Electric Cars Compared: BMW i8, Nissan LEAF, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV & Holden Volt

JAN 27 2015 BY MARK KANE 17

As more and more plug-in cars become available in Australia, CarAdvice.com.au set aside time to take a spin in several of them.

The video begins with this Toyota Prius, however this is the ordinary non-plug-in version and then the drivers switch to the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, Holden Volt (brother of Chevrolet Volt) and Nissan LEAF.

Lastly, CarAdvice.com.au comes to the BMW i8 and finds out that its EV range is short and with such a high level of performance, states that it will be hard to save on gas even with economical driving.

No Tesla Model S this time, despite Tesla launching sales and a Supercharging network in Australia.

Categories: BMW, Mitsubishi, Nissan


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17 Comments on "Electric Cars Compared: BMW i8, Nissan LEAF, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV & Holden Volt"

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Isn’t Holden dead at this point?

They’re winding down local manufacture in two years’ time but they’ll still be around as an importer.

All auto manufacturers are winding down in Australia.

In three years there will be no global auto maker manufacturing in Australia.

There may be some boutique coach builder I have never heard of but the full fledged automakers will be gone.

I believe although FCA uses the tag line “Imported from Detroit”, in this case all Holden Volts really are.

Not a bad video but low on info and some scaremongering hype about the Leaf’s range, plus misinformation on charge time — 8 hours! Not true in 2015. No mention of DCFC, and worries that they only have 40 some kilometers of range left. That’s about 26 miles. Easily solved by charging BEFORE you test drive.

There’s some truth to the 8 hour figure since the Australian delivered model only comes with a 3.3kW on-board charger. They’re still selling 2012 build models as new because they imported far more than they could sell at the start.

In my stroll through an inner city Nissan Leaf dealership a few weeks ago the salesman said they are now into 2013 models, with few left in stock. Anyhow that is what he said. From another source I think Nissan HQ still has a number of already registered Leaf’s doing something or not much. What surprised me is that test drives are only by arrangement with Nissan HQ. Surely that can’t be nation wide. That’s no way to sell a car. Anyhow, two out of my local three Leaf dealers do not have a Leaf on the floor nor one to test drive. Here’s me hoping that Nissan will get into the EV van market in Australia because I think that’s where the business case works best, and yet Nissan is not really doing much to help the Leaf sell beyond just setting a fairly reasonable floor price.

yes Nissan Australia are still flogging 2012 built cars in 2015, for the same price they announced almost 2 years ago. They also don’t intend to import any more until the new bigger range model arrives…..if at all. Australia also has the tag of the highest number of auto makes in one country, but we have basically zero choice for EV’s….

I thought the outlander is a series hybrid. With the engine coming on more often due to it battery’s lower capacity of 12 kwh compared to the volt’s 16.5kwh.

Nope. It’s a parallell hybrid for most of the time.

Holden should have sold more Volts.
Would it have done better as either an Ampera
or as a Chevrolet.

They missed a Golden opportunity to launch Chevrolet brand in Australia – but they would have needed a small portfolio of cars or trucks around the Volt.

Plus the Australian public who are fond of new Tech Gatgets are not so when it comes to EV’s – even the humble prius with older technology is too much for some.

Pity as we should have sold a heap of Volts and Leafs.
Just maybe the prices were too much for a midsize car for those that are penny frugal.

Still we had to start somewhere in Australia and this is just the beginning ….
I’m sure others will learn from Holdens and Nissans mis steps and sell many more EV in the next few years, once people discover the unique drive experience and the price of oil goes up in year or twos time. 🙂

Am I confused, but didn’t Insideevs publish this article a few weeks ago?

Hrm, nope I had a look back into the archives and this is it. Perhaps you saw it from the original CarAdvice.au.com? Although admittedly that would be a little obscure, (=

Others are reporting that the launch of the Outlander PHEV is delayed yet again, this time to 2016.

I really don’t understand the OEMs.

The US is arguably still the most important auto market on Earth. SUVs are proven winners here, and high margin. AWD is extremely popular as well.

And yet no OEM has an AWD SUV electric vehicle for sale here?
They sell it in places like Turkey and Russia instead?

And dont tell me some silliness about battery supply. It’s been YEARS.
Well. This cements it for me.

I will drive a 2016 Volt this fall.

You haven’t seen the final version of the Model X yet. As much as you clamor for AWD and EV, it seems like you should at least test drive the Model X.

Nothing against picking a Volt, I am 90% sure I will be leasing one this fall as well.

I know I would love the model x.
but I have no interest in paying $100k for a car.

Also a big goal of mine is to support EVs for the masses. Tesla doesn’t need my help but the Major OEMs do.

I’ll miss the AWD in the Volt. No question.
But as sacrifices go it’s not too bad.

There is one PHEV SUV in the U.S.: the $76,000+ Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid, with ~22 miles of electric range.