If you want to leave petrol behind, then you better shop for the best fuel-efficient cars available today. The 10 best electric cars on our list promise luxury, style, speed, efficiency, and range limits.
10. Chevrolet Volt
The Chevy Volt features better and efficient handling than other hybrids. It allows you to maximize fuel-efficiency with maximum 50 km on electric motor and 482 km on fuel. It also uses green materials for interior parts such as reused plastics and soy foam for seats. This car costs less than $40,000.
9. Nissan Leaf
The Nissan Leaf is an electric-powered car which can run for a maximum distance of 161 km. Charging time with the use of home dock is about 8 hours while it takes only 30 minutes with a fast charger. It features a stylish arrowed design without tailpipe for emission. The cost ranges from $28,500 up to $35,000.
8. Ford Focus Electric
Similar to the Leaf, Ford Focus Electric doesn’t use fuel and can run for 161-km max distance. It uses liquid coolers for the battery to prolong its overall life. It also features visual dashboard which gives you data about battery level, range, and car location. You can buy it for less than $40,000.
This electric vehicle appears to be a regular sedan with no frills. It can run for a maximum range of 145 km and it can fully charge its battery for only 3 hours. Compared to other EVs, Coda features a bigger battery. The price ranges from $37,000 to $40,000.
6. Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell
This is an electric-powered sports car which features a 571-horsepower and 420-kilowatt engine. Within 3.7 seconds, its engine can reach 100 km per hour. Its minimum travel range is 90 miles which can go up to 130 miles with batteries that can fully charge in an hour. The price of this EV ranges between $50,000 and $100,000.
5. Honda Fit Electric
This is a small but sporty car which only runs on electricity. Honda Fit is one of the best electric cars that feature an advanced dashboard, showing important information. It also features 3 driving modes: Normal mode for city driving, Eco mode for limited speed, and Sporty mode for quick acceleration. You can buy it for $37,000.
4. Aptera 2e
The 2e features the most distinctive vehicle design among the list of available EVs today. It is a 3-wheel car which only weighs 816 kg because of parts made of composite materials. The car can run a distance of 160 km and its battery can fully charge in 8 hours. The price ranges from $25,000 to $45,000.
3. Volvo C30 Electric
The overall design of C30 Electric is very similar to the C30 sporty. The plug-in of this EV is found in the car’s front grille. Its engine can go for 100 km/h within 10.7 seconds and it can travel for max distance of 145 km. Its price plays around $20,000 and $30,000 as of early 2013.
2. Wheego LiFe
LiFe is considered as one of the cheapest EV in the market. The latest model only costs $33,000. Its 115-volt batteries require 5 hours to fully charge and you can run for about 160 km with full charged batteries. The car is only 2-seated just like the EV Smart ForTwo.
1. Tesla Roadster 2.5
Known as the first electric-powered sports car, the Roadster 2.5 features 288-horsepower engine which has torque of 295 lbs-ft. Just like the AMG, its engine can reach 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds and it can run for 400 km with full charge batteries. The 2013 model was enhanced with bigger batteries for quick charging and longer travels. The cost of Roadster 2.5 is more than $100,000.
Car manufacturers are now developing efficient EVs that can go distance and with more functionalities. We might see more reasons to leave petrol behind soon so just sit tight and wait.
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