The global warming called for an environmentally friendly means of transportation, the electric car. Because a plug-in battery automobile powers an electric car, it has alleviated pollution “by having zero tail pipe emissions.” Today, the number of individuals getting an electric car is rising. This can be attributed to the fact that electric cars are less dependent on oil, and anyone who has it can definitely ditch the increasing prices of gasoline.
True, electric cars are trending upward. If you have been planning to go with the trend, here is a list of electric cars for 2011, as reported by car manufacturers, news sites, and blogs.
1. Chevrolet Volt
A real power, this electric car can run for up to 40 miles on a single overnight charge. But it can even go more! With a small gasoline engine, Chevy Volt can go for another 300 miles. The car does excellently with two 7″ diagonal LCD touch screens that display speed and battery power, Bluetooth wireless technology for your phone to stream music in your phone to the stereo, rear camera and park assist package, pedestrian-friendly alert, etc.
2. Nissan Leaf
This battery-electric car can run up to 100 miles per charge. Ideal for families of five and small circle of friends, Nissan Leaf allows you to “program navigation, charging and interior temperature remotely from your smart phone or computer.” There’s no reason not to include Nissan Leaf on the list when it is one the most-bought electric cars in the US today. In fact, if you’re planning to buy one today, you might just end up on the waiting list for 2011.
3. Fisker Karma
A plug-in hybrid luxury sports sedan, Fisker Karma can travel up to 50 miles of a single charge. Perfect for luxury sports car enthusiast who’s also an environment buff, Karma speeds over 125 mph and can go one to 60 miles an hour in just less than 6 seconds. Sure, Karma can freely take pride of its elegant packaging although for the environmentalists, Karma’s pride is its glass solar roof that keeps the car charged and keeps its interior cool and fresh.
4. Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid (PHV)
PHV is not another Prius, it uses J1772 plug for smart charging, which takes for just an hour and a half. At a full charge, Prius PHV can run up to 13 miles. It features a distinct dash display with graphic indicators for speed, fuel transmission and battery power.
5. Think Open
Great for urban environments, this electric car is based on Think City, which was introduced in the market last 2009. Although both Think Open and Think City has similar specifications (airbags, mp3 player, Bluetooth technology, ABS), Think Open takes on a different design–an open-top design. Think Open is right at a tight budget. It is one of the most affordable electric cars in the market today.
6. Tesla Model S
For those who wanted a Tesla at a reasonable price, Tesla Model S is the answer. Although a follow-up of Tesla Roadster, Tesla Model S assures cheaper price yet more powerful features. The Model S has an incredible electric range of 350 miles on a single charge. It features a 17-inch touch screen with 3G connectivity (for speed, battery power, control), GPS navigation, streaming radio, restaurant recommendations and movie show times. That said Tesla Model S provides luxury and comfort at once.
Other electric vehicles (EVs) that get in the list are: the best selling electric vehicle in Japan iMiEV, Coda, BYD, Wheego LiFe, and Smart Electric Drive.
While we’ve come up with facts about EVs trending this 2011, here are some things you must know about EVs that have created confusion among car enthusiasts. Here are the myths about EVs:
1. EVs take pollution out of the cities.
Not entirely, EVs do reduce pollution though. Some EVs still emit carbon although lesser than fuel-powered engines.
2. EV batteries wouldn’t last.
Although this is quite true, as surely, no carmaker will release an EV that can last for an “unimaginable” years, carmakers can assure you that EV batteries can last up to 10 years or more.
3. EVs can’t go far enough on a single charge.
Many electric vehicles today are designed to travel 50 to 300 miles on a single charge.
4. EVs are slow.
Carmakers are producing EVs that can speed up to 100 miles per hour or even more.
5. EVs are high-priced.
Like any product, EVs come in different prices. But one thing’s for sure: electric vehicles help you save money from spending on gasoline and maintenance on gas-guzzler.
Now, that these myths are busted, you’re ready to go! Pick your electric car now and have it reserved for 2011!