Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Will EV's Gain Respectability in 2015?

This may be the year that electric vehicles finally get the respect that they deserve. Electric vehicles are a crucial part of the efforts that will be required to radically reduce global carbon emissions. In 2015 it is expected that there will be at least 15 new electric vehicle models hitting the market this year.

In addition to offerings from Toyota, Nissan, Ford, Volvo, Mercedes, Volkswagen and Tesla there will be some brand new automotive offerings in the US. This includes an exotic Croatian car known as Rimac Concept One, a fast charging 1,000 horsepower muscle car that allegedly goes from 0-60 in 2.8 seconds.

SUVs are a popular vehicle category that is well known for being gas burning carbon emitting behemoths. However this year the category will be invaded by a number of highly efficient electric SUVs. This includes a diesel hybrid Audi Q7 plug-in, the a plug in Mitsubishi Outlander (with 512 mile cruising range) and the Chinese BYD Tang. There will also be a new BMW X5 eDrive SUV with a remarkable 62 mpg rating that is even better than the world leading Toyota Prius.

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