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Classic Cars Reborn into the Electric Future

New Green Crop

You may remember a previous post that painted a comprehensive picture of today’s crop of electric supercars, called Sexy Beasts. They are exotic and appealing, but merely a pipe dream to anybody who makes less than six figures. For widespread adoption of electric cars by the car-buying public, the auto industry needs to provide a product that speaks to the average consumer in economic as well as functional and stylistic terms.

Let me paint for you a new picture of electric cars that the green driver can buy now or before the end of 2013. Many of them are tiny, but provide only the amount of car that is necessary for most purposes. Haters say they are ugly, but negative opinions will change once the future arrives and commonsense shapes our cultural tastes.

Surprisingly, all but a few of these cars are being produced by major established auto makers. Below is a showcase of just those that are currently available in the US (or will be soon).

Cheers.

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Mitsubishi i-Miev

Mitsubishi i-MiEV

  • Mitsubishi i-MiEV website
  • Cost

    • $29,125* for the ES and $31,125* for the SE (before $7500 federal tax credit)
  • Motor

    • Motor - Water-cooled AC synchronous permanent magnetic motor
    • Rated output - 66 hp (49 kW) @ 3000~6000 rpm
    • Max. torque - 145 lb.-ft. (196 Nm) @ 0~300 rpm
    • Top Speed – 81 mph
    • Acceleration – 13 secs (according to Car and Driver)
  • Battery

    • Lithium-ion
    • Capacity - 330V, 16 kWh lithium-ion battery pack
    • Charge time from 0 – 100% SOC (120V) = 22 hours
    • Charge time from 0 -100% SOC (240V) = 7 hrs
    • Charge time from 0 -80% SOC (440V) = 30 mins
    • MPGe – 126 city, 99 hwy and 112 combined
    • Range – 62 miles combined
  • Powertrain

    • Rear wheel drive
    • Single speed, Fixed reduction gear
  • Dimensions and Weights

    • Net weight (US Curb-Weight) - 2,579 lbs
    • USA Payload – 750 lbs

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Honda Fit EV

Honda Fit EV

Honda Fit EV

  • Honda Fit EV website
  • Cost

    • $36,625* (before $7500 federal tax credit)
  • Motor

    • Motor – AC synchronous permanent magnet
    • Rated output - 123 hp (92 kW)
    • Max. torque - 189 lb.-ft. (245 Nm)
    • Top Speed – 90 mph
    • Acceleration – 8.4 secs (according to Motor Trend)
  • Battery

    • Lithium-ion
    • Capacity - 20 kWh
    • Charge time from 0 – 100% SOC (120V) = 15 hours Charge time from 0 -100% SOC (240V) = 3 hrs
    • MPGe – 132 city, 105 hwy and 118 combined
    • Range – 82 miles combined
  • Powertrain

    • Front wheel drive
    • Single speed transmission
  • Dimensions and Weights

    • Net weight (US Curb-Weight) - 3,252 lbs
    • USA Payload – (not specified)

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Tango T600

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Tango_EV

  • Official Tango website
  • Lowest tier models are within reach of regular electric car buyers
  • Actor George Clooney took delivery of the first Tango kit on August 9, 2005
  • The second car eventually found its way into the second-floor office of Google CEO Eric Schmidt as part of an April Fool’s Day joke.
  • Cost

    • T600 – $200,000 fully assembled, $160,000 partially assembled
    • T300 – $80,000
    • T200 – $44,000
    • All above prices are before $7500 federal tax credit
  • Motor

    • Motor – Dual 2 Advanced DC FB1-4001 9″ motors
    • T600 Rated output - 805 hp (600 kW)
    • T300 Rated output – 400 hp (300 kW)
    • T200 Rated output –  268 hp (200 kW)
    • Max. torque - 3,000 lb-ft
    • T600 Top Speed – 150 mph (approx)
    • T600 Acceleration – 3.2 secs (Holy @#%&!)
  • Battery

    • Lithium-ion
    • Capacity – 32 to 60 kWh
    • Charge time from 0 – 100% SOC (120V) = 24 hrs
    • Charge time from 0 -100% SOC (240V) = 4 hrs
    • Charge time from 0 -80% SOC (440V) = (not offered)
    • MPGe – (not specified)
    • Range – 200 – 240 miles (depending on sustained speed)
  • Powertrain

    • Dual rear wheel drive
    • Dual direct drive transmissions
  • Dimensions and Weights

    • Net weight (US Curb-Weight) - 3,326 lbs
    • USA Payload – (not specified)

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BMW i3 Electric Coupe

BMW i3 Electric Coupe

  • Slated for worldwide delivery in November of 2013
  • BMW i3 website
  • Cost

    • $52,000* (range extender option for addl $4000) (before $7500 federal tax credit)
  • Motor

    • Motor – AC permanent magnet
    • Rated output - 170 hp (125 kW)
    • Max. torque - 250 lb-ft
    • Top Speed – 93 mph (limited)
    • Acceleration – 7.9 secs (according to BMW)
  • Battery

    • Lithium-ion, temperature-regulated
    • Capacity - 22 kWh
    • Charge time from 0 – 100% SOC (120V) = (not specified) Charge time from 0 -100% SOC (240V) = 4 hrs Charge time from 0 -80% SOC (440V) = 30 mins
    • MPGe – Ratings not yet provided
    • Range – 100 miles (200 miles with extender)
  • Powertrain

    • Rear wheel drive
    • Single speed transmission
  • Dimensions and Weights

    • Net weight (US Curb-Weight) – 2,755 lbs
    • USA Payload – (not specified)

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Fiat 500E

Fiat 500e

Fiat 500E

  • Slated for sale in California in the second quarter of 2013
  • Fiat 500E website
  • Cost

    • $31,800* (before $7500 federal tax credit)
  • Motor

    • Motor – Three-phase AC synchronous
    • Rated output - 111 hp (83 kW)
    • Max. torque - 147 lb-ft (200 Nm)
    • Top Speed – 85 mph
    • Acceleration – 8.9 secs
  • Battery

    • Lithium-ion – Liquid-cooled and heated
    • Capacity - 24 kWh
    • Charge time from 0 – 100% SOC (120V) = 23 hrs
    • Charge time from 0 -100% SOC (240V) = 4 hrs
    • Charge time from 0 -80% SOC (440V) = not specified
    • MPGe – 122 city, 108 hwy and 116 combined
    • Range – 87 combined
  • Powertrain

    • Front wheel drive
    • Single speed transmission
  • Dimensions and Weights

    • Net weight (US Curb-Weight) - less than 3,000 lbs
    • USA Payload – (not specified)

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Chevrolet Spark EV

Chevrolet Spark

Chevrolet Spark EV

  • Slated to street in the US in late Summer 2013 in California and Oregon.
  • Chevy Spark EV website
  • Cost

    • $27,495* (before $7500 federal tax credit)
  • Motor

    • Motor – Oil-cooled, permanent magnet
    • Rated output - 130 hp (100 kW)
    • Max. torque – 400 lb-ft
    • Top Speed – 90 mph
    • Acceleration – 7.6 secs
  • Battery

    • Lithium-ion – Liquid-cooled
    • Capacity - 21 kWh
    • Charge time from 0 – 100% SOC (120V) = 20 hrs
    • Charge time from 0 -100% SOC (240V) = 7 hrs
    • Charge time from 0 -80% SOC (440V) = 20 mins
    • MPGe – 119 city/hwy combined
    • Range – 82 city/hwy combined
  • Powertrain

    • Front wheel drive
    • Automatic transmission
  • Dimensions and Weights

    • Net weight (US Curb-Weight) – 2,989 lbs
    • USA Payload – (not specified)

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Wheego LiFe

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  • Official Wheego website
  • The body and chassis come from Shuanghuan Automobile in China.
  • Battery pack is rated at 230 Ah for better range
  • Cost

    • $32,995* (before $7500 federal tax credit)
  • Motor

    • Motor – AC-50 three-phase induction
    • Rated output - 60 hp peak
    • Max. torque – 95 lb-ft
    • Top Speed – 65 mph
    • Acceleration – 11 secs
  • Battery

    • Lithium-ion
    • Capacity – 30 kWh
    • Charge time from 0 – 100% SOC (120V) = 21 hrs
    • Charge time from 50 to 100% SOC (240V) = 5 hrs
    • Charge time from 0 -80% SOC (440V) = none supplied
    • MPGe – Figures not provided
    • Range – 100 approx
  • Powertrain

    • Front wheel drive
    • Graziano one speed transmission
  • Dimensions and Weights

    • Net weight (US Curb-Weight) - 2,828 lbs
    • USA Payload – 472 lbs

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Smart ForTwo Electric

Smart ForTwo Electric

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  • Smart is owned by Mercedes-Benz
  • For a very Smart and funny commercial, click here.
  • Smart Automotive website
  • Cost

    • $25,000* for the coupe and $28,000* for the cabriolet (before $7500 federal tax credit)
  • Motor

    • Motor – Water-cooled permanent 3-phase AC motor
    • Rated output – 55kW / 74 hp
    • Max. torque – 130 Nm / 96 lb-ft
    • Top Speed – 78 mph
    • Continuous Output – 35kW (47hp)
    • Max Power (Peak/Boost Function) – 55 kW / 74 hp
    • Acceleration – 0 – 62 mph, 11.5 s
  • Battery

    • Lithium-ion – Manufactured by Deutsche ACCUmotive
    • Capacity – 17.6 kWh (dependent on power output and temperature)
    • Charge time from 0 – 100% SOC (240V) = 6 hours Charge time from 20-100% SOC (240V) = 4.5 hrs Charge time from 20-80% SOC (240V) = 3.5 hrs
    • MPGe – 122 city, 93 hwy and 107 combined
    • Range – 76 city, 59 hwy and 68 combined
  • Powertrain

    • Rear wheel drive
    • Stepless automatic transmission with built-in bevel gear differential
  • Dimensions and Weights

    • Net weight (US Curb-Weight) – 2,094 lbs (coupe) 2138 lbs (cabrio)
    • USA Payload – 419 lbs (coupe) 397 lbs (cabrio)

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Nissan Leaf

Nissan Leaf

  • Nissan Leaf website
  • Cost

    • $28,800* for the S
    • $31,820* for the SV
    • $34,840* for the SL (before $7500 federal tax credit)
  • Motor

    • Motor – AC synchronous motor
    • Rated output – 80kW / 107hp
    • Max. torque – 180 lb-ft
    • Top Speed – 93 mph
    • Acceleration – 0 – 60 mph – 9.9 secs
  • Battery

    • Lithium-ion
    • Capacity – 24 kWh
    • Charge time from 0 – 100% SOC (120V) = 14 hours
    • Charge time from 0 -100% SOC (240V) = 8 hrs
    • Charge time from 0 -80% SOC (440V) = 30 mins
    • MPGe – 129 city, 102 hwy
    • Range – 73 miles combined
  • Powertrain

    • Front wheel drive
    • Single speed, Fixed reduction gear
  • Dimensions and Weights

    • Net weight (US Curb-Weight) ~ 3,300 lbs
    • USA Payload – (not specified)

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Ford Focus Electric

Ford Focus Electric

Ford Focus Electric

  • Official Ford Focus Electric website
  • Cost

    • $37,995* (after $2000 cash back and before $7500 federal tax credit)
  • Motor

    • Motor – AC synchronous
    • Rated output - 143 hp (107 kW)
    • Max. torque - 181 lb.-ft. (245 Nm)
    • Top Speed – 84 mph
    • Acceleration – 9.5 secs (according to MotorWeek)
  • Battery

    • Lithium-ion – Liquid-cooled
    • Capacity - 23 kWh
    • Charge time from 0 – 100% SOC (120V) = 20 hours
    • Charge time from 0 -100% SOC (240V) = 4 hrs
    • Charge time from 0 -80% SOC (440V) = Not offered
    • MPGe – 120 city/hwy combined
    • Range – 76 miles combined
  • Powertrain

    • Front wheel drive
    • Single speed transmission
  • Dimensions and Weights

    • Net weight (US Curb-Weight) - 3,691 lbs
    • USA Payload – (not specified)

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VW Golf blue-e-motion

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  • Slated for sale in the US in “late 2013.”
  • Official VW blue-e-motion UK website
  • Click here for a shot of the power plant.
  • Cost

    • $30,000* (according to Car and Driver) (before $7500 federal tax credit)
  • Motor

    • Motor - permanent magnet synchronous
    • Rated output - 114 hp (85 kW)
    • Max. torque - 199 lb-ft
    • Top Speed – 87 mph
    • Acceleration – 11.8 secs
  • Battery

    • Lithium-ion
    • Capacity - 26.5 kWh
    • Charge time from 0 – 100% SOC (120V) = 15 hrs
    • Charge time from 0 -100% SOC (240V) = 7.9 hrs
    • Charge time from 0 -80% SOC (440V) = 50 mins
    • MPGe – Not provided
    • Range – 93 miles
  • Powertrain

    • Front wheel drive
    • Single speed transmission
  • Dimensions and Weights

    • Net weight (US Curb-Weight) - 3,410 lbs
    • USA Payload – (not specified)

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Toyota RAV4 EV

Toyota RAV4 EV

  • Toyota RAV4 EV website
  • Cost

    • $49,800* (before $7500 federal tax credit)
  • Motor

    • Motor – AC induction motor
    • Rated output - 154 hp (115 kW)
    • Max. torque - 273 lb.-ft.
    • Top Speed – 100 mph
    • Acceleration – 7 secs
  • Battery

    • Lithium-ion
    • Capacity - 41.8 kWh
    • Charge time from 0 – 100% SOC (120V) = 44 hours
    • Charge time from 0 -100% SOC (240V) = 15 hrs
    • Charge time from 0 -80% SOC (440V) = Not offered
    • MPGe – 103 city, 76 hwy
    • Range – 103 miles average
  • Powertrain

    • Front wheel drive
    • Single speed transmission
  • Dimensions and Weights

    • Net weight (US Curb-Weight) - 4,032 lbs
    • USA Payload – 937 lbs

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Toyota Scion IQ EV

  • Only 100 iQ EVs will be built for colleges and fleets - 90 for the U.S. and 10 for Japan.
  • In March 2013, UC Irvine took delivery of the first 30 units for use in its carsharing fleet.
  • Official Toyota Scion IQ EV website
  • Cost

    • ¥3.6 million (~US$$45,000)
  • Motor

    • Motor – Air-cooled
    • Rated output – 63 hp (47 kW)
    • Max. torque – 120 lb-ft (163 Nm)
    • Top Speed – 78 mph
    • Acceleration – 13.4 secs
  • Battery

    • Lithium-ion – high output
    • Capacity - 12 kWh
    • Charge time from 0 – 100% SOC (120V) = not specified
    • Charge time from 0 -100% SOC (240V) = 3 hrs
    • Charge time from 0 -80% SOC (440V) = 15 mins
    • MPGe – 138 city, 105 hwy and 121 combined
    • Range – 50 miles
  • Powertrain

    • Front wheel drive
    • Single speed transmission
  • Dimensions and Weights

    • Net weight (US Curb-Weight) - (not specified)
    • USA Payload – (not specified)

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BDY e6

BYD e6

  • BYD e6 – Currently sold in the US for fleet customers only.
  • Company backed in part by Warren Buffett.
  • Official BYD e6 website
  • Cost

    • $35,000* (before $7500 federal tax credit)
  • Motor

    • Motor – 1 or 2 permanent magnet synchronous
    • Rated output - 100.6 hp (75 kW)
    • Max. torque - 332 lb.-ft. (245 Nm)
    • Top Speed – 87 mph
    • Acceleration – 8 secs (according to BYD)
  • Battery

    • BYD Fe Battery – lithium iron phosphate
    • Capacity - 61.4 kWh
    • Charge time from 0 – 100% SOC (120V) = 20 hrs
    • Charge time from 0 -100% SOC (240V) = 9 hrs
    • Charge time from 0 -80% SOC (440V) = 40 mins
    • MPGe – not specified
    • Range – 186 miles city/hwy combined
  • Powertrain

    • Front/rear all-wheel drive (2 motor option)
    • Single speed transmission
  • Dimensions and Weights

    • Net weight (US Curb-Weight) - 5,202 lbs
    • USA Payload – (not specified)

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These are just the offerings in the US. An upcoming post will give a taste of the cars that are defining the EV market in the rest of the world.

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5 Responses to “New Green Crop”

  1. I like the EVs and would love to take my name off the carbon spewing roster. Fact is, even the least expensive on this list – $17,500 after the federal rebate – is out of my reach. I’ll have to wait for a glut of EVs on the used market, if I live that long.

  2. You are my hero for posting this.

    RG

    Richard Greenberg

  3. What a great post that is practical and useful for those looking to own an electric car. Awesome research into the specs of each. I am definitely sharing this post around. Keep spreading the word of clean electric driving!

  4. […] For those of you that can’t stomach laying down 100 grand + for an electric car, here are the EVs for the rest of us. […]


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