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Cars 13 Electric Vehicles Coming To Market In 2014

Published on January 3rd, 2014 | by Zachary Shahan

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13 Electric Vehicles Coming To Market In 2014

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January 3rd, 2014 by Zachary Shahan 

Originally published on EV Obsession.

Unfortunately, playing catch-up over the holidays kicked an article idea out of my head. Fortunately, an article on GM-Volt kicked it back in. Jeff Cobb of GM-Volt went ahead and published “9 new plug-in cars to look forward to in 2014″ last week. I’m more or less “copying” his list, but I will change things up a little bit and add my own notes. Check out these new plug-in vehicles for sale in 2014, and share with your friends!

[Three notes: 1) the list doesn't include updates of models already for sale, such as the Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt, etc.; 2) links on the subheadings are links to our archives of these vehicles, while links on the names in the descriptions are to the manufacturers' pages for the vehicles; 3) prices are before any tax credits or rebates.]

Also see: 

11 Electric Cars That Cost Less Than The Average New Car In The US

Electric Cars For Sale In US In 2014

 

1. BMW i3

BMW i3 and me at Arc de Triompf in Barcelona, Spain.(This image is available for republishing and even modification under a CC BY-SA license, with the key requirement being that credit be given to Zachary Shahan / EV Obsession / CleanTechnica, and that those links not be removed.)

BMW i3 and me at Arc de Triompf in Barcelona, Spain.
(This image is available for republishing and even modification under a CC BY-SA license, with the key requirement being that credit be given to Zachary Shahan / EV Obsession / CleanTechnica, and that those links not be removed.)

Black & silver BMW i3 at EVS27 in Barcelona, Spain.(This image is available for republishing and even modification under a CC BY-SA license, with the key requirement being that credit be given to Zachary Shahan / EV Obsession / CleanTechnica, and that those links not be removed.)

Black & silver BMW i3 at EVS27 in Barcelona, Spain.
(This image is available for republishing and even modification under a CC BY-SA license, with the key requirement being that credit be given to Zachary Shahan / EV Obsession / CleanTechnica, and that those links not be removed.)

I’ve already expressed my love for the BMW i3 (at length). I know it’s no Tesla, but it’s still a freakin’ nice car, imho. Here are few stats on the BMW i3: 0–60 MPH in around 7 seconds; very tight turning radius (under 11 yards / 10 meters); range of 81–100 miles (130–161 kilometers); a 10 on my smoothness rating. Read my full, insanely detailed review here. (Technically, the i3 already launched in Europe at the end of 2013.)

Price = $41,350

 

2. BMW i8 (plug-in hybrid)

bmw i8

bmw i8 roadster sharp

I’m not sure if we should count this one, since it’s already reportedly sold out, but I guess I’m already including it. The BMW i8 certainly has some good numbers: 357 combined horsepower; 420 lb-ft of torque, 44% from the moment you step on the pedal; 0–60 MPH in 4.5 seconds; estimated combined fuel economy rating of 95 MPG. But the price… fuggedaboudit.

Price = $136,000

 

3. Tesla Model X

x-rear-with-door-open

tesla-model-x-back

I put the BMWs above the Tesla Model X since the Model X isn’t supposed to be delivered until the very end of 2014… and there’s a chance that time could be pushed back. But I think the Model X will actually have more going for it. Likely to have similar numbers to the Tesla Model S and some wicked falcon-wing doors, the Model X is likely to sell well. Elon Musk, who is making $4.3 million on his contributions to Model X development, has said that it is going to be even better than previously announced. That might make up for the fact that its production was pushed back from the end of 2013 to the end of 2014 back in March 2013, something that must have disappointed the hundreds of people who reserved the crossover within just a few days of its reservation availability. Btw, one initial numbers for the Model X was 0–60 MPH in 4.4 seconds. (That’s faster than the BMW i8 for less than half the price.) The Model X will also have all-wheel drive, which the Model S doesn’t have.

Price = $60,000

 

4. Volkswagen e-Up!

VW e-Up! at Arc de Triomf in Barcelona, Spain.(This image is available for republishing and even modification under a CC BY-SA license, with the key requirement being that credit be given to Zachary Shahan / EV Obsession / CleanTechnica, and that those links not be removed.)

VW e-Up! at Arc de Triomf in Barcelona, Spain.
(This image is available for republishing and even modification under a CC BY-SA license, with the key requirement being that credit be given to Zachary Shahan / EV Obsession / CleanTechnica, and that those links not be removed.)

It’s not yet clear if the Volkswagen e-Up! will come to the US in 2014 — seems unlikely — but the e-Up! is just about to roll out in Europe. You can read my full review of the e-Up! after a couple of test drives in Barcelona here. Overall, I thought it was a nice car. At £19,250 in the UK (about $31,610), it’s obviously a lot more affordable than the cars above, and I think it can compete with the Nissan Leaf (priced at $28,800 in the US), though I would personally buy the Leaf over the e-Up!.

Price = TBA

 

5. Volkswagen e-Golf

e golf

The Volkswagen e-Golf should be coming to the US market in 2014 (4th quarter). It made its North American debut at the LA Auto Show in November. Some early numbers for the e-Golf are: “25 mph from rest in 4.2 seconds and to get to 62 mph in approximately 10.4 seconds;” 70–90 average miles of range on a full charge; 115-horsepower electric motor; 199 pound-feet of torque.

Price = TBA

 

6. Cadillac ELR (plug-in hybrid… er, “extended-range electric vehicle”)

cadillac elr

Technically, Santa started delivering the first Cadillac ELRs in December, but we may as well say that the car is brand new in 2014. The Cadillac ELR comes with a hefty price tag, and many have said that it’s unwarranted given that the vehicle doesn’t compare to the less expensive Tesla Model S. But, for Cadillac lovers who want a luxurious plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, the Cadillac ELR looks nice. It has a respectable 35 miles of electric-only range, and, well, it’s a shiny Cadillac.

Price = $75,000

 

7. Kia Soul EV

kia-soul

Reportedly 120+ miles per charge and just $35,000, this could be a real EV competitor. We’ll see what the final numbers turn out to be. Some reports are that the Kia Soul EV will hit the US market in 2014, while others are that it won’t hit the market until 2015, but deliveries in its home country of Korea are definitely scheduled for this year. And don’t expect that deliveries to other countries will take too long — Kia has an aim of making this the “the first electric vehicle for the global market.” I’m just hoping not too many people buy a hot pink one.

Price = TBA (perhaps ~$35,000)

 

8. Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric

This beauty from Mercedes will come with a range of 124 miles (200 km) on a single charge. That’s a lot more than the average EV. It goes from 0 to 62 MPH (0 to 100 km/h) in a respectable 7.9 seconds. The car is supposed to hit the German market at the end of 2014. No word yet on when it will hit the US market; though, it was brought to the New York Auto Show in 2013.

Price = TBA


 

9. Porsche Panamera Plug-in S E-Hybrid

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Porsche Panamera Plug-in S E-Hybrid at EVS in Barcelona, Spain.
(This image is available for republishing and even modification under a CC BY-SA license, with the key requirement being that credit be given to Zachary Shahan / EV Obsession / CleanTechnica, and that those links not be removed.)

The the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid actually replaces the the Porsche Panamera Hybrid. It is supposed to have an all-electric range of about 22 miles, not too bad for a PHEV. The car is supposed to have an estimated fuel economy rating of ~53 MPG, despite a combined output of 416 horsepower, 435 ft-lbs of torque, and a 0–60 of 5.2 seconds. And it’s pretty….

Over the Porsche’s lifetime, the company intends to sell ~10,000 vehicles.

Price = $99,000

 

10, 11, 12. Via Motors VTRUX Truck, Van, & SUV (plug-in hybrids… er, “extended-range electric vehicles”)

VTRUX

With a manufacturing plant opening up in Mexico last year, and early deliveries to some fleet customers, the Via Motors VTRUX vehicles are technically already here, but it is looking to have a much bigger year in 2014 as it becomes available to more customers. And if you think the “Chevy Volt of trucks” and its van sister don’t have enough demand, think again. Via Motors recently won a $20 million contract to deliver 50 of these plug-in trucks and vans to the South Coast Air Quality Management District. Expect plenty more of that in 2014.

Prices (“in volume”) for truck = $79,000

 

13. Nissan e-NV200 (because they couldn’t come up with a less catchy name)

nissan e-nv200

With trials going on in the UK, Barcelona (where it is also being manufactured), New York City, and Japan, this van is just getting going, but assuming no surprises in the trial programs, I think we’ll see a lot more of the e-NV200 being sold & delivered in 2014. It will definitely be sold in Japan in 2014, Nissan has announced. We’ll see about elsewhere.

Price = TBA

 

2014 is looking to be a big year for high-priced electric vehicles, a depart from last year. It’s hard to pick one vehicle that I think will have the biggest impact, but I think the Model X, VTRUX lineup, BMW i3, and Kia Soul EV have the most potential to shake things up and make a big difference.

Also recommended: 11 Electric Cars That Cost Less Than The Average New Car In The US

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  • Jerry McIntire

    My first question: does it have a hatchback? Without one, any vehicle is a non-starter– unless it’s a wagon. Tesla Model X is the right next step.

    • http://www.insteading.com/ Jo Borras

      Sedans out-sell hatchbacks in the US by more than 5:1, so how would that make it a non-starter?

  • whynotv2

    No Focus Electric or C-Max?

  • Lode_Runner

    I’m surprised at the complete lack of any desirable, mainstream, all-electric cars on this list. Plug-in hybrids do not count. The Tesla looks like the only one, again.

    The BMW i3 is a joke, reminiscent of the electric cars of old that looked strange, not like real cars. If they made the i8 as an electric, and not some lame hybrid, then you’d be talking.

  • Janu Alpho

    I like very much of tesla model and vw golf cars. But Nissan’s e NV 200 is quite looking like a truck and VW wil beat other electric cars in 20114.

    Columbia Par Car

  • disqus_lSZTklmvO1
    • PaloAltoWorldView

      But manufacturing won’t start until January 2015.

      • http://www.insteading.com/ Jo Borras

        If that.

  • Bruce Parmenter

    They are not 13 Electric Vehicles. They are 13 electrified vehicles. There are 7 EVs and 6 plug-in-hybrids (phev/pih) on their list.

    Electrified is a term that applies to all vehicles that have electric components, which are EVs, phev/pih, hevs, and fcvs. While an EV can be an electrified vehicle, like the term plugin meaning either a pih or and EV, an electrified vehicle is not always an EV.

    GM muddied the terms to their marketing and regulatory advantage. Then the media spread the misuse of the terms. It is important to call a pih what it is, same as only calling an EV, an EV. The public is too confused as it is. Clarity in news items will help the public understand what this new vehicle technology is about.
    {brucedp.150m.com}

    • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

      I personally have issues with treating EVs as non-inclusive. First, though, I do like “Electrified” — will start using that instead. However, the acronym for “Electrified Vehicles” would still be EVs. And I think it’s important to use that inclusively for a simple messaging reason. Messaging (in politics and marketing) needs to be simple and memorable/catchy. “Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles” (PHEVS) is one of the worst, longest, least memorable descriptions of a vehicle you could come up with, imho. Even the simpler “plug-in vehicles” is pretty lame. Electric vehicles (or electrified vehicles) is much better. It offers a feeling, and it’s simple. Of course, a distinction often needs to be made between 100% electric vehicles and PHEVs, but I see no reasons why EVs shouldn’t be the overall, inclusive acronym. My 2 cents. :D

  • http://MrEnergyCzar.com/ MrEnergyCzar

    Too bad the plug-in SUV Outlander got delayed until 2015 in the states due to the battery shortage. They can only make 4,000 a month for Europe and Japan….

    MrEnergyCzar

  • carotene

    No mention of the honda fit ev?

    • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

      it’s already on the market. see the note at the top: “the list doesn’t include updates of models already for sale.” That & more here: http://cleantechnica.com/car-a

  • republicanwy

    The i3 and the Kia Soul EV are the ones we could all probably afford. The others are reserved for the wealthy.

    It’s cheaper to stick with your old gas powered jalopnik or better yet…live closer to your work and bike.

  • Lavpannekake

    Still waiting for a dog-friendly electric car… All i want is a plain old estate model with enough space in the back for a big sturdy dog crate. I had hopes for the VW e-Golf but apparently they won’t make the estate version :(

    • Ross

      Car manufacturers take note.

  • sam

    Your prices are inaccurate, those uk prices such as volkwagen e-up are the price after a £5k govt grant. Btw the nissan leaf has an older charging standard in the uk so takes a while to charge, newer cars like the volkswagen e-up use higher power ratings so charge quicker.

  • henryx7

    How is the e-NV200 not a catchy name? It can now be called the Nissan Envy 200 :P

    • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

      hmm, that’s true. guess the hyphen through me off :D

  • jonesey

    Why the heck haven’t any of these companies released an EV minivan? There was an article here on CT about EVs not being sexy; why not give in to that image and sell a practical EV minivan to the millions of soccer moms (and dads) who drive all over town and who are the primary decision-makers when it comes to family finances?

    Honda Odyssey EV, Toyota Previa EV, where are you? The practical Prius and Civic/Accord hybrids are massively popular. Take the next step, Honda and Toyota!

    And you too, American minivan makers. You could be eating Honda and Toyota’s EV minivan lunch right now instead of doing whatever you’re doing.

    • Meow

      Because no one wants a minivan.

      • Benjamin Nead

        Sorry, Meow, I have to stand up for all these alleged “no ones.” joesey has clearly hit the nail on the head. Our household (with one kid and friends of his that we would also regularly carpool) has owned minivans since the mid 1990s. They’re near-perfect people haulers for the real world and double quite nicely in a pinch for occasionally hauling bulky yet light cargo. Some prefer small format SUVs, but for many of us who weren’t so easily persuaded by the Hummer-like marketing forces so dominant these past few decades, they are (to use a bicycle analogy) like a full suspension off-road mountain bike shoehorned into job that’s really asking to be filled by a lowly cargo bike with big pannier bags.

        But the one thing my wife and I have always disliked about minivans is the pathetic gas mileage (small SUVs are often even worse in this regard.) The Voltec EV/ICE drive train that GM developed and installed into the Volt is fabulous. All they would have to do is put it into a people hauler larger than a 4-seat compact. GM, instead, is currently wasting everyone’s time giving us the Cadillac ERL . . . which is a vain attempt to lure people away from considering a Tesla S.

  • Tim Halle

    Toyota Venza is built on the Avalon platform
    There is a hybrid Avalon.
    Could we please have a hybrid Venza ?
    Please ????

    • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

      conventional hybrid, right? (not PHEV)

  • Raymond Paquette

    Why is the Mitsubishi iMiEV never on these lists? It’s a great car, simple and affordable. It does what it is supposed too, without a lot of bells & whistles. What’s more, it has a history, having been available in Japan for several years. So you’re not buying new technology. Seriously, search online for electric car, and notice how often the iMiEV DOESN’T come up.

    • Ross

      A name change would probably help its sales.

    • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

      we’ve covered the Mitsubishi i-MiEV many times: http://cleantechnica.com/tag/Mitsubishi-i/

      but, as stated at the top: “the list doesn’t include updates of models already for sale.” That & more here: http://cleantechnica.com/car-a

      looks like the price drop could really help its sales: http://cleantechnica.com/2013/12/05/mitsubishi-will-drop-miev-price-thousands/

      • Raymond Paquette

        Sorry, I see that now. It was a bit of a rant. But it does seem that the iMiEV is left off of many lists of EV’s available in the US. Not your fault., of course. But it has been frustrating to see a viable EV almost get ignored. Mitsu should have done a better job marketing it as well.

        • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

          hoping it will do well again with the price drop. :D

    • http://www.insteading.com/ Jo Borras

      “Coming to market …” is the article.

  • Pieter Siegers

    So reading the comments, currently the battery problems are the main throttle on the EV sales? Given this fact, what would be needed apart from the battery factories ramped up? Battery efficiency I’d say.

  • jstack6

    I’ve also read the Kia Soul EV will be released in the USA in mid 2014? We will see how many and what states along with the EPA range numbers if it comes here.

    • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

      Yeah, very curious to see the numbers the EPA gives it. Have seen conflicting reports on the US release date. Have anything solid on 2014?

    • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

      I updated the post.

  • jstack6

    Interesting list but it doesn’t show the Smart-ED that will be about the lowest priced EV on the market. They also have a battery lease program that can give you a new battery if you don’t like the one you have. I’m told it’s also $99 a month for the battery and another $99 if you lease the car too.

    • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

      Yep, as stated at the top: “the list doesn’t include updates of models already for sale.” That & more here: http://cleantechnica.com/car-answers/

  • Ross

    Having a broadening range of EVs is likely to be very good for sales as like it or not fuel efficiency isn’t the main criterion for most buyers.

  • Peter Wright

    What about the Mitsubishi Outlander? Was that already available in 2013? I thought it was still to come in 2014 at least in the US.

    • Bob_Wallace

      I read recently that they were having a problem getting batteries in large enough numbers.

      A temporary supply problem. Tesla is having a similar problem, they could sell more cars if they had more batteries.

      • Jouni Valkonen

        Yes, Panasonic should be able to catch up Tesla’s car production capacity by Q2 2014 and thereafter Panasonic should be able to supply enough batteries for Tesla. Although Tesla may yet again surprise Panasonic with faster than anticipated production capacity ramp up.

    • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

      It was almost on the list, but saw that its US release has been pushed back to 2015. As Bob notes, battery supply issues. (Battery companies need to ramp up.)

  • Benjamin Nead

    I love electric cars, but I think we still haven’t seen the perfect one just yet. My quick (tongue in cheek) take on these . . .

    1) BMW i3: splendid carbon fiber technology. Lots of cargo space. Goofy styling with those fake dog nose grills. Glad, though, that it will be offered in all 50 states.

    2) BMW i8: millionaire boy toy. Save some money and buy a used Tesla Roadster, which doesn’t need a ICE range extender.

    3) Tesla X: I’m sure it will be fabulous but, like the photo demonstrates, you better have a VERY tall garage! I’m waiting to see what the Model E will look like.

    4) Volkswagen e-Up!: it’s already been acknowledged by VW that it won’t be available in the North American market. Too bad, since it would be a nice
    compliment to the Mitsubishi i-MiEV (see bottom of this list.)

    5) Volkswagen e-Golf: I have a sneaking suspicion that VW will bring this one to the US but only offer the pure EV version to the California compliance market. I hope I’m wrong, as it could give the Leaf a run for it’s money.

    6) Cadillac ELR: uh . . . where did I leave my leisure suit? It’s an overpriced Volt with a big ugly grill. Pass.

    7) Kia Soul EV: could be fun but word has it that it will be a “Compliafornia” car for quite some time. Wake me up when any/all/anywhere can purchase one.

    8) Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric: lots of cargo room, big battery with lots of range and a decidedly more toned-down look than the BMW i3. Could be a good medium-sized family mover for folks who are outgrowing their Leafs. Promising.

    9) Porsche Panamera Plug-In S E-Hybrid: another 1-percenter EV supercar, but this one has a classy understated luxury car look which reminds me of a Tesla S. Speaking of which . . . I’d rather have the all-electric S for about the same price (or less) than this.

    10, 11 & 12) Via VTRUX line: oh, how I wish you didn’t have to be a fleet operator buying a hundred of these at a time to own just one. Put passenger windows in the van and you’ve got a winner. Why can’t Chevy make a PHEV minivan with a Volt drive train? These are basically GM gliders, right?

    13) Nissan e-NV200: we probably won’t see it in North America anytime
    soon. On a minivan, though, I do think a PHEV is probably more practical
    than a pure electric.
    It this one has the same sized battery as the
    Leaf – and you factor in extra drag/weight of a van – the range is
    going to be pretty meager. I’d also feel a little more confident about this one if it had liquid battery management.

    And to the one that didn’t make the list but WILL really be here in 2014 . . . the relaunched Mitsubishi i-MiEV. With the recently announced price cut, it should be able to bring a lot of new people to EVs who never would have been able to afford these cars before. I got to borrow a 2011 vintage one for a couple of weeks this past fall and, like Matthew11, thought it was marvelous. I wished it had the Euro-econo styling of the VW e-Up!, but its melted gumdrop looks does grow on you.

    • Ďakujem

      Hehehe. “Compliafornia” I love that!

    • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

      Good run-down. :D Of course, plenty of subjective opinions when it comes to buying cars. Sorry I didn’t include the revamped i-MiEVs, just decided not to do any model upgrades. It’s my understanding that the VTRUX truck will be available to individuals this year, but maybe i somehow fabricated that in my mind. No idea on the van or SUV. VW e-Golf: i hope you’re wrong, but i think you’re probably right.

      • Benjamin Nead

        Yeah, Zach, I guess you could call it the “tough love” approach. :-)
        I’ve certainly got specific ideas as to what ideal EVs should encompass.

        One would be a small, affordable and unpretentious 4-seat city car . . . primarily occupied by just one or two people, but able to haul a couple extra passengers or – by flipping down the seats – some bulky, lightweight cargo without too much extra forethought. I’m less impressed with micro 2-seaters (Smart ED, etc,) as they take up almost the same amount of physical space, cost almost as much, yet lack the real world flexibility of a true 4-seater hatchback. The i-miEV is certainly the top contender in this catagory right now and the e-Up! (yes, who comes up with these goofy names?) would be, if priced more competitively. Availability is another factor. If Honda makes the Fit-EV and Fiat makes the 500e, that’s great. But I wish those companies would show the corporate courage to offer them outside of California and/or a couple of other select ZEV Mandate states.

        The other is a decent minivan or (less desirable to me, at least) a small format SUV. Here is the so-called “soccer mom” vehicle that you use to haul not only your kid(s), but a few extra passengers and related paraphernalia in true carpooling fashion. It only makes sense to have this vehicle also be the one to take on road journeys a couple hundred miles or so out of town, or haul the occasional sheet of plywood and bag of planting soil home from the hardware store. This is why – given the performance of current generation batteries and shoebox-like aerodynamics that will always inherent with this vehicle format – I’m predisposed to conclude that a PHEV (primarily electric but with ICE ranger extender) is the best compromise for the real world today.

        As you can probably tell, I’m not impressed with EVs that represent the cost-no-object 2-seater grand touring format for the hopelessly rich and famous (not to be confused with far more compact and affordable sports cars, in the Mazda Miata or Austin-Healey Sprite tradition . . . which we really haven’t seen yet in production EV form.) Do we really need electrified versions of cars that accelerate like drag racers on our crowded city streets and are capable of doubling the speed limit on our interstates without breaking a sweat? These sort of things make for impressive magazine and web article copy but are, at the end of the day, GRINO (ie: green in name only.)

        • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

          Completely agree with you.

  • Jouni Valkonen

    I hope that e-NV200 will succeed and is able to show that there is a real demand for electric delivery vans. And car companies will provide more electric vans to the market with varying battery sizes and REX options.

    I think that electrification should be started from expensive premium cars (Tesla and Via) and profossional cars, such as delivery vans and taxis. Compact cars are not very attractive as electric vehicles and they are designed to get the most out of subsidies. BMW i3 may try to create some new niches to the markets.

    I think that BYD electric buses are most important development. If I am right, they are coming on US markets in 2014.

    Also BYD e6 is probably coming available on US markets in 2014, although BYD probably continues selling them by fleats. BYD e6 makes great taxi cars, because 280 km range is sufficient and battery is ultra resilient — up to 6000 charging cycles!

    • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

      Yeah, i almost had the e-NV200in that paragraph at the end, but i haven’t yet seen any indication that it’s really going to be widely available in 2014. but think it must be, and that it could really have a large impact. happy Nissan didn’t wait toooo long to get in here.

      BYD: hmm, i know the buses are being used around the world already, so considered them already on the market. but i guess that is mostly trial programs… could have squeezed it in.

      BYD e6: i think you’re right. had a feeling i was leaving at least one out. though, there doesn’t seem to be any word of it being available to common consumers. http://cleantechnica.com/2013/05/27/byd-e6-ev-to-be-sold-in-the-us-in-bulk-only/

    • disqus_lSZTklmvO1

      Why not just do it across the board?
      Bob Lutz is absolutely correct that you can make a much bigger difference by electrifying big vehicles with big engines than with compacts. The higher the usage, the higher the potential reduction. I think Via will be a hit with fleet operators and after a few years the proven cost-effectiveness will draw in exponentially greater numbers of buyers. Trucks and buses should all be electric or electric/diesel hybrids eventually.
      But drivers of compact EVs are still having an impact beyond the gas savings and pollution avoidance – by putting them on the roads, building awareness of the benefits and best practices associated with them. I love my Volt and I love telling people about it.

  • Matthew11

    I think there is more hope for the Miev, of course being an owner I’m biased, but the price drop combined with still better battery managment that the leaf means it should be more of a contender for the average person. The leaf may feel bigger and more spacious but it’s lack of battery management during hot/cold weather means that you lose pbattery capacity far quicker than the Miev.
    But I digress, the article is about new products coming out and though many seem overpriced at the moment, the fact that so many are moving to electric shows that it is a market that is here to stay.

    • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

      Haha, yeah, i’m also curious to see how the MiEV does. hopeful for it.

      • mikeyboss

        Can you explain how the Cadillac ELR doesn’t have NEAR the straight-line speed or electric miles range that the Tesla S has, yet the Caddy’s MSRP is HIGHER than the Tesla??

  • Kyle Field

    I see the demo BMWs cruising around my neighborhood regularly as I live near the BMW R&D facility in Oxnard, CA and live on one of the steeper hills in the area where they like to test them. The i8 looks amazing but yeah, out of my price range. I’m excited about the e-NV200 for businesses and the VWs…assuming they are “affordable”. Nice summary.

    • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

      Wow, that’s cool. If you ever want to snap some spy pics for us, I’d be happy to use them!! :D zach@importantmedia.org

    • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

      Also, yeah, I think the VWs could do well. Curious to see what the e-Golf will come in for.

    • Andre Hemker

      You don’t need spy pics. The i3 is in full production. I know, because I live next to the plant where they make them.

      • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

        I know, and I snapped ~15 pics of the i3 at a recent event along with test driving it, but would be cool to have some candid pics of the i8 in California. :D

        • Kyle Field

          I have some of those. I was on my scooter and literally pulled up next to one at a light. I quickly pulled out my phone and took a few shots. I’ll dig around to see if I still have them and I’ll send them over.

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