For years, announcements about potential electric cars have been trickling out of automakers. But now hard dates are coming out for when these vehicles will be available to the public. See the electric cars that will be on the road in the next two years.
The two-seat Roadster offers minimal cargo room. Although pricey at more than $100,000, the car boasts a range of 245 miles.
Although a Norwegian company, Think is building some of its Think City electric cars in Indiana. The four-seat car has a top speed of 60 mph and can get about 100 miles with its lithium ion battery pack.
Ford announced the 2012 Focus Electric at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show. Using the same body as the standard Focus, this car seats five and has ample cargo space. Range is about 100 miles, and Ford touts a recharge time of 3 hours.
Mitsubishi has been testing the i-Miev in different private fleets since 2010, and already offers the car in Japan. The U.S. version offers seating for four and a moderate amount of cargo space. Range is about 100 miles. Mitsubishi expects to sell the i-Miev for less than $30,000.
Like its gasoline-powered counterpart, the Smart Electric Drive is a two-seater with a moderate amount of cargo space. The car has a top speed of 60 mph and a range of 63 miles. Smart has been testing the car in fleets, and plans retail production sometime next year.
The Model S features what Tesla calls 5+2 seating, with five full-size seats and two jump seats in back. Tesla boasts ample cargo space and a range of 300 miles. Top speed is 120 mph. Tesla has mentioned a price of $56,400 for the Model S.
Through a partnership with Tesla, Toyota built this electric car based on its Rav4 small SUV. The car seats five, and Toyota says the interior space is exactly the same as with a gasoline-powered Rav4. Range is about 100 miles.
Mazda announced that it would build an electric vehicle based on its Demio small car, known as the Mazda2 in the U.S. Mazda has not announced a sale date yet but says it will lease the car in Japan in the spring of next year.