Despite of having never seen any, there seem to be more electric cars on the market than I knew. And you probably did not know either.
We can clearly see a transition happening here from good old petrol only via hybrids (the second generation Toyota Prius dates back to 2000), then plug-in hybrids with an important gap-filler like the Chevrolet Volt being primary an electric car with backup power generator to plain electric cars, all which are already on the market. The transition is complete.
Now all it needs is people accepting and adapting. So have you switched over to hybrid or plug-in hybrid yet? Why not?
Our family did, we now have two Prii gen2 hybrid cars and I would never go back to plain petrol.
And as a side note: When your mate or petrol car dealer tells you fairy tales about the batteries: The batteries in our 2001 model Prius are 12 years old and are as good as on day 1. And you can service individual cells if need should be.
Now go and digest this list below.
An all-electric car. Capable of cruising up to 160 kilometres without a re-charge, the Leaf is changing the electric car industry. Buyers love that it has zero-emissions and a price-point that most people can meet (NZ$70,000). Most people consider the Leaf to be the smartest, safest choice for electric cars; however, it does lack interior quality and any sort of luxury.
Nissan made the interior rather sparse. Advertising with glove compartment and cup holders seem to be a waste of time.
Chevrolet (Holden) Volt
A primarily electric car with a on-board power generator so to say. The Volt is a great compromise for someone who wants to be green without sacrificing power. It runs for 65km on its electrical charge before switching-over to the gasoline. Drivers love the Volt because it gets them to and from work or a weekend activity without any gas, but it can also take them on road trips without issues.
Hitting the market in July is the BMW iSeries electric car, which has zero emissions, a low starting price, and as many features as the average BMW owner has grown accustomed to enjoying. It offers the luxury and modernity that are often lacking in electric and hybrid cars, and it also packs exciting features exclusive from Apple.Apple and BMW partnered to make the iSeries the most exciting gadget-mobile on the market for 2014.
Ford Focus electric
Powered exclusively by a liquid cooled lithium-ion battery, the 2014 Ford Focus Electric has an EPA-estimated rating of 110 city MPGe.
It features various eco features like recycled materials, iPhone app, brake coach and some state-of-the-art interior. A lot of things – actually most – are included as standard.
It will be available in 2014 and appears to have about double the price compared to a “standard” Ford Focus.
Ford Fusion Energi
The Fusion series is a hybrid vehicles whereas the Fusion Energi is a plug-in hybrid.
The Fusion Hybrid and the Fusion Energi Plug-In Hybrid are each powered by a combination electric motor and gas-sipping 2.0L Atkinson-cycle I-4 gasoline engine. The Fusion Hybrid also features the SmartGauge® with EcoGuide that provides information to help you drive more efficiently. The available 1.6L and 1.5L I-4 EcoBoost® engines are designed to be fuel-efficient without compromising on power. Available from 2014.
Ford C-Max Energi
Available as Hybrid or Plug-in Hybrid similar to the Fusion series. Both C-MAX Hybrid and C-MAX Energi have an advanced powertrain which includes a 2.0L I-4 Atkinson-cycle gasoline engine with an electric motor to generate 188 total system horsepower, delivering the responsive power you want when you need it.
Tesla Model S
Model S is the world’s first premium electric sedan. Designed from the ground up as an electric car, Model S provides an unprecedented driving range of up to 300 miles and can accelerate from 0 to 60 in 5.6 seconds without burning a drop of gasoline. The Tesla Model S – the first premium electric sedan.
Toyota Prius Plugin