HYBRID EVs

August 11, 2012


HYBRID EVs

 I have several friends that have purchased hybrid electric vehicles (EVs) over the past few months.   In a way, this is somewhat surprising since they, like me, are fairly cost-conscious and realize the value of a buck.   Most hybrids are three to four times the cost of a conventional automobile so I wondered what the great appeal was.  I realized that all of my friends had a small morning commute and they, for the most part, used their EVs for “around-town” driving and never cross-country trips.   With this in mind, I thought I would do a little independent research to see just what exist on the market today.   My sources include Design News and the various web sites advertising their models.   I might mention the MPGe rating is calculated by the EPA and defined as follows:

MPGe compares the energy in one gallon of gasoline to an equivalent 33.7 kilowatt-hours of electrical energy stored in the vehicle’s battery pack. A “watt” is a measurement unit that shows how much electric power can be delivered by a battery pack to drive an electric motor.  A “kilowatt” measures electric power in 1,000-watt increments. A “kilowatt-hour” measures electrical energy in the battery pack by showing how long it can deliver this power continuously over time.

I think “continuously” is the operative word here.   There is no doubt, recharge is necessary at some period during the day.  Our city, Chattanooga, has made the investment for several charging stations but they are by no means on every street corner.  The average cost per station is about $100K and very dependent upon citizen demand, which I might say is growing every year.

Given below are the top twelve most fuel-efficient EVs and Plug-Ins on the market today.  Please note, I have not provided JPEGs for each EV.  A full array of pictures for each model may be found on the automakers individual website.

  • Ford Transit EV—62 MPGe.  Top speed: 75 MPH. Maximum range: 80 Miles ( All electric)

As you can see, the Transit is more in line with what I perceive to be the body style of an EV.  In other words, no style.    Other models have proven me incorrect as can be seen from several others on the list.

  • Fisker Karma—52 MPGe.  Maximum range: 32 Miles (All electric)

The Karma is a mean looking ride and definitely stylish relative to today’s standards.  This is the car, and ones like it, we expect to drive in this country.  If automakers can blend style with performance and fairly low maintenance, they will have winners every time.

  •  Honda Fit–  118 MPGe

  • Mitsubishi MIEV—112 MPGe.   Maximum range: 62 Miles (All electric)
  • Ford Focus EV—105 MPGe
  • Ford Fusion Energi—100 MPGe
  • Nissan an Leaf—99 MPGe

  • Chevy Volt—98 MPGe
  • Prius PHV—95 MPGe
  • Fore C-Max Energi—95 MPGe.   Maximum range:  500 miles (  Battery + Gas)
  •  Tesla Model S—89 MPGe.  Maximum range: 300 miles (Battery + Gas )

  • Coda EV—73 MPGe.  Maximum range:  125 miles ( Battery +  Gas )

I’m not too sure I’m ready for an EV although I see more and more Prius models on the road.  To date, I have not seen any cars driven by LNG (liquefied natural gas).    In my opinion, this is the fuel of the future.  I welcome your comments and hope you enjoy this very short blog.  Hope you like the information and it’s useful to you.

 

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