The investments and improvements achieved by the manufacturers will make us enter a new phase of the electric car industry - retail viability – with models developed especially for electric propulsion using the feedback from previous generations of EVs, and components specially designed to maximize range and comfort onboard.
Two models are highly expected, the Renault Zoé
-whose launch initially expected in late 2012 has been delayed to early 2013 - it offers a reversible heat pump and regenerative braking not operated via deceleration as it is the case in electric cars now, but when using the brake pedal : a breakdown is done automatically between the discs and regenerative braking provided by the electric motor.
Then, a little later in the year (end of 2013) the BMW i3
will debut in showrooms, its manufacturer also saw the big picture, a dedicated brand, BMW i, a carbon structure, a separate distribution network ... Only concept-cars have been presented at the moment, so its design could change slightly, however its specs-sheet
is definitive a 170hp electric motor, 160km of range and an optional range-extender (e-Rex
) which has just been confirmed by the brand with a technological choice relying on a twin-cylinder derived from their motorcycles!
Finally, two VWs should also be launched this year, the e-UP
that will offer 85hp and a top speed of 130kph for 150km range, its price is expected around € 19,000 excluding government grants and battery leasing at 60€ per month according to the latest information available. The Golf blue-e-motion
whose development has been underway for more than two years will be launch with the Golf 7 skin...
This year will mark the beginning of the Tesla Model S
in Europe: a unique platform with batteries placed in the chassis, a look, a high-tech interior with its control panel, two battery packs (in Europe, 3 in the U.S.) two versions, classic or performance... A car that is likely to give its credentials to the electric vehicle and with its range close to 400km, it could attract even the skeptics! Price from 71760€ grants excluded.