It's a hot topic whenever anyone mentions electric cars: pricing. Many electric cars are more expensive than their regular counterparts, though naturally they cost less to run too.
But what do today's electric and plug-in cars actually cost? We've gathered together each plug-in car on sale today in one place. Every vehicle here shows the manufacturer's suggested retail price, plus any mandatory destination and handling fees.
The prices do not include any local or federal tax incentives or rebates--so many cars here may be available cheaper, for those eligible for specific credits or rebates. All MPGe figures refer solely to the cars' electric efficiency.
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"... This Air-Powered Car Gets 81 Miles Per Gallon
Peugeot Citroen’s new C3 VTi 82 will have what they’re calling an air-hybrid system. Will it be the first car to take air power to the mainstream?
If you’re looking for a hybrid with superior mileage per gallon, then compressed air may be your thing. PSA Peugeot Citroen says its new C3 VTi 82 hatchback--which it unveils at a motor show next month--will go 81 miles, in optimum conditions. That’s compared to the Toyota Prius’s roughly 45 mile performance. And there’s no need for expensive, and heavy, lithium batteries. The compressed air system provides power as well as storage: as with other hybrids, it recovers energy from a gasoline engine when you brake or slow down.
From the video, you can see that the Air Hybrid system works in three modes, depending on the neighborhood. Above 43 miles per hour, it uses a conventional engine. Around town, it goes on air alone. And then there’s a combined mode when you need more power at lower speeds. An electronic management unit switches modes automatically.
The idea of powering a car using compressed air isn’t particularly new--several companies have explored the technology. But PSA Peugeot Citroen is the first major one to go big on it, developing a drive-train it hopes to use across several models, including light commercial vans. The company hasn’t released prices yet, saying only that the vehicles will be "competitive both in European and international markets," but that is likely to be a major draw. Lithium batteries remain uncompetitively expensive.
As you might expect, PSA Peugeot Citroen makes a lot of the vehicle’s environmental credentials. It says the C3 VTi 82 will cut fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 45% in urban conditions, compared to a conventional vehicle with the same-sized engine. And by 2020, it hopes its Air Hybrid range will be getting more than 110 miles per gallon. If so, the French will be delivering more than air. And filling up your car will be a breeze..."
"... GM partner Peugeot planning air-powered hybrid
Air-powered cars are a familiar source of amusement within the green car fraternity, an ideal example of a concept that would be wonderful if it worked, but simply isn't viable in the real-world.
Up until now, the compressed air car has been... well, a load of hot air.
Undeterred, French automaker PSA--owner of both Peugeot and Citroen--is approaching air from a different angle--as a replacement for battery power in hybrid vehicles.
PSA currently makes a small range of through-the-road hybrid vehicles, from the beautiful Citroen DS5 Hybrid to practical Peugeots like the 3008 HYbrid4 and 508 RXH.
These use a diesel engine to power the front wheels, and a battery-fed electric motor to assist via the rear wheels--varying the input of each drive train depending on driving conditions.
The new "Hybrid Air" concept is a little different.
The car's main source of power remains an internal combustion engine, albeit powered by gasoline rather than diesel.
But instead of using batteries to supply additional power, or zero-emissions driving when needed, the concept instead uses a compressed air tank mounted in the central transmission tunnel to turn a hydraulic motor.
In regular highway driving, the car uses the internal combustion engine alone. Ask for more power for acceleration or hills, and high-pressure air can be called upon for extra shove--the power of both engine and motor being fed through an epicyclic transmission, not dissimilar to that on a Prius.
In city driving and at speeds of up to 43 mph, where less power is required and emissions-free driving is a priority, the air can work on its own. The air tanks are filled under braking or deceleration, where the motor draws in air and compresses it for future use.
The concept is based around a small, light weight city car. In this format, combined economy of up to 117 mpg is suggested.
The system also makes some sense on smaller cars, where the weight of heavy batteries would normally offset some of the advantage of a regular hybrid drive train. It's also cheaper--equally important on small cars.
PSA expects to have the first running prototypes by 2016..."
"... Behold a New Hybrid Car Powered by Air...Yes AIR!
French car manufacturer Peugot Citreon has announced that it will release the first air-powered hybrid car in 2016. The hybrid will utilize a compressed air system that kicks in when the car runs below 43 MPH. Like other hybrids, a gasoline engine takes over after the car passes its threshold speed.
According to Peugot, the hybrid will get about 141 miles to a gallon, and will save the average driver 45% off fuel costs. In addition, it will be cheaper to purchase than hybrids on the road now, including the Toyota Prius.
Now for the big question — how will governments tax air to make up for lost taxes on gasoline? With a three-year window to ponder the question, I’m sure we’ll know the answer by the time Peugot’s hybrid hits the road.
Check out the video below for more details on this remarkable–potentially game changing–new engine... "
@Blarg_King Coal powered electric vehicles emit far less Co2 than petrol powered vehicles.
This is not even close to all of them. Before such claims, you should check search results for 'electric car' on Alibaba.com.
Somewhere in the search results it says :
"There are 2222299 electric car from at least 12377 suppliers on Alibaba.com "
which i doubt, but i'm pretty sure there's more than 10 ..
My favourite :
Oh, did i mention, there's other countries making electrical cars beside China ?
What a tired and dated argument you make there "adaptation". Even if an electric car were run on 100% power generated from coal, it would still put out less pollution because of the increased efficiency of the electric generating equipment and the electric motor. All that aside, electric cars are just better. Little to no maintenance, they're full every morning, extremely quiet, have a great ride with no transmission jerk, much cheaper to operate and within a year I'll be able to take my Tesla almost anywhere in the country for $0 fuel costs.
I've owned my Chevy Volt for almost a year... I have not been to a gas station yet... 8,000 city miles costing me about 2.5 cents per mile. 70 cents per day. The Chevy Volt is a electric car that has a generator in case you need it. A few times I had to make longer trips and used a few tenths of a galloon of gas for the generator. Performance is better than a V8 smooth and quiet.
The coal fired generator that supplies my house is very small and very clean and safe... and most of all economical. I worked there for a few days doing a small engineering job for the company I work for. I was there 8 hrs per day... never saw any smoke.. never smelled anything... never heard any noises. The by product plant was as big as the generator plant. The plant generates 588 megawatts of power.. that's equal to 588 of one of the largest windmills... but this plant has a very small footprint and has been generating for 50 years with many upgrades. I've been to one of the large wind mills in the mountains.. I know I wouldn't want to live next to one of those monsters in a bad wind storm... and 6 of them ruin the view for hundreds of miles.