Ford Focus Electric – now all major manufacturers sell EV’s – comparison of the basic specs

Note these specs are the most hotly contested in the industry. The price is based on MSRP excluding tax credits and all those crazy option packages (for Tesla you can get the base model for $50k and the same car with options for $100k).

Battery power and range are based on EPA estimates (though, those vary a lot too).

 

Ford Focus Electric

  • $39,995
  • 23 kWh
  • battery range – 76 miles

 

Nissan Leaf

  • $35,200
  • 80 kWh
  • battery range – 73 miles

 

Tesla Model S

  • $49,900
  • 40 kWh
  • 160 mile battery range (+$10k for 230 mile range)

 

 

Hybrid Plug-In

These two cars are marketed as Electric Vehicles (EV) even though they have a gas engine. What separates them from other hybrids is a larger battery pack that requires a charge (plug-in) to function.

 

Chevy Volt

  • $39,145
  • 16 kWh
  • battery range – 35 miles
  • 1.4L 4-cylinder gas engine

 

Toyota Prius Plug-in

  • $32,000
  • 4.4 kWh
  • battery range – 11 miles
  • 1.8L 4-cylinder gas engine

 

Photos of each EV:

 

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Electric Car Owners Dish on Their Real-World EV Experiences

Safety first

“I’d rather sit on batteries than a tank of gas, in terms of explosion risk,” says Olivier Chalouhi, who became the world’s first Nissan LEAF owner when he took delivery of one in late 2010. It is a sentiment that Patrick Wang, one of the first to own the plug-in hybrid Chevy Volt, shares. “There’s a ton more energy in gasoline than in the battery pack—so to me it’s not a concern at all,” he says.

The only safety concern among a small sample of EV owners interviewed in conjunction with the May EVS26 electric vehicle symposium in Los Angeles relates to pedestrians’ obliviousness to the quiet electric drivetrain. Chalouhi, whose LEAF is equipped with an automatic pedestrian-alert sounder, says he has not had any such issues. Yet Wang, whose Volt is equipped with a driver-actuated pedestrian-alert sound, says that sometimes in parking lots pedestrians have not noticed him, so he activated the chirping noise.

Maintenance and driving range

Given that the battery pack is the single most expensive part on the vehicle—some estimates are up to 45 percent of the total cost of the vehicle—questions have been raised as to how frequently it will need to be replaced.

 

via Nick Chambers – Scientific American

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Photos of the all-electric Nissan LEAF charging port, navigation system, non-existant gear shifter, and more

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Nissan LEAF, electric cars means no oil changes, no tailpipe, and a big market for "charging stations"

The all-electric Nissan LEAF is coming soon to a neighborhood near you. It’s a fascinating new car with many exotic features, as compared to our normal gas-engine cars.

To learn more about it, I’ve pulled out some of the more interesting Frequently Asked Questions. After reading them one realizes that we are facing some serious changes:

  • A new smaller engine that requires no oil or transmission fluid, no gas tank, and no tailpipe. I guess the interior will be bigger?
  • A new breed of mechanics will be required to fix electric engines and repair battery issues. Hot new job?
  • Charging stations, these places should start popping up all around our city.
  • Will they be private or publicly owned (currently most are publicly owned)?
  • Do you think the name will stick, charging station, or will it be the electric station?
  • Zero emissions while driving and a reliance on electricity, which is much cleaner than gas.
  • View pictures of the charging port, interior, and dash.
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    Nissan LEAF, electric cars means no oil changes, no tailpipe, and a big market for “charging stations”

    The all-electric Nissan LEAF is coming soon to a neighborhood near you. It’s a fascinating new car with many exotic features, as compared to our normal gas-engine cars.

    To learn more about it, I’ve pulled out some of the more interesting Frequently Asked Questions. After reading them one realizes that we are facing some serious changes:

    • A new smaller engine that requires no oil or transmission fluid, no gas tank, and no tailpipe. I guess the interior will be bigger?
    • A new breed of mechanics will be required to fix electric engines and repair battery issues. Hot new job?
    • Charging stations, these places should start popping up all around our city.
    • Will they be private or publicly owned (currently most are publicly owned)?
    • Do you think the name will stick, charging station, or will it be the electric station?
  • Zero emissions while driving and a reliance on electricity, which is much cleaner than gas.
  • View pictures of the charging port, interior, and dash.
  • Continue reading Nissan LEAF, electric cars means no oil changes, no tailpipe, and a big market for “charging stations”

    Favorite Commercials: Gas powered everything…except the Nissan LEAF

    Created to promote the electric-powered Nissan LEAF, the commercial takes a humorous look at the advantages of electricity. More interestingly, Nissan takes a swipe at the Chevrolet Volt which is a range-extended electric vehicle that uses a petrol engine to extend its 25 to 50 mile (40 to 80 km) range on electricity alone.