As gas prices fluctuate dramatically, car makers are touting the benefits of their electric vehicles. It seems most consumers like the idea of electric cars, but ask them to expand on details about each electric car and they will most likely not be able to. We’ve put together a list of some frequently mentioned electric cars already on the market or who will be entering the market soon. We’ve included a short description of each so that you can tell the difference between each electric car Arkansas. This is not a comprehensive list, but will give you an idea of options currently available from some of the big car makers.
Nissan Leaf – One of the early adopters of the electric car movement, this vehicle was introduced to the US markets in 2010, and there are plenty of fans. The Leaf is a five-door hatchback electric car manufactured by Nissan. The price can range at about 25,000, before receiving any local and state incentives. You can gain about 100 miles per charge, and speeds range up to 90 mph.
The Chevrolet Volt – Is a unique plug-in hybrid car. However, it makes our electric vehicle list because it differs from other hybrids in that it has a unique powertrain that will power the electric motor for the first 25 to 50 miles of driving. When its batteries are empty, the Volt switches on a gasoline engine to keep the car running. This gasoline engine also acts as a generator, providing more electric power for the motor. This makes it extremely cheap to charge and if you are planning a long road trip, then you can drive more than 100 miles per day. It’s included on this list, because although it is most like a hybrid, it is not quite a hybrid.
Ford Focus Electric – Although this car is not available until 2012, there are still many excited fans ready to purchase this car. The Ford Focus Electric car is also a five door hatchback. It has a 100 mile driving range before needing to be charged, and a max speed of 84 mph. It is unique because the Ford Focus Electric can be charged in three to four hours using an at-home, wall-mounted 240-volt charge station. Ford has also thought ahead regarding charging station infastructure by partnering with Best Buy for charging station installations.
Honda Fit Electric – Also not available until 2012, the Fit EV is built with the same 5-passenger layout as the Fit hatchback. In fact, the Fit EV is practically the same to a regular Fit with the exception of the EV- dash. It is going to be powered by a lithium-ion battery and coaxial electric motor and will include three unique driving modes: Econ, Normal, and Sport. Econ is said to increase driving range by as much as 17 percent over Normal and up to 25 percent over Sport. Compared to the Ford Focus Electric, it does have a longer charging times at 6 hours with a 240 volt outlet. It will also provide 100 miles per charge, and can gather speeds of 90 miles per hour.