As the auto industry moves toward environmentally-friendly technology, more and more electric models are becoming available.
The electric model car seemed to start off as a fad, but it has since taken the nation by storm – and plenty of major car manufacturers are taking note. Electric cars are here to stay and with so many great options and developments in the making, it’s no wonder why more and more people are saying goodbye to the gas pump.
Tesla and the Toyota Prius aren’t the only ones stealing the show these day. Dodge, Jeep and Chrysler are also at the forefront of this modern movement of electrical and hybrid vehicles. Here are our top picks from these three automakers:
Dodge EV Sedan
One of the leading electric model cars in the industry is the EV, and for good reason to. For those interested in this car, here are a few pros and cons and information you definitely need to know about before you make your purchase.
This electric car doesn’t lack performance in any way and it also boasts zero tailpipe emissions. As a daily driver commuter sports car, drivers can feel in charge of the road in their sporty new EV. Plus, with 150-200 miles per charge, you can make quite a few trips before needing to recharge your battery.
Charging time is probably one of the only drawbacks to the Dodge EV, although there are ways to speed up charging time. On average, you can expect a battery charge to take 8 hours when plugged into a standard 110-volt household outlet. Plugging the battery into a 220-volt outlet can help cut charging time in half.
The EV has plenty of desirable features appealing to the sports car lover in all of us. With rear wheel drive, a 268 horsepower electric motor, advanced lithium ion battery and integrated power controller, this 2-seater sports car is great for anyone looking for electric style.
Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV
The Jeep Grand Cherokee has been a household name for years, and makers of this outstanding four-wheel-drive vehicle have taken it electric. You can now take on any path life throws at you without having to pay the gas pump. Here are some pros and cons of the electric Grand Cherokee:
The list of pros for the new electric Grand Cherokee is seemingly endless. With full cargo room available, you don’t have to decide what to take or leave on those road trips or camping trips. It’s also 100% electric, so you won’t be throwing any more money at the gas pump, and it has 2 semi-electric motors with a 37.6 kWh lithium iron phosphate battery. You won’t have to worry about those pesky transmission issues either as this electric model does away with the traditional transmission.
Some people report a few downsides to the electric Grand Cherokee – the most notable being that it only drives around 80-100 miles per charge. You also don’t have quite as many off-roading capabilities as non-electric models since the AMP mounts both motors to the rear axle.
The main features of the electric Grand Cherokee are its 5 seats, adjustable cargo space and split folding rear seats. All wheel drive or rear wheel drive is also available.
Chrysler Pacifica Minivan
This family-oriented hybrid is one of the most efficient minivans on the market right now, and Chrysler spared no expense when installing all the must have components. In fact, the Pacifica is the first hybrid minivan option ever. Here are a few pros and cons you might want to take into consideration before purchasing this hybrid minivan:
The fuel efficiency and seating options help this minivan rank second in the country for family-friendly vehicles. You can visit the gas pump less frequently with 84 mpg, and take advantage of all this model has to offer with stow-and-go seating. This family friendly car is great for both long road trips and quick runs to the grocery store.
One of the only drawbacks to this vehicle is the fact that it only drives 33 miles on an electric charge. However, in the unlikely event that you run out of gas, it could be just enough to get you to the nearest gas station. There has also been some talk that the rear seats are not as comfortable as other models.
This hybrid minivan has tons of features, making it appealing to larger families. With options to seat up to 7 people, easy to use power sliding doors and power liftgate, a 7-inch driver information display, leather seats and a heated front row, this creates a luxurious experience for all drivers.