Here at New England Automotive news we are excited with the rapid advances in the electric realm. Manufacturers are releasing electric, diesel and plug-in hybrids at a break neck pace. In this article we explore a some the best electric vehicles and best hybrid vehicles in this, increasingly competitive, segment.
1. Tesla Model X
Tesla Model X One of the Best Electric Vehicles of 2014
One of the most exciting electric releases of 2014 is the 2014 Tesla Model X. Based on the Model S platform, the 2014 Tesla Crossover Utility Vehicle (CUV) is slated for release by the year’s end.
According to Tesla designers, the concept behind the Model X was to create a vehicle more stylish than a minivan yet more functional than an SUV. The innovative minds at Tesla Motor Co. have certainly accomplished that feat.
The 2014 Model X can accelerate from 0 to 60 MPH in a mere 4.4 seconds. There may never be a minivan that can match that level of torque. In fact, that is faster that the Porsche 911 Carrera.
In terms of the style, the Model X is sleek with stylish yet functional falcon-wing doors that are sure to turn heads. With pricing expected to be in the $60,000 to $80,000 Tesla will likely have the edge over competitors such as Audi, whose Q8 e-tron is expected to carry a stick of $130,000.
2. BMW i3
2014 BMW i3 – Best Electric Vehicles
The Ultimate Driving Machine goes electric with the release of the 2014 BMW i3. The exciting new release from Bayerische Motern Werke will carry a price tag of $42,275 and a range of 125 miles, according to the German manufacturer.
The i3 is manufactured from a carbon fiber body which makes the vehicle light, the ride very firm, and the electric range substantial. In fact, the new BMW is actually lighter than the Nissan Leaf.
The interior of the BMW EV is quite spacious and modern with larger information screens, funky trim materials, and a minimalist feel. However, quirky gear selector and scissor doors seem to be unnecessary, if not poor, design decisions.
Overall strong handling, a comfortable cabin, a firm sports car feel make the i3 a must drive for customers in the electric vehicle market.
3. Ford Fusion Energi (plug-in hybrid)
The New Ford Fusion Plug-In Hybrid
In 2013 Ford released the Fusion Energi and its companion vehicle the C-MAX Energi to much industry acclaim. The new Fusion Energi combines stylish Aston-Martinesque looks with a fuel efficient engine and modern interior amenities earning it a spot on our list.
The 2014 Fusion Energi is a plug-in hybrid that utilizes a lithium ion battery in conjunction with gasoline to produce 100MPGe combined.
The new Fusion comes equipped with the advanced SYNC infotainment system, adaptive cruise control, and active park assist that make driving this vehicle a pleasure.
With a price tag under $40k with tax credits and incentives, the Fusion Energi presents and affordable option for consumers looking to combine luxury and fuel economy.
4. Volkswagen e-Golf
The Volkswagen e-golf available in late 2014
One of the most popular selling cars in the world, the Volkswagen Golf, has gone electric with its release of the e-Golf that will be hitting American dealerships by late 2014.
The e-Golf is a stylish, compact, and efficient release by Volkswagen. It runs on a Lithium Ion battery that provides a 93 mile range and acceleration from 0-60 MPH in approximately 11.8 seconds.
One advantage the Volkswagen e-Golf has over its competitors is cargo room. The designers at VW wisely placed the lithium battery beneath the seating, leaving ample trunk space for longer trips and errands around town.
The new VW e-car is one the best electric vehicles on the market and can fully charge in about 4 hours or charge to 80% in about 30 minutes on a DC unit. In terms of pricing, the e-Golf will compete with the Nissan Leaf and Ford Focus.
5. Cadillac ELR
6. Porsche Panamera Plug-in S E-Hybrid
7. Kia Soul EV