Right after the Volt, another most likely name you’ll have often heard of for the EV is Tesla Motors. These guys were the first manufacturers to build a pure EV that wasn’t some joyless science experiment. Instead they took some novel design approaches to the motor, transmission and batteries and shoehorned the lot into a Lotus Elise body, creating a 2-seat roadster that folks were already familiar with and making it fun to drive. It’s important to note here that Tesla did not require a Lotus Elise and convert it to be an EV, but built their own personal chassis and EV system and put an Elise body on top.
If you drove it having a light foot, a 250 mile range, the Roadster was, by all accounts, an amazing car to drive with sports-car handling and. The Roadster had been a boutique car though – not created in large numbers and the cost was prohibitive for the average buyer. To combat that, Tesla next vehicle was/is definitely the the Model S – a 4 seat family sedan which they hope will probably be what the Chevy Volt must have been – a fully electric family car for the masses. Prices are steep but not intergalactic (base price in 2013 is around $57,000).