level gasoline ForTwo.