Like your mobile phone or hair dryer, cars powered by electricity?! Sounds like a fantasy possible only in futuristic movies? Believe it or not, this is not only a looming phenomenon in the 21st century, but the choices of electric cars in the market are wider now than even a couple of years ago. In a range of sizes and prices, many car brands are jumping into the fray.
Energized by rechargeable batteries using common household electricity, these cars provide a slick, silent ride. Definitely more efficient than its gasoline-powered counterparts, electric vehicles, although involves a high initial investment, are not so expensive in the long run, considering its advantages. With meager maintenance costs, some also come with an optional backup range-extending engine.
The all-electric BMWi3 is powered by performance, design, innovation, and efficiency. Launching from 0 to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds, it is one of the fastest BMWs. Also, the materials used in the manufacture of this model are not just beautiful, but sustainable too.
Fun to drive, the award-winning Chevrolet Bolt EV has a battery that powers 200 hp and delivers 96 MPGe. This rides well with great acceleration that launches the car to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds.
The charming Fiat 500e has a delightful exterior and interiors that are brimming with well thought out features like the power sunroof, GPS Navigation System, visual LED illuminated indicators to show the current charge level during charging, amongst others.
Very similar to its gasoline-powered sibling, the Ford Focus Electric that estimates a range of 100 MPGe in the latest model, has a 143 hp electric motor that drives the front wheels and a cabin packed with amenities.
Currently available only to California residents, the Hyundai Ioniq Electric with a 124 mile range on 118 hp, has, apart from the regular features, a Proximity Key that enables power folding side mirrors to swing out to attention, illuminate the pavement below the door and even slides the driver seat backwards to accommodate your entry.
With an incredible seven-year warranty, the Kia Soul EV boasts a large 8 center touch screen with satellite navigation, reverse camera and USB and Bluetooth connectivity. Also fitted is a Japanese-standard Chademo fast-charging socket, which delivers 80 percent charge in a little over half an hour.
A classy 5 door design and spacious cargo area distinguish the Mercedes B-Class Electric from the rest. It possesses a premium cabin with multifunctional, electromechanical power steering, multi-color ambient cabin lighting, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstered powered front seats and a truckload of other favorable features!
Getting up to a 107-mile range, the Nissan LEAF is equipped with 9 range-maximizing features that help it go farther with every charge. The NissanConnect feature helps find public charging stations.
Boasting up to 337 miles of range, the Tesla Model S is the all electric dream car that blasts off to 60 mph in just 2.5 seconds flat. An air filter that can possibly protect occupants from bioweapons and pollutants is new indeed.
Lessen pollution. Charge your electric car with a hydro/solar/wind-powered renewable source now. This is a new ride. Start a clean revolution.