Electric Cars For Sale
This decade (2010-2019) will someday be known as the starting point when a deluge of electric cars (electric vehicles) made news headlines. Today, almost every major car manufacturer has announcing proposed release dates for new models of EVs in 2014 and beyond. This includes Ford, Chevrolet, Toyota, Mitsubishi, Smart and many more. For those of you researching electric vehicles and buyers in the market for an all-electric model – these are electrifying times.
Plans by the federal government and some states to improve the required infrastructure and invest quite heavily into the electric car industry have been unveiled and these are likely to lead to even greater options for the electric vehicle buyer. Below is a selection of electric cars for sale now and in coming months.
Smart Fortwo Electric Drive
Smart has created a new version of the smallest production car in the U.S., the Smart Fortwo Electric Drive. Merging economy and efficiency, this electric car is the ideal vehicle for small and congested cities where you don’t get the space to drive around freely. As the name clearly states, the car is a two-seater with not much space apart from that.
The Nissan Leaf is a 4 door hatchback with a 100 mile range on a single charge. A full charge will take less than 8 hours. A top speed of 90mph is achieved using an 80kW electric motor and an Li-ion battery. Prices will start from $28k and limited numbers of the Nissan Leaf electric car will be for sale in areas of the country in 2010.
Slated for release in November 2010 the Chevrolet Volt is a 4 door hatchback with an impressive 400 mile range from a single charge and generates a top speed of 100mph. Up to 10,000 units are expected to be made in the first year and it is expected to cost around $40k.
The Mitsubishi iMiEV has a 100 mile range, 80mph top speed, and both on-board and off-board chargers. 5,000 units are set for sale in the US and EU although the price tag of nearly $50,000 makes this version of the existing gas model seem a little pricey at the moment. Read more here.
This small 4 door iON electric car is based on the iMiEV from Mitsubishi. It has a limited 80 mile range but it can be charged using a home electrical connection and will take 30 minutes to recharge to about 80% of its full capacity. The vehicle’s lithium-ion battery can be fully recharged in 6 hours using a traditional household socket.
The Tesla Roadster is a striking two door sports car with an impressive 220 mile range, a top speed of 125mph and a 0-60mph time under 4 seconds. The Tesla Roadster is already on sale in the USA and more units will be manufactured and sold this year. Base price is $109,000. The Tesla Roadster has been hitting the road since 2008.
Tesla Model S
Even though pricing ranges from $49,900 (after a $7,500 federal tax credit) for a base model to $97,900 for the “Signature Performance” model and first deliveries are not expected until in mid-2012, Tesla Motors reported that it held more than $90 million in deposits for the Model S by the end of 2011.
Ford Focus Electric
Ford will bring an electric version of their popular Focus to the United States sometime in 2013. We’ve been hearing rumors about this all electric compact car for quite sometime and they debut happened at CES in January of 2010. Learn more about the electric Focus here. Ford has been quite direct in its attack towards its identified competition.
Speed is Key for Chevy Spark EV, and Chevy knows busy people want things done fast. The 2014 Chevy Spark EV was unveiled at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, looking very similar to gas powered Spark. The subcompact electric car is expected to go on sale in the summer of 2013 in select markets.
Toyota Prius Plug-In
The Toyota Prius Plug-in is the kind of car that lets you have your cake and eat it too. Based on the uber-effecient Prius Hybrid, the plug-in version uses an advanced lithium-ion battery that has 3 times the capacity of the nickel metal hydride battery used in the standard Prius. This allows the car to function as a pure EV for 10-15 miles (depending on how you drive), at speeds up to 62 mph.
The Lightning GT is an exclusive, hand built electric car. 0-60mph is achieved in under 4 seconds and it will go on to a top speed of 130mph. A range of 188 miles is reasonable but improved by the fact that Lightning claim the car can be recharged in as little as 10 minutes.
Ford Transit Connect
The Ford Transit Connect is an electric version of the world’s most popular van, the Ford Transit, and will have a range of 100 miles and a top speed of 70mph. A factory is being built in Kansas City and Ford had announced that the Transit Connect would be released and sold in the USA in 2010.