There’s a definite buzz sizzling through Southern California as the new crop of EVs (electric vehicles), are hitting the market. They’re clean, quiet, faster and frankly, exciting. Innovations in electric car design and some great government tax incentives are finally bringing the prices down, making EVs more affordable and appealing to eco-conscious yet car addicted Angelinos. We got a teaser taste of these inspiring new cars a few weeks ago at the AltCar Show in Santa Monica, where companies wooed consumers with a new range of electric and hybrid fuel cell vehicles. Excitement was high as an enthusiastic crowd waited in hours-long lines to test-drive some of this year’s winners.
Nissan debuted the much-touted all-electric Leaf, allowing public test-drives for the first time. Launching first in the Los Angeles market, the Leaf is priced at $32,780, boasts a 90-mph top speed and 100-mile range per charge and qualifies for both Federal Income Tax Credit up to $7,500 and up to $5,000 California Zero-Emissions Rebate. Nissan also offers up to $2,000 toward charging equipment. Another sexy zero-emissions offering is the sleek Chevrolet Volt electric hybrid at $41,000. With top speeds of 100mph it gets 40miles on battery with 300miles from its on-board, gas-powered generator, and even charges plugged into a household outlet. Winning the hands-down cute award, BMW’s plug-in MINI E is as endearing as its non-electric cousin. With an exhilarating 204 horsepower, the BMW MINI E delivers 150 miles per charge and top speeds of 95 mph. Definitely not your average wind-up toy.
Despite the many exciting cars to choose from, the real gem was CODA Automotive’s offering. This local Santa Monica based start-up launches its five-person sedan with full-size trunk at the end of this year. Coda hits 80mph with about 120 miles per charge. While Coda costs a little more than some competitors, it’s eligible for both the federal tax credit and CARB rebate. One big difference that sets the Coda apart from other EVs is its unique battery designed with a more stable temperature system that ensures maximum efficiency in any weather. The ride is comfortable, incredibly quiet, and it has the power to dodge even the most lunatic LA drivers. With real car elegance and a passion for performance, the Coda certainly takes its place among the game changers.
Aspiring to become the home of the emerging green auto industry, Los Angeles is opening up a whole new frontier of possibilities not only heading towards a healthier environment, but hoping to shift the economic landscape as well. Supporting the growing EV auto industry with a variety of incentives, including the Port of Los Angeles ZERO Emission Vehicle Tariff, and negotiating to bring more zero emission car companies to Los Angeles, holds the promise of new jobs and a healthier economy.
So will electric and hybrid cars be the way you change the future?
The LA Car Show is hitting Los Angeles Convention Center next month and anticipation for the reveal of new zero emissions cars is taking focus. Consumers will have a chance to look, learn and consider a whole new way of driving. Go see for yourself. The zero emissions race is on and extraordinary innovation is thrusting us into a future that’s looking greener than ever.
For more information on the LA Car show, Nov. 19-28 see: http://www.laautoshow.com
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