The most anticipated electric cars of 2011: facts and myths

Global warming required an environmentally friendly means of transport, the electric car. Because a plug-in battery car powers an electric car, it has alleviated pollution “by having zero tailpipe emissions.” Today, the number of people who get an electric car is increasing. This can be attributed to the fact that electric cars are less reliant on oil, and anyone who owns it can definitely get rid of soaring gas prices.

It is true that electric cars have an upward trend. If you’ve been planning to follow the trend, here’s a list of electric cars for 2011, as reported by automakers, news sites, and blogs.

1. Chevrolet Volt

A real powerhouse, this electric car can run up to 40 miles on a single overnight charge. But it can go even further! With a small gasoline engine, the Chevy Volt can go another 300 miles. The car runs great with two 7 “diagonal LCD touch screens showing speed and battery charge, Bluetooth wireless technology for your phone to stream music from your phone to stereo, rear camera and package parking assistance, pedestrian alert, etc.

2. Nissan Leaf

This battery-powered electric car can run up to 100 miles per charge. Ideal for families of five and a small circle of friends, the Nissan Leaf allows you to “set navigation, charging and interior temperature remotely from your smartphone or computer.” There is no reason not to include the Nissan Leaf on the list when it is one of the most purchased electric cars in America today. In fact, if you plan to buy one today, you could end up on the waiting list for 2011.

3. Fisker Karma

Fisker Karma, a plug-in hybrid luxury sports sedan, can travel up to 50 miles on a single charge. Perfect for luxury sports car enthusiasts who are also keen on the environment, the Karma accelerates to over 125 mph and can go from one to 60 miles per hour in less than 6 seconds. Sure, Karma can freely take pride in its sleek packaging, though for environmentalists Karma’s pride is its glass sunroof that keeps the car charged and keeps its interior cool and fresh.

4. Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid (PHV)

PHV is not another Prius, it uses the J1772 plug for smart charging, which takes just an hour and a half. On a full charge, the Prius PHV can run up to 13 miles. It features a distinctive dash display with graphical indicators for speed, fuel transmission, and battery power.

5. Think open

Great for urban environments, this electric car is based on the Think City, which was introduced to the market in 2009. Although both Think Open and Think City have similar specifications (airbags, mp3 player, Bluetooth technology, ABS), Think Open acquires a different design: an open roof design. Think Open is on a tight budget. It is one of the most affordable electric cars on the market today.

6. Tesla Model S

For those who wanted a reasonably priced Tesla, the Tesla Model S is the answer. Although it is a continuation of Tesla Roadster, Tesla Model S ensures a cheaper price but more powerful features. The Model S has an incredible 350-mile electric range on a single charge. It features a 17-inch touchscreen with 3G connectivity (for speed, battery power, control), GPS navigation, radio streaming, restaurant recommendations, and movie times. That said, the Tesla Model S offers both luxury and comfort.

Other electric vehicles (EV) included in the list are: Japan’s best-selling electric vehicle iMiEV, Coda, BYD, Wheego LiFe, and Smart Electric Drive.

While we’ve found data on the EV trend this 2011, here are some things to know about EVs that have created confusion among auto enthusiasts. These are the myths about electric vehicles:

1. Electric vehicles remove pollution from cities.

However, not entirely, electric vehicles reduce pollution. Some electric vehicles still emit carbon, although less than fuel engines.

2. Electric vehicle batteries would not last.

While this is true enough, as surely, no automaker will launch an electric vehicle that can last for “unimaginable” years, automakers can assure you that electric vehicle batteries can last up to 10 years or more.

3. Electric vehicles cannot go far enough on a single charge.

Today, many electric vehicles are designed to travel 50 to 300 miles on a single charge.

4. Electric vehicles are slow.

Automakers are producing electric vehicles that can accelerate up to 100 miles per hour or even more.

5. Electric vehicles are expensive.

Like any product, electric vehicles have different prices. But one thing’s for sure: EVs help you save money by spending on gas and on upkeep of gas-guzzlers.

Now that these myths have been broken, you are ready to go! Choose your electric car now and have it reserved for 2011!