Car is one of the best innovations of the science. In cars category, electric car is one of the great innovation. An electric car is a car that used electric energy which is stored in batteries instead of any fuel like diesel, petrol, etc., however, some electric cars are available with the combination of both. Nowadays electric car is getting popular due to its several benefits like less air pollution, reduced green house effects, etc. With the rise in the price of petrol, customers are looking for more efficient cars. And electric cars can be an option for those customers. It is available in all types – hybrids, fossil fuel and full-electric.
Nissan Leaf with around 50,000 cumulative customers around the world claimed to be first affordable and zero emission car. New Nissan includes a more competent cabin heater, 17-inch alloy wheels, high end luxury features and 6.6kW onboard charger that reduces the battery charging time; now it takes around 8 hours to charge the battery. New redesign Nissan Leaf has been manufactured at Nissan’s Sunderland plant. Along with this, its range has been increased from 109 miles to 129 miles. The headlight gives styling effects and its LED cluster is designed in such a way that it directs airflow away and thus reduces aerodynamic drag. Buyers of Nissan are given the option of leasing the battery for $199 per month for 36 months destination charges and tax credits are already included in it.
If you are keen to purchase an electric car but also want a car that runs on gas so here is the car – Chevy Volt. In Chevy Volt, you have the option of both. You don’t have to choose between electric or gas. Firstly advanced lithium-ion battery allows you run car on electric around 38 miles and then more miles with the help of gasoline. Energy is stored onboard in a 16.5-kWh, T-shaped lithium-ion battery. Another feature of Volt is “Hold Drive” button, which allows preserving the energy and that can be used later on whenever needed. CO2 emission is very low in Volt. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph approximately in nine seconds. The battery can be fully charged within 7 to 10 hours using 120-Volt household current. In this four seat car you don’t have to compromise in look because it is well designed, comfortable and attracts everyone.
Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid
It is the world’s first diesel-fuelled plug-in hybrid electric car and most fuel efficient car launched in 2013. The driver can select any one mode out of three modes – Pure, Hybrid or Power. In Pure mode, the range is up to 50 km using electric motor; while hybrid is the default setting whenever the car starts it runs on diesel and electric motor simultaneously; and in power mode, the maximum power is given to the car, in this diesel and electric motor combines to give maximum power. In power mode, it accelerates from 0-62mph in just 6.1 seconds. It has the capacity to cover 31 miles in electric mode and 130 mpg in hybrid mode. Volvo V60 looks more like a sports car. Volvo V60 is a green car as it emits very less CO2. Volvo V60’s some special features add glory to it like rear park assist camera, a digital TV tuner and Sensus Connected Touch app-based infotainment system.
Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid
A new model in Toyota list, the 2013 Toyota Prius Plug-in hybrid is powered by 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine along with an electric motor and generator. The Prius Plug-in Hybrid has three modes – EV, Eco and Power mode. Prius Plug-in accelerated from 0 to 60 mph within 10.1 seconds. The 2013 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid is available in two trim levels: Base and Advanced. Battery takes about three hours on 120 volt to get fully charged. It is more fuel efficient as it uses a higher-capacity lithium-ion battery. The car is beautifully designed interiorly as well as exteriorly. The cabin has more space and easily carries five passengers.
Renault Fluence ZE
Renault Fluence ZE purchase price is much lesser than others, because of its innovative leasing battery scheme. A 9,000-mile-a-year lease will cost you £69 per month over three years. The car’s electric motor produces 70kW of power and 226Nm of torque. It has 22 kW/h lithium-ion battery. The battery takes around six to eight hours to get charged. Renault Fluence ZE accelerated from 0-62mph in 13 secs (petrol model does it in 10.1) and a top speed of 84 mph. The car is well-designed from inside with excellent interior space with an electric motor and battery pack instead of an engine and fuel tank.
This is an award winning car for the best hybrid electric car due to its several features like sporty looks and an attractive high-spec interior. It accelerated from 0-62mph in 9 seconds and a top speed of 99mph. It is powered by a 148bhp electric motor. It is equipped with 16kWh lithium-ion battery. It provides 150bhp and 370Nm of torque. On electric power, it can travel up to 50 miles before switching to petrol engine. The Ampera’s battery takes up to four hours for charging. Here one more thing is that you don’t have to wait for fully charged battery as there is choice of backup petrol generator. It has one more benefit, i.e. no road tax as it Co2 emission is just 27g/km.
If you are looking for small jelly bean shaped electric car then Mitsubishi I-Miev is good choice. It is a zero emission car and 100% electric car. It does not have a tail pipe, so no chance of burn a drop of gasoline. It is powered by a 66-hp electric motor, which is mounted under the rear seats. It has highly dense lithium-ion battery pack that provides fully charged target range of up to 150kms. One important feature is brake energy regeneration system, which store kinetic energy during deceleration and then it gets converted into electric energy to recharge the battery. It is equipped with 16 kWh lithium-ion battery. In Mitsubishi I-Miev, you have three options of charging; first if you are using 120-volt charger and it will take around 22 hours, if you are using 240-volt charger then 7-8 hours and a 440-volt DC charger for public charging stations will bring a nearly depleted battery to 80% charge in 30 minutes.
Renault has launched its electric car, the Renault Zoe which looks great. It is well-designed car with 22KWh NEC lithium-ion battery. It accelerated from 0 to 62mph in 13.5 seconds and its top speed is up to 84mph. It charges at least £70 a month to lease its battery. According to Renault, quoted range is between 100 and 150km. Battery takes around nine hours on domestic supply to charge. It emits 54g/km Co2. The car utilizes a single 88hp electric motor driving the front wheels.