Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Bring on the Electric Vehicles

I think it is time to have electric vehicles go mainstream. To save money on gas and reduce CO2 emmissions, there is no reason for you or I not to own an electric car or electric scooter. They are out there.

What prevents most people from buying an electric vehicle?

Cost? OK some can be expensive.

Range? On average, people work within 10 to 15 miles from their place of work. Most EVs have a range of 30 to 40 miles before needing a re-charge.

Well here is the low down on the what and how much. A list of who makes and sells electric vehicles. I'll also include prices and where they are available. Some may not be available yet in the US.
Vectrix makes high performance electric scooters that are designed to go on the freeway according to the manufacturer. The range is about 55 miles. I was unable to find the cost of their electric scooters. They are in production and selling world wide.

GEMGEM aka Global Electric Motorcar is a subsidiary of Chrysler Corporation. They sell 6 different models of their GEM line each with different available options. Their top speed is 25 MPH with a range of 30 miles. Prices range from $7,395 up to $14,180 for their 6-passenger GEM e6 model. The GEM is available in the US, Canada, most European countries and Southeast Asia.

Gizmo is made by Nevco. It is a single passenger vehicle designedGizmo for commuters traveling under 45 miles per trip. Its top speed is 45 MPH. The base price for the Gizmo is $12,000. The Gizmo has been in production since 2000 and sells in the US only, as far as I can find on their web site.

These look like they would be fun vehicles to drive. Pricing meets many a budget and make for a very viable product. I wonder how well these models would do in the cold of Upstate NY.

Stay tuned for another installement of Buying Electric Vehicles.

1 comment:

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