The automobile industry is in an interesting juncture. Newcomers to the auto industry are rethinking how cars are fueled, experimenting with electricity and other technologies. Meanwhile, the traditional automakers are beginning to look outside their fossil fuel comfort zones. This is producing more and better electric cars, with the expectation that consumers are reaching a tipping point.
No company has received more hype than Tesla. The company has finally unveiled its Model 3 – the car that Tesla founder Elon Musk hopes will revolutionize the market for eco-friendly cars. Tesla spent several years creating a car that it hopes can bring electric cars to the masses. The Model 3 is said to be affordable because it will retail at $35,000. At that base price, car buyers will get a vehicle that goes 0 to 60mph in 6 seconds or less, plus a range of 215 miles before the car needs recharged.
However, Tesla is not the only player in the electric cars game. Fiat has recently begun a full-scale invasion of the American market.
In California, buyers can pick up the Fiat 500e, which is a fully electric two-door car. The base price starts at about $33,000 and offers a cruising range of 87 miles. The car has the fun styling and hip interiors that Fiat is known for.
Few people seem to know that Honda’s popular Accord actually has a plug-in version. The Accord Plug-In Hybrid offers a fully electric range of about 14 miles.
But with a range-extending 196-horsepower 4-cylinder gasoline engine, drivers will have a good balance of fuel and electric. The electric range is small, but the battery recharges in less than three hours, even when using a normal 120-volt plug rather than a supercharger. The standard price is $40,500, which comes with a good list of standard features, including heated front and rear seats, Bluetooth, LED headlights, dual-zone automatic climate control, a backup camera and even an 8-inch center touchscreen. The car is a good option for drivers who need a solid four-seater and value Honda’s craftsmanship.
Smart ForTwo Electric Drive is the smallest EV car on the US market. It measures at just over 106 inches from front to back, and is about 61 inches tall and wide.
This is a car made for people who live in densely populated cities rather than for drivers who often use the highways. It’s also the only car on the market that has a convertible option. It has a 17.6 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack and electric motor. The top speed is 78mph. The Smart ForTwo ED provides 74 horsepower, granting a zero-to-62 mph time of 11.5 seconds. The car gets 68 miles per charge, which is great for people who need to zip around town running errands.
An electric Cadillac? Yes, this is a car that actually exists.
The Cadillac ELR is based on the Volt chassis and has the electric Chevy’s engine as well. The coupe looks sleek and has a very smooth ride. As you might expect, the pricing on the Cadillac is higher than the other cars, starting at $75,000. The ELR’s range is about 35 miles. However, when drivers use the range-extending gasoline engine, the total range is a great 300 miles per charge.
For drivers who want to go completely gas-free and don’t want to wait until 2017 for a Model 3, the Soul EV is probably the top eco-friendly car on the market.
The Soul EV has a 93 mile range, which is second only to the three Tesla models. It also has a variety of high-tech features that are pleasing to drivers. The Soul EV was designed from the start to be electric-only, and it is one of the most fun electric cars to drive. It has a fast charger and starts at just $34,000. Compared to the Tesla Model S, which starts at a cost-prohibitive $90,000, the Soul EV feels like the best deal available for families who are eco-conscious. Best of all, it has a stronger warranty than every other EV on the market.
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Originally posted 2016-03-31 20:08:34. Republished by Blog Post Promoter