PHOTO CAPTION: Mitsubishi iMiEV electric car, misidentified by Venture Beat with Nissan EV02 mule.

Venture Beat's 21 'Green Car' Company Leaders

Partial list of electric drive vehicle companies from Aptera to Chevy Volt.

Published: 01-Jan-2010

Last January, VentureBeat ran a story listing 30 electric car companies poised to make a splash over the next couple of years. That post went on to become one of the most popular in the history of this web site, racking up 189 comments.

Today, we bring you a redux of that article — but instead of a list of all of the companies with an EV in a works, here’s a rundown of 21 companies were strong and focused enough to make progress toward something realistic this year.

It’s worth noting that of this group, only two are producing interstate-worthy vehicles today: Tesla Motors, with its Roadster, and Venturi, with its Fetish. These models go for $109,000 and $400,000 respectively — not exactly what you would call practical.


TREV two-place electric car

Student-built vehicle can do 0-60 in 10 seconds with top speed of 75 mph. Photo courtesy of University of South Australia.

Honda representative Stephen Ellis with FXC Clarity during EV World's test drive at 2009 LA Auto Show

Evelyn Kanter reports from the Los Angeles Auto Show and comes way impressed by Mitsubishi iMIEV, but with reservations about Honda's FCX Clarity.

EVPorsche 959 conversion on the track. Photo credit: Speed

EVPorsche 911 conversion costs $48,000, including the donor vehicle.


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