Neighborhood Electric Car II
Seems like there's a new neighborhood electric car built every minute! As I discover new companies making excellent NEVs, I'll put them on the website; and for ease of reading and faster loading, I'll split the pages into manageable chunks.
Sometimes these car companies will go out of business, too. If you hear of one of these NEV manufacturers going out of business, contact me (link at the top of the page) and let me know, okay? I'll put it here.
The Kurrent (American Electric)
Cute, classy, inspired. This electric European mini-car gets more than 30 miles on a charge (the manufacturer claims 35-40 miles, but I feel skeptical). Regenerative braking, 48v system, solid construction. More and more dealers are offering these excellent little cars, and the executives of American Electric are auto industry vets.
Update:...and the bad news is that American Electric isn't making the Kurrent anymore, they stopped production in 2008, I believe. You can still find them around, though. More on the Kurrent here.
Gem Electric Cars
These are the most well-known of the true neighborhood electric cars. They are made by Daimler-Chrysler, and have been in continuous production for a LONG time. At least ten years, probably more. And they're still in business as of 2011.
For people who worry that they might buy an electric car and then find it's been ORPHANED by a company that goes out of business...
...this company isn't likely to disappear soon!
This neighborhood electric car sits up high, like a little minivan. This will make you feel more visible to the cars around you than if you were in a low-slung model, and also improves visibility for you, too.
If you like a lot of choices in car design, sitting up a little higher off the ground, and having a well-known car company behind you...
...this might be the neighborhood you want to live in; ) More about GEM electric cars here.
IT Electric Cars
Okay, I have no idea why they call these ITs. They are really cute little (four passenger!) sedans, made in Canada, by Dynasty cars. They are true neighborhood electric cars, meaning they go 25 mph, have four wheels, and weigh less than 2500 pounds.
This neighborhood electric car is really designed to be just like regular cars. If you like the Toyota Echo - remember those? ...you'll like this miniature electric version, too. Read more about IT electric cars by clicking here.
There are two schools of thought in NEV design, apparently...
One type of designer wants to do something really different, because they CAN. Electric cars are so different from gasmobiles that you can just let your imagination be your guide, as long as your imagination leans towards light and aerodynamic.
Another designer wants to give people something comfortable and familiar, so they design their electric car to resemble the gas-chugger it's supposed to replace, in order to appeal to the more conservative buyers.
(Guess which school the IT belongs to?)
This is a new kid on the block, and carried by only a few dealerships nationwide...but look for lots more of them as time goes on.
Update: These are no longer being built, though they're still available.
The Miles NEV is a converted Japanese (Daihatsu) Kei car imported from China, which means it's a regular (but very small!) car that meets American highway safety standards, rather than being a "golf cart on steroids", as some of the NEVs have been unflatteringly described; )
I've done a little research on the Miles electric car which you can read here.
Go back to Neighborhood Electric Cars I.
Zenn Electric Car
IT Electric Car
Electric Cars on Ebay
Miles Electric Car
NmG (Sparrow) Electric
Zap Xebra Zero EV
Kurrent Electric Car
Neighborhood Electric Cars
Street Golf Carts
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