Rising gas prices, greenhouse gases, stricter emissions regulations, and new environmental laws have shifted the automotive industry’s effort to the development of electric cars. Five years ago, most people would have laughed at the idea of owing an electric vehicle. Electric vehicles were small, unreliable, underpowered, and offered no utility or range. 2014 ushers in a new era for the electric vehicle. Car shoppers now have their choice of modern, reliable, and mainstream EV’s offered by almost any major automotive company. Below is a list of the best fully electric vehicles for 2014.
Most Innovative – BMW i3
- Power: 170 hp 184 lb-ft
- Range: 80 -100 miles
- Charge Time: 30 minutes 440 Volt / 3 hours 240 Volt
BMW has always been known for premium quality and precision in their lineup of vehicles. The i3 is the companies first shot at a production electric vehicle and it lives up to the BMW name. This car is perfect for cruising around the city and has all the grunt of its gasoline counterparts, reaching 60 mph in under 8 seconds. The interior is a mix of luxury and high tech gadgetry from BMW. Although the i3 is not up to the same performance and build quality of a Tesla Model S. It is less expensive, 95% recyclable, and much better in a city environment.
Best Performance -Tesla Model S
- Power: 362 hp 325 lb-ft or 416 hp 443 lb-ft
- Range: 140 – 300 miles depending on motor options
- Charge Time: About 9 hours 240 Volt
The Tesla Model S is truly a revolutionary vehicle that pushes its combustion engine rivals in all performance categories. The Model S is a glimpse at the future of motoring, but it is still too expensive for the average electric vehicle buyer. Once the technology in the Tesla becomes more affordable to the public, we will look back and proclaim the Model S as the vehicle that changed the EV industry. So what does the Model S offer? It has amazing straight line and track performance capabilities, luxurious interior with a glass flight deck design, zero emissions, and a 300 mile range. It really is hard to find anything wrong with the Model S. Tesla knocked this one out of the park.
Budget Friendly – Nissan Leaf
- Power: 107 hp 187 lb-ft
- Range: 84 miles
- Charge Time: 21 hours 110 Volt / 8 hours 240 Volt
The Nissan Leaf can be described as refined, low price , practical, and fast charging. It has everything the average buyer needs in an electric vehicle. Most importantly the Leaf doesn’t take a huge chunk out of its owner’s wallet. With electric vehicles costing much more than similar gasoline engine cars that get around 40-60mpg, it is difficult to justify buying electric. The Nissan Leaf makes that decision easy with its price and great all around performance.
Supercar – Mercedes Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive
- Power: 740 hp 738 lb-ft
- Range: 120 miles
- Charge Time: 20 hours 220 Volt
The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG electric drive is a radical and beautiful electric vehicle. It has the performance of a supercar but is quiet and emissions free. The SLS has an electric motor for each wheel to produce its gargantuan 740 hp. This Benz is extremely expensive and not meant for the average person. It is a toy for millionaires that want the latest technology and exclusivity in a vehicle. So….this car is horrible on the road and doesn’t have the range for the track. So why is it on this list? The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG electric drive serves as test ground for the future of electric vehicles. It is a platform that will develop the ground breaking technology for future electric vehicles. The technology that powers the SLS today, may some day power the electric vehicle sitting in the average persons driveway.
The electric car is not going away anytime soon. These vehicles are some examples of the best electric cars on the market today. They represent the wide spectrum that EV’s now fill in the automotive industry. With the influx of these types of cars you can be sure that auto shops like Accurate Tire & Auto Care Inc from Burlington will soon become more and more accommodating to fixing issues that may arise with electric cars. From a small city commuter to a flashy supercar, the electric vehicle has something for everyone.