Through these series I would like to make a distinction between fully electric cars and fully electric cars which are actually worth your time to investigate further.
Most EV enthusiasts have seen the websites which advertise or write about all kinds of electric cars but they are almost always defining electric cars with ranges that are not even feasible in a small country like The Netherlands.
To save you time (and money) I have defined a list of 3 of these cars that, at the moment of writing, are not worth looking at anymore. From my point of view the EV market is going to explode in the upcoming few years and the cars below will not be part of this EV revolution.
Alright, let’s get started.
Nissan Leaf (range on paper: 172km/107 miles)
Obviously it is awesome that Nissan dived into the EV business very early and in that sense was one of the “new pioneers” that got the electric vehicle back on the road. The car doesn’t look like a dinky toy and is reasonably sized.
However, that doesn’t mean that they are still the front runner of what’s currently out there. For a family of 2 parents and 2 children the car would be too small and the range is too low to travel from A to B without worrying about getting home.
BMW i3 (range on paper: 130km/81 miles)
Again, it’s awesome that BMW stepped into the EV business as soon as Tesla started selling their Model S but they got the approach totally wrong.
The car has a very low range which would kind of get you from A to B but even with those rides you might always need to re-charge your batteries.
The looks of the car is totally off, if you want to sell a electric car, just make it look like a car and not like the runner up of the most ugly car. BMW is making good looking cars so I don’t know where they went wrong here.
As a side note: I am not including the range extender option because that wouldn’t make the BMW i3 a fully electric car).
Ford Focus Electric (range on paper: 122km/76 miles)
The size of the Ford Focus Electric resembles that of the normal Ford Focus, that means that you’ve got enough space for 4 people in the car. Next to that they didn’t change the looks of the car and gave it the same looks as the Ford Focus as we all know it. This is the way to go for future electric cars. Just make these cars look good and they will sell.
The downside of the Ford Focus, and where Ford went the wrong way, is the range which, on paper, only resembles 76 miles. This is way too low for a car of this size and in The Netherlands you couldn’t even get from the west to the east on one charge.
Volkswagen E-Golf (range on paper: 133km/83 miles)
Volkswagen has followed the same route as Ford where it took the looks of one of their cars already on the road, lit up the body and installed a electric power train underneath it.
This is the approach I personally like but the range on this car is nearly as low as the Ford Focus Electric which won’t be able to get you anywhere but the nearest supermarket. That means you’re using a family sized car for groceries which, of course, isn’t the idea of a car that size.
In 2017 Volkswagen will release a new version of the Volkswagen E-golf which will have a 30% range increase to try and meet the requirements of the future a slightly bit better. However, i think, that this upgrade won’t be enough to compete with what’s coming in the next 2 years.
The above list consists of cars which were one of the first to kick start the electric car business which is awesome. Leaning on the enthusiasm of Tesla Motors they’ve created cars that tried to compete with the Tesla Model S and/or should be the answer to the upcoming Tesla Model 3.
While all three have done a nice job, the technology used in these cars is just not good enough and only emphasize the need for a longer range in these vehicles.
I believe that, in the upcoming years, most car brands are going to put a car on the road that has sufficient range and could be good competition for Tesla Motors. In the upcoming posts I will discuss a few cars that have already been able to scale up to a decent range that competes with the current availability of electric vehicles.
What is your experience with electric cars? What car would you like to have?