electric vehicles in 2016, we are set to see even more exciting electric vehicles this year and next. It is likely that there will be many more to follow as more and more automakers are announcing upcoming and ever more ambitious vehicles to their production. With governments across the world providing incentives and initiatives to increase electric vehicle adoption, we are likely to see many more automakers committing to volume production for their innovative and electric models. So, what does the immediate future look like for electric cars? Here are some of the most exciting and inventive models coming out soon. Jaguar I-Pace SUVModelled in line with their successful F-Pace series, Jaguar has designed a luxury SUV as its first car in the electric vehicle market. With a 90kWh battery pack that has been developed exclusively by Jaguar, the I-Pace is expected to hit 0 to 60 mph in around four seconds, which will certainly make it one of the speediest electric vehicles on the market. … [Read more...] about Five of the most exciting electric cars coming soon
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This is Volkswagen's new Nils concept car - a radical single-seater electric car designed purposefully for the solo urban commuter.Ever wondered why so many cars in cities have just one occupant in the rush hour? VW says 90% of German commuters travel solo. The VW Nils is for them.The Nils is all about lightweight and minimalism. Space for two? Nope. Steel body panels? Hardly. It's a design statement for future city transport needs, produced in partnership with the German ministry for urban development.It uses an aluminium spaceframe to trim kerbweight to just 460kg - and those compact dimensions help, too. It's just 3040mm long - half a metre shorter than an Up - while it's just 1390mm wide. It's lower than a Porsche 911.VW says the blueprint for this single-seater followed an F1 car: the driver's in the middle, lightweight 25kW electric motor slung out back driving the rear wheels and free-standing 17in wheels. That engine weighs just 19kg. It's all part of the … [Read more...] about VW Nils single-seater electric car concept (2011) news
► Cayman E-Volution► Porsche's new EV research car► Won't make production, but shows futureIs an all-electric Porsche Cayman in the works? Stuttgart says no, but the brand’s EV engineers say that this Cayman E-Volution concept is a research vehicle that ‘gives an early indication of just how sporty Porsche believes e-mobility can be.’The Cayman E-Volution test vehicle uses an all-electric drivetrain capable of launching the small sports car to 62mph in just 3.3 seconds – faster than any combustion-engined Cayman including the race-bred GT4 Clubsport – and manages a claimed 200km (124-mile) range.Porsche says that the E-Volution research car is ‘a hint of what is to come in 2019’, which is when the brand will bring the Mission E concept to life in production form.The research vehicle is part of Porsche’s e-mobility stand at the 2017 Electric Vehicle Symposium in Stuttgart, which is the world’s largest gathering of … [Read more...] about Electric Cayman? Porsche shows off Cayman E-Volution Prototype at electric car show
After years of hype and technological discoveries that make them possible, the electric car is here. Starting in the new year there will be a large number of electric vehicles available from companies that have already built a reputation for being quality vehicle manufacturers. There will also be some offered by lesser known new companies. Believe it or not, it is now possible to list 10 2011 electric cars from which to choose if you wish to be one of those pioneers to try the vehicles first. Here is that list.The Nissan Leaf is a true 100 percent electric car. Of course, the manufacturer is well known and has built a reputation offering quality, fuel efficient models. Nissan is truly serious about its venture and expects to sell as many as 500,000 electric vehicles a year worldwide. It has invested tons of money in battery manufacturing plants which serves as evidence that it is truly committed. There is already talk that Nissan and its luxury division Infiniti will be offering … [Read more...] about Top 10 2011 Electric Cars
A shopper in Texas, looking for the new Chevrolet Volt, was told that there wasn’t one within 1000 miles. At a California dealership, meanwhile, there were more than 20 Volts in stock, and personnel noted that Chevy’s plug-in hybrid is their top-selling car—and that it “flies off the lot.”Both dealership visits were around the same time, this spring, and the shoppers were taking notes on their experience as part of a broad survey about the electric-car shopping experience, organized by the environmental organization Sierra Club.The results point out that while some dealerships do go above and beyond to sell plug-in models, many are simply deciding it’s not worth the time or effort. And they beg a reality check: If you were a Chevy dealer in Texas, would you stock Volts? Or Silverados?Some of the conclusions of the organization’s Rev Up EVs survey and report point to greater issues facing automakers as they try to market and sell such … [Read more...] about Some Dealerships Don’t Really Want to Sell You an Electric Car
Never mind those electric-car bargains we told you about mere months ago. Prices have been on such a steep downward trajectory that there’s already an entirely new, sweeter set of deals to be found. You might find a five-year-old vehicle with relatively low mileage, very low operating costs, and nothing wrong with it—for the price of a beater.The asterisk: That car would most likely be a Nissan Leaf, and you’ll only be able to go about 60 miles before needing many hours plugged in—unless you’re fortunate enough to have fast-charging hardware nearby.Apparently most people aren’t willing to live with that asterisk or the few others that accompany life with a used electric car. According to the pricing authority Black Book, retail values for the used 2013 Nissan Leaf are at an average 22 percent of the original MSRP—in the range of $8000 to $8500—while that five-year-old Leaf is selling at just 11 percent of its original sticker.A … [Read more...] about Tesla Aside, Resale Values for Electric Cars Are Still Tanking
After a trip to Russia last Wednesday and a thorough look at Japan on Monday, here I am again, annoying you with ever more worldwide car sale figures. This time let’s get back to basics and look at the best-selling hybrid/electric cars in the USA, a category up 75 percent year-on-year…Can’t get your head around why you would buy cars that run on batteries? That’s ok, you can discover the best-selling models in 168 countries and territories in my blog and you’ll see most of them still are good old gas-guzzlers. Or today I can also offer you the Top 277 best-selling models in the USA over the first 9 months 2012…Sales of Hybrid and Electric cars in the USA are up 75 percent year-on-year in September to 39,974 registrations, which brings the year-to-date total to 351,703 units, up 73 percent on 2011 and now reaching a 3.2 percent share of the total market. In other words, if all Hybrid and Electric car sales were one model … [Read more...] about Best Selling Cars Around The Globe: What Hybrids And Electric Cars Are Selling In The U.S.
If things go right for Lucid Motors, this lesser-known California automaker could be poised to challenge Tesla’s prominence as Silicon Valley’s preferred EV producer. It’s looking very much like a Ford-versus-Chevrolet–style crosstown rivalry in the making. Lucid, formerly known as Atieva, is in Menlo Park, next door to Palo Alto where Tesla is headquartered, and Lucid’s chief technology officer—the one spearheading development of the new brand’s electric luxury sedan—is Peter Rawlinson, the former chief engineer of the Tesla Model S.Rawlinson, a veteran of Lotus and Jaguar, has brought along many from the original Model S team and added fresh faces to address the rapid confluence of technology and mobility. But he swears that Lucid isn’t doing a remake of the Model S. All that experience on the team boosts the chances of seeing a good—perhaps great—car through to production.Rawlinson conceived Lucid’s sedan as one … [Read more...] about Tesla Owners, Will Lucid Make Your Next Electric Car?
Did you hear the news? Every automaker worth its salt will switch to electrified, fully autonomous vehicles yesterday.Bored yet? Very likely so, but the people laying out money for cars still have a say in what vehicles automakers produce, and for high-end buyers, prestige doesn’t necessarily come wrapped in the latest technology from the pages of Wired. Big-money buyers want big power and, while that increasingly means the latest in twin-turbocharged, downsized wonderengines, it isn’t always so.Audi can’t wait to challenge Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Jaguar in the premium electric car race, but there’s no way its customers would agree to the disappearance of a proper eight-cylinder gasoline engine, claims the brand’s technical development chief.Speaking to Automotive News Europe, Peter Mertens, who arrived at his post from Volvo earlier this year, has heard his company’s customers loud and clear.Oh sure, there’ll be three electric vehicles … [Read more...] about Electric Cars Are Nice, but Audi Customers Still Demand V8s
Living in Northern California, electric cars are a common sight – all you have to do is look in the left lane. There are numerous Tesla Model S’s, Nissan Leafs, and the occasional Ford Focus or Chevrolet Spark EV. Plug-in hybrids like the Chevy Volt, Ford Fusion and C-MAX Energi, and the Prius hybrid can be seen every day. BMW is planning on releasing plug-in hybrids of its core models like the 3-Series and the X5 in 2016. Four years ago, that wasn’t the case.Back in 2011, when the documentary Revenge of the Electric Car was released, Tesla was attempting to sell the last of their Roadsters and the Model S was still a prototype. The Volt and Leaf were about to go on sale in electric car-friendly states (like California). Gas was never below $3 a gallon that year. In 2015, there are at least 15 electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles with more on the way. Tesla is worth billions of dollars, even though it sells only one car, the Model S which in the documentary … [Read more...] about Review: Revenge Of The Electric Car