As the electric car market continues to expand, the number of new electric cars is set to grow significantly over the next few years. While a number of older electric vehicles have been revamped and remodeled for the new market we have also seen the introduction of new technology and new brands. So what can we expect from the new electric car market in 2010 and beyond?
If you mention electric vehicles the chances are that the Tesla Roadster will be one of the names on the tip of the tongue of many electric car enthusiasts. Despite the fact that the first model was introduced back in 2006 there is still great demand and new versions are being released on a regular basis to a very hungry market. New technology, new designs and increased efficiency are just some of the factors which appear to be increasing the popularity of this beautiful electric sports car.
The Mitsubishi MiEV was released to the Japanese market in 2009 and is set to hit Europe in 2010 and onwards. This is a vehicle which the company claims is more efficient than the vast majority of electric vehicles on the market emitting around just one third of the level of CO2 produced by a petrol or diesel powered vehicle. While not the fastest vehicle in the electric market, or indeed offering the longest journey span, the Mitsubishi MiEV is very efficient and catching the eye of many car enthusiasts.
The Citroen C-Zero is the first real venture into the new electric car market by the French giant although it is actually a joint venture with Mitsubishi motors. Using a lot of the technology available in the Mitsubishi MiEV, although on a smaller scale, it is believed that Citroen is now looking to rollout a new range of electric cars that will complement the existing Mitsubishi range.
If there is one car which has grabbed the attention of the mass market in 2010 it has to be the Nissan Leaf for which Nissan has very high hopes. The Nissan Leaf is being marketed as a zero emission, affordable electric car with a very distinctive design and something which will appeal to the mass market. Whether or not the vehicle is as successful as Nissan hopes remains to be seen but there is no doubt significant investment has been focused upon this vehicle.
Electric vehicles of the future
The above vehicles are just a snapshot of what will become available in the months and years ahead as the electric car market continues to grow and demand continues to follow. While ultimately consumer demand will dictate the direction which the electric vehicle market takes there is no doubt that the range of products available has grown significantly in recent times.
Vehicles such as the Tesla Roadster have literally changed the public opinion of electric vehicles in a very short space of time and have opened up a new market for many people. Enormous investment has been poured into the electric car technology required for the future which will see an ever-growing number of vehicles on the market.