Notable small electric cars available on the market as of 2015 include the BMW i3, Fiat 500e, Mitsubishi i-MiEV and the Smart Electric Drive. Most of the cars are pure electric vehicles, though the BMW i3 offers the option of a small combustion engine to extend its range.
The majority of small electric cars are city cars intended for use in urban areas where their small size is advantageous and trips are relatively short. Operating in a city also means these cars are usually not far from a source of electricity. The Smart Electric Drive exemplifies this design philosophy with its two-person format and minimal cargo capacity, while the offerings from Fiat, Mitsubishi and BMW offer more space for cargo and passengers.