Electric Cars and Vehicles: Who Killed 'Em, New Batteries and More
New electric vehicles: powered by better batteries
Since the "death" of the EV1 and the development of battery chemistries better suited to power something as large as a car, there have been big claims from a growing number of manufacturers about bringing EVs to the market.
Tesla Roadster: leading the electric car "charge"
Not least of these is the Tesla Roadster, pictured above (read the latest on Tesla here). Offering gaudy numbers like 0-60 in 4 seconds, the equivalent of 135 miles per gallon, more than 200 miles per charge and a price tag hovering around $100,000, Tesla's hot-rod looks and performance have become the poster child for the next generation of EVs, and several other manufacturers have thrown their hat into the battery-powered ring as well.
More new electric cars
Between them all, they offer a wide variety of styles, levels of performance and price; after Tesla's two-seater sexiness, Miles Automotive Group's XS 500 (pictured above) represents the sensible family sedan under $30,000 and Phoenix Motorcars offers an electric pick-up truck. All offer the zero-emission (while driving, at least) alternative and the ability to get up to a couple hundred miles per charge while achieving highway-like speeds. Though these examples were developed to be driven like conventional cars, they excel at the shorter, commuter-type trips that dominate much of our driving these days. And, of course, the prototype caveat remains: none of the above cars has come to market, leaving a question mark on their true performance and viability until they show up at a dealership near you.
But there's a whole other crop of smaller EVs designed especially for this commuter-type driving behavior, and you can even buy a few of them today. Read on to see more electric vehicles on the road near you.