This is a follow up on electric vehicles that are currently in production. These are not concept vehicles and are being sold somewhere in the world. Unfortunately not all electric cars made can pass the rigid DOT and IIHS standards here in the U.S.
One electric car that can be found on the nation's highways is the Myers Motors It looks like a fun vehicle that is equipped with Lithium Batteries. With a top speed of 76 MPH and a range of 60 miles it is a strong contender to make a dent in the automotive market. Then the $29,995 price tag stops most people dead in their tracks. This, I believe, is not in the budget for your average driver. They would have to bring the cost down below $20,000 to get me to own one.
Then there is the ZAP company, which sells the ZAP Xebra Sedan. In addition from the same platform they also have a truck model:the ZAP Xebra truck. The sedan and the truck have a top speed of 40MPH with a range of 25 miles. Their cargo truck, the ZAP Truck XL can carry a payload of about 770 lbs. But there are no specs available on their web page.
The ZAP sedan retails for $11,700 making it a viable solution for many local consumer trips. (including this writer) Its truck model sells for $12,500. (Another good candidate) ZAP does have an upper scale model in the concept stage, the ZAP Alias, due out in late 2009. Its MSRP of $35,000 will show them few and far on the road.
Last but not least in this series is the REVA. They are made in India and are sold in India, UK and Malta. REVA is also being test marketed in US, Nepal, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Israel, Japan, Norway and China, according to their web site. The Reva has a top speed of 80KPH and a range of 80 Kilometers. I was not able to find a price for this vehicle.
This is a very promising list. There might just be an electric vehicle in my future. Of course I think the toughest part is selling people on the speed and range. An electric vehicle with a 100 mile range and average highway speeds is not within the budget of your average Joe. I guess I'll have to take a look at the subcompacts for now.