Contributing Monkie G Living Staff Monkies
Published on February 16, 2008
It was bound to happen. Battery technology finally caught up with the need. Or maybe we recently found an extra stash of Lithium ions floating around somewhere. In any case, fully-electric vehicles are finally coming down in price – not because there are more of them, but because the price of batteries has dropped by nearly 30 percent.
Hybrid Technologies, the “leader in manufacturing electronic vehicles,” makes many popular cars into e-autos. But wait a minute, does this mean the cars will be affordable? Not exactly. Prices range in similarity from the luxury sedan to the outrageous top-end SUV.
The cheapest electric this year will be the Toyota Yaris at $39,500, new to the all-electric scene. The biggest savings comes from the PT Cruiser, dropping from $65 to $55K. Other available models include electric versions of the SmartCar (for two this time) and the Mini-Cooper. With a range of only 100 miles, all of these cars will be good for commuting only, so if you really want to go green, try one of the new 1-person, 1-vehicle options.
And behind every electric car there’s an ugly reality, so don’t be fooled. Plug-ins merely displace the CO2 emissions from the tailpipe to the smokestack. Surely these cars are good at reducing urban smog, but they are not necessarily “G” friendly. Before you drop the dough, make sure you do your research.