www.teslamotors.com/modelsJan 30, 2012 – ... in 5.6 seconds without burning a drop of gasoline. The Tesla Model S - the first premium electric sedan, available 2012. Reserve yours today. end quote from Google and Tesla.
When I visited my cousin recently in the Los Angeles area as we swam in his pool he told me how he had pretty much decided to trade in his Mercedes on a Tesla Model S. He said that the Model S had 7000 built in batteries and could now go 300 miles without plugging into an electrical outlet. I looked at him as I had just paid $4.50 a gallon for regular for gas and realized what he was saying. It would be a good thing in the long run as he wouldn't have to buy gas anymore as long as he was driving locally in Los Angeles. And we both joked about getting a Honda Generator that he would put in a trailer to keep the thing charged up as he drove longer distances with a cord connecting to the Tesla (if that is possible?)
Some other choices are the Chevy Volt:
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Here are some other choices as well:
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There likely are many more also. Recently I saw a four wheel drive truck hybrid which I had never noticed before because it was a full size truck and a 4 wheel drive combined. However, I have always wondered if going off road would loosen electrical connections on a hybrid or all electric vehicle?
So, the house of the future would have either solar cells on the roof and/or a wind generator in the back yard, would sell electricity to the local power company and would save in batteries what it generated to refill it's electric cars and trucks. This appears to be the future for middle class to wealthy America. It might be the only future for those who still drive cars once the price of gas reaches $7 to $10 a gallon (at least here in the U.S.).
If you look at the seesaws of the price of gas over the last 5 to 10 years in real time, it still pays to have at least one vehicle (or more) in the household that gets real mileage or that you just plug in and go and that's all.
Another thing I have been waiting to see for a long time is solar cells built into the surface of the car like in the paint which is possible now so the cells cannot be stolen off the vehicle. Once this becomes mainstream all solar cell covered cars might be the future of electricity on earth for most people. Because ANY time the sun was out if your car or truck was outside it could be generating electricity which could be either stored in deep storage batteries in the vehicle or batteries in your garage or even sold back to a local power company if you didn't have anywhere to drive that day. If the right clear plastic coating was chosen to cover the solar cells there would be no danger of potential shock from someone touching the cells even if the vehicle was in an accident because plastic can be an electrical insulation in itself.