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Top 10 Electric Cars

2014 Turning Into Banner Year for Plug-Ins: Here Are the Top 10 Companies in the Frey

Automakers continue to increase our choice of plug-in hybrid and all-electric cars and crossovers and 2014 has turned out to be another banner year for plug-in cars. Sales are up and the availability of vehicles continues to expand. Picking the Top 10 electric car makers now involves making some choices as the number of vehicles available increases. Plug-ins are edging up towards representing one percent of the total car market. This year California led the celebration of the milestone of more than 250,000 plug-ins sold. It’s a beginning!

Chevrolet Volt

Chevy’s Volt leads the plug-in crowd

General Motors is #1 in plug-in hybrid sales with the Chevrolet Volt, a four-passenger compact hatchback that has 38 to 40 miles of electric range and 380 to 400 miles per gasoline fill-up range. The Volt has a starting price of about $34,185, but are eligible for federal and state incentives. Its sales are down in 2014 but that may be because a revised version is due in 2015 as a 2016 model. Styling will be updated as well as potentially a longer EV-only range and other new features. We’ve spent quite a bit of time in this car and think it’s a keeper. The versatility to drive around town and potentially commute as an electric car, coupled with the ability to take longer trips relying on the gasoline “range extender” makes it a great choice for a one-car household.

Also at GM is the all-electric Chevrolet Spark EV (on sale in California and Oregon) for about $26,685 for this fun city car with 80-mile range between charges. Sales are slow for the Cadillac ELR, which uses a plug-in hybrid drive system similar to the Volt, but it may be picking up steam.  It retails for $75,000, but many discounts are available. It also may get a facelift and the new Volt system when it becomes available.

Here are some of our road tests of the GM plug-ins–Road Tests: 2014 Chevy Volt; 2014 Chevy Spark EV; Cadillac ELR.

 

 

 

Toyota, world-leading seller of hybrids, also sells both plug-in hybrids and all-electric cars. The Prius Plug-In Hybrid looks like another Prius until you spot the J1772 plug for smart charging for a 12 to 15-mile electric range. With a

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The Prius models plug along

starting price of $32,000, Toyota has had some success this year as Plug-In Prius sales have boosted it to number two behind the Volt among plug-in hybrid models. Clean Fleet Report has tested it, comparing it with the better-known non-plug-in version. Toyota also offers a limited model in California: the only all-electric SUV, the RAV4 EV, with an advertised 150-mile electric range (produced with some help from Tesla, in which Toyota is a shareholder). Coming soon is the Mirai, a fuel-cell sedan with a 350-mile range and a $57,000 price tag (it goes on sale in 2015 in California). By 2015, Toyota plans to offer 21 hybrid cars with similar electric motors and advanced battery packs shared with its electric cars. First Drive: RAV4 EV. Road Test: Plug-In Prius and Prius Liftback. 

 

Nissan LEAF

The Nissan Leaf is the poster child for EVs

Nissan is the sales leader of pure electric cars and is staying the course in its commitment to this technology. Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn reiterated recently that his company will support electric drive while also offering plug-in hybrids and fuel cell electric cars. The company’s flagship car is the Leaf, a five-door, five-seat hatchback that is the right size and range for many who drive under 100 miles daily; it’s a perfect fit for households with more than one car. Nissan makes the Leaf and its batteries in Tennessee for the U.S. market with options that include Level 1 charge, Level 2 charge at 6.6 kW/hour, and 25-minute DC fast charge. Nissan delivers great value with many dealers offering aggressive leases based on a price starting at $28,800. Road Test: 2013 Nissan Leaf  

 

 

 

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Tesla’s Model S sets the standard for EVs

Tesla owners are the first to put 10 million electric miles on U.S. roads and the company is now heading overseas to find more buyers for its high-end pure electric car. More than 30,000 Teslas are now roaming American roads, although sales have dipped a bit this year. The roomy Model S luxury sedan starts at about $71,000, but now offers an all-wheel drive version that features even faster acceleration. Production of the Roadster, the company’s initial product, ended after deliveries totaling 2,500. The Model S has a remarkable electric range options of 160 to 300 miles per charge. Tesla helped shareholder Toyota to bring back the Toyota RAV4 EV, an electric SUV and also aided its other OEM shareholder, Daimler, with the Smart ED and B-Class Electric. The company is taking orders for the Tesla Model X Crossover SUV with optional AWD, with deliveries starting late in 2015. Tesla continues to battle with auto dealers in many states as it tries to establish a direct-sales model, although founder Elon Musk has admitted his sales plan may not work when they move to the more mass-market Model 3 in a couple years. Tesla News. More Tesla News.

 

Ford C-Max Energi

Ford’s C-Max Energi has room

Ford is giving customers the greatest choice in all-electric and plug-in hybrid cars and crossovers. The new Ford C-Max Energi is a 5-door, 5-seat, crossover with more room than a small SUV. The C-Max Energi is a plug-in hybrid with 14 to 20-mile electric range and 620 mile total range. It is well priced at about $33,700. If you prefer a classic sedan, the Ford Fusion Energi uses the same plug-in drive system, and similar electric and total range.  The Ford Focus Electric is an all-electric with 80 to 100-mile range, priced at $39,200. Of course, Ford also has non plug-in versions (hybrid) versions of the C-Max and Fusion. Though it’s had some issues with the real world ranges of its offerings, Ford has been an increasingly strong force in the market, challenging and often beating rival Toyota in sales. Ford Focus EV-First Drive. Ford Fustion Energi-Road Test. Ford C-Max-First Drive. 

 

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BMW i3 – The Ultimate Zero Emission Driving Machine

BMW is delivering the i3 in two versions, an all-electric or one with a small range-extender gasoline engine. Initial sales are strong with the i3 shooting to a solid third in sales among pure electrics after the Nissan Leaf and Tesla Model S. Its carbon-fiber cabin makes it one of the lightest cars on the market for its size and allows BMW to use smaller electric motors and batteries while still producing the expected BMW performance. The car is the size of a BMW 1-Series on the outside but has the interior space of a 3-Series and will comfortable hall four adults in BMW-style comfort. The i3 body consists of two independent modules: the Drive Module consists of an aluminum chassis and the powertrain with the lithium-ion battery, the performance electronics and a compact but powerful electric motor.

The BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports coupe that dazzled movie audiences in Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol is beginning sales and is also proving popular, topping the Cadillac ELR in a recent month. BMW extends the swoopy coupe’s range with innovative super-strong, yet lightweight materials including aluminum frame and carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP, also found on the i3). If you have six figures to spend on a car that will definitely stand out as green with go, the i8 should be on your shopping list. While only packing a turbocharged three-cylinder engine to augment its electric drive, the car turns in an impressive 360 horsepower driving all four wheels. The BMW i3 is on top of my “Best of 2013″ list based on my early drive and a full road test is coming up soon. The i8 I can only dream about at this point.

 

Honda is selling the 2014 Accord Plug-in Hybrid, a premium midsize sedan with comfort for 5. Starting at around $39,800, the Accord Plug-in Hybrid rates high in efficiency at 115 combined mpg, 15-mile electric range, and 574 total Honda Accord 2013 7krange. For a few hundred test drivers, the all-electric Honda Fit EV can be leased for $259 per month. The new compact 5-door 5-passenger hatchback electric car uses Blue Energy lithium-ion battery pack for a 100-mile all-electric range. Honda’s also promoting a broader vision that integrates the Fit EV into a house designed to produce all of its energy both for the house and car. Road Test: Honda Accord Hybrid. Honda Smart “Electric” House.

 

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Daimler is the automotive giant that owns Mercedes, Smart, and is also a Tesla stockholder (though it’s in the process of divesting that investment). The new Smart ED can be purchased for only $25,000 ($17,500 after federal tax credit). The 2-seat Smart ED is now in its third generation and has a range of about 70 miles, which is great for cities and universities. In San Diego, 12,000 members of Car2Go car sharing program drive 300 of these Smart Electrics. Mercedes has two versions of its B-Class compact, a pure electric and an fuel cell electric vehicle with a more than 300 miles of range, the only versions of that car available in the U.S.

 

 

 

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Mitsubishi i-MiEV fits into tight parking spaces and tight electric car buyer budgets. The Mitsubishi i starts at about $29,000. This fun-to-drive 5 door, 4 seat hatchback, fits in those precious city parking spaces too small for most cars. The i-MiEV has an electric range of 62 miles (EPA adjusted) with a 16kWh lithium battery. Although it’s been modified for the US market it still feels very much like the Japanese-market original, which is to say, less substantial than many of its competitors. Mitsubishi also reiterated its intent to bring a plug-in version of its popular Outlander SUV to the U.S. this coming year.

 

 

Fiat 500e 300x160 9kFiat, which owns Chrysler, is now selling the Fiat 500e for a fun all-electric city car. We think it’s the most fun car of the EV bunch.  Very affordable lease deals are available for this spunky EV. It manages to carry through the Italian charm and personality found in its gas models. The major drawback, which could be an advantage in an urban location, is the small size of the vehicle. As a two-door with a small back seat, its capability of carrying four adults is limited. Road Test: Fiat 500e.

Two more automakers could muscle their way into this Top 10 list. Keep your eye on Volkswagen as it introduces the e-Golf, an electric version of its compact hatchback and the promised introduction of a plug-in hybrid Jetta sedan. We’ve driven the e-Golf and think it could be a winner. Kia has its Soul EV on the market and we’ve already has a chance to drive it as well. Then there’s Porsche with its plug-in Panamera sedan with a Cayenne and 918 plug-in also coming to market. Other companies have teased plug-ins, but we’ll wait until we see hardware before adding them to any list.

U.S. Electric Car Forecast

Electric car sales were expected triple in the U.S. each year from 20,000 in 2011 to 60,000 in 2012 to 180,000 in 2013; they missed that mark in 2013 by a wide margin, but sales are still stronger than the early years of hybrid cars. Accenture and some others were forecasting more than one million electric vehicles (cumulative) in the United States by 2015, but those numbers are being pushed out. Single electric utilities have scenarios for charging over one million electric vehicles in their own service area by 2020. With renewable energy investment required of utilities in 30 states, these utilities are most interested in night time charging of electric vehicles with wind, geothermal, and hydropower. Utilities are also implementing smart grids and incentives for off-peak charging. It’s a tough business. Even Tesla had to add 700 pounds and two years to get the first Roadsters in customers’ hands. Fisker offered a beautiful $100,000 Karma luxury sports coupe, but filed for bankruptcy in 2013. It may now return with new owners. Coda offered an all-electric sedan with more range than the LEAF and Focus Electric but failed to find a market and closed operations. Battery makers, such as Panasonic, Sanyo, LG Chem, and Samsung see strong growth, while others such as A123 and EnerDel struggle in the face of intense competition.

California and seven other states reaffirmed their goal to have 3.3 million electric cars (including plug-in hybrids and fuel cells) on the road by 2025. The numbers are basically accounted for in the ZEV (Zero Emission Vehicle) mandate that the states have in place, but rely on a steep ramp up of sales after 2020.

New models coming on the market to help boost sales include the VW e-Golf, Audi A3 e-tron and Hyundai and Toyota’s fuel cell electrics. It looks like it’s going to be quite a ride.

China/India/Korea Prepare for the U.S. Market

For years we have read about China’s plans to bring electric cars to the U.S. Although China’s U.S. ambitions have slipped badly, its automakers cannot be ignored. China has over 100 million light electric vehicles, e-bikes and e-scooters in daily use. It’s new 5-year plan calls for 100 million electric charging stations in China by 2020. BYD, with gold-plated investors such as Warren Buffett, has only put a few hundred electric vehicles on the road in China and continues to delay introduction to the United States. Volvo, now owned by China’s Geely has the new C30 Drive E Electric, but the Volvo electric car will be selling only in Europe in the short-term. SAIC, Chery, and hundreds of players are also preparing EVs for China. India might bring us a Maharinda Reva or Nano EV that under prices everyone, but given recent European crash tests of those models, they are unlikely to show up here anytime soon. Korean manufacturers, already tearing up the U.S. market, have announced that the Soul EV will go on sale this year.

European Innovation

Europe, with higher fuel prices and fewer oil subsidies, is forecast to have more electric cars by 2020 than the United States. But it will not be a smooth road. Better Place was expected to deliver 100,000 of the Renault Fluence with its switchable battery to Israel, Denmark, Australia, and even U.S. taxi fleets, but the company filed for bankruptcy in 2013. Volkswagen may teach everyone how to extend range by making vehicles light. The concept Up Light weighs just over 1,500 pounds and it’s coming on the market soon. We loved test-driving the Volkswagen Golf Blue E-Motion and expect to see it late in 2014. The Audi E-Tron may show up by 2015. Competition will be tough.

There is a lot of innovation from around the world that did not make this Top 10 List, which focuses on the U.S. market for the next 12 months. Please bookmark this Top 10 List and check back as we update. Exciting new electric cars are being driven on the U.S. streets and freeways. Nissan is an early mover with battery-electric cars and General Motors with plug-in hybrids. Competition increases from Mitsubishi, Ford, Toyota, Honda, and dozens of Asian, European and American innovators. The winner will be the customer.

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About Author: Michael Coates

is editor at Clean Fleet Report and an internationally recognized expert in the field of automotive environmental issues. He has been an automotive editor and writer for more than three decades. His media experience includes Petersen Publishing (now part of Source Interlink), Green Car Journal, trade magazines, newspaper and television news reporting. He currently serves on the Board of the Western Automotive Journalists.

42 thoughts on “Top 10 Electric Cars

  1. November 20, 2014 at 1:01 am

    While specifics on the plan, such as which cities and regions it will target and what models of vehicle the charging points would be compatible with, are yet to be revealed, the disclosure on the amount of funding is the latest in a line of events to suggest that China is looking to make itself the major market for electric transport. On the public side, the government has already provided tax breaks to domestic EV manufacturers BYD and Kandi Technologies Group as part of its attempts to cut carbon emissions and boost environmental sustainability. Lets see where it goes.

    • November 23, 2014 at 11:58 pm

      @prkralex,
      Your point is well-taken. Let’s see where China goes. As we know from the past, the actions and words have not always matched up–or sometimes not matched up for long enough to have a positive impact. –ed.

  2. acsa
    September 19, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    A list of pure electric car is on .My dream is to buy a Tesla Model S or to convert my Skoda Octavia to electric, but now it too expensive :(((

    • September 20, 2014 at 6:43 pm

      @acsa,
      Great Euro-centric list. However, you should update your Top 5. Tesla Model 3 is not going to be in production at least two years. The Tesla Roadster and Coda are out of production (Coda is no longer producing its cars). –ed.

      • acsa
        November 2, 2014 at 2:35 pm

        Did you know that Elon Musk announces a new version of Model S with dual-motor? P85D , it have 691 hp and now sprint from 0 to 60 mph in only 3.2 s , so exciting. I collected some pictures of Tesla Model S. You can see those images here .

        • November 7, 2014 at 9:55 pm

          @acsa,
          The new Model S AWD is a great step forward and we’ll have this list updated soon, but keep in mind that’s not all the Tesla news this month. The Model X (from which the AWD system is derived has been delayed again until late 2015. The company’s financial situation remains a bit precarious as production has actually slowed and spending has increased faster than sales. It’s a great car, but this is a brutal business. –ed.

  3. Joe
    August 24, 2013 at 2:29 am

    John Addison,
    Please write a story about the history of the Aptera, winner of the “X prize”. US car company that has been sold to China, who will be importing to the US shortly, company because US government would not help!

    • August 27, 2013 at 2:58 pm

      @Joe,
      I’m afraid it would be a pretty sad history that would only show that unconventional products like the Aptera are unlikely to find a successful place in the market, even if they’re imported from China. But I do appreciate the suggestion and may yet revisit the list of recent failed EV makers (including those like Fisker who received government support).
      –ed. [Michael Coates]

  4. July 6, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    @jimdo.com Can you tell me which photos you’re having trouble with? All look fine on this end.

  5. June 24, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Hello! It seems as though we both have a interest
    for the same thing. Your blog, “Best Electric Cars 2013, Leaf, Volt, C-MAX, 2013 Plugin Car | Clean Fleet Report” and
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    • June 25, 2013 at 2:51 pm

      The ideas of cross-posting sounds interesting. Could you send me a link to your blog so I can get a sense of how you’re approaching the subject?

  6. Richard
    May 23, 2013 at 7:05 am

    For $10,000 I can install enough solar panels on my roof to meet my electricity needs and I can plug in my electric car using the power from the sun. This technology is here now and it is incredibly exciting! The solar panels will pay for themselves in about 2 1/2 years for me. Goodbye OIL!

    • May 23, 2013 at 11:07 pm

      @Richard
      You’re on the right track. One of the first comments people ask when discussing plug-in cars is where the electricity comes from. Obviously, solar sourced electricity is the ideal. Good luck!
      Sr. Editor Michael Coates

  7. MS. adiwirya
    January 31, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    Wow!!! forward Tesla Model X Crossover SUV, with a cool model

  8. Sriram Srinivas Reddy
    January 15, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Respected Sir,
    If there is a possibility of charging an electric vehicle (Car) with Small Wind Turbines, Solar PV Cells fitted as additional parts to it, and it needs to be very economic for a common person to purchase then there shall be a great change in the transport system.

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    Mobile : 0091 – 9492791089.

  9. Donna
    March 10, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    All the talk about 100% electric and solar cars. Those cars won’t have a big market. If you look at it from a car maker’s perspective, they have to build what will sell. A 100% electric car sounds great. I and lots of others would love one. But it’s not practical. Last year my power was out for days due to an ice storm. I was able to make it via car to local Target and buy emergency supplies. That wouldn’t have been possible if I’d been unlucky enough for my car not to be sufficiently charged. Or if my charge starts going out, esp. as the car gets older and the battery gets weaker…it’s not like I can pull in somewhere and fill-er-up in a few minutes. I have a serious problem if my charge goes out when I’m gadding about town. Going to visit my family out of state would be out of the question…no EV car to date can make it that far. Rent a car? Okay. Will the rental agency let me leave my car there, fully secured and protected, while I rent a car? Probably not. And solar…that will only work in a truly sunny area, and then only when you don’t rely on the car for must-do tasks, like going to work every day. Those would be good options for a second car. But for those of us who can only have one car, it has to be dependable, and you have to be able to fill-er-up in a few minutes. So the combo electric-gas seems to fit that need. That’s why those cars are being made sooner and more of them. If you were a car maker, that’s what you’d do, too. (Also, let’s not forget that the tax credits up to Dec. 2010 were for hybrids, not plug-ins. Tax credits for electric kick in this year, so that’s at least partly why electrics are coming into the market now, it seems.) I’m going to take a serious look at the new plug-ins and see if I can buy one. Hope they’re not out of my price range (with the tax credit).

  10. March 9, 2011 at 8:02 am

    John,
    Good article on EVs and PHEVs; driving will never be the same! Quick question: I produce green fairs for corporate employees to educate them as to what’s available in the green marketplace. I’ve been trying to get a Nissan Leaf and other EVs to come and exhibit at my events but the dealers have no show room models to demo as they are sold out for 2 years in advance! Any idea of how to contact EV car clubs or EV enthusiasts who may want to show off their EV? I’m in the San Francisco bay area. Thanks and keep feeding us the latest in EV/PHEV.

  11. Scott
    March 6, 2011 at 5:32 am

    Remember the original costs of the flat screen TV? These costs will come down as well.

    As far as using electricity (from utilities burning coal) it is still slightly more environmentally friendly than using gas directly and I expect charging it with solar, wind etc. will become increasingly more common.

    As far as miles per charge go remember the average daily miles driven by US citizens in roughly 29-35 miles. Imagine if all two car families drove the electric for daily use and saved the big SUV for those rare long hauls. That alone would be a huge step in the right direction.

  12. Ala King
    January 8, 2011 at 11:20 am

    This car companies will not give it ALL.. although the technology is available. If they release an EV this year let say top speed of 84kph they will introduced a more advanced EV next year with top speed of 120kph to gain more profit. just like smartphones we have iphone iphone3g iphone4g then what next iphone 5 iphone6…78910……

  13. Jennifer McIntosh
    January 5, 2011 at 9:22 am

    I love Williams idea of a car that recharges itself as it is moving. I have also had dreams of this and dreams of incorporating magnets. This is brilliant ! why, like you said, have the scientists and engineers not worked on making cars from this angle ? !

  14. AAdler
    December 10, 2010 at 2:02 am

    Its pathetic that our national safety is always at stake with terrorist threats and instability in our economy resulting from oil dependence…..yet we can’t loosen auto safety standards to get weight down for electric cars and let consumers make their own choices. And start mandating charging stations as much as handicap ramps. Gee…go figure how we have noise polluting Harleys on the roads, with exposed riders…but we can’t approve a less than US government safety standard car that is electric..
    Same politics, different day. Thank you GM, Washington and Big Oil for your lobbying that continues to drag as backward. Oh and did I mention Harley Davidson?

  15. William J Dorsett
    December 8, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    Here is my question. Why don’t they make a car that recharges itself as its rolling down the highway?
    First off, the are generators being built with magnets that once they get a push start, continue to generate free energy. Install a small one on a electric car, and you wont need a plug, and the car can drive from one end of the country to the other.
    Second, so you don’t trust the magnet idea, well each wheel on the car is constantly turning while the car is driving. This motion is generating energy, not only is the energy pulling the car to its destination, but there is kinetic energy that could be collected if belts or a extra gear system was attached to each of the wheels. These could work like 4 separate alternators, suggesting that while the car is in motion, there is a constant charge being added to the battery.
    The magnet generator I have build a small test model and burn a tiny light for days off it,
    the wheel alternators I have never tried, but I have had many dreams of…
    So why is it, normal everyday people can think of things like this, yet the brilliant scientists that work for companies like GM and FORD, and so on and so forth can’t even come up with a half way decent electric car?
    Come on already it’s almost 2011…….!!!!!

  16. Will
    November 11, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    The Think City car is also coming to the US, will be built in Indiana. Think EV has sold more EV’s than any other pure electric in the world. I also hear a rumor that it will be totally re-designed for 2012. The Think City has my vote!

  17. Gilbert
    October 28, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    I own a Tesla Roadster 2.5. The car is fantastic. It is fast, comfortable and has great styling. It is a beautifully engineerd car. Yes, it is expensive but lots of people drive expensive sports cars that are gas guzzlers. The cost averages out to about 2.5 cents per mile. It is not designed to be a family car but would work very well as a commuter car.

  18. Robert Pierce
    October 16, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    Why can’t someone make an affordable car that uses a small gasoline engine that only generates electricity for the electric drive train and batteries? This would use the existing infrastucture and be a good interim vehicle until the manufacturing costs come down on true electrics with the performance and range that we want. Volt is an expensive version of this, but the technology has been around for a long time (submarines, aircracraft carriers, diesel locamotives, etc.) and sould be affordable to produce.

  19. Merit Herman
    September 27, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    Try buying a Volt from any dealer in California……can’t get anyone to sell me one at MSRP…..one dealership had the nads to tell me the base cost is $51K due to a $10K ‘market adjustment’. Well, here’s where the US bailed out bankrupt dealership can stick his market adjustment….come on guys, $41K is bad enough, but do they really think anyone is dumb enough to pay an extra $10K for the ‘priviledge’ to be the first model year gunea pig?

    I have a full 5KW panel system on my house so effectively could be paying next to zero to power the Volt (or any other EV), and the money to pay the extra $10K, but does anyone think the greater fool theory is that pervasive? Maybe in L.A.?

    Guess I hold off until Ford comes out with a PHEV Escape (I own one of these hybrids right now and it’s fabulous – best SUV on the planet). Screw off GM – been a Volt follower for years, but bad taste in mouth from your ‘dealers’.

    • John Addison
      September 28, 2010 at 1:53 pm

      Merit, thanks for sharing the behavior of Chevy dealers. This is valuable info for all readers. I’d welcome an article or email to me about your experince as a PHEV Escape driver and your future plans. I believe that Ford will offer a Focus pure-electric in 2011, a Focus PHEV in 2012, and that it will be a longer wait for a Ford Escape PHEV (as opposed to conversions). Thanks for the input.

  20. September 25, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    I vote for the Tesla! The 0-6- time is amazing. and so is the range

  21. Ryan
    September 18, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    Why are the Volt And Prius even in this article, they are hybrids!! isn’t this article on full electric cars? the only full electric cars comming in 2011 are the Leaf and Coda (In the U.S. that is!). The Coda from what i understand is only being launched in Hawaii in 2011 in limited production and the leaf is comming out in limited production with only 20,000 units … I saw on another sight that over 100,000 people have signed up for a Leaf… How does that math work? their are many companies doing awsome conversions, maybe thats the best way to force the change over to electric.

    • John Addison
      September 21, 2010 at 8:46 am

      Ryan, we appreciate your enthusiasm for pure battery-electric cars which use zero petroleum and have a lower carbon footprint than plug-in hybrids, also discussed, which use an engine to extend the range of pure battery-electrics. In 2011, I hope to get delivery of the Nisssan LEAF (they have my $99). In 2011, other battery-electrics that will probably be available include the Mitsubishi i_MiEV, the Ford Transit Connect, the Ford Focus Electric, and a couple of surprises.

  22. Suman
    September 17, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    Boy these cars are expensive. I wish I can or most general public can afford these cars.

    • John Addison
      September 21, 2010 at 8:49 am

      Suman, yes electric cars are currently expensive. In the next few years we hope to see declining prices with volume manufacturing and lowering costs of lithium battery packs. It’s good that Nissan and Chevy offer $350 per month leases, and that Enterprise, Zipcar, and others will offer electric cars by the day and even as low as $8 per hour.

  23. Liam
    August 14, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    Wowlfer, now you’re talking! Solar pv installed on the home and a new electric car. for about $45,000 you can buy a new car, and a solar system, never pay for energy again, except maybe a rare long haul car trip!

  24. wowlfer
    August 14, 2010 at 11:26 am

    Leaf works for me–I’m on the list. As a 3 car family we will swap one of them for the Leaf and use it extensively for in town to work run about. Gas strictly for weekend warrior shopping, family, etc. Hopefully we will cut our gas use by 90%. I expect we will buy some solar power panels to charge the LEAF directly from solar power and bypass our home grid (direct from solar to Leaf). That will make it very cheap in the long run for a city runabout even if it takes a full 14 hours to charge that is fine with us.

  25. jamie
    July 31, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    electric only last so long it has to have fuel back up or alot of people would be on the side of the road needing an outlet to charge, until they get charging stations atleast , but still even then how long will it take to charge a car , right now its hours so….

  26. Robert Howell
    July 19, 2010 at 7:52 am

    The GM EV1, the Toyota Rav 4EV, and the Honda EV Plus were designed and rolling on the streets with a 60+ range in the mid 90’s. The movie “Who Killed the Electric Car” covers the testing. The technology has been around for 14 years. Tesla Motors has a life of 240 miles per charge for the consumer that wants a sports coupe. Where is the publics average priced vehicle with the same range with a faster charge? Still raping the American citizens, the ones who pay for the grant money from the government to design and sell these vehicles. It’s disgusting. No wonder so many millions of Americans are sitting at the house on unemployment living off the government. It is hard to dream with shackles on your neck, wrists, and ankles.

  27. Simon
    July 17, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    Why the heck are the companies that receive funding to build electric cars like tesla only making great cars that are unaffordable! … HELLO, we need a sedan with a 200 mile range, 0-60 in 6-7 seconds, that looks decent with midgrade amenities all for $28 – $38k.

  28. Rick
    July 6, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    All talk talk talk about electric cars and no action. We had the technology years ago. I’m disgusted with all the auto makers. Where are the promised EV’s that were going to be on the market in 2010? Are they waiting for the last minute.

    I have no interest in hybrids either. They still consume gas. There doesn’t seem to much of a choice for 100% electric. I’ll probably build my own before something reasonable is available. The only one I saw that may be affordable and available is the “Think”. I’ll have to read more about it.

  29. Biff Tidwell
    June 28, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    I DON’T WANT A PLUG-IN !. . . I DON’T WANT A HYBRID! , , , I’M NOT ABOUT TO SUBSTITUTE DEPENDENCE ON OIL FOR DEPENDENCE ON THE GRID! . . . HELLO!!!!!! . . .I WANT A TOTALLY BATTERY POWERED, SOLAR CHARGED VEHICLE THAT GIVES ME ABOUT 100 MILES PER CHARGE. . .AND AS IT SITS IN THE PARKING LOT FOR 8 HOURS A DAY, I WANT SOLAR CELLS TO BRING THE CHARGE BACK UP BY ABOUT 20% OF TOTAL. . . .THIS WILL GET ME THROUGH THE WEEK! . . .AND AS THE CAR SITS IN THE SUN OVER THE WEEKEND, IT WILL FULLY CHARGE! . . .GRATZEL CELLS, THAT WILL WORK EVEN OUT OF DIRECT SUNLIGHT, PLEASE! . . .THE TECHNOLOGY IS AVAILABLE! . . .I’M NOT PAYING $40K OR MORE FOR YOUR IDEA OF AN “ELECTRIC CAR” . . .YOU GOT A CHANCE TO GET IT RIGHT! . . .STOP SCREWING AROUND!

  30. Todd Haskins
    May 25, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    There’s a new electric car manufacturer in the U.S. thats been designing and now building fully electric,DOT approved, highway speed,200 plus miles on a single charge vehicles…and it’s called EMC. The “family” of vehicles includes a 5 or 7 pass. wagon, a 1/4 ton p/u, and a cargo van. They are real…I have driven one, and it is the new class of electrics.

  31. July 16, 2013 at 12:09 am

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    Thanks. We just keep trying so you can keep reading.
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