Four New All Electric Cars For 2013

The modern all electric cars for 2013 are electrifying the EV community with their uniqueness, ingenuity, and environmentally friendly designs. 

The car companies have listened to the needs and wants of you, the eco loving consumer, and have made a number of enhancements to their electric cars.

From its individual sales, fleet sells, and special eco demonstration projects, the electric car community is in a buzz of activity.

Here is a list of four of the hottest EVs on the market!

Nissan Leaf 2013

Nissan has created a new, more evolved version of the Leaf.  Major improvements include:

  •          Better Travel Range (75 miles on a single charge)

  •          Faster Charging (4 hours)
  •          Efficient cabin heater
  •          Lower price (starting at around 28, 000 before tax credits)
  •          New Dash board display for battery life
  •          An optional 6.6 kilowatt onboard charger that will reduce charging times
  •          Increased cargo space

2013 Nissan Leaf

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According to Nissan, these improvements come in response to shortcomings of the older models, and feedback received from Leaf owners.   

The new base trim level model is called the Leaf S, and was designed with affordability in mind.   

The S trim achieves this lower cost by replacing things like LED lights with less expensive projector beams, and uses 16-inch steel wheels with plastic covers instead of alloy wheels.

The S trim does not have a navigation system, nor does it have the ability to control the car's climate and monitor battery charging via a smartphone. 

The European version has many of the same features as the U.S. version, including:

  •          Extended Range
  •          Greater Recyclability
  •          More interior space
  •          Faster Charging

There will be three different European models of the Leaf: Visia, Acenta, and Tekna. 

The European version was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 2013, and production began at a plant in Sutherland, UK around March 2013.  Nissan announced that all electric cars produced out of the Sutherland plant will come with a special battery leasing option. 

The lease option will save you 5, 900 euros off the purchase price.

 

Mitsubishi i-MiEV

The sleek computer mouse shaped i-MiEV all electric cars first hit the US market in 2011.  

The new 2013 American version has many advanced upgrades, including:

  •          Redesigned front and rear bumpers
  •          Larger Size
  •          Advanced airbags and the mandated tire-pressure monitoring system (TPMS)
  •          Upgraded interior and features and more accessories
  •          Factory-installed CHAdeMO fast-charging port and the Cold Zone package, which includes a battery warming system and heated outside mirrors
  •          100 mile travel range on a single charge

Honda Fit 2013

The new Fit all electric cars were unveiled at the November 2011 Los Angeles Car Show.  Production is going to be limited to only 1,100 units for the first three years. 

The Honda Fit is currently being leased for 259 dollars a month for 3 years, based off the price of just over 36,000 dollars.

The first were limited to California and Oregon, but sales began in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maryland, New York, and New Jersey around late February of 2013.

As of March, 139 Honda Fits had been leased in the U.S. 

Major Features include:

  •          Compact design
  •          Lithium-ion battery pack
  •          AC synchronous permanent magnet coaxial traction motor and low-friction reduction gearbox that was adapted from the Honda FCX Clarity hydrogen fuel cell vehicle
  •          Travel Range of 100 miles on a single charge
  •          Top speed of 90 mph
  •          Three hour charge time with a 240-volt supply
  •          118 miles per gallon gasoline equivalent
  •          20 kWh lithium-ion battery and 92 kW coaxial electric motor
  •          Three driving modes: Econ, normal, and sport
  •          Econ mode will extend driving range by 17 percent
  •          Sport mode imitates the acceleration of a small car with a 2.0-liter gasoline engine

Scion iQ EV

The U.S. launching of the Scion iQ all electric cars was announced in 2012 by Toyota. 

According to Toyota, the initial production of the iQ will not be available to individual consumers. 

Instead, the company has chosen to focus their efforts on fleet customers and sharing car programs.

600 iQs were originally planned for production, but in September of 2012 Toyota announced that due to customers’ concerns about range and charging time, production would be limited to only 100 EVs for special fleet use, about 90 of which will be sent to America to participate in car sharing demonstration projects.

The first 30 arrived at the University of California, Irvine in March of 2013.  They are being used in a Zero Emission Vehicle-Network Enabled Transport (ZEV-NET) car sharing fleet.

The ZEV-NET program has been using all electric cars for the last mile of a commute from Irvine train station to the UC campus and local business offices for over ten years.


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