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Have you ever heard of "range anxiety"? It's a mental state electric car drivers get into when worrying about being stranded on the road with no accessible charging stations at hand. Range anxiety was the phenomenon to be blamed for the low penetration of electric vehicles on the market. No wonder - the range of most such cars that are affordable for the general public is far below their expectations. 200 miles is considered the minimum range an electric vehicle must have to be of interest for the everyday driver. The models currently offering such a range are, though, way above the budget of the average customer. Now car makers are racing to combine a low price with a high range, hoping to dominate the all electric market of the future. Let's see what to expect for the coming years.
1. Tesla Model 3
The third generation of the Tesla electric vehicles will finally be an affordable all electric car with a range of 200 to 300 miles. All this for a price of between $30,000 and $35,000 - it will finally be a model not reserved for the higher income families. The car is destined to be an alternative to already existing models like the BMW 3 Series.
The Model 3 will surely be an attractive vehicle for electric car enthusiasts - its design and amenities will probably be comparable to some previous models. It goes into production in the near future, and will become available in early 2017. I wonder, though, if Tesla has plans for a self-driving model, too - it would be fun to sit back and play Canadian online casino games or browse the red flush casino facebook page while letting the car drive itself...
2. Chevy Bolt
General Motors is determined to beat Tesla in the race for the first affordable 200+ mile range electric car with its upcoming Chevy Bolt model, showcased as a concept at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. The assembly of the vehicle will start in October 2016 in Micigan. According to GM, the new model will have a price point of around $38,000 before taxes - this makes it a viable alternative to both Tesla's Model 3 and BMW's i3.
3. Volkswagen models
Dr Heinz-Jakob Neusser, Volkswagen’s head of powertrain development, has big plans for his company. According to a report in October 2014, the executive considers that VW will be able to deliver 185 mile electric cars by the end of 2017, and the range might even double - to up to 372 miles - by 2020. “Battery technology makes the biggest steps in very short time frames. If you look at when we started with the e-mobility of the Golf, and you look now to the Passat, we have done the first step,” he told reporters last year.