Despite all the buzz (pun-alert), about electric cars, general car technology and engine technology at the moment, a lot of folks aren’t too sure which manufacturers are actually creating them, which is a pretty vital piece of info to know.
The good news is that there’s a lot more electric car manufacturers about now than there was a decade ago. The technology has massively improved and the main companies have finally took notice and created their own electric-powered vehicles.
For those people looking for reliable, tried-and-tested brands that are currently manufacturing vehicles, you’re in luck – I’ve compiled a list of those manufacturers are creating some really compelling electric cars at the moment. Here’s who you should check out.
One of the true, electric car pioneers, Nissan have an impressive collection of firsts. In 1997, they debuted their first battery electric car and then nearly a decade later launched the legendary Nissan Leaf – the world’s first, mass-market, full-electric car. By 2014, 45% of global electric car sales were down to the humble Nissan Leaf.
Since then, Nissan has continued to develop it’s electric cars, launching the Nissan e-NV200 and other plug in hybrids (PHEV) and series hybrids.
If you’re after a reliable electric car on a budget, I still think that the Nissan Leaf is the perfect option.
Although its playboy billionaire owner, Elon Musk, tends to steal the limelight from the company, Tesla is widely known for the quality of its luxury, high-end electric cars. The Tesla Model S and Tesla Model X are damn good cars, despite the hype.
A state-of-the-art battery means that you’ll get 300 miles out of the battery before needing charging, which is one of the highest ranges on the market so far.
Let’s face it. The Tesla isn’t exactly cheap, so it’s not exactly a car that you’re going to be seeing in the Asda carpark any time soon. It’s a high-end, luxury car, featuring technology so cutting edge that you’d– an old banger, it most definitely ain’t. That said, leasing the car, rather than buying it outright is a good way to save on costs if you’re determined to drive a Tesla.
The luxury German brand was slightly slow to the electric market, but it’s more than made up for it with the innovations its introduced in its electric and hybrid models, like the i3 and i8 – an all electric, and hybrid, respectively. The ‘i’ sub-brand has helped BMW establish itself as a leader in luxury electric cars.
In late May 2018, it was announced that BMW was ramping up production of their i electric vehicles by 54% to keep up with current demand.
Toyota are veterans when it comes to electric vehicles. They were experimenting with electric-powered cars way back in the 90s, when most other manufacturers were deriding electric cars as a tree-hugging, sandal-wearing dream that would never happen.
Still troubled by the recent diesel scandal, Volkswagen is trying its best to improve its eco-friendly credentials by developing a new generation of electric and hybrid vehicles, like the e-Golf, the e-UP and Passat GTE.
A new generation of electric cars based on VW’s ID concept vehicles is currently in production and should be hitting the roads very soon.