Electric & Hybrid Cars

It seems as if the days of the internal combustion engine may be waning. While the oil and gas industries have dominated the automotive sector for decades, we are now seeing the emergence of electrical vehicles into the modern market. You could actually be surprised to learn just how popular these cars are, and for good reason. They offer several benefits over their gas-guzzling counterparts and as a result, they have cemented their place within our society. Let's take a look at some of the primary advantages of electrical vehicles as well as the prices, types and availability.

Features and Benefits

The principle behind an electric car is that it will employ electricity for its propulsion instead of (or in addition to) gasoline. They are now able to impressive an impressive mile-to-gallon ratio and thanks to their design, there is little impact upon the environment. Electric vehicles are also quite quiet. This is very beneficial within urban neighborhoods. As the price of these units has dropped significantly over the past few years, many models are now available to the average consumer.

Typical Price Range

As you may imagine, the technology behind thee vehicles dictates that they will be priced slightly higher than traditional gasoline-powered cars. The most basic models start at approximately $23,000 dollars and this cost will increase along with the brand, the size of the car, its creature comfort and the type of warranty that it offers. Higher end models can be priced well over $40,000 dollars (such as those produced by Cadillac or Mercedes-Benz).

Types and Models

There are two main types of electric cars. The two categories can be separated into those which completely rely upon electricity (also known as plug-in cars) and those which are still allowed to use gasoline as an additional source of power (known as hybrids). Hybrids are still the most common, as powering larger vehicles with electricity alone can prove to be challenging. Additionally, not many service stations currently offer power points to charge the car while on the road. This is obviously an issue for those who hope to travel longer distances.

In terms of models, nearly every category is served by an electric or a hybrid car. Still, smaller and compact cars tend to offer the most selections. Some of the variants that currently offer the choice of an electric vehicle include:

  • “Mini” cars
  • Compact cars
  • Mid-sized sedans
  • Full-sized sedans
  • SUVs
  • Some pick-up trucks

The Top Cars of 2016

2016 has seen a massive influx in terms of the electric cars on the market. Much like their traditional variants, some brands and models are thought to be better than others. According to the latest reports, the top five electrically powered cars for 2016 include:

  • The Fiat 500e
  • The Ford Focus Electric
  • The Renault Zoe
  • The Nissan LEAF
  • The BMW i3

Keep in mind that we have not taken into account the price range of these vehicles, but rather the reviews provided by users as well as experts. Some of these models (such as the BMW i3) can be quite expensive while others including the Ford Focus are thought to be great bargains for those who cannot afford a large financial commitment.

Where to Find Electric Cars

In the past, the only places to encounter electric cars were at special trade shows or research facilities. Thankfully, times have indeed changed. Now, you can encounter a choice of vehicles through most larger automotive dealers across the country. There are also a number of online outlets such as www.caranddriver.com which provide reviews of the latest models as well as links to the distribution websites themselves. As the popularity of these cars increases, the means by which they can be encountered will likewise broaden. However, not many used car dealerships or web portals offer electric cars; these units are simply too new no the market to have a history of more than five years.

Electric cars are great choices that offer a “green” alternative to traditional gasoline-powered vehicles. Please use this article as a checklist when deciding upon which make and model is the best choice for your needs.