With gas prices hitting all time highs and oil rich countries dealing with stability issues, it doesn’t take an economy degree to realize that petroleum prices are going to continue their upward trend. Take a look at what’s coming from the folks who know how to make a car (or bus) using only batteries for power.
The Tesla Coupe
Tesla Motors, named for electrical genius Nikola Tesla, has been at the forefront of electric vehicle (EV) development. This determined Silicon Valley venture has inspired others to join the EV development pack. With a 300 mile range, a quick charge time of only 45 minutes, and a comparatively affordable $50,000 price tag, the Tesla S Coupe is everything an EV should be. The S coupe is designed to seat seven, making it a great family car. Companies looking to save money on the cost of their fleets will be tempted to add S coupes to their stable. And the best thing about all of this? It’s not a concept car. You can put a $5,000 deposit on this sweet ride and be driving it in 2012.
The VW Bus
Anyone over 50 knows that the ultimate SUV of the 60’s was the VW Bus. An inspired Volkswagen vehicle was recently unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show. Designed with a nod to the bus of the flower power generation, VW has introduced a concept EV that can seat six in style, complete with rear bench. With a ride of just under 190 miles before needing a recharge, this happy little bus is perfect for tooling around town and running errands with the family.
The EV just might be the answer we are all looking for. Keep watching as more car manufacturers read the writing on the wall and begin to design EVs for the real world.