Every once in a while, the price of gasoline in the Philippines increases, which can be annoying for the driving community. Due to price hikes, some car owners just choose to leave their vehicles at home and opt to commute instead. Apart from the expensive gas prices that leave your wallet hurting, car emissions also hurt the environment.
As a solution, some car companies began coming up with technological improvements for vehicles by shifting from gas-powered to electric-powered automobiles. However, if you plan to buy electric cars, your options may be very limited. Most vehicles with zero emission in the market come from Tesla, and some of them have a long way to go in terms of improvement. Apart from Tesla, other car companies are following in their footsteps, with many new models currently in their pipelines.
With the number of car manufacturers taking on Tesla, it's hard to choose which ones are promising enough to make it on the road. Hopefully, we could see these cars along EDSA soon:
1) BMW i3 REx
Basically, the i3 REx is an updated version of BMW's i3. Like the previous version, the REx will also sport a carbon fiber-reinforced plastic body shell and an interior made of kenaf, which is a plant-based material. The only difference is that the REx will have 114 miles of range instead of 81, and will include a generator-type engine that will boost its range.
2) Ford Focus
As of the moment, Ford only has one all-electric vehicle, which is the Ford Focus Electric. It is expected to come out by 2017.
3) Kia Soul EV
Not only does it look cool, but it also has a 93-mile electric range, which is pretty top-notch. It's not available worlwide, but Kia is already working on expanding the number of countries where it is being sold.
4) Mercedes-Benz B250e
Though the rest of this hatchback is made by Mercedes-Benz, the engine is developed by Tesla, a product of their short partnership. The car sports a range of about 87 miles per charge, perfect for a Sunday morning drive.
5) Hyundai Ioniq
First introduced at the Geneva Motor Show last March, this all-electronic vehicle is capable of reaching 110 miles for a single charge.
6) Nissan Leaf
Due to its 107 mile range per charge, the Nissan Leaf is considered as the bestselling electric car in history. It is a five-door hatchback, and is the first all-electric car to be mass produced and sold to consumers.
7) Tesla Model 3
Probably one of the fastest electric cars made by Tesla, the Model 3 is capable of going from zero to 60 miles in six seconds. Its maximum speed is even more impressive, as it can go for 200 miles with only a single charge. Unfortunately, it won't be available until late 2017 or early 2018.
8) Tesla Roadster
The Roadster will be avaialable in 2019. If the previous Tesla car can go from zero to 60 in only six seconds, the Roadster can do the same in less than 2.8 seconds.
9) Audi A9 e-tron
Audi will attempt to take on Tesla's Model S with the A9 e-tron. Apart from having three electric motors, the Audi electric vehicle will also be able to run for 300 miles per charge and will include an autonomous driving option.
10) Porsche Mission E
What's special about Porsche's Mission E is that it can charge up to 80 percent in just about 15 minutes time. It's also worth noting that it can go for 240 to 310 miles with just one charge and it can also go from zero to 60 in 3.5 seconds.