General Motors and SPX Service Solutions (the plug-in hybrid’s exclusive retailer) will soon offer an affordable 240V home charging unit for the 2011 Chevrolet Volt electric car that will go on sale starting December, 2010 at a starting price of $33,500 (including a $7500 U.S. federal tax credit). Although still miles behind industrial-grade charging stations that offer at least twice as much of charging power, the new charging unit is also a lot less expensive and, with its ability to slash standard charging time by approximately 60 percent, clearly has good potential in simplifying life of an average PHEV owner.
At the upcoming motor show in Paris, the French Exagon Engineering company will present its first Exagon Furtive e-GT prototype EV.
Together with the 2008 Citroen Berlingo electric van, the new badge-engineered Citroen C-Zero will become the second electric vehicle in the French brand’s model line-up.
Moving with a swiftness of a glacier, major car manufacturing brand gradually start to realize that there is something real behind the success of Tesla’s electric business. While most brands are still trying to increase fuel economy rating by equipping their sports cars with engines the size of a classic Coca-Cola bottle, the Tesla Roadster EVs have been selling like hot pancakes. Well, at least Mercedes-Benz starts to do something about it. Yes, the upcoming 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Gullwing supercar will really get an electric drive version. This information was officially confirmed today by the German car manufacturer.
Although the British Lightning Car Company, which is behind the whole project, is taking pre-orders for their upcoming Lightning GT EV since March, it will be only tomorrow that the prospective customers and general public will have the first chance to see and actually touch the mighty electric car.
Liberty Electric Cars Ltd., a British start-up that only recently surfaced as subsidiary of Green Automotive Company in USA, plans to convert all sorts of luxury cars and SUVs (like the expensive 2008 Range Rover mentioned in the title) into electric vehicles. The idea behind the project is fairly simple: if you take an expensive car and add all the equipment and man hours into it, its price will double at best. Take a luxury car that costs around $100,000 and the price increase will be as marginal as a new set of lightweight wheels from a super-tuner like the German brand Brabus. If you add some environmentalist slogan to the mix, you clearly get a business case here.
Venturi Automobiles, a French coach builder behind the Venturi Fetish EV, has finally presented its super-luxury and ultra-expensive electric roadster at the annual Top Marques Monaco supercar show.
The new breed of electric vehicles is on offensive. As Ford UK tries to sell some more commercial vans by offering them in sporty colors, the Rochester-based company Amp Electric Vehicles offers a Smith Ampere EV conversion program that turns a normal oil-burner into a futuristic, zero emission electric vehicle.