Fuel economy is the major concern of today’s vehicles because it is the focal point of potential car buyers because of the increasing prices of the fuels. As a solution to the issue, many car manufacturing companies are producing hybrid cars and electric only cars. In the comparison with hybrid cars (those that employs an engine plus and an electric motor), Electric only cars are more fuel efficient as they are safe for environment with zero CO2 emission and runs only on the electric charge. Tough electric only cars are fuel efficient but they can run up to a few miles while the battery is fully charged so these cars are not suitable for long journeys.
2013 Nissan Leaf
The Nissan Leaf is the most selling electric car in the Europe that has recently crossed a target of 10,000 sales. The Nissan Leaf is an electric only car and in 2013 the car got certain impressive changes. The 2013 Nissan Leaf employs a 6.6 kW electric motor with an improved driving range of 123 miles while the car sprints out from 0-62 mph in 11.5 seconds. The battery takes 4 to 8 hours in fully charging depending on the type of charge station and the car cost you something starting from $21,300. The EPA estimated combined fuel economy is 115 MPGe.
2013 Honda Fit EV
The 2013 Honda Fit EV employs a 92 kW electric motor plus 20kWh lithium ion battery pack that delivers 123 horsepower and 123 lb ft of torque. The EPA estimated driving range for the Fit is 82 miles when battery is fully charged. The EPA estimated combined fuel economy is 118 MPGe and the car sprints out from 0-60 mph in 9 seconds. The car takes 3 hours in charge on 240V charger and 15 hours on a 120V charger. The base price for the 2013 Honda Fit EV is $36,625.
2013 Fiat 500e
The 2013 Fiat 500e is a 2-door hatchback that fits a 111 horsepower 83 kW electric motor plus 24 kWh lithium battery pack and the EPA estimated driving range is 87 miles with 116 MPGe combined fuel economy. The battery takes less than 4 hours on a 240V charger and less than 24 hours on a 120V charger. The base price of the 2013 Fiat 500e is $32,500.
2013 Toyota RAV4 EV
The 2013 Toyota RAV4 EV is an all electric is a five passenger crossover that employs 115 kW electric motor plus 41.5 lithium ion battery pack produces 154 horsepower and 218 lb ft of torque. The EPA estimated driving range is 103 miles with 76 MPGe combined fuel economy. The SUV accelerates from 0-60 mph in 8.2 seconds. The base price of the 2013 Toyota RAV4 is $49,800. A 240V charger takes 6 hours to charge the battery completely.
2013 Tesla Model S
The 2013 Tesla Model S is a large family sedan that offers two power choices. The base 40 kWh battery generates 235 horsepower and 310 lb ft of torque with a driving range of 125 miles. The car sprints out from 0-60 mph in 6.5 seconds. A 60 kWh battery generates 302 horsepower and 317 lb ft of torque with a driving range of 208 miles and the car sprints from 0-60 mph in 5.9 seconds. The 85 kWh battery makes 362 horsepower and 325 lb ft of torque with a driving range of 265 miles. The car accelerates from 0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds. The batteries can be charged from 110- 240V household outlets and takes 5, 8 and 12 hours in charge respectively. The base price of the 2013 Tesla Model S is from $69,900 to $94,900.