7 Cars That Should be Available as Electric Vehicles | June 24, 2015
by Sam Dickson
Electric (EV) and hybrid plug-in (HEV) vehicles are rising in popularity, but have you ever sat behind the wheel of a vehicle and thought, ‘I wish there was an electric version of this.’
It’s not an uncommon thought.
With a shift in attitudes towards a greener way of life in recent years, consumer demand for cars that are less harmful to the environment is common.
Whatever your taste, we’re going to take a look at the top 5 cars that we believe deserve an EV or Hybrid version.
Fiat 124 Spider
Despite being due to hit the market later in the year, we’re really excited about both the look and feel of the Fiat 124 Spider.
A convertible with a distinct retro design, the Fiat 124 Spider looks impressive and set to perform. This car is a joint effort from both Mazda and Fiat, and promises a shout back to the automotive design of the sixties.
It’s a light vehicle, weighing in under the 1000 kg mark. Although little is available in terms of options — we know from previous experience with these manufacturers that we’re in for a treat.
We think you’ll join us in wishing that this car gets a plug-in version.
Featuring in the countdown of Top Gear’s top cars of 2014, the Mercedes AMG GT is a brilliant car that we wish had an EV or plug-in counterpart.
Autoexpress awarded this supercar (and its twin turbochargers — Woot!) a 5 out of 5 rating.
The GT S version is even quicker, and boasts an impressive 0-62 MPH in just 3.8 seconds. With this in mind and the stunning exterior, it’s little wonder we’re pining after an electric or hybrid version of this brilliant Mercedes model.
A four-wheel-drive built to perform wherever you drive it, the Citroen Cactus is a car we wish could have gone full EV or hybrid.
It comes with a 1.2 litre turbo gasoline engine, and handles as well in town as on open roads. The car does have low Co2 emissions, but not as low as an electric version could take it. Still, it’s a spacious drive that offers comfort for the whole family.
You’ll also get a 7 inch touch screen with every model, and cruise control. So it’s unsurprising that we’re desperately wondering if a plug-in version is possible.
Audi TT TFSI Sport
The most recent version of the Audi TT is a pleasure to drive and is car with a stellar reputation — that’s our way of saying that most drivers will appreciate the level of style and performance offered by the Audi TT TFSI sport.
The Audi TT TFSI sport takes 6 seconds to reach 62 MPH, proving it can perform as well as it looks. There’s little wonder we’re lusting after an EV or Hybrid TFSI Sport.
The standard model comes with 18 inch wheels and a 12.3 inch driver display unit.
Ferrari 458 Italia Speciale A
This Ferrari is a supercar all about indulgence, which is why we spend a large amount of time wishing there was an EV or Hybrid version.
It’s a model that has speed at the heart of every single one of its design features, and the car can go from 0-62 MPH in as little as 3 seconds. It also looks every bit the supercar that it is — which makes it attractive to enthusiasts and collectors alike.
The car makes the most of fantastic sport seating inside with comfort and space for two.
The Ferrari 458 Italia Speciale A is a car designed to thrill drivers and passengers alike!
The Mazda 6 first hit the market in 2013. It’s an affordable, spacious and a streamlined drive that anyone can enjoy. And it’s this wide appeal that makes us hope for a plug-in version.
It comes with SkyActiv technology, and an automatic gearbox. The latest technology has also been included and you’ll find a 5.8 inch touch screen alongside Bluetooth connectivity.
As car that is always a joy to drive, the Mazda 6 has left us pining for an EV brother. Let’s hope he shows up soon.
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
A car with a distinct style beyond most, the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray can go from 0-60 MPH in 3.2 seconds. On top of this, the vehicle comes with an incredibly sleek, modern design and will attract onlookers up to its 181 MPH top speed.
It’s little wonder that we find ourselves pondering the possibilities of a plug-in version for the Stingray.
The future of EV and HEV cars
We hope you’ve enjoyed your journey through the cars that we feel need EV or Hybrid versions.
Yet, whatever your decision, EV or Hybrid vehicles may well represent the future of a motoring — so keep an open mind as you shop for your next vehicle and explore whether an EV or Hybrid vehicle could be the better option for you.
This article was written by Sam Dickson on behalf of Stratstone.
Everyone needs a hobby, but what if you’re a Toyota engineer and building technologically advanced prototypes is your hobby? Don’t you get enough of that at work? Apparently not, since that was the motivation behind the plug-in sportscar you see here. Built on an old MR2 platform using from Toyota’s corporate Prius/Corolla parts bins by company engineers with a lot of free time on their hands, the Toyota TE-S800 is a sweet-looking plug-in hybrid roadster that weighs less than 2000 lbs. and rockets to 60 MPH in just 5.8 seconds (!).
Motive power is provided by Toyota’s 1.5 liter Otto-cycle 1NZ-FE engine, sold in the US under the hood of the latest Prius. The car features a free-flowing sport exhaust that allows the engine to kick out more than 115 hp at 6400 rpm. That engine is boosted by the plug-in Prius’ 102 hp electric motor coupled to a Toyota E-CVT transmission.
The TE-S800 was quietly unveiled at the Tokyo Auto Salon, but didn’t get much press since it wasn’t an “official” project. All the same, this hybrid roadster is based on a chassis that met US crash standards the last time it was imported, and is powered by a drivetrain that is definitely clean enough to meet US emissions standards. What do you guys think? Is this the kind of mid-engined go-fast hybrid Toyota should build, or would you be more excited about a KERS-equipped FR-S or the more luxurious Lexus RC300h? Let us know what direction you’d like to see Toyota take in the comments section at the bottom the page.
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