Range Extended Electric Vehicle
Range extended electric vehicles have a small and efficient gasoline/diesel engine that can charge the battery pack to enable further range.
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The BMW i3 is an urban electric car under development by BMW. It features a carbon fiber reinforced plastic body placed on top of a metal platform that contains all the batteries and drive components. The body is being built in Washington State and then being shipped to Germany for final assembly. The i3 electric vehicle is part of BMW’s Project i and is expected to go into mass production in 2013. Initial market launch in the US includes Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, San Diego and New York City plus the suburban areas of New Jersey and Connecticut.
The Cadillac ELR will be the first electric vehicle from the General Motors luxury brand. Unveiled on January 15th at the North American International Auto Show, the production ready Cadillac ELR sports 20 inch wheels, led lights all around, and a leather wrapped luxury interior. The ELR shares the Voltec drivetrain with the Chevy Volt. The ELR will be available in early 2014 in the U.S. with global markets like Europe and China to follow.
The Honda Clarity plug-in Hybrid uses a 17 kWh battery to go up to 47 miles as rated by the EPA. The small gasoline engine is programmed only to kick on when needed, making this more of a range-extended electric vehicle than a typical plug-in hybrid that splits power to both powertrains.