Our ancestors walk thousands of miles in an uneven road and takes days or months to reach their destination. And before cars came, there were chariots and bicycle. Evolution in our transportations results in convenience. We did not stop from the steam powered automobile, to hydrogen powered combustion engine, to first gasoline power car of Karl Ben. Cars were luxuries, but now it is a necessity, but some are still. But the problem that arise nowadays is the costliest driving expense; the fuel.
Even though there is a big drop in the price of gasoline, keeping the tank full or not empty is still costly. There comes our desire to invent or acquire a fuel efficient vehicle. There were widespread fuel-saving cars brought by technology advancement. The year 2015 features the most fuel efficient vehicles and almost all models are plug in hybrids or pure electric vehicles.
The Pure Electric Vehicles
Electric vehicles (EV) basically run by an electricity store in a battery pack that powers the electric motor. No fuel cost to consider, but the battery needs to be charged 8 hours every day on a standard 110-volt supply. But it you’re in a hurry, you can install a dedicated 240-volt supply but it will cost you several thousands of dollars. Below are the leading fuel pure electric vehicles this year 2015.
- Chevrolet Spark EV. A 130-hp all electric vehicle and can travel 82 miles on full charge. It takes 7 hours to charge in a 220-volt supply and 20 hours via 110-volt.
- Volkswagen e-Golf. Comes with a 115-hp electric motor that can run at a range of 70-90 miles on full charge. It charged fast in a 240-volt supply at 4 hours and via 110-volt is still 20 hours.
- Fiat 500e. An Italian style 111-hp vehicle that could travel an estimate of 87 miles on charge.
The Plug-in Hybrid Types
From the name itself, hybrid is operated via electric or via gasoline. Plug-in hybrid cars are unstoppable, and you wouldn’t get to worry about being stranded. When you’re out of battery, power it with gas or the opposite. Depending on the end user, plug-in hybrids can be drive with little or no gasoline.
- BMW i3. The top fuel-saver for 2015, is powered by a 170-hp and can travel at a range of 80-100 miles on charge. This fuel economy leader can be charged up 6 hours, and can be restored up to 80% using DC combo fast charger. And when the battery is depleted, run it with gasoline.
- Chevrolet Volt. This plug-in hybrid can run up to 38 miles on charge and can continue running by gasoline.
Availability in the World Market
Unfortunately, EV and plug-in vehicles are not available worldwide; the leading fuel economy vehicles are only available in California or several states. According to the market research firm IHS Automotive, the top three states with EV Sales are Georgia, California and Washington.
The Pros and Cons
You may not worry about the cost of the fuel but you might worry in your electrical consumption. EV takes long to charge, and fast chargers will cost you a big amount of money. But the good thing is that they are zero emission vehicles and mother earth would love it.
The Non Plug-in Models
There are also non plug-in models that are out and available. The Toyota Prius and the Prius c hybrids are the most fuel efficient non plug-in vehicles. Equipped with an electric motor and battery augmented in the gas engine, the two vehicles can self-charged itself during deceleration or brake. This mechanism would be of benefit when traveling around town than highway.