Sep 02, 2014 - 07:32 AM
Sep 09, 2014 - 01:10 AM
Electric cars will not become a first choice for the average driver until they can do the minimum 130+ miles to the charge could take at least another 5 - 10 years for that to happen
Apr 19, 2015 - 09:59 AM
Long distance EVs are not a 5 to 10 year wait. They are here.
Chevy will have the Bolt out at most by 2017..... GM says 2016 The only draw back is it will probably only be available in limited states like California at first altho GM does say everywhere. It will cost in the 30K range. It will have a range around 200 miles. If it's similar to the Tesla S60 I drive now it will go at least 120 miles in the worst, coldest, ice laiden roads with the heat turned up all the way. 180-200 miles in nice weather. At that price it's a steal.
The Nissan Leaf will get a range of 125 miles in 2016. They claim that is a realistic range. I imagine you will loss a thrid of that in cold weather like most EVs. Leafs are a great value for people who have a gas car for the longer commutes.
Tesla has the Model S avaiable now. The S70D will travel realisticaly 190 miles in moderate weather and probably 150 or better in the cold frigid temps. It is pricey at over 70K. It is a large vehicle. Seats 5 adults and two children with the added third row seats. It also has access to the free Tesla worldwide supercharger network. It is an all wheel drive vehicle.
Tesla will have the Model X out later this year but there is already a waiting list for it into next year at least. Similar stats as the Model S except the X is a crossover vehicle... larger than the S. Similar price range as the S too.
Tesla will have the Model 3 out probably in late 2017 early 2018. It will have a range of at least 200 miles and be able to use the Tesla Supercharger network. It will seat four adults at least.
Toyota has/had the RAV4 EV which has a 103 miles range but I don't think they sell them any more. Toyota has decide to go the hydrogen route.
Those are the top three companies I know of off the top of my head. Tesla and Nissan are pioneering the EV market. Everyone else is now playing catchup.