Top 5 Best Electric Vehicles2010 Tesla Roadster
Made by Tesla Motors, a Silicon Valley-based car-maker, the Tesla Roadster was for the first time presented as a prototype in July of 2006. Two years later the company announced that it will start a mass production of the vehicle. The Roadster became the world's first all-electric, mass-produced sports vehicle.
One of the most impressive features of the car is the range. As one of the best electric vehicles the Tesla Roadster boasts a range of 220 miles on a single charge.
The 288hp engine allows the electric vehicle to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds and reach a top speed to 125mph. The expected battery life is 7 years or 100,000 miles. Other interesting features include carbon fiber body and LED tail lights.
2010 Toyota Prius
The Plug-In electric hybrid Toyota Prius has a rather heavy Lithium-ion battery pack. The car is expected to go on sale in 2012 boasting an extended electric driving mode of 12.5 miles. It will also be able to reach a top speed of 62mph. A full recharge of this electric vehicle will take about an hour and a half if you use a 230-volt supply.
The 2010 model has three driving modes: Power, Eco, and EV. The first one increases gas-pedal sensitivity to register a fast acceleration. The Eco mode is used to change air conditioning operation in order to cut fuel consumption. Prius is a rather lightweight vehicle due to the fact that its hood, rear hatch and many suspension components are made of lightweight aluminum.
The Nissan Leaf is expected to be launched next year. It will be the first all-electric mainstream car to hit the American market. The electric vehicle includes lithium-ion battery pack that promises an improved acceleration and a better range.
According to Nissan, its electric vehicle will take about 4 to 8 hours to recharge using a special 220-volt charger. However, if the driver charges the vehicle at a commercial quick-charge station, the whole process will take about 30 minutes.
The car can register a range of 100 miles on a single charge. Some of its additional features includes: LED headlamps, keyless ignition/entry, automatic climate control, height-adjustable driver seat, cloth upholstery manufactured using recycled materials, auto-dimming rearview mirror, touchscreen infotainment system, a charging timer, an advanced trip computer, an iPod/USB audio interface and more.
It is possible that Nissan will include the technology that will allow the driver to control charging using their cell phone.
Ford Focus EV
The new electric vehicle from Ford will show a range of 100 miles per charge. One of the best electric vehicles (at least in the United States) is expected to hit the market in 2011. It will boast a Magna drive system and a 23kWh battery pack developed by Ford.
A full recharge of the car's battery pack will take between 6 and 12 hours. The recharging depends of whether the driver uses a 110-volt or 220-volt hookup. The 105kW electric engine will allow the car to reach a top speed of 85mph. The company looks forward to launching 10,000 Focus EVs in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific.
Although the three-wheeled Aptera looks like a mix between a car and a plane, it is classed as a motorcycle. The two-door electric vehicle boasts a 10 – 13 kw/hr Lithium iron phosphate battery pack. It registers a range of 100 miles per charge (160 km).
In addition, you will also be able to find aerodynamic side-mounted mirrors and wider door openings. The latter allow the driver and passengers to get in and out of Aptera quite easy. Its 82kW electric motor allows the car to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (0 to 97 km/h) in about 10 seconds, and reach a top speed of 85 mph (137 km/h).