Electric Cars: Ten Hottest Vehicles

Peter Da Vanzo

With manufacturers falling over themselves to provide green, environmentally friendly alternatives to gas powered vehicles, the electric car may finally have arrived.

Some manufacturers have taken a step further by rolling out electric vehicles that leave their gas-powered competitors in the dust - either in terms of cool design or hot performance. Or both.

Here are ten of them.  


1. Ultimate Aero EV

Shelby Electric Car

 

Manufacturer: Shelby
Release Date: Fourth Quarter 2009
Performance: n/a

Billed as a "Tesla destroyer", this 1,000hp monster looks like a supercar should. Claims to have a drive train under development that will feature a power source that allows for extended time between charging - up to several years! Price details are unavailable, however one thing is for sure - the term "cheap" is unlikely to ever be associated with this car.

Tesla Electric Car 2. Tesla Roadster

 

Manufacturer: Tesla Motors
Release Date: Available Now
Performance: 0-60 In 3.9 Seconds

What can be said about the Tesla that hasn't already been said? Revolutionary roadster that kicked the doors wide open, and proved that "electric car" didn't have to mean "crap golf cart". 0-60 in 4 seconds is fast enough to leave a Ferrari in the dust. The waiting list stretches from here to eternity. And round the corner a bit.

3. Mini Mini Electric Car

Manufacturer: BMW
Release Date: Summer, 2009
Performance: n/a - As an aside, this mod achieved 0-60 in 4 seconds

Even Mini USA were repordedly caught somewhat by surprise by the announcement that BMW would produce an alt- powered mini, but VP Jim McDowell confirmed that all-electric Minis will be on the road in the USA - well, California, at least - by summer of 2009.


4. Lightning GT Lightning GT Electric Car

Manufacturer: Lightning Car Company
Release Date: Late 2008
Performance: Top speed 130 mph (limited), 700+ bhp

The electric car goes a bit Aston Martin in the form of the long-snouted, ludicrously expensive Lightning GT. The full package, which includes leather, air conditioning, sat nav and electronic door entry will set you back £120,000, or around $240,000 US. You might need to create another Digg and sell it to Google in order to be able to make this baby yours.

5. Porsche Panamera HybridPorsche Electric Car

Manufacturer: Porsche
Release Date: 2011
Performance: n/a

Well spotted. Of course, this is not an all-electric vehicle, but a hybrid. However, it is rumored that the driver will be able to dictate which energy source provides the power - gas, electric, or both. The hybrid system will see the V8 engine up front and the batteries under the floor in the trunk.


6. Fiat e500 Fiat e500 Electric Car

Manufacturer: Fiat/Micro Vette
Release Date: n/a
Performance: Top speed 60 mph


The Fiat e500 is set to go all electric. Who cares about top speed when you can buzz around in this classic 60s city car, looking uber-cute.



7.  Wrightspeed X1X1 Electric Car


Manufacturer: Wrightspeed
Release Date: n/a
Performance: 0-60 in 3.0 seconds

No clutch, no shifting, and first gear takes you to 112mph. Not available as a production car as yet, but claims to have a range of 125 miles and can be fully charged in 1.25 hours.


8.KTM Electric City Car KMT Electric Car

Manufacturer: KTM
Release Date: n/a
Performance: n/a

In a move that will surely corner the orange-and-black electric vehicle market, Austrian car maker KTM is rumoured to be building an all electric city car. If it looks anything like the KTM X-BOW pictured above, electric cars will no longer be described as "kinda-dull-looking".


9. GM VoltGM Volt


Manufacturer: GM
Release Date: 2010
Performance: 40 mile range all electric

The odd styling is a mattter of taste, but perhaps the most interesting thing about the GM Volt is the fact GM are teaming up with major US power utilities to ensure that electric vehicles have the power they need, when they need it. The Volt is designed to run purely on electricity from on-board batteries for up to 40 miles, then kicks over to 1.0L turbo 3-cylinder for longer trips.

10. G-WizzG Wizz Electric Car

Manufacturer: G-Wizz
Release Date: Available now.
Performance: Who cares

We're joking, of course. Sorry GWizz fans, but to us, this thing looks like a rubber boot. And would probably be overtaken by a pair. Sans wearer.

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MICHAEL J. SCHMITZ (anonymous)

ARE YOU PLANNING TO BUILD ANY ELECTRIC TRUCKS OR CARS FOR GROWN-UPS, OR ONLY FOR SHORT PEOPLE OR KIDDIES?

Written in May 2009

Matthew Wangi (anonymous)

thx for ur innovation ;/i pray u put prices at affordable rates to save environment quickly.

Written in August 2009

Uncle B (anonymous)

As the next "down turn" in our economy approaches, and folks are beginning growing Victory gardens for survival, I seek an all Electric, solar chargeable, Roto-tiller, and a small pick-up utility sized truck for home gardeners, as well as a "Sunday Go To Meeting" vehicle to get to town and market place. More useful in my immediate future and more fitting to my current bank-roll, than 1000 hp road racers for which we have neither the time, roads or the money to bother with! We need high tech electronic controlled green houses in the worst way, and a means of automating Aquaponics, as well as huge amounts of super-insulation, to make our paltry power supplies practical! Don't give me fantastic electric sports cars when I am in threat of an empty stomach and no roof over my head! Goddammit! Give me survival tools for the darkening future of off grid living, and the "Greater Depression" now threatening my country! The dollar is going down, not up, Dummies! Batten the hatches! This promises to be a Hell of a storm! China did not lend Obama trillions! We cannot afford the "Status Quo" ! We are so back to square one! The Trillions given to the market place is damned well "wearing off" , and the next crash is the big one! Even China has lost confidence in our abilities to repay loans, and has cut us off! Super cars, be damned!

Written in October 2009

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Jenny (anonymous)

Thanks for sharing a wonderful cars model. In that Fiat e500 i like to most..

Written in February 2011

Wow its a wonderful car model. Electrical vehicle is need for the every world.. I am happy to select the amazing cars model for the electric cars. I like the Tesla Roadster in stylish look. Thanks.

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Written in February 2011

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