Tesla S on the road

Don’t trust in EVs yet? See these 10 wonderful cars then!

If you’re born on 90s (Like me) you would definitely remember the days that you couldn’t even imagine one day we’ll all have big smart phones and we can’t live without them (some people can!). Now I should inform you that the same thing is happening about Electric vehicles. While we were all talking about traditional cars with less pollution and consumption (and of course more power) and looking at EVs as toys, These toys came into the market and increased their share of it slowly. Now days these EVs have become powerful, beautiful and affordable and they have expressed themselves as a solution for environmental or economic problems of societies. There is a difference between EVs  prevalence and smart phone’s. Most governments (and people) support  and subsidize the plans that help growing market for EVs while smart phones propagation in every aspect of our lives, looks like a disaster and there are many people against it. So we can expect a brilliant future (near future!) for EVs.

The following list contains 10 interesting EV on the market:

1- Smart Electric Drive

Well I’m sure you’re not proud of its appearance if you have one! But it’s the most inexpensive way for the car owners to be green. With price about 20000$ you can have:

Max. Speed: 125 Km/H

0 to 100: 11.5 s

Capacity: 2

Max. distance with full charge: 145 Km

Smart Electric Drive

Smart Electric Drive

 

2- Ford Focus Electric

Ford Focus won the Green Car Vision Award in 2011 at Washington car show. It was the first 5 door full EV introduced to the market. Its technical specifics:

Max. Speed: 135 Km/H

0 to 100: 10.2 s

Capacity: 5

Max. distance with full charge: 122 Km

Ford Focus Electric

Ford Focus Electric

3- Kia Soul EV

Kia introduced this model to EV market in 2014 and thanks to its cute design grabbed a lot of attention. Moreover, it has shown good performance too. Kia soul EV technical parameters are:

Max. Speed: 145 Km/H

Max. Torque: 285 N.m

Capacity: 5

Max. Distance with full charge: 150 Km

Kia Soul EV

Kia Soul EV

4- VW e-Golf

With the price of 30000 USD, it’s not the appearance we really deserve. Most of electric cars need to have a better body design (but we will see better designs in next cars on this list!). Exterior aside, this 5 door EV has some technologies like obstacle recognition and collision avoid system which can be counted as a positive point! And the performance is like:

Max. Speed: 140 Km/H

0 to 100: 10 s

Capacity: 5

Max. Distance with full charge: 134 Km

VW e-Golf

VW e-Golf

5- BMW i3

Another cute EV with the price of 43000 USD and carbon fiber body and aluminum structure. This car can be charged in 3 hours with 220V. BMW is my favorite brand! And the specifics:

Max. Speed: 150 Km/H

0 to 100: 7.8 s

Capacity: 4

Max. Distance with full charge: 160 Km

BMW i3

BMW i3

6- Chevy Spark EV

This EV is mass produced in 2013 and sits in the category of our ugly EVs. With a 97 Kw engine and 1356 Kg of weight, you can drive with it as below:

Max. Speed: 149 Km/H

0 to 100: 7.9 s

Capacity: 4

Max. Distance with full charge: 132 Km

Chevy Spark EV

Chevy Spark EV

7- Nissan Leaf

Finally, a 5 door car which looks beautiful (from behind, not front). With charging socket on the forehead of the car, it looks like an elephant during the charging process. LEAF stands for Leading Environmentally-Friendly affordable family. Nissan Leaf has been giving its drivers 80 kw power since 2010.

Max. Speed: 150 Km/H

0 to 100: 10.2 s

Capacity: 5

Max. Distance with full charge: 175 Km

Nissan Leaf

Nissan Leaf

8- Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive

And to finish ugliness of 5 door EVs, Mercedes has given us this model! Beautiful on both sides (or maybe I see it beautiful because of other Mercedes great designs!). Paying 50000 USD you can have 100Kw engine power and 310 N.m torque.

Max. Speed: 162 Km/H

0 to 100: 6.8 s

Capacity: 5

Max. Distance with full charge: 200 Km

Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive

Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive

9- BMW i8

It’s true that this car is Hybrid not fully electrical but 98 Kw engine compelled us to put it in second place of our EVs. More than its engine performance, its appearance will astonish you! Wonderful design, something you can’t take your eyes off it. It has a great performance too, thanks to its heat engine. this model was an apex when it came to the market (and I believe it still is!). Specifics of this European super car is:

Max. Speed: 250 Km/H

0 to 100: 3.6 s

Capacity: 4

Max. Distance with full charge: 37 Km (I know…it’s not enough but you have a heat engine too!)

BMW i8

BMW i8

10- Tesla Model S 

At the end of our list (as you may guess) we meet the most famous EV in the EV’s World and that’s the Tesla Family. Thanks to Elon Musk’s ambitions, the market of EVs is getting hotter and hotter. As a personal advice, I recommend you to have quick study on Elon musk’s Projects. It really is inspiring. Specifics of this electrical monster are:

Max. Speed: 250 Km/H

0 to 100: 2.8 s

Capacity: 5

Max. Distance with full charge: 400 Km

Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S

Now you have known some of great EVs on the market, you can think to the ways of transportation which are more green and maybe more economic (with subsidy or tax exceptions). Be aware that changes that we want to see in the world (in this case, clean environment) should be started from ourselves. One EV in your neighborhood may encourage the others to do the same thing.

 

Mozaffar EtezadiFar

Founder at Energykade
Mozaffar owns degrees in electrical engineering as BSc and power management as MSc. He has worked in fields of energy and e-commerce. He believes that energy and IT can help each other to save more energy and our planet. So here is energykade...
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