2010 Tesla Roadster
Made by Tesla Motors, a Silicon Valley-based car-maker, the Tesla Roadster was for the first time presented as a prototype in July of 2006. Two years later the company announced that it will start a mass production of the vehicle. The Roadster became the world’s first all-electric, mass-produced sports vehicle.
One of the most impressive features of the car is the range. As one of the best electric vehicles the Tesla Roadster boasts a range of 220 miles on a single charge.
The 288hp engine allows the electric vehicle to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds and reach a top speed to 125mph. The expected battery life is 7 years or 100,000 miles. Other interesting features include carbon fiber body and LED tail lights.
2010 Toyota Prius
The Plug-In electric hybrid Toyota Prius has a rather heavy Lithium-ion battery pack. The car is expected to go on sale in 2012 boasting an extended electric driving mode of 12.5 miles. It will also be able to reach a top speed of 62mph. A full recharge of this electric vehicle will take about an hour and a half if you use a 230-volt supply.
The 2010 model has three driving modes: Power, Eco, and EV. The first one increases gas-pedal sensitivity to register a fast acceleration. The Eco mode is used to change air conditioning operation in order to cut fuel consumption. Prius is a rather lightweight vehicle due to the fact that its hood, rear hatch and many suspension components are made of lightweight aluminum.
The Nissan Leaf is expected to be launched next year. It will be the first all-electric mainstream car to hit the American market. The electric vehicle includes lithium-ion battery pack that promises an improved acceleration and a better range.
According to Nissan, its electric vehicle will take about 4 to 8 hours to recharge using a special 220-volt charger. However, if the driver charges the vehicle at a commercial quick-charge station, the whole process will take about 30 minutes.
The car can register a range of 100 miles on a single charge. Some of its additional features includes: LED headlamps, keyless ignition/entry, automatic climate control, height-adjustable driver seat, cloth upholstery manufactured using recycled materials, auto-dimming rearview mirror, touchscreen infotainment system, a charging timer, an advanced trip computer, an iPod/USB audio interface and more.
It is possible that Nissan will include the technology that will allow the driver to control charging using their cell phone.
Ford Focus EV
The new electric vehicle from Ford will show a range of 100 miles per charge. One of the best electric vehicles (at least in the United States) is expected to hit the market in 2011. It will boast a Magna drive system and a 23kWh battery pack developed by Ford.
A full recharge of the car’s battery pack will take between 6 and 12 hours. The recharging depends of whether the driver uses a 110-volt or 220-volt hookup. The 105kW electric engine will allow the car to reach a top speed of 85mph. The company looks forward to launching 10,000 Focus EVs in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific.
Although the three-wheeled Aptera looks like a mix between a car and a plane, it is classed as a motorcycle. The two-door electric vehicle boasts a 10 – 13 kw/hr Lithium iron phosphate battery pack. It registers a range of 100 miles per charge (160 km).
In addition, you will also be able to find aerodynamic side-mounted mirrors and wider door openings. The latter allow the driver and passengers to get in and out of Aptera quite easy. Its 82kW electric motor allows the car to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (0 to 97 km/h) in about 10 seconds, and reach a top speed of 85 mph (137 km/h).
Although expected to be launched on the American market in 2011, the electric vehicle from Mitsubishi can already been seen on the streets of Japanese cities. The car cannot boast with a myriad of features, though it does have optional heated seats, manual air conditioning, a CD player and radio.
The vehicle’s performance on the road was highly praised. It is easy to handle both on city roads and highways. According to Mitsubishi, the range of its iMiEV averages about 80 miles per charge. However, this figure may charge depending on road and weather conditions.
The car has a 47-kilowatt engine and a 330-volt lithium-ion battery. The engine of Mitsubishi i-MiEV can produce an equivalent of 63hp, which is not much but still enough to ride across a city.
It is worth mentioning that in Europe this car will appear in 2012 and will be titled Vauxhall/Opel Ampera. The 2011 Chevrolet Volt represents a midsize 4-seater, 5-door hatchback sedan. The car’s electric engine allows Volt to generate 111kW of power (149hp).
The vehicle includes a 16 kWh lithium-ion battery that allows Chevrolet Volt to register a range of 40 miles per charge. One of the main advantages of the car is its quietness. Besides, the Chevrolet Volt boasts an impressive acceleration from 0 to 60mph in about 10 seconds. In case the “sport” mode is turned on, you will be able to increase the acceleration.
The list of other features of the car includes: automatic headlights, heated mirrors, keyless ignition, remote ignition, automatic climate control, auto-dimming rearview mirror and more.
This is the first electric car developed by the famous German car-maker BMW under its Mini brand. The Mini E features a lithium-ion battery pack that powers the vehicle’s front wheels. The car can generate 204hp and reach a top speed of 95 mph. In addition, the Mini E accelerates from 0 to 60mph in about 8.5 seconds.
The car looks just like the regular Mini Cooper, with exterior badges and logos being the only features differentiating it. Most of the trunk’s space is occupied by heavy battery packs. Inside you will find air conditioning, bi-xenon headlights, and a CD player.
The large battery pack allows the electric vehicle to run 155 miles on a single charge under perfect conditions, and 104 miles per charge under normal conditions. It will take about 4.5 hours to fully recharge the battery (less than some most electric vehicles).
Citroen C1 ev’ie
It is worth mentioning that this model is not an official product of the French car-manufacturer Citroen. The electric vehicle was created by the London-based Electric Car Corporation.
At first the customers willing to buy Citroen C1 ev’ie should choose the specs of the car they would like. The vehicle is available in 3 or 5-door body styles.
After that the fuel-powered vehicle is brought to ECC where it is stripped of its engine and converted into an electric C1. The whole process takes about 24 hours. Engineers install both the 30kW electric, able to generate an equivalent of 40hp, and 16 of the ev’ie’s 25 lithium ion battery cells. The rest of the batteries are fitted in the space where the fuel tank previously was located. The fuel filter is replaced by the plug-in point.
The car shows a range of between 60 and 75 miles on a single charge and about 6 hours are needed to recharge the battery. Citroen C1 ev’ie accelerates from 0 to 60mph in 15 seconds and reaches a top speed of 60mph.
X-1 from Wrightspeed
First of all this is not a production car. Nevertheless it is one of the best electric vehicles because of its performance. The Wrightspeed X1 can leave behind such fuel-powered giants as Ferrari and Porsche Carrera GT.
Wrightspeed, a Silicone Valley company, is now working on a production version of its supercar that will be able to register a range of 100 miles per charge. It will take about 4 hours to recharge this electric monster. The Wrightspeed X1 can go from 0 to 60mph in just 3.07 seconds and reach at speed of 112mph in 1st gear. The cost of this prototype is $150,000.