Ah, Electric Vehicles (EVs)! A breath of fresh air in a sea of polluting alternatives quickly contributing to our planet's decimation.
We thought we would give them a little help by showing off some of the great EV concepts and models out there by the world's biggest automakers (by motor vehicle production).
This list is by no means exhaustive. Instead, it is a fun tour of some of the most exciting projects currently out there.
Lucky for us and the planet, there are many more we have not yet covered! For now, enjoy these wonderfully fun and exceptionally eco-friendly models we picked out just for you and rejoice in the fact that EVs are not just limited to the EV carmakers. Although, we all still love the Teslas and Lucids.
1. Toyota's i-ROAD and iQ EV
Unveiled over four years ago, Toyota's i-ROAD may look more tricycle than car but it is an undeniable urban mobility marvel. At just 870 mm in width, this zero CO2 emissions three-wheeler can maneuver smoothly in the tightest of lanes and park in "one half to one-quarter of the space of a regular vehicle."
i-ROAD offers all the advantages of a motorbike without the need of a helmet and the weather protection offered by a car. Its two front wheels come with a 2.7-hp in-hub electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery.
But if you prefer an actual four-wheeler, the iQ EV offers a spacious interior that can fit up to four adults. It provides a 53mile (85km) range from its 11.6kWh lithium-ion battery pack and can recharge in 3 to 4 hours.
2. Volkswagen's I.D. BUZZ and ABT e-Caddyy
Just two weeks ago Volkswagen unveiled a new and quite original all-electric commercial vehicle fleet. This varied range has the retro design we have come to love Volkswagen for with the added bonuses offered by electric mobility.
World premiere #1: the I.D. BUZZ CARGO, the first CV based on #Volkswagen's MEB electric platform with ample space, automated driving mode & digitised cargo system #IAA2018 #VWCV pic.twitter.com/bQfmSeY58d— VWCV UK News (@VWCV_UK_Media) September 19, 2018
The I.D. BUZZ CARGO concept is inspired by the popular and iconic 70s VW microbus. The firm has been hinting its release since last year, however, we just discovered this new version will now offer automated driving mode and a digitized cargo system.
Better yet, it will offer a unique photovoltaic system that can extend the car's range by up to 9.3 miles (15km) a day. Yes, you read right! It is an electric and photovoltaic minibus!
We were also very excited that the zero-emissions ABT e-Caddy is due mid-2019. The spacious vehicle features an 82kW electric motor with a predicted range of 137 miles (220km) and is ideal as a family car or taxi as it can fit up to five people plus luggage.
World premiere #5: the ABT e-Caddy, due mid 2019, comes with 82kW electric motor and predicted range of 220km. Presented as a taxi concept on Caddy Maxi platform, it has space for five people plus luggage - and zero emissions #IAA2018 #VWCV pic.twitter.com/Dw1GDakekm— VWCV UK News (@VWCV_UK_Media) September 19, 2018
3. Hyundai's Kona Electric
We featured this beauty in our best electric cars of 2018 list and with good reason. Equipped with a 64 kWh battery that provides a range of 292 miles (470 km), this EV set to be available in early 2019 offers 0-60 miles (0-100km) acceleration in 7.6 seconds.
4. General Motor's Chevrolet Bolt EV and Baojun E100
GM made an exciting announcement last year that it is going all-electric by 2023. Needless to say, the news left us reeling with excitement.
The firm began its emission-friendly journey with its unveiling of the Chevrolet Bolt EV, a mid-sized hatchback that is the first mass-market electric vehicle produced by the company.
It is marketed as an affordable all-electric car and can reach a 238 miles (383 km) on a single charge. And it has already found its place in the Middle East in the United Arab Emirates.
Your free spot awaits. The RTA in #Dubai announced 70 free parking spaces for electric vehicles, including the all-new Chevrolet Bolt EV. Discover more benefits of EV ownership. #LetsTalkElectric pic.twitter.com/ej2teUmc9i— Chevrolet Arabia (@ChevroletArabia) May 31, 2018
Of course, we would be remiss if we did not also mention GE's Baojun E100. Developed from a collaboration with Chinese automaker this compact EV sells for only $5,300, can travel up to 96 miles (155 km) on a single charge, and is expected to entice Chinese citizens to buy EVs.
5. Ford's mysterious Mustang-style EV and F-Vision
Talks about mysterious! Last month, Ford announced its plans for a still-nameless all-electric vehicle revealing a dark picture showing only the rear end of this model. What we do know is that it is Mustang-inspired and should arrive in 2020 with a targeted range of 300 miles (482 km).
The company also said it will be investing $11 billion to deliver 16 fully electric vehicles within a global portfolio of 40 EVs through 2022. Some of those funds may be going to its impressive electric truck concept F-Vision unveiled just end of September 2018.
6. Nissan's Simply Amazing Leaf
Nissan all-electric Leaf series is currently actually quite affordable starting at about $22,490. Fans of the car report the vehicles combine electric range and value.
Considering EVs have an unpopular perception as being a bit too pricey, we are grateful for this cost-friendly option.
The firm has also set a goal of putting 1 million electrified Nissan cars on the road by 2022 which we have to agree is Simply Amazing, like the firm's popular #SimplyAmazing hashtag says.
7. Honda's Urban EV Concept
Unveiled last year, Honda's Urban EV Concept is an electric remake of the popular Honda CVCC, proving you can make a good thing even better.