15 New Electric Cars On The Market In 2015 (List)


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Published on December 30th, 2014 | by Zach

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15 Electric Cars Hitting The Market In 2015

December 30th, 2014 by
 

If you are looking for all of the electric cars on the US and/or EU market, see this full list of fully electric and plug-in hybrid electric cars.

The new year is upon us, and it’s time to run down another list of the new electric vehicles that should be arriving in the US and Europe in the coming 365 days. Without much knowledge of the EV markets outside of North America and Europe, I’m sorry to say that this list of new electric cars is limited to those two continents*. In no particular order (other than the order my memory and Google skills have chosen), here are the new electric cars, SUVs, and crossovers that should be available to consumers in 2015.

Tesla Model X

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The Model X is surely the most-awaited electric vehicle of 2015. Perhaps the most-awaited EV of all time… though, the broader accessibility of the Model 3 may have it beat. It is supposed to be a super-high-performance, utilitarian, luxury SUV or crossover with falcon-wing doors. If it matches the concept vehicle (and note that Elon Musk has promised it will be even better), no other SUV or crossover should compete with it. It’s greatest downside is that it will be priced similar to the Model S, which is to say, it will be out of the reach of most. Delayed a couple of years now, the Model X is supposed to hit the market in the second half of 2015.

BMW X5 eDrive

BMW X5 eDrive

Perhaps the closest competitor to the Model X, the BMW X5 eDrive is a plug-in hybrid electric SUV that will have its fair share of performance, luxury, and high-tech features. It will be able to learn your driving habits and teach you how to drive more efficiently, it will be able to avoid crashes that some drivers would fail to escape from, and it will probably have a bit more “luxury” than the Model X. On the other hand, it won’t have the acceleration, seating capacity, or looks of th Model X. In order to compete, I’d think the X5 eDrive would have to be quite a bit more affordable than the Model X, which might be hard to pull off.

VW Passat GTE Plug-in

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The VW Passat GTE Plug-in, unveiled in 2014, is expected to go from 0 to 60 mph in under 8 seconds, which is respectable for an average-priced car. Of course, being electric, that will feel much faster than a gasoline car with the same time. It will also have a very high top speed of 136 mph. It’s all-electric range will be very good for a plug-in hybrid: 31 miles (though, that figure may be for Europe, and the US one would be quite a bit lower than the Europe one due to more rigorous testing). Sporty, sleek, and with decent specs, if the price is right, this one could sell. Unfortunately, the VW Passat GTE Plug-in is just set for release in Europe at the moment, probably in 2015.

Audi A3 e-Tron

Audi A3 e-Tron

The Audi A3 e-Tron is already on sale at over 100 German dealerships, but it is on this list because it is expected to make its US debut in 2015. There’s already a US webpage for it, and you can sign up for updates. It’s another plug-in hybrid electric car (this seems to be the theme in 2015, quite different from 2014). The electric-only range is estimated to be 18 miles, which is not spectacular, but is at least better than the Toyota Prius Plug-in. It can go from 0 to 60 mph in a 7.6 seconds. It has also landed a difficult 5 stars in Europe’s safety ratings. I think it’ll be hard for the Audi A3 e-Tron to compete with the Chevy Volt or Ford Energi models on value for the money, but some will prefer the e-Tron’s looks and the Audi brand, and the President of Audi of America, Scott Keogh, contends that this is not going to be a “compliance car.” We’ll see.

Audi Q7 Plug-in

Audi Q7

The Audi Q7 is another plug-in hybrid from Audi. This SUV/crossover will reportedly be able to go from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.1 seconds — hard to beat in this class. The highly awaited luxury plug-in from Audi has a good shot of lifting Audi out of the doldrums of electric inactivity and toward the top of the list for EV enthusiasts. We’ll see.


 

Rimac Concept_One

rimac concept one

The Rimac Concept_One is no everyman’s car. It is an electric supercar out of Croatia that costs a fortune… as in, $1 million. Needless to say, most of us will be lucky to even see one of these, let alone touch one, let alone ride in one, let alone own one. Still, it’s a beauty worth mentioning, and I’m hopeful it will get produced in 2015. As of now, 88 initial cars are planned for production in 2015. The Rimac Concept_One can reportedly go from 0 to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds, and has a horsepower of 1,088. Yep, that’s a “supercar.” Rimac Automobili recently landed a good bit more investment in order to produce the initial 88 cars.

2016 Chevy Volt

2016 Volt

An updated version of the popular Chevy Volt is supposed to be sportier and should benefit from advancements in battery technology. Reportedly taking design cues from the C7 Corvette Stingray and adding a fifth seat, my guess is that an even broader portion of the market will find this version of the Volt fits their needs and desires. With the tremendous satisfaction of first-generation Volt buyers, the 2016 Chevy Volt (Volt 2.0, as many are calling it) could see great sales. I hope so!

Volvo XC90 T8

Volvo XC90 T8

The Volvo XC90 T8 is yet another plug-in hybrid electric SUV expected to hit the market in 2015. (Are you noticing a trend?) As we reported previously, “Volvo claims that the new T8 ‘Twin Engine’ setup is good for 25 miles of pure electric driving, and delivers a total output of 400 HP with more than 470 lb-ft of torque while producing just 60 g/km of C02,” and Volvo claims that the 2015 Volvo XC90 T8 will offer the best performance and fuel economy in its class.

Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Plug-in, Mercedes-Benz E-Class Plug-in, & Mercedes-Benz C-Class Plug-in

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It’s expected that a plug-in hybrid version of the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class SUV (formerly called the Mercedes-Benz M-Class or ML-Class) will hit European and US showrooms in 2015. Not much is known about the vehicle so far, but it has been spied lapping the Nurburgring.

Word on the street is that Mercedes will also be releasing an E-Class plug-in hybrid and a C-Class plug-in hybrid. The E-Class plug-in was recently spied in snowy weather, and the C-Class plug-in was spotted earlier this year in Germany. Clearly, not a lot is known about these vehicles yet, but keep an eye on our Mercedes category for all of the latest Mercedes plug-in car news (we’re going to be obsessive this coming year).

Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in

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The Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in has been on the market in Japan (its birthplace) and Europe for a couple of years now. However, it should finally (after a couple of delays) come to the US in the second half of 2015. Furthermore, it is supposed to come with some notable changes, so it won’t really be the same vehicle as is found (and very, very popular) in Europe and Japan. If the price is right, this electric SUV/crossover could certainly steal buyers away from the Model X, BMW X5 eDrive, and plenty of other electric vehicles.

BYD Tang

BYD Tang

*OK, I lied: this one is just going to be available in China, but it’s such an attractive and promising plug-in that I thought it had to be mentioned. BYD was an unchallenged leader in the plug-in car market when it brought the e6 to town. After unveiling the BYD Qin plug-in hybrid about a year ago, that vehicle has really taken Chinese EV sales to another level. The Tang looks even more attractive and I think will help to mainstream electric vehicles in China. It is another plug-in hybrid, and accelerates to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds. BYD is hoping to sell thousands of Tangs a month, a feat few electric vehicles have reached.

As a fun side note: The Qin beat 19 other cars in a race when it was launched, including the Porsche 911 and Golf GTI. The Tang will be launched in a similar fashion, and BYD writes: “If any challenger of any standard-stock luxury class Car beats Tang, BYD will provide a reward of 10,000 RMB per challenger.”

Volvo S60 Plug-In

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A diesel-electric plug-in hybrid version of the Volvo S60 has been on the market in Europe for awhile, but the US and China don’t really do diesel, so it has been off limits in the world’s biggest auto markets. Volvo is reportedly working on a gasoline-electric plug-in version of the S60, which is aimed at China but could very well end up in the US… we hope!

BMW 3 Series Plug-in

BMW 3 Series plug in

As it promised, BMW is continuing the electrification of its entire lineup. It recently announced a plug-in hybrid version of the BMW 3 Series, which we are hopeful will hit the market in 2015. As covered over on Planetsave: “The drive system of the new PHEV prototype possesses an output of around 245 hp (183 kW), and maximum torque of around 400 N·m (295 lb-ft). The prototype averages about 2 liters/100 km (117.5 mpg US) with regard to fuel consumption, and about 50 g/km with regard to CO2 emissions. When in all-electric mode, the prototype can reach speeds of up to 120 km/h (74.5 mph), and possesses a range of around 35 kilometers (22 miles).” Note, however, that the range is probably based on European testing, and will likely be closer to 15 miles in the US.

 

Note that I just updated my full list of electric cars on the US & EU markets, and will do so throughout the year as more information is made available.

 


 

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About the Author

is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy since 2009. Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he's the founder and director of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, SCTY, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB. After years of covering solar and EVs, he simply had a lot of faith in these companies and felt like they were good companies to invest in as a portion of his retirement strategy. To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to ZacharyShahan.com and click on the relevant buttons.



  • Nozferatu

    The Rimac is vaporware for the most part…real and functional but I’ve yet to see the anyone but the CEO drive it and there’s only one….so no go.

    It’s a real shame most of the new cars are plug-in hybrids….plug-in owners are the most irritating twats around.

    • guy

      Not to mention the production of hybrids is more damaging to the environment than the gas cars. Its a halfassed statement of wealth and ignorance.

      • Blanket statements are almost never true.

        • jstack6

          unfortunately a hybrid or plugin hybrid is the only way to get many people to see the value of driving Electric. It’s like training wheels on a bicycle. They use them and soon move on to 100% electric. It is better than just a plain gas or Diesel car.

          • Thanks a lot for this. After some of the comments above, I’m driven to write an article on EV terminology, and this is an excellent analogy I’m going to use. 😀

          • Theryl McCoy

            This is a really stupid analogy and you are not giving ‘many people’ very much credibility. You really think people need a symbolic plug on their “EVs” so that they can get used to the idea of plugging in a car? That is ridiculous.

      • Fredd

        PHEVs are a stepping stone away from gas. you live in a small world where all trips are 100m.

    • TornyiBarnabásazIsten

      Nothing compares to hipster fags

  • nlpnt

    Second-generation Volt didn’t come a moment too soon. I think a lot of people were waiting for version 2.0 given Chevrolet’s dismal (to that point) record with really innovative models launched at the start of a new decade (Citation, Vega, Corvair…if we’re really reaching back Copper-Cooled…)

    • I hope this one really takes off. Looks like it has the potential to.

  • Dino Silvestri

    it is missing the nissan leaf.

    • The second generation Leaf is due the year after, I think?

    • jstack6

      This was only new vehicle that were not out in earlier plugin version. Tesla is on the top of the list with a 100% Electric and their 150 Super Chargers in the USA with more coming.

      • Fredd

        Tesla will fail because it is not CCS

    • I haven’t heard any confirmation it is coming in 2015, but am hoping it will.

  • guy

    Hybrid is not electric. At least get the basic facts correct.

    • If it has a Plug it is electric

      • No, the article says electric or plugin, which is a hybrid.

        • *plug-in hybrid.

          a plug-in car (aka an electric car) in my book includes plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and 100% electric vehicles.

          • Fredd

            Get your facts in line. In less than 5 years you will not be able to take your combustion engine into any CBD of any city

          • EasternCoaster

            Any other made up rules we need to be aware of in your fantasy utopia?

          • First of all, I don’t have an ICE and haven’t for over 11 years. Second of all, PHEVs have been allowed in the initial places banning all but EVs from the CBD.

          • bill lopez

            Well Zach, then you just proved you don’t know what you are talking about.

            Defending a wrong position only makes you look more inept.

          • Explain to me how PHEV is not a subset of EV? Yes, people can use different terminology if they want. But a “plug-in hybrid electric car” is by default a type of “electric car.”

            There are reasons one may not want to group the two (for example, when talking about the convenience of never having o have an oil change) but there are also plenty of reasons for grouping them (for example, when talking about the convenience of charging at home or the fun of driving on an electric motor).

            Telling me a super logical comment makes me look “more inept” doesn’t make me value your input very highly. 😀

    • a “plug-in hybrid electric vehicle” is a subset of “electric vehicle,” just as a “100% electric vehicle” is.

      if you can drive purely on electricity at any point, and if you can plug your car in, i’m classifying that as an electric vehicle. there are several others reasons for doing so.

      • Theryl McCoy

        NO, a “plug-in electric vehicle” is a subset of “gas vehicles”, just as a “hybird” is.

        • I disagree, and have spelled that out thoroughly here: http://cleantechnica.com/2015/01/04/electric-cars-include-plug-hybrid-electric-cars/

          • 007

            Zach, I read the article and think you have a strong argument. I think it’s down to the the difference in opinion of whether the gas or electric part of hybrids are considered the ‘training wheels’. By saying a bike with training wheels is still a bike is not a direct comparison of a gas vs electric car. You can just as easily say a gas car with a small electric motor is still a gas car, with electric ‘training wheels’. Most PHEVs on the market were designed as a gas car first, with an added electric motor. Pure EVs are designed from the ground up, giving vast advantages in performance, reliability/maintenance and ergonomics.

          • I agree that plug-in hybrids can be considered a subset of either. In fact, I consider them a subset of both. They are that middle part of a ven diagram. 😀

            Also, I imagine you are aware of this, but as a clarification, many pure-electric cars weren’t built electric from the ground up — Chevy Spark EV, Mercedes B-Class Electric, Ford Focus Electric, etc.

        • a b
        • A plug-in hybrid is obviously a subset of both — hence the word “hybrid!” 😉 😀

      • Serpentbane

        In Norway
        EVs are considered to be 100% electric. As a national promotion of electric vehicles they have no taxes (purchase or yearly), can be driven in lanes reserved for collective transportation, don’t need to pay at toll stations, get free parking on governmental parking lot (most are) often with free charging, often get free parking with charging at private parking lots like supermarkets, get to travel for free or at reduced prices on ferries, and unique registrations plates with the letters EL, and more.

        Plug ins and hybrids get nothing of the above.

        • I think your comment is another good example of how this terminology is not at all settled in stone, because other countries and municipalities that offer EV incentives include PHEVs.

          Of course, incentives are not what define a term, but how terms are used when writing incentives does help to bring the world to a consensus on terminology.

  • My favorite article of the year, my prediction for 2015 a car company will announce plug in for all models

    • Hmm, interesting one 😀

    • Serpentbane

      Let’s see…
      :p

  • Strif Stal

    You’re “excited” about vehicles whose range is less than 50 miles per charge? How do those lobbying dollars from the oil and gas industry taste?

    • Very few people need to drive 50 miles a day. The average is more like 30, with plenty under 30.

      • Theryl McCoy

        This is where you are wrong. Very few people need to drive 100 miles a day. This is why most true EVs have a range of about 100 miles. It has already been determined that this range is ideal. Making excuses for plug-in hybrids is like making excuses about how it is okay to smoke cigarettes. PEOPLE ARE ADDICTED TO GASOLINE.

        • Most driving in a PHEV can be accomplished on electricity. I wouldn’t buy a PHEV myself, but it is a stepping stone for many, and I think they are clearly a subset of EVs, and the same goes for many in the EV industry and in the EV advocacy industry.

        • Fredd

          EVs were not intended to have a range of 100m that’s the way the cookie crumbled.. In the future better batteries will propel EVs to inter capital distances which in Australia are 600 to 1000m. I commute 140m return to go shopping. I love EV but I need extended range.

      • Correct. People have “range anxiety” the minute you start talking about range on an EV because they are used to fuelling up once a week, instead of every night, while everyone is sleeping. Most people use their car to go to and from work, a distance usually less than 30 miles, round trip. All four of the lithium-powered vehicles I’ve built have ranges of at least 100 miles, just in case you have range anxiety.

        • Indeed. My favorite article on the topic rephrased it “range anxiety anxiety.” Mostly just anxiety about range anxiety. 😛

      • Richard M

        Most people need a vehicle that they can get fuel for away from their home. The only people an all electric car makes sense for are those with more than one vehicle or those who never, ever, leave their home area.

        • Your first claim is debatable, but in any case, you can “fuel” EVs away from home. In fact, a lot of people can plug in when they get to work and then leave work with a full battery.

          Your second claim is absurd and not even worth responding to. 1 million electric cars are now on the road. Many of those are in single-car households (20% by our recent survey) and many people go on road trips with their EVs. We have a friend who is currently visiting 48 US states in a Nissan LEAF in a short period of time.

  • Suzi R.

    When are they going to stop trying to dazzle and actually produce an affordable option for middle class America? I guess maybe the Volt was the only option on the list..

  • This is good news, the more the merrier. 2015 will be the year of the electric car.

    • I certainly hope so. I’d like to buy a factory-made EV, in lieu of building my own. I like my hand-built EV’s, but you know store-bought stuff is always nice to have.

  • I also object to the use of “electric” to describe a plug-in hybrid. See:

    http://shockingcarnews.blogspot.com/

  • Theryl McCoy

    C’mon guys. You are watering down the awesomeness of a true EV by calling plug-in hybrids ‘electric’. A gas car that can go only 18 miles on the batter is not an EV. In California who gets the white carpool lane stickers, and who gets the green ones? THERE IS A DIFFERENCE!

    • No one said there isn’t a difference. It’s a subset. Simple. http://cleantechnica.com/2015/01/04/electric-cars-include-plug-hybrid-electric-cars/

      • Theryl McCoy

        Thanks.

        • Victor Lebron

          This is ridiculous all of you excited over simple things; the water car has been out there over a decade but no one pays attention; what happened to the steam engine this is so hilarious….

          • Serpentbane

            So, you saw it then? No? Oh, yeah. So, I made this car running on body heat, but the gouverment took it.

          • Victor Lebron

            this is so old man old news everyone knows about it do you know what a steam engine is lol idiot

          • Serpentbane

            And you believe the steam engine is powered by water? LoL. Now who’s the idiot here…

          • Victor Lebron

            Enlighten us idiot… Dont tell me you think the steam which is a product of air and water pressurized comes from gasoline hahahaha what an idiot

          • Serpentbane

            I wrote powered by. Are hydrolic engines powered by hydrolic oil? You can fill as much water as you like into an engine, but it will not run without a power supply. In steam engines this power supply could be different things, but for obvious reasons it’s usually powered by coal.

            Now, you could dream up a world where water turns into steam and builds enough energy to power a car with no external power supply. But let me throw that ball back to you. Enlighten us. Idiot.

          • Victor Lebron

            You are such an idiot man I talk about everyone impressed on electric cars and made a comment about how water steam engines have been there forever and no one seems to care then you change subjects and get in the middle of a topic with a non related subject about what powers a water engine what the hell does water engine power source has to do with my initial comment you are so stupid you cannot stay on topic and change subjects just to try to show my initial post has no value is that what you think idiot… Power sources lol we are talking about water vs electric or hybrid engines the rest does not matter…. I could care less if you use a battery to power my engine what I am saying is there are better and more efficient engines out there and yes to answer your question major corporations and government dont like these type of engines that will limit oil and gas consumption they may seem they want to support these new technologies but it is not true it is a slow process a very slow transition to new technologies… So you can change the subject again I could care less about what an idiot like you think… Rflmao power sources or whatever the f you come up with has nothing to do with what I said initially.

          • Serpentbane

            Quote You
            the water car has been out there over a decade
            /Quote You

            No, you are the one trying to change the subject. You were writing about the mythical car fuled only by water.

            Don’t try telling me you were talking about the good old steam engines there, or do you honestly believe the traditional steam engine have only been around for only “over a decade”? Yes, this is true, it’s been around for centuries, but that’s not what you meant now, was it?

            Now, explain to me. What exactly is this water engine you are writing about, you know, just to clear up any misconceptions?

            What engine, currently available for any form of production, are more effective than an electric engine?

          • Victor Lebron

            I dont need to explain common sense to the ignorant and you again are moving out of subject if you cannot underdstand I dont care about electric cars I care about water steam cars so you know if we had companies working on this technology these cars could be cleaner and more efficient than electric cars but you cannot think outside the box you just believe in the tangible things so you are no scientist… Read please these cars have beem around siince the 1900 I am saying no one is interested in developing of course the government at work…. I have a friend in Puerto Rico that invented a rotary engine capable of running 100 miles per gallon of gas and ford purchased his prototype to put it on a shelf lol… You are so naive man…do you think water cars are impossible lol wake up it has been done

            About the steam car technology a segment of a little wiki that talks about these cars

            https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steam_car

            Again dont bring technology or other topics focus on the main idea here which is water is more clean and easy available than fuel and batteries….. My God this is my last attempt to educate a moron

          • Serpentbane

            To teach the ignorant you must first assess your own ignorance.

            First you write about the “water car” that according to you have been around for more than a decade. Then you move on to write about steam cars, writing they have been around since 1900. But it is impossible to know for sure what you’re actually talking about.

            First, to set things straight, the “water car”, aka the car that is powered only by water, where water is the fuel witch the engine runs on, is a myth. You can’t call a car with a steam engine a water car, water do not turn into steam without an external power source.

            Moving on to the Steam car, not related at all to the “water car”. They need a external power supply, this power source could be whatever, coal, gasoline, batteries or something else, but without it it would just sit there. These cars have been around since before 1900. The first known steam car were actually built in 1768, but this is not relevant. Let’s jump to 1900, like you wrote. And let me tell you something else. At that time both internal combustion engines and electric engines existed as well. Having been around for X years is no argument for a technology to be superior by itself. And the very article you link to also describes continued development of steam powered engines since 1920, when the internal combustion engine made it’s firm and up until now steady hold in the automotive industry, and up until recent years.

            What you care about or not is irrelevant in this discussion. You write about the steam engine in a way making those reading your comments believe you think steam cars only run on steam by it self.

            So, let’s assume you are talking about the traditional steam engines.

            Steam engines can still have their place in modern history, however, being able to achieve one particular goal do not automatically make them a solution set to replace internal combustion engines. Yes, they made an engine had lower emissions than comparable gasoline engines at the time. This is not the same as being able to produce a usable engine in production cars. Steam engines have other practical challenges.

            And, no matter how you make the power source, this source will eventually lead to emissions, one place or the other. And the efficiency of steam engines for the energy used can in no way compete with EV’s.

            But then again, you write that I’m naïve, that water cars are impossible, that it has been done. And this puts me back to the thought that you do not talk about steam cars, but the mythical “water car”. Because, there is no secret there were cars running on steam engines, so why should I believe them to be impossible?

            And, that friend of you story. LOL. There are people working to sustain the current use of fossil fuels for economic reasons. But if there were secret engines using close to nothing, or even running on water, do you honestly believe the governments in the entire world would, and not least could, make a world spanning conspiracy to keep those a secret? If someone have done this, someone knows how to do it, and thus, those someone would easily be able to release this information into the wild.

            But as you wrote, back to the topic, the main idea, which is water is more clean and easy available than fuel and batteries. While this is true, all you’d have is a tank full of water. With no heat that car would not run. Burning fuel to heat that water would lead to emissions from an engine less effective than an EV.

            If you want to educate a moron, I suggest you start backing your claims with hard facts.

          • Victor Lebron

            I did not and will not read your message I am having a field trip with you lol… You are such an idiot lol you want to think for others convince others that you are right but you dont get it no one cares simple concept again better cars than electric cars better options out there not under development due to higher interests but keep writing also water car is the steam car from day 1 in my mind not yours ok stop thinking so much you just have brain farts all over the place lol… Go home to mommy moron

  • Theryl McCoy

    These are not EVs, they are electric-assisted gas vehicles.

  • neroden

    The extra capital and maintenance expense of the gasoline generators in the hybrids seems undesirable and unnecessary for the vast majority of customers. I think pure electrics are going to have much better durability and resale value.

    • 100% agree.

    • simmma

      Absolutely. There has been very little focus on the costs of having two power generation systems in the same vehicle. I am still waiting for these vehicles to become all electric (may buy a second hand Leaf first).

  • DavidW

    Zachary, Thanks for the article. Hopefully I’ll be driving one of these vehicles later this year.
    Just an FYI, but the picture that you have of the Volvo XC90 T8 is actually a picture of the Volvo XC Concept Coupe.

  • zn

    The only interesting cars here will be the Model X, BMW 3 series, Volt, and maybe the BMW X5. The rest are just making up the numbers.

  • Amr A

    plug in hybrids are not electric cars, part of the car is electric sure, but the list is misleading, I was really excited to read it because it should have included electric cars only, not bloody hybrids

    • If someone drives one of these PHEVs on electricity 90% of the time, do you really think it shouldn’t be grouped with other EVs?

  • Peter

    Zach, you’ve stated “I wouldn’t buy a PHEV myself…” Why is that?

    • Sorry, just seeing this. I don’t have a need for one and prefer having a larger battery pack & all-electric range, no oil changes or maintenance issues with an ICE, and less association with oil.

  • Socky13

    I drive a Nissan Leaf and before that I converted my 07 Saturn Ion to all electric.
    For me every foot or meter not using oil is a victory over oil tyranny.

    How about the OEMS getting serious and install ports to enable extra batteries (just like I used to carry an extra gallon of gas for emergencies) to o extend the range and just swap batteries at charge stations.

    An auxiliary port and extra battery packs would alleviate the whole range issue. Have 2 with one at home getting charged and the other in the trunk. While were at it lets get some high efficiency solar panels on the hood, trunk and roof. Sure they will not drive the vehicle but at least if you run out of power you are not dead on the shoulder. Not to mention the range boost from even a trickle charge.

    Range really is a non-problem at this point. The real problem is the death grip big oil has on us. If you have $250,000 to spare I will show you hoe to get over 200 miles/charge. It would take a non-disclosure agreement and development. I know it can and will be done unfortunately I only have $25 to spare from my Social Security check. So keep on plugging fellows. We shall overcome or die from fracking pollution.

    bye from Socky

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    http://www.ebay.com/usr/memtec123?_trksid=p2047675.l2559

  • a b

    what about 7 billion humans and bilions of amimals that pollute and release methane from there asses when they fart . is there and ass cateletic converter coming ? tesla and many others offered clean energy but they had to make money of coal . hemp was used to make over 400 products but no it is drug they said and introduced lovely oil .now oil is dirty ? so lets make battery and photo voltaic cells which are full toxins . magnetic motors can be used but theres no money people will have there own power stations at home . reality is most humans are sleeping to fact how masses mentality is shaped to think in certain way . CHECK OUT THIS OLD VIDEO
    where has this company with that engine perished
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zu8LaVH-pn0&list=FLIHKErbV3KMJghjwVmFkBfw&index=71

  • a b

    how about perfecting this technology no batteries no external power needed o and no profit for big power companies
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCMuDBajFjU

    • K A CHEAH

      Great Invention! How about using this to charge the batteries of say in Nissan Leaf on the go to run it without needing to plugin into the Grid ever again and without anymore range anxiety for driving Electric Cars right with no carbon pollution no more ever?

  • K A CHEAH

    There is another way every EV Models on the roads whether old or newly designed could take advantage of this newly patented regenerative suspension system to increase their EVs’ ranges if they replace their shock-absorbers and steel springs with the adoption of this highly effective regenerative suspension system that can be found in the below URL:-

    http://www.interpatent.de/unsere_innovationen_strom_aus_der_federung_en.html

  • bill lopez

    After reading MANY of your comments Zach, I’ve come to the conclusion that you are not very intelligent, and very egotistical.

    Stick to whatever it is you do for a living (hopefully that isn’t writing or blogging professionally) and learn to accept that just because “in your book” it means one thing, that doesn’t mean its right.

    • Haha. This is what I do for a living. I’ve been doing it for ~6 years. A few years ago, I was put on a top 20 list for my influence on the fuel economy debate (along with Obama, Elon Musk, Carlos Ghosn, etc), with the listed formed using methodology developed at Cornell University over the course of several years. So, like it or not, I have a lot of respect and a lot of influence in this sector.

      I also taught English for a few years at one point. Language is not math. It is formed subjectively. I am interested in communicating these matters in a way that will benefit society, and that means in a way that works best for the “average Joe.” I obviously have an opinion that it is logical and helpful to include PHEVs as a subset of EVs. Just like a bike with training wheels is still considered a bike (even though it, technical, has four wheels).

      Feel free to use your own classification. Some people and organizations/agencies/companies use the one I use. Some use the one you prefer. I’m willing to consider arguments for other classification systems, but I’ve clearly got several reasons for preferring the one I use.

  • A hybrid, even if you can plug it in, is still a hybrid consisting of both an electric motor and an internal combustion engine. It is not a pure EV. The hybrid is a bridge to an electric vehicle, nothing more, designed to build a gas guzzling society’s confidence in electric drive systems. I’ve been driving my electric car for 5 years now, and I love it. I prefer to drive it over my internal combustion cars. http://www.evalbum.com/1991.

    • I agree. But note how you used the phrase “pure EV.” Pure EVs and plug-in hybrids are both subsets of EVs.

  • kamlesh gk

    Hmmm.. Just 1 Pure electric car among these ‘gas guzzling’ hybrids.

  • Arnis

    By definition vehicle is called
    a) “internal combustion engine” (ICE)
    b) “hybrid” or
    c) “electric”
    by the device(s) it is driven. No opinions matter. This is the definition!

    So if vehicle is able to move with the help of TWO or more different sources it is automatically called b) hybrid (as definition of word “hybrid” explains). Even if one source is engine and another is muscle power, it is a hybrid vehicle. Unfortunately old Prius is also hybrid as it can move an inch using electric power.

    If vehicle has ICE that acts solely as a generator and does not have a mechanical link with wheels it is an Electric Vehicle. Best example is a variant of BMW i3.

    There are many different specific ways to categorize many types of these three main types.
    a) ICE with electric assist (some call microhybrid)
    b) Plugin hybrid
    c) range extended EV, Battery EV, Fuel Cell EV

    Interesting to note: why Chevy Volt is EV and not hybrid? Because even thou it has mechanical link between engine and electric motor it does not have that link to get moving. Aka when battery is empty engine spins generator and that power is used by the motor to drive the wheels. Engine is connected to wheels only at light cruising speeds. but without electric motors it is not possible to use the vehicle. Theoretically it can be programmed to be hybrid (start moving using special clutches without electric motors doing anything).

    There is no such thing as plugin electric vehicles as there are no plugless electric vehicles (jet?). Word is pointless and should not be used.

    What is plug-in hybrid vehicle? It is a hybrid vehicle that can be refuelled with electricity into energy storage device (battery). This type of vehicle can drive solely on electricity but it can also drive solely on ICE.

    “plug-in hybrid electric vehicle” – there is no such thing as there is no plugin hybrid non-electric vehicle. Also vehicle can not be B and C at the same time.

    Goverments may permit vehicles that can run on electric only in places where running ICE is not allowed but therefore running out of charge and switching on ICE is illegal there. Must stop and tow or recharge (without ICE help).

    • There are plenty of ways to organize terminology. Many consider a “hybrid” to be the middle part of a ven diagram between fully electric cars and fully fossil-powered cars. Thus, it is a type of both. That’s how I think they are most accurately portrayed, so that’s the avenue I choose.

      People who say there is only one way to classify these don’t really understand how language works, imho.

      You are free to classify them in this way, but it makes you no more correct than me classifying them in my way.

      I am a bit curious how you would distinguish (with terminology) between a plug-in hybrid and conventional hybrid. They are clearly very different types of vehicles, yet you don’t seem to like the PHEV classification.

      The organization I have most fondly taken to is:

      -fully electric car
      -extended-range electric car
      -plug-in hybrid electric car
      -conventional hybrid electric car
      -ICE car

      • Arnis

        Difference between hybrid and plugin hybrid vehicle is very small. Only a plug. There are individuals who added a plug to their hybrid (regular Prius for example). Now they have plugin hybrid.there are some hybrids that can drive 2 miles and there are some pluginhybrids than can drive a few miles more.

        Where do you see massive differences?
        Do not use specific examples to explain because scientifically examples do not explain.

        Also this is not “mine” classification. This is worldwide way to define things. Ven diagram does not allow you to stick a word “plugin” into ICE EV debate. Also Ven diagram misleads that all hybrids are only ICEV and EV variants. Vehicles with KERS are also hybrids.

        I would recommend you to read NEW information. You only talk what you know and you clearly know too little.

        All those people here also hinted THE SAME THING. And there are many more who added votes. If you still think you said nothing wrong then you are clearly wrong. Even if you are right you wrote it down in such a way that most readers did not understand correctly. And that is still your mistake. “If you can’t explain it to your grandmother you don’t understand it enough” – ideal quote that fits here.

        • Haha, Arnis, you are cracking me up now. “Read new things” — I spend the majority of my day reading about this topic — it’s my job. “All people” — obviously, you too easily use absolute statements or you have reading comprehension problems. The fact that you didn’t get my points before tells me that explaining them won’t loosen you from your religious mindset, so I’m not going to bother. Go start your own EV site and attract readers based on your expert knowledge. 😀

          I can explain my rationale to a grandma, and that’s specifically why I use this classification. The average person is going to zone out when you get into the nitty gritty differences between a PHEV, EREV, REx, etc. I’m keeping the classification to what is useful info for an average consumer.

          Have a nice day, and goodbye. 😀

          • Arnis

            I said “all those people” not “all people”.
            A person who is big does not mean he/she is right.

          • 1) “All those people here,” aside from not being correct grammar, reads like “everyone here.” But I assume you will choose to deny this as well. 😀

            2) Definitely agree with that. I’m just saying that this is my site and I choose the classification I use. You can start your own and choose yours. Obviously, I’m not having a ton of difficulty finding a lot of EV enthusiasts who like reading my sites and value what we contribute. But when you pull in millions of readers, you also pull in some who disagree with you. If I sound arrogant to you for standing up for what I think is the best classification and mentioning my reputation in this field when people like you tell me I don’t know anything about this topic, I think you quickly lose touch with context.

            Again, feel free to disagree with me, but when universities and research institutes fly me across the Atlantic to present on EVs, I think it might be wise to reconsider your strong belief that I don’t understand this market and the diversity of vehicles on it.

  • yas333333

    WHEN ELECTRIC CARS ARE SLAYYY

  • yas333333

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  • yas333333

    LORD JESUS DONT YOU JUST
    LOVE ELECTRIC CARS

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