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A Round-Up Of 100% Electric Cars

by Justin on May 28,2008

in Cars


At MetaEfficient, Iam a strong advocate of car-free living. However, clean, electricvehicles can be useful in some situations. If you recharge themusing a renewable energy source such as solar power, they arecompletely emissions-free. The least expensive way to get anelectric car is to convert your current car to an electric vehicle— see this article I wrote more info. Here’s a round-up of the pure electric cars that can be ordered today:

This week,the Green Vehicles company made the surprise announcement that the Triac, a three-wheeled electric car, is ready for sale. Green Vehicles will be offering this lithium-ion powered vehicle, that has a 120 mile range and has a top speed of 70 mph. The engine has a 20 kilowatt electric motor, and a regenerative braking system. It takes about 6 hours for the vehicle to recharge from a regular electrical socket. Green Vehicles just opened a new retail location in SanJose. This is an interesting one towatch!

Link: Green Vehicles

You may havealready heard of the 100% electric Tesla sportscar. This car boastssome impressive numbers: 220 miles on a charge, 0 to60 mph in 3.9 secs,and the equivalent of 135 miles per gallon. The starting price is$109,000. The first models of the Tesla vehicle recently rolled offthe production line. Due to demand, you’ll have to wait six monthsto put in a order for next year’s model. Some of the celebritieswho’ve already bought one are: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Robert DowneyJr., Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergei Brin, Dustin Hoffmanand Kelsey Grammer.

Link: Tesla Motors

InCanada, the ZENN Motor Company produces an electric hatchback called the ZENN (Zero Emissions No Noise). This low-speed electric car (or NEV for “neighborhood electric vehicle”) goes 35 miles on a charge, and takes 4 hours to recharge. The ZENN is produced by taking a car without a powertrain (the Microcar from Europe) and installing a electric motor and batteries in it. Drivers get a very functional two seat hatchback that offers 13 cubic feet of cargo space behind the front seats. ZENNs are available for about $15000, from dealers in Canadaand the U.S.

Link: ZENN MotorCompany

This is anall-electric SUV by PhoenixMotorcars. It can recharge in10 minutes, and it has a range of a 100 miles (or more) percharge.  It can achieve speeds of 95 MPH while carrying five passengers and a full payload. The vehicle uses the innovative NanoSafe batteries by Altairnano. NanoSafe batteries are made with a non-toxic compound, lithium titanate. Right now, the vehicles are only available to fleet buyers. However, Phoenix Motorcars will also release a consumer version of its zero-emission, freeway-speed vehicle in early 2009 — potential buyers can put their name on a waiting list. The company is also working to release a battery pack that will provide a 250 mile range.

Link: Phoenix Motorcars

Miles Electric Vehiclesoffers a line of low-speed electric cars, with a range of about 40-60 miles between charges. The base model is the ZX40 — it’s propelled by a 4 kW DC electric motor, while the ZX40S has a more powerful 6.3 kW DC motor. For maximum performance, the Miles ZX40S Advanced Design offers a 7.5 kW AC induction motor. The tall four door wagon seats four and offers 41 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seat folded. Standard features include front and rear defroster, windshield wipers, electric mirrors, and alloy wheels. They are available for $14,900-$18,900. 

Global ElectricMotorcars (GEM) is a Chryslercompany, and has been selling electric car for a while now. Thebasic configuration is an open design, the cars can be fitted withcanvas or hard doors. The GEM comes in many configurations to suita wide range of applications. GEMs are available from $6,795 to$12,495.

Basedin Canada, theDynasty Electric CarCompany produces a range of low-speed electric cars. TheiriT Sedan hs analuminum for the frame structure with aninfusion molded fiberglass body and molded plastic bumpers.Electricity is stored in six lead acid batteries. The car rechargesin less than 12 hours. Models range from $14,000 to$25,000. 

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