2012 Electric Cars That Will Rock Your World
Nissan Leaf. The Leaf sports an 80 kW AC synchronous motor backed by a 24 kWh lithium-ion battery. It uses the 3.3 kW onboard charger, you can get up to 100 miles range (US EPA LA4 City cycle) and speeds of up to 90 mph. The electric vehicle will set you back $35200, or $27700 after federal and state incentives.
Ford Electric Focus. Ford Electric Focus, available now with a 92 kW, 143 hp electric motor, coupled to a 23 kWh lithium-ion liquid cooled battery pack, which will take you 3 to 4 hours to charge on a 240v outlet or 18-20 hours on a 120v, a top speed of 84 mph with a roughly 100 mile range, all of which for $39,995, upon which you can add federal and state incentives bringing it down to roughly $32,500.
Ford Electric Transit Connect. The Ford electric Transit Connect is truly a versatile vehicle. Great for fleets, professionals, independents and families, this EV will morph to accommodate your every needs. It uses a 28 kWh lithium-ion battery pack with a 300V nominal three-phase liquid-cooled AC induction motor, giving you an 80 mile range, 6 to 8 hours for a complete recharge on a 240v outlet, twice as much on a 120v, for $65000. Fleet owner and professionals can take about $15,000 from their first unit.
Mitsubishi I. The “i” available now. Can be fully recharged in about 22.5 hours on a 120V outlet but has an optional home 240V EVSE charging dock reducing it to 7.0 hours or with a CHAdeMO Level 3 public quick-charging: 30 minutes to 80% charge. Its top speed of 81 mph is achieved with a 49 kW AC synchronous backed by a 16 kWh lithium-ion, 330V battery pack, and yes, the pessimistic EPA estimates 62 mile range but test drivers have found the 100 mile barrier reached.
$29,975 upon which you can add federal and state incentives brings this car at north of 21,625.
Tesla Motors Roadster. Tesla Roadster, available now and not for long as the Lotus chassis are all accounted for and the very lasts ones are being sold. You first have to talk about the 0 to 60 in 3.7 seconds, which I can vouch for is exhilarating! The AC electric motor cranks out a healthy 295 lbs-ft of torque with 300 hp, with 295 lb-ft, can do 125 mph and has a 245 conservative mile range. The price is $128,500 upon which you can federal and state incentives, bringing it down to roughly $121,000.
So what can we make of all this? Firstly, there is more and more choice when it comes to EVs. Depending on budget and needs, there are electric cars that can meet almost all your needs. Secondly, yes the price is steep but incentives help to bring them at levels almost on par with gas cars. Lastly, when you boil it down, 80% of us drive less than 40 miles on our daily commutes. 2012 has more and more electric car choice then ever.