The main reason? They’re practical, since they run half on a gas-powered engine and half on electric power generated from the gas-engine itself, these cars cater to the common fear that electric cars will leave you stranded and out of power. With hybrids that’s never the case! Just fill up at your local gas station.
But, that doesn’t even come close to putting them at the top of our list!
Electric and Rechargeable
The downside is that most of the technology still only allows for you to drive around your own city, since you would need to spend time recharging before taking on any long drive, and battery replacement centers aren’t exactly common…at least not yet.
It’s also important to keep in mind that while these cars bill themselves as “green,” they’re really only as eco-friendly as the grid you use to charge them with. That could mean you’re getting 100% sustainable energy from solar or wind, or gas or coal powered energy, depending on your power grid situation in your city.
Cars with Solar Panels
Although we’re currently limited to having only larger cars and RVs with solar panels that can help to recharge batteries or generators when the car is stopped, I don’t think we’re too far away from adapting this technology to apply to engine batteries as well!
That means that we could potentially develop DIY solar panels for our own cars, and skip filling the tank altogether! For more information on how you might be able to adapt this idea for your own car, check out solarpanelinstallationguide.org.
And The Winner Is…
Finally we’ve gotten to the winner of it all. It may come as no surprise to any you, in part because you might know we’re huge fans of speedy cars, and in part because they’re the elephant in the room no one has mentioned yet, but our pick for the top electric cars comes to…Tesla!
These guys are truly innovating in the field, with cars that can travel significantly faster and farther on a single battery, and recharge or replace the battery in a shorter period of time, than anything else available on the market.
Right now, Tesla still has the luxury market, but we expect they’ll be releasing some less expensive models sometime in the next couple of years.
Watch Elon Musk, Tesla’s founder, as he unveils the latest model!