Electric cars or EV cars are now gaining more attention and popularity than before, due to their fuel efficiency and environmental benefits. Also, because of its offer better handling, smooth performance, and a quiet and pleasant ride.
In this article, we will talk about the 10 Most Popular Electric Cars in BE FORWARD.
Nissan Leaf (Hatchback)
The Nissan Leaf is a five-door compact hatchback that was first produced in 2010 and is now in its second generation. The Leaf is a battery electric vehicle with a front motor, front-wheel-drive layout and comes equipped with some notable standard features including airbags, multi-function steering wheel, climate control, Bluetooth, electric power windows, keyless start and go, NissanConnectEV telematics services, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and ProPILOT advanced driver assistance system. The Nissan Leaf is equipped with a 40 kWh lithium-ion battery pack producing 110 kilowatts (147 hp) with an EPA-rated range of 243 km (151 miles), and a 62 kWh lithium-ion battery pack producing 160 kW (215 hp) with an EPA-rated range of 364 km (226 miles).
Renault Samsung Twizy (Mini Vehicle)
The Renault Samsung Twizy is a two-door quadricycle that was first produced in 2012 up to the present by Renault. The Twizy is a one and two-seat mini vehicle with a rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive system and offers some notable features including airbags, four-point front seatbelt, lockable steering column, adjustable front seat with a built-in headrest, LED daytime running lights, battery gauge, regenerative braking control, and electronic engine immobilizer. The Renault Samsung Twizy offers two models: the one-seater Twizy Urban 45 with electric power and a speed of 4 kW (5 hp), 45 km/h (28 mph); and the Twizy Urban 80 with electric power and torque of 13 kW (17 hp), 57 Nm (42 lb-ft), and speed of 80 km/h (50 mph).
Mitsubishi i-MiEV (Mini Vehicle)
The Mitsubishi i-MiEV is a five-door electric Kei car that was first produced in 2009 up to the present by Mitsubishi. The i-MiEV is available in a rear mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive system offering some standard features such as airbags, power windows, anti-lock braking system, traction control, regenerative braking control, and three driving mode selector. The Mitsubishi i-MiEV comes fitted with a single permanent magnet synchronous motor with a power output of 49 kW (66 hp) at 2500 – 8000 rpm and a torque output of 180 Nm (130 lb-ft) at 0 – 2000 rpm, with a continuous power rating 35 kW (47 hp). Also comes with a 16 kWh Li-ion battery pack with 14 hours of estimated recharging from a 110-volt power supply and 7 hours from a 220-volt power supply.
Mitsubishi Minicab MiEV (Van)
The Mitsubishi Minicab MiEV is a five-door electric van that was first produced in 2011. The Minicab MiEV is available in a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive / four-wheel-drive with standard features which include driver and passenger airbags, anti-lock braking system, electronic brake-force distribution, electronic power steering, traction control, and air conditioning. The Mitsubishi Minicab MiEV has offered an electric motor with power output and torque of 30kW (41 PS) at 2500 – 6000 rpm, 196 Nm (20 kgm) at 0 – 3000 rpm coupled with two battery options: 10.5 kW-hr delivering a range of 100 km (62 mi) and 16.0 kW-hr delivering a range of 150 km (93 mi) on the JC08 mode.
Kia Ray (Mini Vehicle)
The Kia Ray EV is a five-door minivan with a front-engine, front-wheel-drive system that was first produced in 2011 up to the present by South Korean automaker Kia. The Kia Ray EV is an all-electric vehicle offering some standard features which include six airbags, rollover detection, LED headlamps, anti-lock braking system, negative braking system, traction control, air conditioning, and electronic power steering. The Kia Ray is equipped with an electric motor producing 50 kW (67 hp), with a 16.4 kWh lithium-ion battery that delivers an all-electric range of 138 km (86 mi).
Toyota Prius (Sedan)
The Toyota Prius is a four-door sedan with a hybrid Drivetrain that was first marketed in 1997 and is now in its fourth generation. The Prius is available in a front-engine, four-wheel-drive / all-wheel-drive layout and comes fitted with some notable standard features which include driver and passenger airbags, 6.1-inch infotainment touch screen, multi-function steering wheel, climate control, Bluetooth, cruise control, hill-start assistance, and LED headlights. The Toyota Prius is powered by a 1.8L 2ZR-FXE straight-4 gasoline hybrid engine producing a power output of 73 PS at 5200 rpm and 142 Nm at 4000 rpm torque, with a 0.75 kWh lithium-ion battery delivers an EPA rating of 4.1 L/100 km city, 4.4 L/100 km highway, and 4.2 L/100 km combined.
Kia Soul (SUV)
The Kia Soul EV or also known as the Kia e-Soul is a four-door all-electric crossover SUV that was first produced in 2014 and is presently in its second generation. The e-Soul is available in a front-engine, front-wheel-drive layout with standard features such as airbags, three-point seatbelts, electric windows, alarm system and engine immobilizer, rear parking sensors, LED daytime running lights, 17-inch alloy wheels, regenerative braking system, electronic parking brake, and adaptive smart cruise control function. The Kia e-Soul comes with a 27 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack and an electric motor producing power output and torque of 81.4 kW (109 bhp), 285 Nm (210 lb-ft) delivering an EPA range of 93 mi (150 km), and 105 MPG (2.2 L/100 km) combined.
BMW i3 REX (Hatchback)
The BMW i3 REx is a five-door with rear suicide door subcompact hatchback that was first produced in September 2013 by German automaker BMW. The i3 REx was the first mass-produced zero emissions vehicle of BMW offering a rear-motor, rear-wheel-drive layout. It also comes with some standard features including airbags, anti-lock braking system, Bluetooth, heated front seats, LED headlights and daytime running lights, leather wrapped steering wheel, multi-function steering wheel, electronic stability control, and 19-inch wheels. The BMW i3 REx is powered by a 60 Ah / 22 kWh lithium-ion battery pack delivering an EPA rating between 130 to 160 km (80 to 100 mi) and a 94 Ah / 33 kWh lithium-ion battery pack delivering an EPA rating of 183 km (114 mi).
Nissan Note (Hatchback)
The Nissan Note e-Power is a five-door hatchback with hybrid powertrain that was first introduced in 2016. The Note e-Power comes with standard features which include driver and passenger airbags, power windows, anti-lock braking system, multi-function steering wheel, keyless entry, push button start, climate control, reversing camera, auto park sensors, Bluetooth, three driving mode selector, and emergency brakes. The Nissan Note e-Power is equipped with a 1.2L HR12DE straight-3 gasoline engine and an electric traction motor EM57 with 1.5 kWh battery producing a power output of 80 kW (110 PS; 110 hp) and torque of 240 newton-metres (24 kgm; 180 lb-ft).
Tesla Model S (Sedan)
The Tesla Model S is a five-door all-electric fastback sedan that was first introduced on June 22, 2012 by Tesla, Inc. The Tesla Model S is available in a rear-motor, rear-wheel drive or Dual-motor, all-wheel drive layout with some notable standard features which include driver and passenger airbags, climate control, regenerative braking control system, 12.3-inch dashboard, digital display, 17-inch central touchscreen control panel, adaptive cruise control, lane centering, parking assistant, and semi-autonomous driving system. The Tesla Model S is powered by a 60 kWh battery delivering an EPA combined rating of 35 kWh/100 mi 22 kWh/100 km and a 100 kWh lithium ion battery pack delivering an EPA combined rating 33 kWh/100 mi 21 kWh/100 km.
Electric cars may not offer the high-performance adventure that some of you are looking for, but they certainly can offer a better fuel efficiency than some cars. They are also the best cars for our environment and offer lower maintenance costs. So, what are you waiting for? You can visit the BE FORWARD store for more information on how to get one of these cars.
Written by: Esther Abranilla