Ford Focus Electric Pricing Fetaures And Our Reviews

The advancement of technology in this century is incomparable, it's influence can be seen in every sector of the economy. From agriculture, to business, to medicine, to our social lives, daily living and even in the invention of cars and vehicles. Cars are used these days to decide the social status of someone. After all, a man is judged to be a rich as the car he cruises in.

On this note, leading inventors have been seen raising their game to such high and lofty standards that makes us wonder if we can ever get enough. One of such leading inventors, Ford Motor Company.

Introduction

Ford Motor Company is an American multinational automaker headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. It was founded by Henry Ford and incorporated on June 16, 1903. The company sells automobiles and commercial vehicles under the Ford brand and most luxury cars under the Lincoln brand. Ford also owns Brazilian SUVmanufacturer Troller, an 8% stake in Aston Martin of the United Kingdom, and a 49% stake in Jiangling Motors of China.[5] It also has joint-ventures in China (Changan Ford), Taiwan (Ford Lio Ho), Thailand (AutoAlliance Thailand), Turkey (Ford Otosan), and Russia (Ford Sollers). The company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and is controlled by the Ford family.

The Ford Focus

Over the years, we have witnessed some of Ford's best work, especially in the Ford focus models. Since its arrival in the U.S. for the 2000 model year, the Ford Focus has been among the best cars in the compact segment with each successive generation improving over the previous model. For 2000, the Ford Focus sedan, three-door hatchback, and wagon joined the automaker’s lineup alongside the long-running (1981-2002) FordEscort compact before eventually replacing that model. Power for the original Ford Focus came from either a 110-hp 2.0-liter or 130-hp 2.0-liter ZETEC four-cylinder engine. A five-door hatchback was added for the 2002 model year, while a more powerful 151-hp 2.3-liter Duratec I-4 was added for 2004.

Ford’s in-house tuner introduced the Focus SVTmodel for 2002. Based on the ZX3 three-door hatchback, the high-performance model was powered by a 170-hp version of the 2.0-liter ZETEC engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The SVT treatment was added to the ZX5 five-door hatchback for 2003. Although Ford introduced an all-new second-generation model in 2005 for Europe, the U.S.-market car was just a refresh of the first-gen model. The hatchbacks and wagon were eventually discontinued, while a new coupe body style joined the sedan. A new 136-hp 2.0-liter Dutatec four-cylinder replaced both previous 2.0-liter engines. The SVT model was now gone and replaced with the ZX4 four-door-sedan-based ST model, which offered a 2.3-liter engine and a sportier suspension tune.

Ford launched the third-generation Ford Focus worldwide in 2012 in four-door sedan and hatchback body styles. A 160-hp 2.0-liter engine was the initial engine offering followed by the high performance Focus ST hatchback powered by a 252-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost I-4. For 2015, Ford added the fuel-efficient 123-hp turbocharged 1.0-liter EcoBoost I-3 rated 28-30/40-42/32-35 mpg city/highway/combined depending on the transmission. Soon after, Ford released the most performance-oriented Focus to date: the 2016 Ford Focus RS powered by a 350-hp turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost I-4 mated to a six-speed manual transmission that routes power to all four wheels.

The Ford Focus Electric

Despite these achievements and advancements, Ford showed they were not done yet, that in fact, they had only just started. They delved into the world of inventing electric vehicles and it is on this front that the rest of the world had been playing catch up ever since. But for a case of space, this material would only be able to feature some years of the Ford focus electric vehicle.

2015 MODEL

The 2015 Ford Focus is a compact car that's available in sedan and four-door hatchback body styles. There are three main trim levels available -- S, SE and Titanium -- as well as the Focus Electric. The high-performance turbocharged Focus ST is reviewed separately.

The S model, which is only offered as a sedan, comes with 15-inch steel wheels; keyless entry; manual air-conditioning; power front windows, power locks and mirrors; integrated blind-spot mirrors; a height-adjustable driver seat; 60/40 split-folding rear seats; a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel; Ford's MyKey (to limit speeds, audio volume, etc. for additional drivers); a rearview camera with 4.2-inch display; Ford's Sync voice-activated phone and audio player interface (includes Bluetooth) and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player and auxiliary audio jack.

Move up to the SE and you get 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, cruise control, power rear windows, a trip computer, rear air vents, additional front headrest adjustments, a six-speaker sound system and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls. The SE is the hatchback's base trim.

A number of optional packages are available for the SE. The 201A equipment group (a.k.a. the SE Appearance package) includes 17-inch dark-painted aluminum wheels, rear disc brakes, LED running lights, foglamps, a rear spoiler (sedan), ambient interior lighting, leather upholstery, a six-way power driver seat (including power lumbar), an overhead console, rear center armrest and satellite radio.

Choosing 201A also allows you to order the Navigation with Sony and MyFord Touch package that adds dual-zone automatic climate control, a navigation system, an 8-inch center touchscreen and a 10-speaker Sony sound system.

The SE Sport package (requires automatic transmission, not available with 201A) adds different 17-inch aluminum wheels, rear disc brakes, a body kit, foglights, paddle shifters, sport cloth seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The SE EcoBoost package adds all of this but requires a manual transmission paired with the new-for-2015 three-cylinder turbocharged engine.

Some of the above bundled items (like the new engine, MyFord Touch, satellite radio and power front seats) may be ordered individually. Also available are an exterior keypad entry system, remote start (automatic-transmission models only), a sunroof and rear parking sensors. Any 2015 Focus SE may be ordered with the SE Cold Weather package that includes heated front seats, steering wheel and exterior mirrors.

Spring for the Focus Titanium and you get the contents of the 201A package plus the Cold Weather package (minus the heated steering wheel), and the Sony and MyFord Touch packages (minus navigation but with expanded Sync functionality) as standard. The Titanium also has upgraded exterior and interior trim, remote start, keyless ignition and entry, hill-start assist, rear parking sensors and HD radio.

The Titanium Technology package includes automatic high-beam headlight control, a blind-spot warning system, rear cross-traffic alert and lane-departure warning and lane keeping assist. Automatic parallel parking assist (with the automatic transmission) is also available. Rounding out the Titanium's options are 18-inch high-performance all-season tires and a full-size spare, the navigation system and a sunroof.

The Focus Electric is equipped similarly to the Titanium, although leather upholstery and the power driver seat are optional. The Electric gets exclusive xenon headlamps and LED taillamps as standard

2016 Model

The 2016 Ford Focus is a compact car that's available in a choice of sedan and four-door hatchback body styles. There are three main trim levels available -- S, SE and Titanium -- as well as the Focus Electric. The high-performance Focus ST and Focus RS are reviewed separately.

The S model, which is only offered as a sedan, comes with 15-inch steel wheels, integrated blind-spot mirrors, keyless entry, air-conditioning, cloth upholstery, a height-adjustable driver seat, 60/40-split folding rear seats, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a rearview camera, a 4.2-inch central display, power front windows (manual rear windows), power locks and mirrors, Ford's MyKey (limits speed, audio volume, etc. for young drivers), Sync voice controls, Bluetooth and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player and a USB port.

Move up to the SE trim level (which for the hatchback is the base model) and you get 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, body-color exterior mirrors and door handles, cruise control, power rear windows, a trip computer, a front center armrest, additional front headrest adjustments, rear air vents, a six-speaker sound system and steering-wheel-mounted auxiliary controls. Hatchback models also get a rear spoiler and a removable package tray.

A number of option packages are available for SE models. The SE Luxury package adds 17-inch alloy wheels, rear disc brakes, foglights, LED running lights, rear parking sensors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel/shift knob, leather upholstery, an eight-way power driver seat, a rear center armrest, multicolor ambient interior lighting and satellite radio. The SE EcoBoost Appearance package features the three-cylinder engine, a six-speed automatic transmission (the manual is unavailable with this package), 16-inch alloy wheels, rear disc brakes, foglights, LED running lights and black exterior trim.

The SE Cold Weather package bundles heated outside mirrors, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel. The SE Sport package includes 17-inch alloy wheels, rear discs, a sport body kit, foglights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters (automatic models only). The Navigation package adds dual-zone automatic climate control, a 10-speaker Sony audio system with satellite radio, a navigation system and the Sync 3 infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen, enhanced voice controls and dual USB ports.

Other SE options include a sunroof, a keyless-entry keypad and remote start.

Spring for the top-of-the-line Titanium model and you get the contents of the SE Luxury package and Navigation package (except the actual navigation system) plus remote start, a rear spoiler, hill-start assist, heated mirrors with puddle lamps, keyless entry and ignition, the keyless-entry keypad, dual-zone automatic climate control and heated front seats.

The Titanium Technology package includes automatic high-beam headlight control, a blind-spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert and lane-departure alert. A self-parking system is also available. Rounding out the Titanium's options are 18-inch alloy wheels with a full-size spare and the heated steering wheel, navigation system and sunroof.

Offered only as a hatchback, the Focus Electric is equipped similarly to the Titanium, although leather upholstery and the power driver seat are optional. The Electric gets exclusive xenon headlights and LED taillights as standard.

2017 Model

Configuration:

The 2017 Ford Focus is a compact car that's available in a choice of sedan and four-door hatchback body styles. There are four main trim levels available — S, SE, SEL and Titanium — as well as the Focus Electric. The high-performance Focus ST and Focus RS are reviewed separately.

The S model (sedan only) comes with 15-inch steel wheels, automatic headlights, keyless entry, air-conditioning, cloth upholstery, a height-adjustable driver seat, 60/40-split folding rear seats, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, hill start assist, a rearview camera, a 4.2-inch central display, power front windows (manual rear windows), power locks and mirrors, Ford's MyKey (limits speed, audio volume, etc., for young drivers), Sync voice controls, Bluetooth, and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player and two USB ports.

The next trim level is the SE. Essentially, it's the base trim level for the hatchback. On top of the standard S equipment, you get 16-inch alloy wheels, body-color exterior mirrors and door handles, cruise control, power rear windows, a trip computer, a front center armrest, additional front headrest adjustments, rear air vents, steering-wheel-mounted auxiliary controls and a six-speaker sound system with satellite radio. Hatchback models also get a rear spoiler and a removable package tray.

A number of option packages are available for SE models. The SE EcoBoost Appearance package features the three-cylinder engine, a six-speed automatic transmission (the manual is unavailable with this package), unique 16-inch alloy wheels, rear disc brakes, foglights, LED running lights and black exterior trim. The Cold Weather package bundles heated outside mirrors, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel and all-weather floor mats.

The SEL adds 17-inch alloy wheels, rear disc brakes, foglights, LED running lights, rear parking sensors, dual-zone automatic climate control, a sunroof, a 10-speaker Sony audio system, and the Sync 3 infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen, enhanced voice controls and multicolor ambient interior lighting.

Spring for the top-of-the-line Titanium model, and you get the contents of the SEL plus remote start, a rear spoiler, heated mirrors, keyless entry and ignition, a keyless-entry keypad, a heated steering wheel, leather upholstery, an eight-way power driver seat, heated front seats and a rear center armrest.

A navigation system is optional for the SEL and Titanium. The optional Titanium Technology package includes automatic high-beam headlights, a blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert, and lane departure warning. A self-parking system is also available.

Offered only as a hatchback, the Focus Electric is equipped similarly to the Titanium, although leather upholstery and the power driver seat are optional. The Electric gets exclusive xenon headlights and LED taillights as standard.

Interior:

One of the 2017 Ford Focus' best attributes is its interior design. This is a vehicle that could definitely be classified as an economy car, but the cabin doesn't feel cheap or cut-rate at all. The materials have a quality look and feel, and all the controls are laid out in logical and simple format. The Sync 3 (available on the SEL and Titanium trim levels) touchscreen infotainment interface is easy to use and includes the latest smartphone app integration systems.

Though we like the view from the driver's seat and the roomy front seat in the Focus, it's a little bit harder to like the backseat. It's definitely a squeeze for adults, and competitors such as the Honda Civic and the Nissan Sentra do much better in this area. Out back, when you start packing your luggage into the trunk, the Focus is a bit closer to average. The Focus sedan checks in with 13.2 cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk, which is about 2 cubic feet shy of class leaders.

The hatchback model, meanwhile, offers 23.3 cubic feet behind the rear seats, expanding to 43.9 cubic feet with those seatbacks folded down. Both numbers are respectable. Because of its oversize battery pack, the Focus Electric hatchback offers a more modest 14.5 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 33.2 cubic feet total.

2018 Model

Configuration:

The 2018 model is where the mind blower is, it is by far the smoothest and quietest in the range. The engine, transmission, and gas tank are gone, replaced by a 107-kilowatt (143-horsepower) electric motor powering the front wheels. The lithium-ion battery pack now holds 34 kilowatt-hours of energy, enough for a 115-mile EPA range rating. Its energy efficiency is rated at 107 MPGe combined

The 2018 Ford Focus is a well-rounded and competent small car.The 2018 Ford Focus is a front-wheel-drive compact economy car that is available as a sedan or hatchback. It comes in a variety of styles and trim levels. The core starts with the bare-bones S, which is followed by the budget-conscious SE, the well-equipped SEL and the top-of-the-line Titanium. Adjacent to these trims is an electric variant that is called, simply, Electric. The performance-oriented ST and high-performance RS, which have more powerful engines and aggressive suspension tuning, are reviewed separately.

The base S trim is available only as a sedan and employs a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (160 horsepower, 146 pound-feet of torque). A five-speed manual transmission is standard, and a six-speed automatic is optional.

It comes with 15-inch steel wheels, keyless entry, air-conditioning, a height-adjustable driver seat, 60/40-split folding rear seats, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a rearview camera, a 4.2-inch central display, power front windows (manual rear windows), power locks and mirrors, Ford's MyKey (limits speed, audio volume, etc., for young drivers), voice controls, Bluetooth, a four-speaker sound system and USB port.

One step up is the SE, which is available as a hatchback or sedan. The hatchback comes with the 2.0-liter engine and six-speed automatic, while the sedan uses a turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine (123 hp, 125 lb-ft of torque) and a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic.

Standard SE equipment includes 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, power rear windows, a trip computer, a front center armrest, rear air vents and a six-speaker sound system. Available options include a Cold Weather package (adds heated mirrors and heated front seats and steering wheel). SE trims equipped with the 1.0-liter engine have access to an Appearance package that adds different 16-inch wheels, daytime running lights, foglights and black exterior detail elements. A 17-inch wheel upgrade is also available with this package.

The SEL trim is available as a sedan or hatchback. Standard equipment includes 17-inch wheels, daytime running lights, foglights, a sunroof, ambient interior lighting, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear proximity sensors, an 8-inch entertainment screen with Sync 3 (includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support), two USB charging ports and a 10-speaker Sony stereo system. Options include the aforementioned Cold Weather package and navigation with satellite radio.

The Focus Titanium has the highest level of standard equipment. Its exterior wears a different style of 17-inch wheel and chrome exterior trim. The interior gets leather-trimmed seats, four-way adjustable headrests, eight-way power-adjustable driver seat, a leather-wrapped shift knob, rear center armrest, seatback map pockets and remote start. While the Cold Weather package is standard, an optional Titanium Technology package adds automatic high beams, blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert, and lane departure warning.

As you might guess, the hatchback-only Focus Electric is powered by an electric motor (143 hp, 184 lb-ft of torque) that runs through a single-speed automatic transmission. EPA-estimated range is 115 miles. It's equipped similarly to the Titanium trim but boasts xenon headlights and restyled taillights. Leather-trimmed seats are optional.

Driving :

The 1.0-liter Focus is rated at a humble 123 hp and 125 lb-ft of torque, and real-world output feels even weaker. Flooring the accelerator is often required to keep up with traffic. The transmission is generally well-behaved. Handling is very good for the class.

Acceleration

Turbocharger adds a little moxie at lower engine speeds — emphasis on "little." It lacks the easy thrust of most modern turbos, despite healthy torque rating, and has to work hard to keep up. Zero to 60 mph took a leisurely 10.6 seconds in our tests.

Braking

The pedal feel is intuitive in everyday usage, and the Focus brakes easily and reassuringly. In a simulated-panic stop from 60 mph, this example covered 120 feet, an average performance given its economy-biased tires.

Steering

The Focus has light and rather numb steering (good for parking), but it's also responsive and confidence-inspiring by class standards. The car feels eager, not reluctant, to change direction, and the steering is a big part of that.

Handling

Body roll is notable but expected. What's not expected is the verve of this car on a winding road. Ford has tuned the suspension masterfully, imbuing even this economy-minded model with a playful, light-on-its-feet character.

Drivability

Recent revisions to the dual-clutch automatic transmission make it feel mostly normal, but the gas pedal is clearly tuned for eking out every last drop of gas. If you want to make meaningful progress, mashing it is your only option.

Interior:

The stylized dashboard puts most controls close by, but the tiny central display screen is about the same size as the trip computer. Buttons can be hard to differentiate at a glance, while the snug back seat is bested by those of most rivals. Unlike the chassis, the cabin is showing its age.

Ease of use

Most controls fall readily to hand. We like the air flow interface's human pictogram, but many buttons look the same. The central display screen is exceptionally small, though still legible. It's functional but a bit behind the times.

Getting in/getting out

The doors are tall but compact, easing access in tight spots. The front seats are mounted pleasantly high for graceful entrances. If taller folks are sitting up front, rear entry/exit can be challenging due to encroaching front seatbacks.

Roominess

The front row has enough space for larger occupants but adjusts well to a wide range of physiques. Rear legroom is unusually sparse for this class; most rivals offer noticeably more. Rear headroom may also be tight for tall passengers.

Visibility

The thin front roof pillars afford an expansive view through turns. The view over the hood is likewise generous. The standard rearview camera compensates for the Focus sedan's high rump, taking the guesswork out of parking

Comfort:

The Focus sedan's compliant ride and quiet cabin make it a segment favorite for relaxed cruising. The hard door armrests (with perfunctory fabric trim) detract from the experience, but this is still one of the most comfortable cars in its price range — for front passengers, at least.

Seat comfort

Everyone of course wants comfort when it comes to sitting in a car as it goes a long way in harnessing a rather exciting bromance between the car and it's owner. And it is  for this reason that the front seats of the Ford Focus are rather nondescript but prove supportive in regular use, even on longer trips. The thinly padded armrests are disappointing. The rear seats themselves are pleasant enough, but there's a shortage of rear legroom.

Ride comfort

As much as possible, there's a high rate of expectation (especially in modern cars) to provide comfort not just in sitting in the cars alone but also in cruising it as well. And it is on this note that despite the Focus' advanced age, it's suspension is quite possibly the segment's best at absorbing imperfections. The car rarely feels unsettled. It's as if you're gliding over the road, except there's a consistent sense of control. Thereby providing a distinguished comfort for it's owner in a way that provides a world-class enjoyment.

Noise & vibration

Yeah this is sure another important factor to put into consideration. The noise & vibration. As we advance in technology, we pre-consciously set standards that we would want our technological gags and gadgets to possess. This in fact shows us, with concrete proof, that we are moving up the ladder of technological development and advancement. The Focus is a class leader in noise insulation. Many economy cars let in ample wind and road noise, sometimes causing discomfort and unease while driving but the Focus largely keeps it at bay. This test car did not have the engine-drone issue we noted in the manual-transmission model.

The core appeal of the 2018 Ford Focus, however, remains its comfortable ride along with enjoyable handling and a quiet interior. We also like the the available Sync 3 infotainment system. It's fast and powerful and supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, ensuring your commute won't lack entertainment.

On the downside, the Focus' rear seating is tighter than its competitors', and the available 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine's power can seem inadequate when you're accelerating to highway speeds or passing. Certain rivals best the 2018 Focus in these areas, but we think it's worth a look if you're shopping for a small sedan or hatchback. And it is available for a starting price of $29,120 and looks a good bargain given all of its good features.

Conclusion

As we welcome and forget about each year, it is safe to say that we also get exposed to even more mind-blowing developments in science technology which helps us to really understand how improved the world at large is becoming. Major automobile companies all over the world will also benefit from this advancement in technology as it would stretch not just their creativity and improvisation skills, but also their prolificacy in learning to be more standard and relevant in the automobile market. Ford Motor Company particularly, being one of the world's largest companies and a car inventing juggernaut, is remarkably well known for its high quality inventions and exquisite taste. This is notably so considering how very consistent they've been over the past decades, unleashing highly sought-after mobile beasts into the global car industry and for their ever-growing league of customers. The 2018 Ford Focus certainly adds to their collection of real beauties considering the plethora of specifications that accompanies it. And after the release of this beautiful product of modern technology, it's looking increasingly and incredibly likely that the Ford Company aren't slowing things down but are ready to go into 2019 with more brainwork to be expected from the global powerhouse.

Top 5 Electric sports cars available in the Market

Electric sports cars available in the Market

Electric sports cars have started taking the car market by storm recently, and that’s not surprising at all when you consider all their stunning perks. Energy efficient, good speed, excellent design, and quality parts are part of what contributes to the craze with which consumers are going about it. And due to the competition, most of the manufacturers are now getting really creative and trying to make sure that they top the table when the best sports car is being mentioned. Well, if you are indecisive about which one to go for and you don’t want to start browsing through large catalogs and search engines just to find the perfect fit.

In this article, we have taken the time to compile five of the best electric sports cars available in the market just for you.

5 best electric sports car

Check out this five electric sports car that comes with a different class of build quality and design

BMW i8 roadster

BMW creates cars that are renowned as a masterpiece. With a sleek design and quality build they make only the best. The BMW i8 roadster is a car that tick all the boxes when what you want in an electric sports car. It comes with a total energy output of 374hp when you combine the improved battery technology (143bhp) and the petrol output.

Looking at the body, it weighs a total of 1595 kg which is just 60 kg more than the standard sports car. It also features an opening roof, bold dihedral doors and comes in a carbon-reinforced plastic core. All the features are essentially timeless and adding the roof folding fabric just places it on the top spot.

There are still other features like the minuscule rear seat that supports more luggage and an all-wheel-drive setup that came with earlier versions. The petrol engine has a 1.5-liter capacity and this powers just the rear wheel while the front is powered by the electric motor. The car can go from 0 to 62mph in 4.6 secs and peaks at 155mph. Its emission rate is 42g/km, and you certainly will cut your fuel bill with this road wonder.

Price range: $149,900

Pros

  • More speed than the coupe
  • Cuts fuel cost
  • Emits low carbon than the traditional sport car

Cons

  • The car is relatively expensive
  • Not typically on sale

2016 Chevrolet volt

Chevrolet cars are always quite classy and highly functional. Well, this also comes with all the nice features. The car is 5 passenger seater with two electric motor and 1.5 liters, 4-cylinder gas engine. The presence of two electric motors and one battery provides the car with a horsepower of 149. And you can switch back and rely on the gas to pick up the control whenever you run out of battery.

Looking at the exterior, it features a hatchback with rising window lines and sleek angles that make it look like a wedgy sedan. The model retains the central display screen and instrument cluster that comes with the predecessor. You can switch the knob to heat or cool up the car when you want. With seats reasonably low to the ground, the fifth seat in the interior has no headrest.

The battery is 192 lithium-ion cells and has a total capacity of 18.has a full capacity of 18.4 Kwh. Weighing 3540 pounds, the car is lighter and has more power than the previous version. Finally, Chevrolet volt is one speed freak with the ability to go from 0 to 60 mph in just about 8 seconds. Good acceleration, beautiful design and great steering the Chevrolet volt certainly deserve a spot on this list.

Price range; $33,220 - $42.000

Pros

  • Easy to understand controls
  • Comes` with smooth power
  • Can go for 53 miles on the all-electric range

Cons

  • Has only 3.6Kw charger
  • Minimal fifth seating position

Mercedes-Benz EQ

The third car in our list is the Mercedes-Benz EQ, the car has two electric motors that control both the front and the rear axles. It has a total battery capacity of 70 kWh and can speed up to 62mph in less than 5 seconds. One of the unique features of the car is that you can charge it wirelessly.

When the car was created the plan was to merge mechanical and electrical component to create something amazing, and that’s precisely what was achieved. With an exterior that is very coupe-cum-SUV and tapered CLS-style-rear end, the build could not have more perfect. The interior has no buttons or knobs and has a 24-inch TFT display to double as driver dial set and infotainment display.

Furthermore, the can acceleration can get up to 62 mph in 5 seconds and has a total battery capacity of 70Kwh.

Price range: $40,000 to $55,000

Pros

  • Elegant exterior with a luxurious interior
  • Great acceleration

Cons

  • Small boot space
  • Expensive to maintain

2016 Ford Fusion Energi

This is a five-passenger car that has a sleek design and looks like a mid-size sedan. The car has a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder unit and can go for 19 miles with a full electric charge. The total horsepower clocks in at6 188 hp and when paired with the battery, the car runs variable automatic transmission. It also has a 60/40 folding rear set which provides more trunk space if the usual 8.2 cubic feet isn’t enough.

Inside the car are rearview cameras, dual zone climate control, leather upholstery, and other comfortable feature. The exterior is quite sleek and can take turns pretty quickly. In the electric-only mode, the car can reach up to 85moh and an estimated 42 mpg for city/highway driving.

Price range: $15,900 to $21,500

Pros

  • Great power
  • Good handling

Cons

  • Has heavier curb weight when compared to non-plug in fusion hybrid

Audi E-Tron Quattro

The list of the top five best electric cars is not complete if this car isn’t there. The Audi E-Tron Quattro comes with two electric motors that power both ends. It can climb from 0 to 62 mph in just about 4.6 seconds and has its top speed at 131 mph. What this gives the car is a 503bhp of electric power and can last you for 310 miles when you put it in gentle-foot electric range.

Designed like an SUV, the car is much roomier than some other vehicles in its collection. It looks just like any other Audi but comes with 7 different modes of driving. There is also the fact that it comes with a very low center of gravity and can be driven off and on-road.

Price range; $74,800

Pro

  • Fairly large trunk
  • Electric awd system

Cons

  • Pretty expensive

How to choose the best electric car for your purpose and budget

Which electric car is right for me?

Irrespective of your reason for considering the purchase of an electric car, whether to support the noble mission of reducing the world’s global warming or you are just in love with electric vehicles elegant design, we have compiled a guide to help you choose the best electric car for you.

What is an Electric Car?

An electric car or vehicle (sometimes referred as electric vehicle or EV) is either fully powered by a rechargeable battery which can be easily recharged by electricity; or powered by the combination of gasoline or diesel engine and an electric motor ― the motor is powered by a rechargeable battery ― this type of electric car is called “Plug-in hybrid”.
With the all-round technology advancement, there are many electric vehicles (EVs) type and model to choose from today. Unlike the reported history of electric cars to have low top speed in the 19th century, electric cars today have top speeds that rivals or surpass conventional internal combustion engine powered cars. There manufacturers also ensure they are elegantly designed such that most of them are looks more attractive than conventional fueled cars.

Things to Consider Before Buying an Electric Car

New or used?

With the ever growing market of electric vehicles, the second market soon is expected to grow just as the gas powered engine vehicles. If you decide to go for a second hand electric vehicles, aside from checking for rust, worn tires, or credit on the car; check the health of battery ― very important. If it is a converted car with DC, the brake pad may need to be replaced soon as they lack regenerative braking. The vehicle licensing and compliance paperwork in the case of both new and old electric cars should be checked too.

The Charging options you will be using for your electric car

Conclude on the method you will be using to recharge your electric car ― will it be at home or you will be using a charge station. At home, there are two major ways of charging your electric care. You either use a 120V (level 1) charging which can be done by plugging into an ordinary wall outlet at home capable of powering a toaster machine. For a faster charging, you can decide to use the 240V (level 2) charging which will require the service of an electric car electrician. In the case of charge station, Tesla station is reputed to currently be the fastest. Decide on the charging method you will be using to factor it in your calculated expenses ― the cost worth it thou considering the benefits of using an electric car which will be discussed later.

The Average Daily distance you travel

The distance you will be covering per day will determine how often you will need to charge your electric car. When you check an electric car specification, the range is usually included. Range represents miles or kilometers the car can go after a full charge. Most electric vehicles usually have a range of 100 miles. However, in reality, the car may not travel up to this distance before it runs out of charge due to the weather condition. Too cold or hot too hot weather will reduce the battery life before recharge; also, when you use the accelerator and brake too often, the total distance it is able to cover too can be reduced to around 70 miles. Likewise, when you drive straight stretches of flat highway or windy roads up a mountain. Nissan leaf can travel 80,000 miles while Tesla’s Model S can travel as far as 125,000 miles much competitive as conventional gas combustion engine powered vehicles.

Which Dealer to Buy From?

Every day, we have been witnessing the increase in the interest of conventional gasoline/diesel engine manufacturers in exploring the electric car market. To choose a suitable manufacturer, check with your local dealer to see the available brands they can help you get. Ensure they have a program that will help you get the car serviced when the need arise. It is better to have your service area near by than have it at a place far off. Electric cars are serviced by specialists which are handful.

How good is the Battery Life & Warranty?

Warranties given on electric cars are usually battery and electric drive components inclusive. Make sure you confirm from your dealer to know what contract you are entering. Most manufacturers will give a warranty of 5 to 8 years which is usually standard wear and tear exclusive. Overtime, the battery life will reduce just as in typical rechargeable battery.

Available Software and Hardware Compatible with the EV

Electric vehicles come with advanced technologies, you may want to check the one with the features you will need before purchasing. Not only that, make sure the software can be easily upgraded for optimal performance. The Tesla Model S is reputed for its over-the-air upgrading feature which executes at regular intervals. Older models of electric cars lacks some software and hardware upgrade.

Which electric car type is suitable for you?

If you have considered the above, the next step is to check if you can answer YES to the following;
1. Do you have easy access to a power socket?
2. Do you travel a low distance journey?
If your answers to the above is “YES”, a full-electric car is okay for you.
You may consider a range-extended or plugin hybrid if you;
1. Make a long journey, more than 50 miles daily.
2. Do not possess a charge point
3. Prefer travelling with assurance of nothing going wrong

What is range-extended, plug-in hybrid or hybrid electric car?

Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs): These are operated mainly through the electricity produced by the battery. They are called plug-in electric vehicles because of their use of plugs to connect for electric charge. Typical examples of model available in the market today include Mitsubishi i-MiEV and the Nissan LEAF ― they don’t have a tailpipe since there is no emission generated ― they use advanced lithium-ion batteries.
Range-extended Electric Car: Just like the name, it has an extended range ― covers more distance than a full-electric car using battery solely. It has a gasoline or diesel generator to generate more electricity for instant charging of the battery.
Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle: It has an additional gasoline/disease engine in conjunction with the electric motor driving the wheel. The difference between the plug-in hybrid and the range-extended is that in range-extended, the gasoline/diesel generator does not drive the wheel, it only recharges the battery powering the electric motor. Available models in the market include Holden Volt which favor more electricity power and the Toyota Prius which favors more of the gasoline engine.
Hybrid Electric Car: This type of electric car is not usually regarded as an electric car because the vehicle is not in anyway dependent of the electric motor; the electric motor is nothing but a supplement for the conventional engine. The battery is recharged by the energy generated from the car acceleration and brakes. Just as a conservation means for the gasoline/diesel engine car. Available models today include Honda Civic Hybrid and Toyota Camry Hybrid.
Choosing an electric vehicle of your choice to purchase as stated earlier is dependent on your purpose and daily range covered.
So far, we have been mentioning electric cars using battery to generate power for the motor. There are other electric cars that generate electricity using other means to generate their electricity with reduced or no CO2 emission such as Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles

Also known as Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs) uses a hydrogen to produce electricity which then powers the electric motor. Just as in a full-battery powered electric car, it does not have any combustion engine. The used fuel cell is an electrochemical set-up analogous to a battery only that it does not require being recharged; in as much as hydrogen is being supplied, you are good to go. The cells will produce electricity and heat and some water at the tailpipe ― no CO2. The released models by manufacturers today can cover as much as 300 miles and can be refueled within three to five minutes, quite faster than a battery powered electric car and there are now hydrogen filling stations developed around the world.
If you have been wondering so far why you should choose an electric car even though you ae intrigued by the special features we have been discussing; or you are not just a techie person and will prefer to just be told in simple sentences why you should consider an electric car for your daily transport, these are some of the reasons you should decide to get one;

No Use of Gas is Required

You can cut your use of gas significantly by using electric cars. Let us give you an undisputable fact, an average American has been reported to spend no lesser than between $2000 to $4000 on gas each year. How much do you think you would have saved if you can avoid spending this per year, and since you have started using a gasoline car. The spending is even expected to increase if you drive longer distance and roughly. Yes! An electricity power supply is not free too, but it is cheaper compared to gasoline or diesel. Many owners of electric vehicles say they are able to save up to tens of thousands of dollars yearly. A Ford Focus Electric for instance will cost just $600 expenditure on fuel yearly.

Reduce Global Warming

This should be the point you may have been expecting. Electric cars have little or no emission compared to gasoline/diesel powered engine cars. Using an electric car is a sign of your good heart of contributing to the safety of the world by reducing the global warming. All nations participating in the Paris Agreement aims to make the world green by 2025 and the use of electric cars is one of the paramount factor that is expected to help achieve the global goal. In the US, cars and trucks emits about 24 pounds of CO2 nearly one-fifth of all US emissions. About five pounds comes from the extraction, production, and delivery of the fuel, the rest which is the most comes from the vehicles tailpipe.

Electric Cars Require Less Maintenance

Unlike conventional combustion engines, electric vehicles have less moving parts within their engine construction. They can last thousands of road hours much more than gasoline/diesel powered engine. Electric cars does not come with no maintenance thou, for now it requires special mechanics to service it ― which are available with your dealers ― closer to you. The only challenges you may face is the cycling out which is typical of any battery and with hydrogen fuel cell, you can worry less about this. And they don’t require the use of grease for a start!

Lesser Stress Driving

You remember the need to always change the gear of your gasoline combustion engine car; different gear within the city, another to climb the hill, and another one to drive for fun on a free road. In the case of electric cars, they have the same torque for all speeds. They don’t require a gear box or torque converter ― another cost saved ― no need of changing a gear box that has worn out. At all speeds, electric cars have full powers and gives you a smooth and seamless ride throughout. You will not be bothered in a traffic jammed road or city. Just step on the accelerator gently and press the break effortlessly. Plus, they can be easily started, even in winter.

Varying options of Style and Innovation

For any purpose, there is a perfect electric car. Well designed and portable electric cars like Tango or the NmG can be easily parked anywhere, even in tight spaces with ease. Imagine when you are late for work and the road permits lane-splitting, driving between cars is fun hun?! You cruise on your way to work faster and the conventional drivers watch you driving off and can’t dare try such. Models like Tesla Model S also comes with auto parking and reversing feature which you can control with a remote not to talk of the elegant and captivating designs of electric cars.

Going Green at no cost to Humanity

Although we have discussed the impact of the use of electric cars in going green, but some people may think the use of bio-fuel too is helping to achieve same goal. In reality, it is not. The production of bio-fuels could be blamed for the world’s current food shortage. And what will happen if we all starts using a bio-fuel engine cars, maybe we start driving without having anything to eat. The use of electric vehicles allows us to go green at no cost to humanity ― without sabotaging anybody’s food or convenience.

Reduced Noise Pollution

Have you imagined a world when you drive by without anyone noticing? That is another advantage of electric vehicles. How much do you enjoy your ride on an electric train? Much more an electric car. Electric vehicles make little or no sound compared to gas powered engine car and contributes lesser or never to air pollution depending on your choice of electric car.

Geo-Political benefits

History recorded lots of conflicts and wars resulting from the claim over crude oil lands and it is not absent today too. Sudan and South Sudan conflicts is an example in our generation. Heglig which is the oil center in the area was occupied by Sudan as part of a peace settlement but the northerners based in Khartoum mobilized their own forces to make the South Sudanese withdraw from the area resulting in a conflict between the two countries. The use of electric cars is sure to help us control this around the world.

Ultimate Safety

Electric cars allow manufacturers much use of technology advancement due to its compatibility with most of these technologies. When driving an electric car, you can be assured of all the safety that comes with your conventional gas engine cars and more. Airbags open up in case of hit and electricity supply from battery is cut, preventing you and passengers from any fatal injury. According to studies most electric vehicles features can improve safety. They have a lower canter of gravity making them less likely to roll over during an accident and presents lesser risk of explosion. Their body is well constructed and designed to withstand high collision force.

Our Review of the Electric Cars Available in the Market Today

2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid

The 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid is the latest in the Toyota Camry Hybrid series ― evident in the name thou. It features new technology innovation compare to other members of its predecessors, making it one of the best electric cars 2019. A powertrain, bigger trunk, and many owner’s safety technologies; plus an Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa, and a Wi-Fi hot spot integration are some of its fantastic features. It comes in three models: Hybrid LE, Hybrid SE, and Hybrid XLE.

Features & Specs:

  • 5 seating
  • Drivetrain: Front Wheel Drive 2.5 L/152
  • MPG: 51 City / 53 Hwy (LE)
  • Engine: Gas/Electric I-4 2.5 L/152 (LE); Gas/Electric I-4 2.5 L/152 (SE); Engine: Gas/Electric I-4 2.5 L/152 (XLE)
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Acoustic noise-reducing front windshield
  • Qi-compatible wireless smartphone charging
  • 13-gallon fuel tank
  • Blind Spot Monitor (BSM)
  • Power tilt/slide moonroof
  • Entune™ 3.0 Audio with App Suite
  • Ten airbags
  • 3-point seatbelts for all seating positions
  • Energy-absorbing collapsible steering column
  • Collision sensors: deactivate high-voltage battery
  • Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P)
  • Hill Start Assist Control (HAC)
  • Full Spec & Features here

Pros

  • Offers fuel efficiency as well as strong acceleration
  • Interior spacious and comfortable
  • Cargo space is great for a sedan
  • Clear outside view

Cons

  • Regen and standard brakes transmission can be clunky
  • LE can be wallow in highways
  • Powertrain may lag or drone noisily
  • Quite expensive than other electric cars

2017 Mitsubishi i-MIEV

This is one of the oldest electric cars in existence dating back to 10 years after its first test launch in Japan. It is perfect for uses in city and suburbans for errand and commuter duties. Although it lacks most features possessed by many modern electric vehicles, it is unarguable one of the best electric cars when it comes to price.

Features and Specs

  • 4 seating
  • Engine: Electric
  • 62 miles battery range
  • MPG: 102 Hwy, 121 city, 112 combined
  • EPA Class: Subcompact Cars
  • Style Name: ES Auto
  • Drivetrain: Rear Wheel Drive
  • Passenger Doors: 4
  • Body Style: 4dr Car
  • Transmission: Single Speed Fixed Reduction Gear

Pros

  • Can accommodate four adults
  • Inexpensive compare to other EVs
  • Maintenance is cheap
  • Requires less parking space
  • Great for overtaking cars in traffic jams

Cons

  • Reduced freeway performance
  • Speed significantly reduces range
  • Low safety compare to new electric car models
  • Little cargo space
  • Grim interior

2017 BMW i3

Notable for its perfect blend of blue and white roundel, the BMW i3 is a unique designed EV from Munich. It is available in three models: Mega, Giga and Tera. It features a 33-kWh lithium-ion battery tucked under the floorpan giving a range of 81 miles.

Features and Specs

  • 4 seatings
  • 4 passenger doors
  • Drivetrain: Rear Wheel Drive
  • Electric engine
  • Body Style: 4dr Car
  • Transmission: Single Speed
  • MPG: 111Hwy, 137City, 124Combined
  • 80 miles battery range
  • 5 airbags

Pros

  • Smooth acceleration
  • Agile urban handling
  • Simple, elegant interior
  • One-pedal driving
  • Range extender option

Cons

  • Polarizing style
  • BMW dynamic reputation absent
  • Compromised rear seat
  • Reduced range compared to latest model

Chevrolet Bolt EV

The Chevrolet’s engineers got it right here as the interior volume of this car is larger than other best electric cars in the market today ― 94.4 cubic feet compared with Nissan Leaf’s 92.4 cubic feet and Tesla Model S 94 cubic feet. It is available in two models: base LT and high-end Premier.

Features and Specs

  • 5 seating
  • Electric engine
  • Style Name: 5dr HB LT
  • Drivetrain: Front Wheel Drive
  • 4 passenger doors
  • Body Style: 4dr Car
  • 238 miles range
  • MPG: 128city, 110hwy

Pros

  • 238-mile range, no range anxiety
  • Good price
  • Spacious interior, small footprint
  • Fantastic Graphics Display
  • Wide view in digital mirror

Cons

  • Appears smaller than it really is
  • Fast charging costs extra
  • Interior plastics similar to economy-car
  • Confusion of name with Volt
  • No AWD option
  • 2017 Ford Focus Electric

2017 Ford Focus Electric

The 2017 Ford Focus is the only full battery-electric powered engine car sold by Ford anywhere in the world. This model features outstanding improvements from the former models in the series ― higher battery capacity and fast charging features. There have been no reported quality issues by owners.

Features & Specs

  • 5 seating
  • Electric engine
  • Transmission: Front wheel drive
  • MPG: 107 combined
  • Keyless Ignition
  • Climate Control
  • Heated Mirrors
  • All Season Tires

Pros

  • Hatchback styling
  • Smooth drive
  • DC fast-charging
  • Longer range

Cons

  • Limited availability
  • Load bay compromised
  • Remains a compliance car
  • Range can be better

2017 Ford C-Max

Featuring a fantastic interior design ― sporty and exquisite, the C-Max is still a competing electric car in the list of the top EVs. The design materials are of high-quality with soft touch feel. The hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions can conveniently travel solely on electricity at lower speeds.

Features & Specs

  • 5 seating
  • Hybrid engine
  • Drivetrain: Front wheel drive
  • MPG: 42 mpg city, 37 highway, 40 combined
  • 13.5 gallon fuel tank capacity
  • Double overhead cam
  • Transmission: Continuously variable-speed automatic
  • Electric Power Steering
  • Keyless Ignition

Pros

  • Cabin a cut above
  • Quiet drive
  • Smooth road cruise
  • Spacious and adaptable
  • Energi plug-in hybrid

Cons

  • No AWD option
  • Lines thick, bulbous from some angles
  • Load floor, tailgate not aligned
  • A few controls hard to see

2017 Tesla Model S

The manufacturer of Tesla Model S fronted by Elon Musk questions all conventional designs of an electric car. Tesla Model S is exquisite and ranked as one of the best electric cars without any doubts. Some experts even argued it would have still be a great product even if it is coal-powered.

Features and Specs

  • 5 seating
  • Electric engine
  • Style Name: 60 RWD
  • Drivetrain: Rear Wheel Drive
  • 4 passenger doors
  • Body Style: 4dr Car
  • Transmission: 1-Speed Automatic
  • 5 airbags

Pros

  • Outstanding performance
  • Fantastic range competitive with normal cars
  • Network of fast-charging stations
  • Effortlessly passed federal safety tests
  • Quiet and comfortable

Cons

  • Stark cabin
  • Can be very expensive in top trims
  • Questionable service schemes
  • Resale is still a question mark
  • Some features are still "beta"
  • Limited availability

Smart Fortwo Electric

Looking for a portable electric car that can be easily parked, you may consider Smart ForTwo. It will be a great fit if you don’t travel a longer distance as its range is just 58 miles. But considering its smart feature, give it a go if you live in a busy city or suburban areas where there is always traffic jam.

Features & Specs

  • 2 seating
  • Electric engine
  • MPG: 94 hwy, 124 city
  • Proximity warning function
  • Rear park assist
  • Transmission: 1-speed direct drive
  • 58 miles range
  • Front Head Airbags
  • Audio Controls On Steering Wheel

Pros

  • Easy to park and requires less parking space
  • Quick acceleration
  • Boasts a fun and distinctive interior design
  • Smartphone infotainment screen

Cons

  • May be uncomfortable on rough roads
  • Low range
  • Rear blind mirror too big
  • Interior material quality can be improved

2017 Volkswagen e-Golf

The Volkswagen e-Golf is a great design that retains the feel of the typical gasoline/diesel powered engine cars. If you love the feel of your normal car but wishes to get an electric car., you may add it to your shortlist. Its interior leather is of top-most quality.

Features & Specs

  • 5 seating
  • Electric engine
  • Drivetrain: Front wheel drive
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Rear Door Child Safety Locks
  • MPG: 111 hwy, 126 city, 119 combined
  • Transmission: 1-speed direct drive

Pros

  • More of a normal car in looks and drive feel
  • High quality interior materials
  • Large trunk space
  • Quiet and comfortable ride

Cons

  • Lesser range compared to latest EVs
  • Cargo and storage space is small
  • Limited availability

2018 Hyundai Ioniq Electric

Hyundai's Ioniq Electric is one of the best electric cars in 2018 based on its efficiency. Considering the technology packed in this feature, the car is quite cheap for its price. Aside from the advanced driver safety aids, the car technology is easy to use, enabling owners to take a full control of all its features in little time. There are three trims available: Blue, SEL and Limited.

Features & Specs

  • 5 seating
  • Electric engine
  • Drivetrain: Front wheel drive
  • Transmission: 1-speed direct drive
  • MPG: 150city, 122hwy, 136 combined
  • 118 horsepower
  • Keyless Ignition
  • Lumbar Support

Pros

  • Stylish, comfortable and refined
  • Great fuel economy
  • Controls are Simple
  • Spacious Interior

Cons

  • Not Much Cargo Space
  • Interior quality can be improved

2018 Toyota Prius

The Toyota Prius offers a large space and an upscale cabin. Talking of its safety features, the Prius ranks great more than most competitors. It offers a complaint ride with easy and great maneuverability. The pre-collision detector makes it easier to drive in suburbans as it prevents hitting pedestrians.

Features & Specs

  • 5 seating
  • Hybrid engine
  • Drivetrain: Front wheel drive
  • Transmission: Continuously variable-speed automatic
  • MPG: 53 hwy, 58 city, 52 combined
  • 6 -Way Power Driver Seat
  • 55’ Front Shoulder Room

Pros

  • Stellar fuel economy
  • Many standard features
  • Large cargo space

Cons

  • Fussy Entune app
  • Apple CarPlay or Android Auto absent
  • More rear-seat space available in competitors

2018 Kia Soul EV

The 2018 Kia Soul is another model on our list of best electric cars 2018. It features an app that allows to monitor the car’s charge level/rate, detect the nearest charging station, and also control the climate inside the car. The interior design will be perfect for most people.

Features & Specs

  • 5 seatings
  • Electric engine
  • MPG: 108 combined
  • Drivetrain: front wheel drive
  • Range of 111 miles
  • Transmission: 1-speed direct drive

Pros

  • Plenty of cabin
  • Large cargo space considering its size
  • Abundant standard equipment
  • Tall seating position is reminiscent of a small SUV

Cons

  • Less driving range compared to other EVs
  • Limited availability
  • Noticeable wind noise at highway speeds

2019 Toyota Prius c

Think of fuel efficiency, we present with the 2019 Toyota Prius c which has a simple design. This hybrid electric car is less expensive compared to competitors and even though you may find the interior design less luxurious, you will be amazed at how comfortable they may be. The Prius C offers one of the easier touchscreen interfaces in the industry.

Features & Specs

  • 5 seating
  • Hybrid engine
  • Drivetrain: Front wheel drive
  • 456-mile range
  • MPG: 43hwy. 48 city, 46 combined
  • Transmission: Continuously variable-speed automatic

Pros

  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Spacious and comfortable interior
  • Easy to maneuver and pack
  • Safety tech and touchscreen infotainment

Cons

  • May be uncomfortable on rough roads
  • Slow acceleration
  • Low quality interior design
  • Wind and road noise at highway speed

2018 Tesla Model 3

The 2018 Tesla Model 3 is one of the best electric cars when it comes to the use of technology. With fast charge network stations, owners can set out for a long range journey with assurance of getting their battery recharged in lesser time.  The dual motor setup gives it a super-fast acceleration; it also comes with an Enhanced Autopilot which you can easily upgrade when Tesla releases a self-driving capability feature.

Features and Specs

  • 5 seating
  • Electric engine
  • Drivetrain: Rear wheel drive
  • MPG: 123hwy, 136city, 116 combined
  • 310 miles maximum range
  • Transmission: 1-speed direct drive
  • Child Seat Anchors

Pros

  • Inexpensive considering Tesla’s prestige
  • Great performance and handling
  • Advanced technology
  • Supercharger network access for long-distance driving

Cons

  • Available in pricey options
  • Drivers may get distracted by touchscreen interface
  • Apple CarPlay or Android Auto absent
  • Low cargo space
  • Limited interior storage

2019 Jaguar I-PACE

Everybody has been looking forward to an electric car that will be competitive with Tesla in the sense of features and range. Well, the British manufactured 2019 Jaguar I-Pace seems to do that. It has 240 miles range and its design is in no way less elegant. With a 394 horse power, the Jaguar I-Pace can conveniently compete with normal cars in the market today.

Features & Specs

  • 5 seating
  • Electric engine
  • 240 miles range
  • Lumbar Support
  • Transmission: 1-speed direct drive

Pros

  • Satisfying and immediate acceleration
  • Fascinating steering and handling
  • SUV-like cargo capacity
  • Enough headroom for all passengers

Cons

  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Slow entertainment system
  • Apple CarPlay or Android Auto absent

Chrysler Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid

Regarded as the first plug-in hybrid minivan, the Chrysler Pacifica is more appealing than a typical minivan in style. Car and Driver website named it the best new car in their Hybrid category. It is relatively a great choice for people who travels a shorter range daily considering its abundant safety and tech features.

Features & Specs

  • 7 seating
  • Hybrid engine type
  • MPG: 30 combined
  • Drivetrain: front wheel drive
  • Transmission: Electrically variable-speed automatic
  • Remote Anti-Theft Alarm System
  • Child Seat Anchors

Pros

  • Capable of traveling up to 33 miles on electric power
  • High-quality interior material
  • Luxury and convenience features
  • CVT automatic

Cons

  • Can't fold second-row seats
  • May be noisy under hard acceleration
  • Quite expensive

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is one of the first vehicles in the SUV class of cars to incorporate plug-in recharging. It is spacious and has a good outside visibility. For tall people, it is a great choice regarding its tall door openings. The voice control is another feature why you should check it out.

Features & Specs

  • 5 seating
  • Hybrid engine
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel drive
  • MPG: 25 combined
  • 22 miles range on electric motor
  • Transmission: 1-speed direct drive
  • 11.3-gallon fuel capacity
  • Blind Spot Warning Accident Avoidance System

Pros

  • Affordable plug-in SUV utility
  • Great numbers of standard features
  • All-wheel drive offers stability on slippery surfaces

Cons

  • Small gas tank
  • Low maximum range
  • Lower ground clearance hinders off-road ability
  • Limited dealer network

What Electric Car is Right for Me?

The answer to this question varies from one person to another. Having read to the stage of the article, you should now have some specifications you will prefer which you can check with our listed best electric cars. Another main factor you have to consider is the cost of your choice ― electric cars are truly more expensive than convention gas combustion cars but considering their functions in terms of technological features and seamless driving, they worth the price you will be paying.

A brief history of electric cars

We think it proper for you to know some history of a product you are much interested in purchasing. The invention of the electric car so far as not being pin-pointed to a single person, probably because of the different inventions coupled together to make it a reality such as battery. In the 19th century, when the conventional gasoline/diesel vehicles were less popular, the electric car was quite popular and held the vehicular land speed record until it was broken in 1900. Its popularity retrograded due to its low top speed, short battery life, and high cost compared to the internal combustion engines.  One of the notable designers of an electric car during this time was William Morrison, a chemist who lived in Des Moines, Iowa. His six-passenger vehicle capable of a top speed of 14 miles per hour was little more than an electrified wagon, but it helped spark interest in electric vehicles.

10 Cheapest Electric Cars You Can Buy? Should You Really Get One?

1. Hyundai Kona $37,000

Hyundai Kona

Pros and cons

Pros

1. Affordable.
2. Has a spacious cabin.
3. Good range from its board batteries.
4. User-friendly technology.
5. Potent turbo four.
6. Quick-shifting automatic transmission.
7. Lithe handling with a well-balanced ride.

Cons

1. Transmission stumbles when driving at low speeds.
2. Numb steering.
3. Turbo Lag

Range

Kona’s electric motor delivers 150kw (240hp) for a 0-62mph time of 7.6seconds. The battery packs come in two different types to satisfy the consumers need one is the 39.2kw battery (194 miles per charge) and an experience one 64kwh battery (300 miles per charge) known as the range-extended the model.

Interior and Exterior

The cabin is largely the same as the petrol powered Kona, which means decent interior space in the rear seats for the adults The Electric vehicle battery does limit the space but it’s pretty roomy. The seats are cushy and comfortable for a family of four seats can be adjusted electrically thus a plus.
The company works on improving the brakes though. The four levels of regenerative braking are strangely inconsistent shifting up and down beneath the ball of your foot when you apply any pressure. The steering wheel is also not as efficient as it should be. But it’s understandable since it falls well under cheap electric cars.

Technology

Kona electric hasn’t stretched enough on its technology. There’s nothing mind-blowing on this department but it works fairly well. The 8-inch touch screen is responsive when needed, while physical buttons and dial are dearly marked and easy to use. In addition, Apple car play and android auto come as standard, tether to your phone, navigation, phone calls, contacts and music can be handled from the one place, by voice commands if you wish.

2. Chevrolet Bolt $36,620

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Pros and cons

Pros

1. Decent space for five
2. Spacious cargo bay
3. Smooth ride
4. User-friendly technology

Cons

1. Less aggressive in a way
2. Limited range

Exterior and interior

Although the Bolt is marketed as a crossover, in reality, it fits somewhere between a compact-crossover and a compact-hatchback. An interior passenger volume of 94.4 cubic feet and 16.9 cubic feet of cargo storage means the Bolt is more spacious than it looks. It generously has enough legroom in both the front and rear seats that technically provides a decent space for five.

Range

The bolt is fitted with a floored mounted battery powering a 200hp electric motor that ranges at 96MPGe and a 75 –mph highway range of 190 miles. A 288-cell battery pack, holding 60kWh of charge, powers the Bolt. It takes almost 10 hours to charge fully from empty when using a 240V, 32-amp Level 2 charger. But using a fast charging port will give the Bolt a range of around 90 miles, after just 30 minutes of charging. This large battery pack contributes to the Bolt’s 3,563-pound weight, which is pretty heavy for a car of its size.

Although the Bolt is heavy, it’s not slow. A top speed of 93 mph and a 0-60 mph time of 6.5 seconds come courtesy of the Bolt’s 149kW (200bhp) electric motor. More impressive, however, is the Bolts 266 lb-ft torque output, which is transferred to the road through the front wheels.

3. Kia Soul EV $34,500

kia Soul

Pros & Cons

Pros

1. Spacious room
2. Enough storage space

Cons

1. Too much road noise
2. Limited range

Interior Space and Exterior

The subcompact has 5-door crossover seats five in its 97.1 cubic feet of space. On the downside, it has three inches less legroom at the back seats than its fuel-sipping cousin. Thankfully, it was largely compensated the front. The Soul EV also has 19 cubic feet of cargo space, but this can be increased to 49.5 cubic feet with the Soul EV’s 60/40-split rear bench folded down. In addition, the EV also has storage space below its cargo floor.

Technology

The Soul EV has some improved features; rearview camera, heated car seats and wheel, navigation system, HD headlights with LED fog lights, multi-functional display, additional USB ports, keyless entry plus power button, and alloy dynamic funnel turbine wheels up to 18 inches in diameters(possibility to cause too much noise in off roads).

Range & Performance

The soul KIA EV is lagging behind compared to its rival. Coming in at just 93 miles, the Soul EV has one of the worst ranges in the industry. The limited functionality is relatively justified by its low asking price. This range comes courtesy of its 27 kWh battery, which powers its 90 kW motor. The Soul EV’s 210 lb-ft of torque means it will get to 60 mph in 9.7 seconds and max out at 92 mph.

4. Fiat 500e $32,600

Pros and cons

Pros

1. Superb fuel economy
2. Roomy seating and cargo space
3. Composed ride and handling
4. Hushed cabin

Cons

1. Less aggressive in a way
2. Limited range
3. Limited space

Range and Performance

All 147 lb-ft of torque is sent to the front wheels, taking the 500e to 60 mph in 8.4 seconds. Although this figure isn’t too exciting, the 500e does get from 0-30 mph in 2.8 seconds, so quite useful in city traffic. It will max out at 88 mph and gets a respectable 112 EPA MPGe.

The 500e will run out of range after 84 miles. This, frankly, is one of the lowest ranges in the EV industry currently and, unfortunately, there’s no DC fast charging option available. But level two charging, at 240v, will fill the 500e’s battery in less than four hours. Level one charging, at 120v, however, will only provide 9-10 miles every three hours – not great.

Exterior and interior

The wonderfully styled two-door Italian hatchback wasn’t designed with space in mind, seating four people with its passenger capacity of 78.6 cubic feet. The seven cubic feet of cargo capacity available on the 500e is down three cubic feet on the gas version, due to the battery pack.

Technology

The 500e is a good vehicle for people in cities, as its small size allows it to fit in small parking spots. Standard features include FCA’s Uconnect infotainment system with a 5-inch touchscreen, a rearview camera, and Bluetooth. Unfortunately, that’s where the standard features end. A 7-inch touchscreen is available.

5. Ford C-Max $ 32,595

2018 Ford C-MAX

Pros & Cons

Pros

1. Spacious, upscale cabin
2. Agile handling for a hybrid
3. New SYNC 3 infotainment system
4. Cheap electric car

Cons

1. Poor predicted reliability rating
2. Rivals offer more cargo space
3. Subpar fuel economy for a hybrid
4. Few available advanced safety features

Range

Unlike the Prius Plug-In, however, the C-MAX Energi offers a slightly higher range: 21 miles of fully electric driving before the gasoline engine kicks in. That leads to a total range of 600 miles or more, which is an impressive figure for any modern car.

Interior and Exterior

The front-wheel-drive C-Max Energi has zippy handling for a plug-in hybrid and a quiet, relaxed ride. However, its brakes feel uneven, which is a problem that plagues many hybrids.
The C-MAX Energi also boasts a luxury-car-like list of standard features, including everything from an 8-in touchscreen with MyFord Touch to keyless ignition and entry, dual-zone climate control and heated front seats with leather upholstery.

Technology

The easy-to-use SYNC 3 infotainment system is also standard. It has an 8-inch touch screen, a six-speaker audio system, a USB port, and satellite radio. Notable available equipment includes navigation and a Sony nine-speaker audio system

6. Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid $30,815

Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid

Pros and cons

Pros

1. Superb fuel economy
2. Roomy seating and cargo space
3. Composed ride and handling
4. Hushed cabin

Cons

1. White plastic trim is hard to keep clean

Range

The Prius has a four-cylinder engine and two electric motors that yield a combined 121 horsepower. A continuously variable automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard. The Prius returns exceptional fuel economy. The Prius Two Eco model leads the lineup with an EPA-estimated 58 mpg in the city and 53 mpg on the highway. All other Prius models are rated at 54/50 mpg city/highway.

Interior and Exterior

The redesigned Prius feels more athletic and more fun to drive than previous models and its cushioned ride shrugs off bumps nicely. Its cabin sports elegant styling and its driving position are comfortable for the long haul. Factor in the Prius’ high safety scores and low ownership costs, and you’ve got the recipe for a great family car.

Technology

The base Toyota Prius Two model is well-equipped with a standard 6.1-inch touchscreen, a rearview camera, AM/FM radio, a CD player, a USB input, Bluetooth, cloth seats, automatic climate control, keyless entry, push-button start, cruise control, alloy wheels, and a nickel-metal hydride battery pack

7. Ford Focus electric $29,995

Ford Focus electric

Pros and cons

Pros

1. Poised ride and handling
2. Roomy back seat
3. Updated infotainment system
4. Heated rear seats and heated steering wheel no longer standard

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Unimpressive highway acceleration
Poor-quality interior materials

Range

The Focus Electric now has DC charging capabilities and a 115-mile range, up from its abysmal 76-mile range. This increase in range is thanks to a larger battery pack, up by 46% from 23 kWh to 33.5 kWh.
The Focus Electric’s new battery powers the 107 kW motor, which produces 184 ft-lb of torque and sends it to the front wheels. The Focus’ top speed of 84 mph is pretty standard for this category, but its 0-60 mph time of 9.9 seconds leaves a bit to be desired.

Exterior and interior

All versions of the focus have comfortable front seats but are slightly congested at the back. The dashboard is effective once you get the hang of it. It's fitted with soft-touch materials that suit the cars price tag. The Focus Electric seats 5 with ease and passengers should find enough room in its 91 cubic feet of space. The cargo capacity, however, is a bit below industry standard, at just 14 cubic feet. This is due to the on-board battery charger It's the floor of the load bay between the rear wheel wells. It, therefore, prevents a flat load floor, eats into cargo space.

Technology

Ford Focus has a ton of excellent interior technology features for you to enjoy, each offering a wealth of exceptional entertainment or infotainment possibilities! The first of these technology features is the SYNC®3 systems, which keeps you connected no matter where you want to go. This system features the ability to control calls, music, and a ton more with just your voice and a light touch, allowing you to keep your hands on the wheel.

8. Nissan Leaf $29,860

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Pros and cons

Pros

1. Poised ride and handling
2. Roomy back seat
3. Solid range with new 30-kWh battery
4. Range increases to 107 miles in SV and SL trims
5. Updated infotainment system
6. Heated rear seats and heated steering wheel no longer standard

Cons

1. Unimpressive highway acceleration
2. Poor-quality interior materials

Range

The base model can go up to 84 miles on a full charge, while higher trims can go up to 107 miles. The Leaf was a leader in driving range for electric vehicles (EVs) when it debuted in 2011, but other EVs have surpassed its range since then. The Nissan gets up to 114 mpg-e combined city/highway. Powered by a 147-horsepower electric motor, the Leaf can travel up to 151 miles on a single charge. That’s not as much range as some of its more expensive rivals, but it’s great for the price.

Exterior and interior

Space feels roomy for a compact hatchback, and road visibility is excellent. You can easily find a comfortable driving position, and tall passengers will appreciate the abundant back-seat room.

Technology

A standard feature in the new Leaf includes satellite radio, Bluetooth, and a 5-inch color display. Spending a little extra money adds Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, navigation, and impressive ProPilot Assist. ProPilot Assist is a semi-autonomous system that can help the Leaf drive itself, even in traffic, for short periods of time.

9. Chevrolet Spark EV $27,495

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Pros and cons

Pros

1. Affordable/ cheap electric vehicle
2. Clean and simple interiors
3. Tiny footprint

Cons

1. Limited legroom
2. Cheap plastic materials
3. Excessive road noise

Range

The Spark's 1.4-liter inline 4-cylinder engine produces 98 horsepower and 94 lb-ft of torque. The standard 5-speed manual transmission delivers 29 miles per gallon in the city and 39 mpg on the highway, while the optional continuous variable automatic transmission (CVT) does slightly better, at 31 mpg city/38 mpg on the highway. The active trim drops those figures by 1 mpg.

Exterior and Interior

This 5-door hatchback is designed for visual appeal with its admittedly tiny dimensions. The second-row passenger doors are camouflaged with a handle that's integrated into the rear of the window frame, resulting in coupe-like styling.

Technology

Has a reasonable 7-hour recharge time with a 240-volt charger and a long list of standard equipment such as air conditioning, a push-button starter and a 7-inch touchscreen with Chevrolet's MYLink infotainment system.

10. Smart Electric Drive For Two $23,800

Pros and cons

Pros

1. Low asking price
2. Convenient
3. Can fit in any parking lot

Cons

1. Limited range
2. Tiny cabin room

Range

Smart is among the cheapest electric cars existing. Smart has dropped the gasoline-powered version of the Fortwo, only producing the Fortwo Electric Drive in either a coupe or convertible format. Coupe models get 124 MPGe in the city and 94 on the highway. Opting for the convertible drops those numbers to 112 in the city and 91 on the highway.
The Fortwo has a smaller electric range than most models. It is only capable of traveling 58 miles before having to be recharged. The subcompact EV needs three hours at a 240-volt charger for a full charge.

Exterior and interior

If you’re an environmentally friendly city slicker, look no further than the Smart Fortwo Electric Drive. This subcompact EV can fit in almost any parking spot, making it the ideal vehicle for people who have difficulty finding parking on city streets.

Technology

Stay in touch with your smart electric drive at all times: smart control offers numerous connected car functions. You can view the range, state of charge and a whole range of other information related to your vehicle. You can also start the pre-entry climate control process conveniently via the web app while your vehicle is charging on the grid.

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10 Things to Look for When Choosing an Electric Car

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Shopping for a new car can be stressful let alone confusing. Making up your mind on the car type fit for your needs and budget is a whole process and not as fun as it sounds. The downside of choosing the wrong car might turn out more costly in regards to maintenance costs and repairs.

There is a lot of information floating around and you can easily get overwhelmed in the process. Here are some of the electric cars guides.

Battery Life, Condition And Warranty

Most electric cars are installed with lithium-ion battery technology that is similar to smartphones, tablets, and laptops; the only difference is the battery is bigger and complex. That makes it more expensive contributing to higher price range for most models.

The disadvantages of the traditional lithium-ion batteries are it has a short lifespan and significant degradation with time. The good news is there is an alternative new lithium-ion chemistry that conserved energy and power. These improved batteries are eco-friendly, fire resistance, rapid charging, and long life spans.
Battery technology makers are making improvements in efficiency, energy, density, and weight. The EVs mostly come with a warranty for the first 100,000 miles the car covers, which is actually similar to fuel cars depending on the model.
Range

Most buyers are discouraged by the electric range of Electric cars. Truth is you have very little to worry about. On average, most drivers commute between 25-50 miles in a day, making at least 2 car trips per day.

The average range an EV can cover is 80-100 miles. This simply means you can drive the car around without “anxiety range” and get home safely without being stranded or towed home.
However, you might want to reconsider if you frequently cover long distances. Luckily there are EVs like the Tesla Model S that cover up to 330miles on a single charge. If cost isn’t your biggest worry, you might consider it

Charging

Batteries in electric cars need to recharge often. When considering a purchase do your due diligence on the car and check the available EVs charging ports. This will help you identify if the port is compatible with the local public charging stations near you.

For example, EVs like the Mitsubishi 2010 I-MiEVs have a standard sing-phase charger design that facilitates slow charging. This design is not compatible with the public charging ports because of this safety interlock feature.
The speed of charging an EV depends on the strength of the port it’s plugged into and the kind of charger in use.

The main charging options are the AC and the DC. The AC is mostly used in households and is classified into the standard 110-volt outlet and 240-volt special outlets. The charging is determined with the outlet you prefer to use. Cars plugged into the normal will socket can take up to 12 hours depending on the voltage but you have the option to install a power grid that reduces the time by half.

The DC is the fastest charging method available but it is rather expensive for household consumption. On the lighter note, only EVs like the Tesla Model S, BMW 13, Renault Zoe can charge up to 80% within 30 minutes at the quick charging stations.

Comfort

The EV offers a smooth ride that is quiet, calm and serene. The pure electric car makes the traditional car seem boring and ancient. The thought of dragging around a tank of stinking, combustible fuel and old-fashioned mechanical parts seem outdated.

The most interesting part of driving the car is that it requires nothing to gear up so when you accelerate it just moves. This offers a smoother ride and you use your brakes a lot less while driving. For the music lovers, playing the music in the car is a lot clearer than driving the conventional car. It is more serene due to the quiet engines.

Platforms like the android auto, car play or the mirror link technology make it possible for you to control your phone on the car’s dashboard. Some EVs have very advanced infotainment high- tech and are there to make your experience more memorable.

Interior and exterior

Most of the EVs are have enough room for adult passengers in the cabins. They also have reasonable storage spaces that can fit grocery bags and small luggage for your personal use.

Spare availability

The advantages of owning an electric car are they can easily be upgraded. Their firmware and software’s are designed in a way all the latest upgrades can be done. Soon the older models will have an option of improving some parts like installing onboard chargers as well as motor controller power settings.

Although this is still small upgrades, eventually, it will be possible to harbor sophisticated upgrades like complete battery changes. The combination of clever battery manager soft ware’s and battery schemes can lift off the worry out of the EV owner.

The future holds all possibility including advanced technologies making self-driving cars more accessible at an affordable price range. Although it might take a while to get the advanced systems, the manufacturers are up to the task and we have a lot to look forward too.

Price range

More affordable electric cars are being introduced and now anyone who can afford to buy a conventional car can pretty much afford an EV. This means most EV cars fall under a similar price range as the combustion engine range.

The average price for an EV is $30,000 before incentives and subsidies. The good news is the car falling below that price range is exempted from road taxes. Well, there is a wider price range to choose from in regards to your budget.

Maintenance And Efficiency

The electric motor has a less complicated engine with fewer mechanical parts than a conventional petrol/diesel. Therefore, you’ll spend less on servicing the car as opposed to the traditional engine. Charging is also cheaper than filling up fuel, whereby, a mile in an EV is four times cheaper than a mile covered by an efficient petrol vehicle.
The conventional car, on the other hand, has more parts that need constant servicing (radiators, fuel injection systems, starter motors, and exhaust systems). Maintain all the parts efficiency is costly and time-consuming.

Type (Sedan or SUV)

The term electric vehicle (EV) is commonly used to refer to three main types of automotive drivetrains. These are Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV), Hybrid-Electric Vehicle (HEV), and Plug-in Hybrid-Electric Vehicle (PHEV).

Plug-in Hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV): Plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles (PHEV) are similar to HEVs except that the proportion of energy used to propel the vehicle is electricity, not fuel. These vehicles have larger electrical drives and battery storage capacity than HEVs and are also equipped with a smaller internal combustion engine. The vehicle is designed to engage the fuel engine when battery electricity is running low or to replace the electric drivetrains when more power is required. Since PHEVs can be recharged from an electrical outlet it is possible to drive them entirely on electrical energy

Hybrid-electric vehicle (HEV): A hybrid-electric vehicle has a two-part drive system, a conventional fuel engine, and an electric drive. HEVs contain all the components of both internal combustion engine (ICE) and electric vehicles. These include an ICE engine, fuel tank, transmission as well as battery pack and electric motor. Some vehicles classified as HEV may have only a small electric motor and battery system to propel the vehicle at low speeds. Other HEVs may have smaller fuel engines and relatively larger electric drives. The degree to which the vehicle is propelled, either by fuel or electric power determines on the specific make and model of the vehicle. In all HEVs the only energy source is fuel, electrical energy is generated secondarily via alternator or regenerative braking.

Battery electric vehicle (BEV): A BEV is a pure electric vehicle in that the only source of propulsion is from electrical energy. Battery electric vehicles store electricity onboard with high-capacity battery packs. This battery power is used to run all onboard electronics as well as the main-drive electric motor(s). BEVs are powered by electricity from an external source, an electrical outlet or specialty electric vehicle charging stations.

Brand

Your top choice of electric car may be the one with the highest range, or you could be looking for the most inexpensive option. An electric vehicle can be a serious investment, and it is important to make sure that the vehicle you are purchasing has a positive review history, and is generally respected in the car industry.

Some of the brands include Tesla, BMW. Toyota, Mercedes, Nissan, Chevrolet, Ford, Volkswagen, Kia, Hyundai, Audi, Fisker, Jeep, among others.
It is important to keep in mind that a key difference between EV manufacturers can be the warranties they offer alongside their vehicles. Check out our guide to for more information on some of the differences between top electric vehicle company warranties

In general, with all the above information, you can use it to make an informed decision on how to buy electric cars and how you’ll be able to purchase the EV of your choice. Take all the basics into consideration especially the battery performance, range status and charging options in your area. That way you will be able to get a value for your money and avoid buying the wrong car.

The economic impact of electric cars

Economical Benefits of Electrical Cars

The economic impact of electric cars

Cheaper to run

Depending on the distance you cover, the cost of gas, electricity for charging, maintenance, government and utility incentives, and value for your time, you’ll be saving more money with an electric car than with gasoline car.

Electric motors can provide high power to weight ratios, batteries can be designed to supply the currents needed to support these motors. Electric motors have flat torque curve down to zero speed. For simplicity and reliability, many electric cars use fixed-ratio gearboxes and have no clutch.

Many electric cars have motors that have high acceleration, relative to comparable cars; however, most EV may have a low acceleration due to their relatively weak motors. This is largely due to the relatively constant torque of an electric motor, which often increases the acceleration relative to a similar ICE motor power

Electric vehicles can also use a direct motor-to-wheel configuration which increases the available power. Having motors connected directly to each wheel allows the wheels to be used both for propulsion and as braking systems, thereby increasing traction When not fitted with an axle, transmission, differential, electric vehicles have less drive-train inertia.
EV covers a larger range with minimum running costs. The electricity to charge an electric car works out around a third as much per kilometer as buying petrol for the same vehicle. It’s actually very cheaper to buy a second-hand electric car.

Cheaper to maintain

The electric motor has a less complicated engine with fewer subsystems (tires, suspension and brakes) than a conventional petrol/diesel. There are relatively little servicing and no expensive exhaust systems, starter motors, fuel injection systems, radiators and many other parts that aren’t needed in an EV.
Oil changes, a transmission that can break, mufflers, various hoses and belts, and other complicated parts are another thing of the past with the EV. Electric cars are much simpler by default, so they can save you a lot of time and headaches.
Therefore, you’ll spend less on servicing the car as opposed to the traditional engine. Charging is also cheaper than filling up fuel, whereby, a mile in an EV is four times cheaper than a mile covered by an efficient petrol vehicle.

Health benefits

Battery electric vehicles don’t produce any tailpipe emissions compared to the average gasoline car produces over 350 grams of CO2 per mile. Cleaner air means less disease in the world, which means less stress on public health systems, hospitals, and so on. In addition, fewer greenhouse gas emissions will save the ozone layer and reduce our carbon footprint. If we can’t stop global warming, we can certainly slow down the onset, and EVs are nothing if not a good start.

Safety improvements

All passenger vehicles are required to pass the same safety and crash tests. However, electric cars have a few extra features which may make them safer to ride. For instance, advanced battery management systems to monitor the activity of each cell and pass information to a CPU, which can adjust the cooling system, warn the driver, and even shut down the battery completely as soon as a problem is detected.

Engineers also armor the battery packs of their vehicles to prevent damage during collisions and punctures to avoid an accident like the 2013 Tesla fire in Washington. Tesla now says its redesigned titanium underbody shield cuts the chances of a battery fire caused by damage to almost non-existent. EV battery cells are segmented by firewalls, which contain or at least slow the spread of a fire, buying time for the driver to pull over and exit the vehicle.

Heavy battery packs significantly lower an EV’s center of mass; the car is less likely to roll over. The weight of the batteries makes the electric car heavier than a comparable gasoline vehicle. In case of a collision, the passengers in the EV will suffer less serious injuries than the occupants of the other lighter cars.

Despite having the negative car performance, the lower the center of gravity, the car is more stable and lowers the risk of an accident due to loss of control. Manufacturers of electric vehicles don’t spare any expense on built-in safety systems, which is why EVs regularly exceed all safety standards. In fact, many EVs score higher in crash test safety ratings.

Better for the environment

It has been a major concern to everyone about the climate changes and the effects it has on our environment. Electric cars are purposely built in favor of the environment. The EVs have several benefits over conventional combustion engine automobiles, including a significant reduction of local air pollution as they do not produce pollutants such as CO2, oxides of nitrogen, soot, volatile organic compounds, hydrocarbons, ozone, and lead.
The introduction of the electric cars is part of the process of improving the climate as they do not emit any harmful gases that pollute the air. Luckily, the cost and health related issues caused by air pollution will decrease.
Some of the EVs engineers are taking recycling to the next level by using Eco-friendly materials to build the cars. For instance, the makers of Ford Focus Electric car are using recycled materials and padding the car with bio-materials.
Nissan Leaf is also adopting the recycling idea and it is impressive. The interior and exterior are partly made of recycled bottles, second-hand appliances, old car parts and plastic bags. They are all about recycling materials and environmental conservation.

Renewable energy

The Engineers are also adopting renewable energy systems and it’s a great idea. You are able to charge your EV using the solar panel system on the go instead of waiting until you reach the grid. Solar cars are electric vehicles powered completely or significantly direct solar energy, through photovoltaic (PV) cells contained in solar panels that convert the sun’s energy directly into electric energy, usually used to charge a battery. This method is more economical and saves time as you get to charge it during the day where most activities take place.
Using renewable energy to recharge your EV, you help reduce your greenhouse gas emissions further. For the electric grid, the emissions vary significantly depending on your region, the availability of renewable sources and the efficiency of the fossil fuel-based generation used. The sourcing of the fuel tanks causes further damage and use of resources during the extraction and refinement processes, including high amounts of electricity.

Advantages and disadvantages of electric cars

Advantages and disadvantages of electric cars

People are receptive of the electric cars more than ever. Surprisingly, the EV concept date way back to the ’60s and it’s until now that it is gaining popularity. The automotive industry has come a long way.

Some companies have dived into the electric world and produced pure electric cars, while others are still testing the waters and offer hybrid vehicles that use both fuel and electricity. Truth is electric cars are a great step forward and a positive way to help contribute towards a healthy and stable environment.

Some of the electric model types are the Tesla Model S, Mitsubishi-iMiEV, Prius EV, Nissan Leaf, Fisker Karma, CODA, Smart 4-2EV, Chevrolet Volt. You definitely are spoiled for choice with so many brands to choose from. All you need is to get your facts right and way your options. Here are the pros and cons to help you make better decisions:

10 Advantages of Electric Cars

1. No gas is required

The main reason for EV invention is to reduce the cost of fuel. The average cost for fuel spent by conventional car owners is $2000-$4000 each year. This means most Americans use up a chunk of their savings on gas alone. Charging is cheaper than filling up with petrol/diesel. Though electricity isn’t free, an EV is cheaper to own. A plug-in hybrid eliminates a major portion of your gas bill, as well, but it still uses a gasoline engine as a range extender.

2. Charging at home

The idea of charging at home and avoiding trips to the gas station is. It’s a convenient way to charge your car just like your smartphone and in the morning it’s ready to go. On average, most drivers commute between 25-50 miles per day which is more than enough. Unless you’re planning to go more than 80-100 miles of the average range, you’ll be good to go on your daily activities.

3. Popularity

EV’s are growing in popularity. With popularity comes new models and competition between the automakers. This means you as the buyer are spoilt for choice and have a larger pool to compare in the market, providing you with a wealth of choices moving forward.

4. Safe to drive

Electric cars undergo the same fitness and testing procedures test as other fuel powered cars. Different control units and wiring are installed to improve the user's experience by achieving more accurate and transparent systems that control your driving environment. The car is made smart enough to detect any faults and possibly prevent accidents. In case an accident occurs, one can expect airbags to open up and electricity supply to cut from the battery. This can prevent you and other passengers in the car from serious injuries.

5. Eco-friendly

Electric cars have a smaller impact on the environment than conventional cars. The EVs are 100% eco-friendly as they run battery powered engines (BEV). This means they do not emit exhaust that pollutes the air as they run on the only clean energy source. The good news is better air quality leads to fewer health problems and clean environment to live in.

6. Maintenance And Efficiency

The electric motor has a less complicated engine with fewer mechanical parts than a conventional petrol/diesel. The internal combustion engine (ICE), require plenty of fluids to keep it moving and functioning properly. The EV has fewer subsystems; therefore, you’ll spend less on servicing the car as opposed to the traditional engine.

7. Comfort And Space

The good news is the EV offers a smooth ride that is quiet, calm and serene. The pure electric car makes the traditional car seem boring and ancient. The thought of dragging around a tank of stinking, combustible fuel and old-fashioned mechanical parts seem outdated.

The most interesting part of driving the car is it requires nothing to gear up so when you accelerate it just moves. This offers a smoother ride and you use your brakes a lot less while driving. For the music lovers, playing the music in the car is a lot clearer than driving the conventional car. It is more serene due to the quiet engines.

Platforms like the android auto, car play or the mirror link technology make it possible for you to control your phone on the car’s dashboard. Some EVs have very advanced infotainment high- tech and are there to make your experience more memorable.

8. Software/ Hardware/ Firmware Upgrades

The advantages of owning an electric car are they can easily be upgraded. Their firmware and software’s are designed in a way all the latest upgrades can be done. Soon the older models will have an option of improving some parts like installing onboard chargers as well as motor controller power settings.

Although this is still small upgrades, eventually, it will be possible to harbor sophisticated upgrades like complete battery changes. The combination of clever battery manager soft ware’s and battery schemes can lift off the worry out of the EV owner.

9. Pricing

Electric cars are affordable to buy and cheaper to maintain. For instance, most EV fall in the $30,000 price range before subsidies. It may cost a less the amount after federal income tax credits (costs $7,500). Most states offer tax credits in favor of the EV buyer, enticing them to lease payments saving the new owner some coins.

10. Reduced noise pollution

The good news is the EV offers a smooth ride that is quiet, calm and serene. The pure electric car makes the traditional car seem boring and ancient. The thought of dragging around a tank of stinking, combustible fuel and old-fashioned mechanical parts seem outdated.

The most interesting part of driving the car is it requires nothing to gear up so when you accelerate it just moves. This offers a smoother ride and you use your brakes a lot less while driving. For the music lovers, playing the music in the car is a lot clearer than driving the conventional car. It’s like listening to music in the comfort of your living room. It is more serene due to the quiet engines.

6 Disadvantages of Electric Cars

1. Range anxiety

Most of the EV drivers are constantly worried about running out of charge when miles away from the next charging system. Most electric cars are limited to a range of about 80-100 miles and need to be recharged periodically. For instance, the Ford Focus Electric and Nissan Leaf offer a range of approximately 75 miles. For most drivers, the range is enough to cover their daily activities but have the conventional gasoline car just in case, they need it.

2. Have to install chargers at home

The biggest disadvantage of the electric charging station is still in the development stages. This means there aren’t as many charging stations, which will, in turn, make you drive quite a distance in search of fuelling stations. This discourages most buyers and creates range anxiety.

3. Increased Electric bills

The other option is the EV owner may be forced to install a charging station at home, cutting into the cost savings from owning an EV in the first place. If you haven’t done your research into the electric car you want to purchase, then you may be making an unwise investment. Sometimes electric cars require a lot of energy to charge in order to function properly – which may reflect poorly on your electricity bill each month. Especially, charging during peak hours can add to your utility bills.

As electric cars need the power to charge up, cities already facing acute power shortage are not suitable for electric cars. The consumption of more power would hamper their daily power needs

4. Long charging hours

Another big concern of EV owners is the amount of time it takes to refuel an electric car. It takes only a few minutes to fuel your gasoline powered car, while it takes an electric car about 4-6 hours to fully charge using a power grid and 12 hours using the basic wall socket of 110volt.

EVs commonly can add about 20 to 25 miles of range in an hour of charging from a 240-volt source of electricity. Which means the idea of a road trip is out of the discussion, especially if it’s driving in a remote area. It would be unfortunate if you forget to charge it before you sleep.

Also, some EVs have different charging ports from the normal ports. For instance, a few of 2010 Mitsubishi-iMiEV are designed with a standard sing-phase charge port to facilitate slow charging. This simply means this model cannot use some public charge points because of its special interlock features.

5. Battery degradation

Although having an EV eliminates maintenance costs, batteries of almost all electric cars are required to be changed every 3-10 years and replacing battery packs can be costly. The battery costs roughly a few thousand and it also depends on the car model.

6. Cold season

There is also a legitimate anxiety involving cold season and the electric car. Cold weather makes lithium-ion batteries less efficient and will cause you to constantly charge the car 50% more rapidly. It’s even worse if you need to heat up the cabin of the car. It will lose more heat and reduces the normal range it covers.

However, if your EV is stored in a warm garage, the car can retain the heat, especially if you choose to preheat the cabin while it’s still plugged in the charging port.

Why The Electric Car is The Next Big Thing

Why the electric car is the next big thing
Since the introduction of electric vehicles, the automobile world has not been the same. It has been a debate between the electrical and the mechanical or chemical engineers.
Transition to electric cars is gaining momentum and people are receiving the change well. Initially, it took over two decades to sell the first million electric vehicles, but now it takes only five months to sell the same number of cars. That is a major milestone for the EVs.

According to the recent government statistics, 26% of the total gas emissions come from the transport industry. The UK government has come up with an ambitious target to adopt up to 50% of Electric cars to be able to achieve the target of ultra-low emissions by 2030 and effectively zero emissions by 2040.

So why should people welcome the EVs?

The Electric Vehicles are Eco-Friendly

It has been a major concern to everyone about the climate changes and the effects it has on our environment. The introduction of the electric cars is part of the process of improving the climate as they do not emit any harmful gases that pollute the air. Luckily the cost and health related issues caused by air pollution will decrease.

The Engineers are also adopting renewable energy systems and it’s a great idea. You are able to charge your EV using the solar panel system on the go instead of waiting until you reach the grid. This method is more economical and saves time as you get to charge it during the day where most activities take place.

Some of the EVs engineers are taking recycling to the next level by using Eco-friendly materials to build the cars. For instance, the makers of Ford Focus Electric car are using recycled materials and padding the car with bio-materials.

Nissan Leaf is also adopting the recycling idea and it is impressive. The interior and exterior are partly made of recycled bottles, second-hand appliances, old car parts and plastic bags. They are all about recycling materials and environmental conservation.

The EV Saves You Money And Simpler To Service

The conventional petrol or diesel has starter motors, fuel injection systems, exhaust systems, radiators and other moving parts for it to function properly. This means the car needs constant lubing and oil changes among other maintenance activities. The whole process is a lot costly and tedious as it is a continuous process.

On the other hand, the EV only has mechanical parts. Which means the car doesn’t need an oil tank, transmission system or a catalyst converter. Less subsystem means simpler maintenance and cost-effective.

Battery Technology

The battery technology is the major reason behind the electric vehicle concept. There are different types of electrification, the conventional hybrids, plug-in hybrids, mild hybrids and pure BEVs. The technology is leaning more on efficiency, energy density and weight of the batteries.

The most common battery type used in the EVs is Lithium-Ion and Lithium polymer battery. These batteries have a higher energy density than the weight they have. Rechargeable batteries, on the other hand, use a nickel-metal hybrid, lithium-polymer battery, lead-acid, Lithium-ion, NiCd and a less common zinc-air and molten-salt batteries.

The EV gets its power from charging through AC ports at households or different charging stations. The advantage of these methods is that almost every home has electricity and can easily power up the car. The battery charges via the installed grid but can also feed the energy back into the grid in case there is a need.

The EV drivers get to enjoy the convenience of charging at home and it is simplified by the charging EV App that enables you to initiate charging without having to walk into the garage.

Have More Powerful Motors And Are More Efficient

Depending on the battery capacity, the higher the current is produced the more powerful the motor is. The EV uses electromagnetic motors to deliver instant power to the drive train creating the torque that enables the EV to move forward. Due to the instant torque, no energy is wasted when accelerating.

Electric motors also work as electric generators, enabling the battery to recharge during braking. The rotor in motors consistently rotates when the braking system is activated. This causes the electrical field to reverse sending the electrons back to the battery. This process is known as regenerative braking.

Hence the EVs are able to recycle the energy unlike the internal combustion engine (ICE); the same energy is wasted in the form of heat from friction.

Advanced technology

More EVs are adopting more sophisticated electronics and intelligent sensors as the heart of the car. The electric cars have advanced computerized technologies and come readily installed by design. The development of the automotive industry, however, has been a lot slower than other industries.

Thankfully, the automakers are up for the challenge and some of the smart cars won’t be available for another 7-8 years due to their advanced concept.

Different control units and wiring are installed to improve the user's experience by achieving more accurate and transparent systems that control your driving environment. The car is made smart enough to detect any faults and possibly prevent accidents.

Platforms like the mirror link technology, car play, and Android auto are adopted to help the driver adjust the content of the phone and are well displayed on the dashboard. The dashboard is fitted with larger screens with bigger buttons and icons that the driver can use easily without being distracted from the road.

Imagine being able to play your favorite music playlist, while you can receive important messages, or even get notifications on low battery pop-ups and suggestions of the next charging station along your way. Impressive!

*The range is the only disadvantage the EV has compared ICE cars. However, the electric cars are fast catching up and there are models like the Tesla that are performing really well. Higher capacity batteries are developed and soon the gap will be closed.

With the target of improving our environment, Electrical vehicles are the future and the government has implemented some policies favoring the EVs. Hopefully, the emissions will drop to 44% by 2030 as proposed by the government.