Top 3 Electric Vehicles Available Today

APR 4 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 30

Nissan LEAF in Europe

Nissan LEAF in Europe

“Electric cars might still be a rarity on many roads but, thanks to improvements in battery technology and charging infrastructure, price cuts and government grants and other schemes, the vehicles are starting to gain in popularity. A look at three of the best currently on the road.”

States RelaxNews.

Before moving on to the Top 3 selections, let us first state that the criteria is that the vehicle be purely electric and that it be widely available around the globe.

In no particular order, here’s the a look at RelaxNews’ Top 3 with a condensed explanation for selection:

Nissan LEAF

Nissan LEAF in the UK

Nissan LEAF in the UK

“Since its launch in 2011, the Leaf has achieved sales of over 100,000, making it the world’s most popular electric car. Part of this has been achieved through aggressive advertising, by discounting and through government-backed schemes, but, fundamentally by constantly improving the car as technologies develop.”

“As a result, the latest generation Leaf is capable of traveling 200 km on a single charge. It is also more comfortable and roomy when traveling that distance, thanks to reworked suspension, the introduction of higher cabin specifications…”

“The other big change since the car’s launch has been available charging points.”

Technical specifications

0-100km/h: 10.1 seconds
Power: 107bhp
Range: 200 km
Price: $28,800

Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S P85 Performance+

Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S

“The Leaf might be the world’s most popular green car, but there is little doubt that the Model S is the world’s most desirable electric car.”

“And, in P 85 Performance + guise it can compete with the best that BMW and Mercedes have to offer in terms of performance, comfort and looks, while still offering emission free motoring.”

“Like Nissan, Tesla has been hard at work putting in the charging infrastructure necessary to make its cars more practical and has already managed to build a US-wide network of superchargers that can add a 50 percent charge to a battery in 20-30 minutes.”

Technical specifications

0-100km/h: 4.2 seconds
Power: 416bhp
Range: 426km
Price: $87,000

BMW i3

BMW i3

BMW i3

BMW i3

BMW i3

“The German company, with a reputation for building drivers’ cars has, unsurprisingly, taken a slightly different approach to a number of electric carmakers with its first truly environmentally friendly offering.”

“Its lightweight, battery-powered city car, the i3, uses carbon fiber to keep weight down and rear-wheel drive to make the car fun to drive. It’s also pretty fast — 0-100km/h in just a smidgen over 7 seconds.”

“However, the nimble handling and acceleration come at a cost — range. To keep the weight down, the battery is small and is only good for 130-160km before a recharge is needed.”

Technical specifications

0-100km/h: 7.2 seconds
Power: 168bhp
Range: 160km
Price: $41,350

Source: RelaxNews via CTV

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The Toyota RavEV is always overlooked since it’s a compliance car. But, it’s a Tesla drivetrain. I get 90-100 real world rough driving miles on a typical charge. That is with the AC cranked on high too. And 110-120 miles in Extended charge. It has a 41.8kw battery, much better than BMW and Leaf.

Leaf is not in the same class as Tesla or BMW, they should not even be mentioned in this article.

Surprisingly in your ignorance you actually state a fact; the LEAF is not in the same class as those other two. It is the first full production BEV available to most earthlings regardless of geography or economic class. That is why it scored first place.

Global average household income is ~$10k.

To break into the global 1%er club you need an income of ~$34k.

You have to be mind-bogglingly ignorant to believe most of earth’s 7 billion sentient beings can afford a $28.8k vehicle.

Great…if you live in California.

Of course it gets overlooked. But if MB would put in fast charging and actually started to sell that car in Europe and nationw wide in the US then it would probably be up there as one of the best.
But include it now would be like including some other car makers prototype or maybe even Teslas Model E, they are just not real yet, like the MB’s “just for show and green credits” EV.

Great Study, Eric!
Yes, the BMWi Luxury City Car will do very well.

But,

Boo Hoo, I’m almost 100% EV!!

Ok, Eric, I know, Chevy Volt EREV has a 55,000 watt gasoline generator under the bonnet and can carry 9.3 gallons of gas.

That it doesn’t count-

…That many of us driving the national commuter average of 38 miles a day or so may almost NEVER put any gas into our Volt’s reserve tank, save cross country driving-

Not electric enough-

…That many of average over 90% EV.

Still not 100% lol !

…That some have been known to drive tens of thousands of miles and NEVER plug in-

It is a gasser! lol

My Volt Stats:

Since March 12, 2012-

27,825 robust miles driven-

97.1 % EV-

45 Gallons of gas used- < 2 Gallons A Month!

Miles driven VS gas Used = 621 Mpg

Plus, bout a buck a day electric fuel!

My OnStar Data Page-

http://www.voltstats.net/Stats/Details/1068

So, my friend and all of you at the worlds greatest Electric Fueled Vehicle web site, Keep up the great work!

At this stage of the game, it's one for all and all for one as the tipping point quickly approaches!

Best-

Thomas J. Thias

517-749-0532

Twitter.com/AmazingChevVolt

Don’t be sorry, you have a great PHEV with just the perfect size of battery for a hybrid to be able to do almost all trips on electricity.

If only the likes of Ford or the Prius plug-in and such would take notice and do it Volt-style.

The Volt is not a great car, not that you would expect that from Chevrolet, but that has nothing to do with the drivetrain and electrification.

The Volt is not a great car? It’s one of the most highly-awarded cars in automotive history.

Volt (or Opel Ampera) does not sell in significant numbers outside United States. Also only about 30 % of average Volt mileage is travelled purely electric, so it it is not that particularly green car.

However I would consider Mitsubishi Outlander, if plug-in hybrids are allowed. It should be significantly better car than Volt.

Hi Jouni,

You said, ” Also only about 30 % of average Volt mileage is travelled purely electric~”

Source Please-

If your source is unavailable then I have the Chevy Volt Extended Range Electric Vehicle, EV miles driven Vs Gas Extended Range miles Driven- OnStar Data

Since limited 6 State, 8 month long beta testing of the Chevy Volt began in December of 2011, here are the current stats via OnStar Data- North America

696,912,756 total miles
435,101,720 total electric miles

(As of 8:30pm, April 4th, 2014)

This gives fleet totals of 63% Pure Electric driving, not your undocumentable 30%.

Source-

http://www.chevrolet.com/volt-electric-car.html

Notes- Scroll Down
– OnStar Graphic May Not Work On IE 11

Ps- And over 22,571,318 Gallons Of Gas Saved!

Best-

Thomas J. Thias

Twitter.com/AmazingChevVolt

Nice
+1

Pay no mind to Thomas. He validates himself by the number of Twitter followers he has. That’s also why he insists on calling the Volt a EREV when it’s a PHEV.

Jouni, where did your 30% number come from?

Both Voltstats.net and GM state the number is more like 70% of all miles are electric with the Volt.

I know that’s for the United States, but in general I would expect the number to be even higher in countries abroad given the higher population densities.

he pulled it out of his trunk! 75% of statistics are made up on the spot!

Where did your 75% number come from?

Many of the awards are because of the drivetrain. I gave it two big compliments and one not so much so so don’t be too stingy about it 😛 If you disregard the electrification, that is the absolute best part about it then it’s a small four seater with no legroom in the back, poor trunk space, poor view areound the car especially when looking backwards, the controlling mid console is plottery and unintuitive, it’s poorly insulated for both outside sounds and cold etc. etc. I love that the Volt exists and that it sells well in north america, and I hope that (almost) every car that isn’t a pure EV has a drivetrain like that soon and that it will set the standard for battery size for PHEV’s since it displaces so many kilometers driven on petrol. The statistics I’ve seen put’s it in an average of about 72% on electricity and those numbers would have been even higher if sold a lot in Europe because of the shorter distances and the mentality of a car being a mode of transportation and not a lifestyle (and where public transportation and flying is the better solution than going on roadtrips… Read more »

It is too big for Europe to be a car for masses. There is an Ampera in my neighborhood boy the poor guy has trouble finding a parking space.

LOL @ i3

should be the Volt

Agree. I guess it’s not surprising that, once again, the Volt is left out because it bridges the gap in ways most journalists can’t understand.

BMW yet again pays another reviewer to boast about their car that isnt even out yet lol

It has been out since november in europe.

BMW is my least favorite carmaker but I would buy a I3 before I would buy a Volt. I do like the Volt but the BMW would be more practical for me.

I think the ranking is really not well reasoned and is location dependent. If you don’t live in an EV friendly location and can’t afford a Tesla, then the Volt is the only practical option. I would have liked the option of choosing a Leaf, but I really need a 120+mile range for 5-10 trips a year at a minimum. The idea that I could rent a car when needed is a lame excuse. It isn’t practical if you don’t live in a city.

The new i3 meets these conditions, but a) it isn’t even available yet and b) it isn’t cheap with the range extender.

The Volt is a great car and if you live in a less than EV friendly area, which is 95% of the US, then the Volt is the only practice choice.

Author got the range of the Leaf way wrong. It’s about 75 miles or 120 KM. BIG difference.

The leaf is rated 199 km in Europe, because the NEDC has lower speed compared to US-cycle. So the author is wrong by only 1 km… In Japan the Leaf gets even 230 km rated.

Can’t see the BMW being on this list. Poor performing, expensive and ugly. Have not even seen one on the road yet.

The i3 performs well, is surprisingly affordable, and looks gorgeous.

Subjective all around. 😀

Someone saying I3 is a class over Leaf, but i3 is also more expensive. I know an i3 developer and he said: if I don’t work for BMW, I would have bought a Leaf in 2012, thats the biggest compliment! Leaf is best affordable EV!

”Part of this has been achieved through aggressive advertising, by ”
Where do you live?
I haven’t seen much advertising, lot less than any other ICE anyway.
If Nissan is commited to it, just put 48 kWh battery at at low or under 40 k$ do a bashing public relation campaign and the world is at their feet.
Overkill everything else!