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Talk! Talk! Talk! Talk! - Electric cars for sale in 2012 or 2013.......


....at this moment in time there is lot's of talk on the net about the future of electric cars and hybrid cars, great schemes to get WHOLE COUNTRIES electrified and so on. But what I want to know is - as of now - what electric cars are for sale?


Also, are they worth buying now?



.... or are you better off waiting?



Tango electric car, Tango T600


When I started to look in June of 2008, I felt that Ireland (where I live) was WAY WAY BEHIND on electric vehicles and that just about every other country in the world WAY WAY AHEAD!





Mitsubishi MiEV But when I started to read more, I saw that most people were TALKING ABOUT THE FUTURE! Of course, there are SOME electric cars available now - but it seems that they are just in small pockets of the world where they make a lot of sense (such as London with it's traffic congestion charge) - but most seem to be planned for serious production between 2013 and 2015 (see the History and Future of Electric Cars).



As for what is actually available now (The Test - can pick up the phone, call electric car dealers and arrange to see one and maybe even drive one!) this is what I came up with:



Electric Cars For Sale at the moment (September, 2011):



Please note that I have only included cars that have a speed in excess of 60km/h and fully-charged range of at least 60km. This may not seem like a lot, but it does get you out and about on public roads and some electric cars known as "neighbourhood vehicles" (or golf-carts) don't even come up to this.

Model

Manufacturer

Power-train Type*

Power (electric/ combustion)

Electric-Only Range (km)

Charge Time (220v)

Further Manufacturer Details

Tango T600

Commuter Cars Corporation

A

?

64-320

3hrs

Commuter Cars

Mega e-city

AIXAM-MEGA Group

A

11kW

60

8-10hrs

Green Machines

Think City

Think, Norway

A

34kW

200

7-8hrs

Think EV Sales

Tesla roadster

Tesla Motors

A

215kW

355

3.5hrs

Tesla Motors Roadster

Reva G-Wiz Li-ion

Mahindra Reva

A

13kW

120

6hrs

Petrol Free World

Reva G-wiz i

Mahindra Reva

A

13kW

77

8hrs

Petrol Free World

NmG

Myers Motors

A

?

48

4-6hrs

Myers Motors

Aptera 2e

Aptera, USA

A

?

161

4-5hrs

Aptera

Citroen C1 ev'ie

The Electric Car Corporation

A

?

96-120

6hrs

Electric Car Corporation

Stevens Zecar

Stevens Vehicles, Wales

A

52kW

160

8-10hrs

Stevens ZeCars

Blade Electron

Blade Electric Vehicles

A

70kW

160

8-10hrs

Blade Electric Vehicles

Nissan Leaf

Nissan

A

90kW

160

7 Hours

Nissan Zero Emissions

Chevrolet Volt

General Motors

B

112kW/80hp

40

8 Hours

Chevrolet

Wheego LiFe

Wheego Electric Cars

A

45kW

160

5 Hours from 50%-100%

Wheego

Smart Fortwo ED

Smart USA

A

30kW

110

5 Hours

Smart USA

iMIEV

Mitsubishi

A

47kW

120

6 Hours

Mitsubishi UK

iOn*

Peugeot

A

47kW

120

6 Hours

Peugeot Ion Showroom

C-Zero*

Citroen

A

47kW

120

6 Hours

C-Zero Citroen

 

 

 

Powertrain Types:
A. All Electric Drive - with batteries only
B. All Electric Drive - with range extender combustion engine that drives electric generator
C. Hybrid Electric/combustion engine drive with plug-in charge capability (Plug-In Hybrid)


*Only available on lease to companies.

So - as you can see, there is a fairly motley crew of them out there at the moment.


They seem to be:
  • Mostly cheap(ish), slow and small range (40 miles)
  • Or expensive, fast and ok range (100 miles plus)
  • AND built by small companies who are having a hard time convincing buyers that this is the way to go
  • AND still have some questions hovering over their battery reliability and costs of replacements
Now, let's move on a bit. You may have heard of all sorts of super-fast electric cars on the way - and that's just it, they are "on the way". They're just not here yet! So, what's coming over the horizon in the world of electric cars?

Here is the result of my own research:


Electric Cars For Sale in the FUTURE (from 2011 onwards):



Production Year

Manufacturer

Model

Powertrain Type*

Power (electric/ combustion)

Electric Only Range (km)

Charge Time (220v)

Further Manufacturer Details

2011

Fisker Automotive

Karma

B/C

2x150kW/ 260hp

80km

6 Hours

Fisker Automotive

GM Opel

Ampera

B

111kW

40km

8 Hours

Opel Ampera

2012

Tata

Indica Vista EV

A

55kW

160km

8 Hours

Tata Vista EV Website

Audi

R8 eTron Spyder

C

225kW

50km

n/a

Audi eTron

Audi

A1 eTron

B

45kW

48km

n/a

Audi eTron

Toyota

Prius PHV

C

60kW/ 98hp

22km

1.5 Hours

Toyota Prius Plugin Hybrid

Ford

Focus Electric

A

n/a

160km

n/a

Ford Green Technology

Renault

Fluence Z.E.

A

70kW

160km

8 Hours

Renault Zero Emissions

Renault

Zoe

A

60kW

160km

8 Hours

Renault Zero Emissions

Renault

Twizy

A

15kW

96km

3.5 Hours

Renault Zero Emissions

Mercedes

A Class E-Cell

A

n/a

200km

8 Hours

Mercedes Benz Site

Tesla Motors

Model S

A

70kW?

250-750Km

6 Hours?

Tesla Motors Model S

Honda

Fit EV

A

n/a

160km

6 Hours

Honda Fit EV Site

Toyota

RAV4 EV

A

n/a

160km

6 Hours

Toyota Press Releases

Toyota

IQ EV

A

n/a

n/a

n/a

Toyota Press Releases

BYD

e6

A

200kW

300

n/a

BYD e6

Mazda

Mazda 2 EV

A

n/a

200

n/a

Mazda Press Release

Honda

Fit EV

A

n/a

110

6 hours

Honda Fit EV

2013

BMW

Megacity/i3

A

125kW

130 160km

6 Hours

BMW i3

BMW

i8

C

125kW/220hp

35km

2 hours

BMW i8

Volkswagen

Golf Blue-e-motion

A

n/a

160km

n/a

Volkswagen Blue-e-motion

 

*Powertrain Types:
A. All Electric Drive - with batteries only
B. All Electric Drive - with range extender combustion engine that drives electric generator
C. Hybrid Electric/combustion engine drive with plug-in charge capability (Plug-In Hybrid)



Back to the future
As a result, the market for the electric cars for sale seems to be for the truly GREEN pioneer at the moment (with cash to splash!) - with lots of pioneering companies making great products - BUT the whole market seems to need the BIG BOYS (and GIRLZ) to come in to get the confidence going just right.



For my own family - I'll be recommending that we stay away from the Electric Cars available until about late 2012 or 2013 (when we should see some confidence in the market for them).



So I'll keep toodling around on my Electric Bicycle - and maybe get my hands on a Vectrix Electric Scooter (which is really an Electric Motorcycle)


... but ... of course ....

Tesla electric car, Tesla roadster


...I wouldn't say no to a Tesla Roadster in the meantime!






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