Buying a new electric car is preferable to purchasing a used one, as there are quite a few hot new electric cars that will soon be available due to advances in electric car technology. So much, that in the near future, everyone will be driving electric cars instead of conventional vehicles. Most auto manufacturers are competing to manufacture electric cars with cutting edge technology that are convenient to use as well as eco-friendly.
This green car will be fully powered by electricity, require no gasoline and hence will have 0 percent emissions. Powered by an 80 kW AC synchronous electric motor, the Leaf will have a range of 100 miles between charges and will attain a top speed of 90 mph. This 5 door electric car can seat 5 passengers and can be charged in 5 to 6 hours. The car will have features such as the Nissan navigation system, 24 kWh lithium ion batteries, a 3.3 kW onboard charger, 4 wheel anti-lock braking system, power assisted front disc/rear disc brakes, electronic parking brake, and front and rear stabilizer bars. Available at a purchase price of $32,780, the Leaf qualifies for a federal tax credit and, hence, you can take one home for $25,280. Nissan has partnered with a few charging companies and you will be able to charge your Leaf at public places. You’d only need to pay $3 to charge it up.
The 2011 Chevrolet Volt is touted to be the most fuel-efficient hybrid compact 5-door 4-seater sedan. Manufactured by General Motors, the Volt was designed to use gas to create its own electricity. Its gas generator produces enough energy to drive the car for hundreds of miles on a single tank of gas. The 16 kWh lithium ion batteries provide electric power to run the car for the first 40 miles after which a gasoline engine will act as a generator to supply electricity to the motor. The gas engine has the capacity to power the Volt to drive for 400 miles. The batteries need 8 hours to be charged and the price of charging the Volt will be approximately 2 cents per driven mile. Available at a purchase price of $40,000, the federal tax credits will allow you to take the Volt home for around $32,000. The Volt is aerodynamically designed and offers a spacious interior and innovative technological features that make it fun to drive. It’s a powerhouse, as it can achieve a maximum speed of 100 mph.
Manufactured by Coda Automotive, this mid-size 4-door, 5-passenger sedan will be available at a purchase price of $45,000. Since it qualifies for federal and state tax credits, you will be able to take one home for $35,000. It features 33.8 kWh lithium ion phosphate batteries that can be charged in 6 hours and a 100 kW traction motor capable of developing 221 lb-ft of torque. It has a projected driving range of 100 to 120 miles and a top speed of 80 mph.
Auto manufacturers are manufacturing electric vehicles that are a delight to drive, economical and practical. Hence, we will see a phasing out of conventional cars gradually as more electric cars flood the market.