Top 8 US Made Electric Vehicles of 2008

Taking a break from diesel power, electric vehicles are also on the rise. For a while the big developments have been overseas. Recently, there has been a surge of electric concepts from domestic manufacturers. Here are the top 8 in no particular order.

Cadillac Provoq

Originally introduced about 2 months ago, the Provoq is GM's newest edition to the E-Flex family of vehicles. It uses a combination of Hydrogen Fuel Cells and Lithium Ion Batteries to achieve a total range of 300 miles. It has all the extras you would expect from Cadillac and doesn't bring harmful emissions.

Chevrolet Volt

The Volt has been in and out of the spotlight for a long time now but the official release date is November 2010. Using "range extending capability," the Volt can achieve a maximum of 640 miles on one charge and 8 gallons of FlexFuel. To recharge the batteries, a turbocharged 1.0L 3-cylinder kicks in when needed.

Chyrsler EcoVoyager

Another fuel-cell / battery team, the EcoVoyager has a maximum range of 300miles. It uses a slightly more powerful, 268hp electric motor for about 40 miles. When the initial charge is drained, Hydrogen will help get you home.

Dodge ZEO

The ZEO is a performance electric vehicle most likely pointed in your younger buyer's direction. It has a range of 250 miles per charge and will go from 0 to 60 in "less than 6 seconds." Wide fender flares rest above a set of 23" wheels and low-profile tires. Not bad.

Jeep Renegade

As with other electric concepts from Chrysler, the Renegade uses the 40 mile lithium ion battery pack. Additional mileage comes from a Bluetec diesel powering a generator. The final number is 110mpg. Off-road will be a little less, but still.

Saturn Flextreme

Saturn's Flextreme is the "cousin" to the Volt. It uses the same battery pack for the initial part of the trip, but instead of the 1.0L Flexfuel motor, the Flextreme opts for a 1.3L 4-cylinder diesel. Saturn also decided to include 2 Segway Scooters. (Maybe in case you run out of gas?)

The Tango

The Tango is an ultra-narrow 2-seater made by Commuter Car Corporation. It is narrow enough to run between lanes in heavy traffic and even park in the small spaces left between 2 cars when parallel parked. According to the Commuter Car website, they are also thin enough to fit 2 in a single lane, which would double freeway capacity.

Fisker Automotive Karma

The Karma is a high-performance electric vehicle set to hit the market in mid to late 2009. It can travel up to 50 miles on battery power alone and when the small 4-cylinder engine takes over, it can hit numbers in excess of 100mpg. There is also a duel running mode where both electric and gas power can be drawn upon to hit 60mph in 5.8 seconds.

I personally like the styling of the ZEO. Vote for your favorite.

Sources : AutoBlogGreen , GizMag , LeftLaneNews , CommuterCars

George Delozier
Automotive Innovations

Feb 27, 2008
by Craig (not verified)

Top 8 US made? Only 1 of 8

Top 8 US made? Only 1 of 8 is in production for $108k. Most of these are a pipe dream.

Feb 27, 2008
by Anonymous (not verified)

First Paragraph

The first paragraph says concepts. And technically both the Karma and the Tango are considered production vehicles. Either way concepts are the first step. The Tesla Roadster was in prototyping from 2004 to 2007. These things take time. Have some patience.

Feb 29, 2008
by Anonymous

Tesla Roadster?

What about the roadster?

Mar 5, 2008
by Anonymous

Phoenix SUT EV in fleets now

Phoenix Motor Cars is delivering its SUT EVs to fleets now and will sell to individuals within a year or two.
Phoenix had one of its pre-production EVs on the White House lawn a year ago; George W Bush was photographed with the vehicle.

Mar 13, 2008
by Anonymous

I hate you

That i do

Mar 22, 2008
by Anonymous

They take time?

I think that GM/Chrysler need to be quicker in their development. Heck, GM has a production EV on the shelf it could pull out, if it wanted. Why not bring it back, its owners loved the vehicle and did not want to give them up. Why crush them? I do not think they had any problems.