The cars, which could travel around 60 miles on a single charge of their lead-acid batteries, were taken off the roads and crushed. Protesters staged a mock funeral; others accused GM of failing intentionally. While GM never revealed the actual cost of building an EV1 the vehicles were only leased, not sold, the company had invested 1.5 billion in the project. But it declared the car an economic failure with no chance of reaching a mass market.
Seven years later, in December of 2010, Japans Nissan launched the Leaf, a four-door all-electric sedan. The range of the Leaf isnt much better than that of the EV1—100 miles, according to Nissan but closer to 70 miles in government tests. The major difference this time around is that the Leaf has a definite price tag: 35,200.
So far, Nissan has sold about 21,000 Leafs globally, including 9,700 in the U.S. As part of the marketing effort, the company is tracking the cars closely. With the driver’s permission, the Leaf’s navigation system transmits driving data back to Nissan, where it is studied to see how far people drive and how well the batteries perform. And the car is connected in other ways: the navigation system displays a live list of nearby charging stations, and it sends text messages reminding drivers to charge their cars.
TELSA Motor´s Model S is the world’s first premium electric sedan. It seats five adults and two children. With no internal combustion engine or transmission tunnel, the interior of the car has class-leading cargo space, including a second trunk under the hood. The centerpiece of the interior is a 17″ touchscreen with wireless connectivity for streaming radio, web browsing and navigation. Model S comes with three battery pack options, 40kWh, 60kWh or 85kWh. It can be recharged using any conventional outlet and is capable of a fast charge of 45 minutes.
Equipped with Tesla’s advanced electric power train, Model S provides instant torque and smooth acceleration from 0-60 in less than six seconds. The aluminum body is engineered for superior handling, safety and efficiency. With the most energy dense battery pack in the industry, and best-in-class aerodynamics, Model S has the longest range of any electric car in the world, up to 300 miles on a single charge.
GM 2012 Chevrolet Volt ranks 8 out of 19 Upscale Midsize Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of 28 published reviews and test drives of the Chevrolet Volt, and our analysis of reliability and safety data. Reviewers agree that the 2012 Chevrolet Volt is one of the best hybrid cars on the market, thanks to its impressive fuel economy.
The 2012 Chevrolet Volt is one of the automotive press’ favorite hybrid cars. Since the Volt has a gas engine that kicks in after the battery dies, they like that there’s no range anxiety that accompanies all-electric cars. Although the Volt is mostly categorized as a hybrid car, some people, including Chevrolet, call it an extended-range electric vehicle. The electric motors, which power the Chevy Volt for an EPA -estimated 35 miles, provide lots of power, and reviewers say they are smooth and quiet. The gas engine is also well-liked by auto reviewers.