While there are more electric vehicle options on the road today than ever before, only a handful of them are offered nation-wide and even fewer are readily available. Cars such as the Nissan LEAF, Chevy Volt, Ford Focus EV and Tesla Model S give buyers different options, but we know that variety is the spice of life. Every day we see great cars we wish were offered in EV form. Here are just a few of them and why we want them as EVs.
1. Range Rover Evoque
Let's just say it; the Range Rover Evoque is sexy. With sleek, modern lines and a gorgeous feel, the Evoque has everything a gasoline-adverse urbanite could want in a flashy runabout and one thing they don't - a tail pipe. Imagine rolling this sophisticated, classy ride in utter silence. It rides high enough off the ground to hold a substantially sized pancake-style battery pack which could keep you moving for many miles in luxury and panache. Alas, Range Rover has claimed to only be in the planning stages of an all-electric crossover, so it will probably be years before any offering will be on the streets to enjoy.
2. Mazda Miata MX-5
A perennial favorite among the DIY conversion crowd, Mazda's ubiquitous nod to the classic British sports car would make a phenomenally fun EV. Its already legendary cornering skills and driving fun could only be improved with the lower center of gravity and immediate torque that come along with EV drivetrains. The only currently available EV convertible is the Smart ED. While certainly a fun in the sun commuter, it is not offered nation-wide and is hardly a sports car.
3. Ford Fusion
There are presently no mid-sized family sedans on the market in pure EV form. We think the Fusion, with its Aston Martin-esque styling and proven sales record would be a welcome addition for those who would like a bit more space than what is available in the LEAF or Focus EV, but who don't have the cash to shell out for a Model S. Ford already has a hybrid and plug-in hybrid version of the Fusion. An electric-only option would round out the field.
4. Toyota Rav4
In partnership with Tesla, Toyota recently offered a short run compliance version of its popular Rav4 with an electric drivetrain. They were few and far between however and only available to California buyers. Like the original Rav4 EV before it, this Tesla-powered version was built on an outgoing platform and destined to immediately be outdated. The newest Rav4 is an immensely better looking vehicle than its predecessor and would make for a much more modern and attractive EV. Its partnership with Tesla may be over, but we have no doubt the automotive giant that is Toyota is fully capable of creating a competent electric drivetrain of their own.
5. Kia Sedona
American families love their minivans. SUVs and CUVs may have taken over for many, but the minivan is still a popular family hauler. Nissan has offered the e-NV200 as a business product, and flirted with a family version, but its commercial look and feel would likely not appeal to many soccer moms and dads. The Sedona is one of the best looking minivans on the market and Kia already has its toes in the water with the Soul EV. Creating an electric version of their minivan seems almost as easy as a weekend project. With a Sedona EV, many families who currently "make do" with a LEAF could have the space and utility they want and need while maintaining their commitment to all-electric transportation.
What vehicles would you add to this list? Tell us in the comment section below.
*Disclosure: The author has no commercial or professional interest or relationship with any of the automotive manufacturers listed in this article. He is simply an EV enthusiast who loves variety.