Top Ten Electric Car Companies in North America

The electric car industry in North American is big. The industry players in the market consist of large mainstream manufacturers that have a dedicated division for electric vehicle (EV) to smaller custom EV retrofitters. The following is a list of top 10 electric car  manufacturers in North America.

Top 10 Electric Car Manufacturers in USA

1) Chevrolet Electric
The most existing news from Chevrolet Electric is their Chevrolet Volt Electric Car model. It is a full plug-in series hybrid vehicle to be produced by General Motors. Sales of the 2011 Chevrolet Volt commenced in the U.S. in mid-December 2010 followed by various European countries and other international markets in 2011.

As of April 2013, the Volt and Ampera models have combined global sales of more than 45,000 units, and the leading market is the U.S. with 37,000 Volts delivered since its introduction in 2010.

Volt

Chevrolet Volt


2) American Honda Motor Co.
Honda was the very first auto manufacturer to offer a mass-production hybrid model for the U.S. and Europe. They offer a diverse lineup of hybrid and alternative-fuel vehicles ranging from Natural Gas Vehicle (NGV) to Hydrogen Fuel Cell. Based on their track record, a pure electric car should be around the corner.

The Honda FCX Clarity is a hydrogen fuel cell automobile manufactured by Honda. The design is based on the 2006 Honda FCX Concept. The FCX Clarity is currently available for lease in the U.S., Japan and Europe. In the U.S., it is only available to customers who live in Southern California where “fast-fill” hydrogen stations are available.

FCXHonda FCX Clarity

3) Wheego Electric Cars
Wheego Electric Cars have trundled on despite skepticism and lack of attention. Travelling on the other side of the road from the prominent Tesla Motors and Fisker Automotive, Wheego has managed to keep adding new dealers and whisking past regulatory hurdles.

WheegoWheego EV

4) Phoenix Motorcars
Phoenix MC, Inc. is a privately-held Delaware corporation headquartered in Ontario, California that does business as Phoenix Motorcars. The Company develops full-size, freeway speed electric vehicles.

Similar to other automotive manufacturers, Phoenix Motorcars partners with other corporations for the development and manufacture of key vehicle components, such as vehicle bodies, battery packs and drive-train components. One of their most popular models is the all electric Phoenix Sport Utility Truck (SUT) series.

E TruckPheonix E Truck


5) ZAP Electric Vehicles

The ZAP Xebra is an electric car that was launched in May 2006 in the United States. It is classified legally as a three-wheel motorcycle in some jurisdictions, and is available in both sedan (model SD) and pickup (model PK) truck variants.

XebraZAP Xebra

 6) Tesla Motors

Tesla Motors, Inc. is a Silicon Valley automobile startup company focusing on the production of high performance, consumer-oriented battery electric vehicles. The firm was incorporated in July 2003 by engineers Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning in San Carlos, California.

Tesla is famous for their super sexy Tesla Roadster electric car. Recently, Tesla has launched its sedan pure electric car, the Tesla Model S.

Tesla Roadster

Model STesla Model S

7) Myers Motors
The Myers Motors NmG (formerly the Corbin Sparrow) is a single-passenger, three-wheeled, battery electric vehicle designed specifically for commuting and city driving. It was initially produced by Corbin Motors and now by Myers Motors. The company produces Personal Electric Vehicle (PEV).

The Sparrow is powered by a 20 kW(continuous) 156-volt DC or 3-phase AC electric motor and has a range of 32 to 64 km (20 to 40 miles) and a top speed of 112 km/h (70 mph).

MyerMyer Motors EV

8) Fisker Automotive

Manufactures the Fisker Karma, a 4-door plug in sports sedan.The Karma was first introduced in 2008 North American International Auto Show. The company was founded by Henrik Fisker in 2007 with business partner Bernhard Koehler and Quantum Technologies after securing a relatively small investment from Gianfranco Pizzuto, an Italian businessman, and Palo Alto Investors.

KarmaFisker Karma

9) BYD Auto

BYD Auto Co., Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of BYD Company. It was founded in 2003, following BYD Company’s acquisition of Tsinchuan Automobile Company in 2002.  In late December 2008, Warren Buffett spent $230 million on the acquisition of a 10% stake in BYD Auto’s parent, BYD Company.

BYDBYD EV

10) Detriot Electric
The new Detroit Electric is the revival of the old Detroit Electric that went bankrupt in 1939. Detroit Electric recently announced its Joint venture with Proton Holdings of Malaysia to produce pure electric car. Under the agreement, Detroit Electric will license two Proton vehicle platforms and contract the company to assemble the electric vehicles that will be marketed under Detroit Electric’s brand.

Their latest model is the Detroit Electric SP.01 limited edition, 2 seater pure electric sport car.

SP01Model SP.01

Comments

  1. Greg

    Interesting list. So much for the thought that GM killed the e-car. A few remarks about each manufacturer and why you feel it’s e-car (or cars) is cool (or not) would have been nice.

  2. admin

    Hi Greg, thanks for your feedback.

    I will build up some content on your suggestion.

    ‘Will

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  3. Lorraine

    This is such a nice useful list! We’ve been wanting a greener car.

    Having price range and safety ratings would also be nice to see :)

  4. Vince

    This is an excellent top ten list. I hope that the infrastructure and battery technology continue to develop so that it we can be oil independent. This is a much cleaner and more efficient way to get from place to place. You can cross-post this to our site http://www.toptentopten.com/ and link back to your site. We are trying to create a directory for top ten lists where people can find your site. The coolest feature is you can let other people vote on the rankings of your list.

  5. Car Transport

    Thanks for sharing really its a nice and informative article get to know great things from here. Please keep updating.

  6. Todd

    After reading all the sights; I am at a loss as to why Tesla Motors was not ranked number one. The Model S has a range of 300 miles and looks and drives like a real car.

    Thanks for reading my post,
    Todd

  7. Duane

    Just wondering what the criteria for the list was. Only one (Tesla) seems to actually be selling cars; you had Honda listed as number 2 and they didn’t even have a vehicle you could reference.

    I was actually looking for a list of companies actually manufacturing electric cars and selling them in North America.

  8. TheGreenAutos

    Thanks for sharing this list for more list related to this find it on the green autos. And Keep updating your list.

  9. Classic Old Cars

    Congrats to all for developing a such awesome vehicles. I have no interest in hybrids either. They still consume gas. There doesn’t seem to much of a choice for 100% electric. I’ll probably build my own before something reasonable is available.I really don’t understand why these automakers are focusing so much time on these vehicles instead of finding ways to lower prices or lengthen the amount of miles between charges.

  10. Anthony Butler

    Great listing…but are there any others?….I met a few guys from Missouri recently with a 60 mile radius Ecar and retails for around $15k. Have you heard of the LaPlants?

  11. Carid

    I agree the overview could be more detailed, but the idea itself is great! i also suggest you to create similar lists for Europe, Asia and maybe other parts of the world where e-vehicles are produced, and then trace some trends, maybe in the infographic form. That would cause much buzz on the Web.

  12. Rick

    Zap electric co of Santa rosa, ca is actually producing elec cars all over the world. Not on you’re list?

  13. Slade

    Heres and idea. Instead of having electric cars run through a gas station and take around 30 minutes to charge, we have a station where batteries can be replaced(then recharged for someone else) in only a couple minutes. We’re all about efficiency here.

  14. chinaeu

    how about top ten electric car company in europe?
    any idea about these names?

  15. SAMOHTAJ

    I think that if it’s not on the road,or in my garage, it’s hype… Buh (the little sound the dog makes before chewin your leg off)… The tesla is my choice of ecars that make sense. but i called today and nobody could answer a single question. Until these cars are on the road or at best with me driving them to work I’ll continue to believe that the petro indo has us by the balls…

  16. SAMOHTAJ

    CLASSIC OLD CARS… I agree 100%. I am confident that i could build such a car and make use of 10 years of service before any other indo was “allowed” to put into market. Buh! I hope I’m wrong…

  17. Marat

    Dear car builders!
    Pursuing work on the creation of power units on alternative energy sources, I have accidentally invented a device that can enable the electric car to increase mileage on one battery charge fold. This device is not more 1000evro based prototype, production model and its design. To install the unit on the electric car does not require major changes to its structure, no need to upgrade battery or electrical system. Already developing nodes of this unit, I had the idea of using the invention of three American engineers, which they did in the mid 60′s. If you apply and then run electric vehicles would not be less than 1000 miles on one battery charging. Technology has long been developed and well-proven. Thus, without making large capital investments and increasing the weight of the electric vehicle, improving its convenience for the motorist, so to improve its driving performance and mileage, such as auto manufactures Teslomotor with expensive batteries and a lightweight plastic body, can not compete with this car on any parameter.
    For me, these inventions are not specialized, so do the patenting and detailed design, I will not, but if you’re interested, I am ready to cooperate and give you their knowledge on the condition that after the implementation of them and start selling you guarantee me a percentage of the profits. Patent rights will belong to you, they are also a commodity, convinced that many auto makers will want to buy rights to use them.

    Marat Southerner.

  18. Alex Campbell

    Thankz for the mention. For ZAP you mention the Alias, which is not available yet, but we are currently selling XL trucks, Xebra sedans, ZAPPY3 personal transporters.

  19. K-Sport Coilover

    Thanks to electric car makers for their invention, electric cars has several benefits compared to conventional combustion automobiles. It reduces usage of foreign oil like diesel and gasoline, emission of harmful pollutants and also greenhouse gas emissions. Though electrical cars can be more expensive than conventional and there are limitations as to how long would it go, for me the advantages outweighs the disadvantages. Hoping that there would be more recharging areas for these cars.

  20. manmathabhat

    sir i am interested to start electric car manufacture unit in India .
    how much working capital ,how much space need

  21. Rob

    Took a Tesla Roadster out today in Scottsdale while awaiting the model S release in 2012. Absolutely awesome. Wonderful driving experience which makes you release hybrids are a joke. Manufacturers are trying not to give you what is a great green solution. The current auto manufacturers are just spreading fud (Fear Uncertainty and Doubt) to scare people into thinking change is a scary thing. Believe me, the roadster was very fun to drive and really makes you wish to have one right now. No gas fill ups and practically no service stops. Paradigm shift is coming and the sooner it gets here the sooner we’ll all be off..

  22. Hybrids SUVs

    I agree with this top ten ranking, However I want to know, What is condition of this sorting. What score is come from. It would be adventage for my research.
    Thank you

  23. Dennis Thomson

    Tesla is awesome but most mentioned here are not available. I own a Tomberlin Anvil which is really neat ride but only because I work so close to home. I do however believe they are larger than any on this listt. Great site, Dennis

  24. Gurdev Singh

    The electric car is the most needed car of the time. We must use electric cars. There can be companies who can charge the batteries by solar electic system on highways and anyone needing battery change may replace the batteries on a charge therefore no one will loose time. We can save our atmosphere for our good health and for the good health of our plants. Most important is our money which we can save. Is there any company who can supply electirc car kits for old cars so that poor countries can use them and save on bodies of vehicles.

  25. electric car

    yeah i think electric cars are the way forward. with gas going up so much and so many people calling for carbon taxes and renewable energy, it just makes sense.

    it would be cool if it helped detroit come out of the dolldrums too

  26. Fernando macchia

    I know how to make an electric car travel around the whole country with out ever having to be charged if someone is intrested let me know it is confidential at the moment but if someone is willing to take a punt with the idea let me know.

  27. Robert

    I think it’s an interesting listing. However, as anyone with any sense can see, this is all just a mockery of the truth. Electric vehicle development for decades, has been and continues to be suppressed by the auto industry and their long term business partners, the oil companies. Like a dysfunctional family, this old corrupt couple with their twisted son, the automobile, continues living on virtually unchanged. It’s simply not in their vested interest to support anything other than the obsolete gasoline fueled internal combustion engine. So excluding these token attempts, the only real question is, when will this ever really change? Count the number of Electric vehicles you see on the road today. In another 10 years, what will that number be? I suggest it will be the same number as you see today….

  28. Great list. Anyone knows the ranking world-wide? What factors are used to rank top cars?

  29. Richard Marks

    This is an old story with comments back to 2008? I am sorry but this list is not telling anything. You can see what has happened over time. Only companies that are selling real cars belong on list.
    1.) GM Volt is a parallel hybrid and is $40,000 ($7.500 Fed Tax credit applies to those below). Is GM a top company? Well Obama has the whole mangement team stuffed with his appointees. GM probably spent over $2B (US taxpayer $) on the Volt. You judge if this is TOP? 2.) Nissan Leaf at $32,500 is full EV 3.) Tesla is all talk and no substance. The Roadster is $110,000 and is out of production since Lotus stopped building the Elise. They have received $485M from DOE (US taxpayers again) to do Model S which I believe they will never complete before they go bankrupt. Too much they do no know, they do not know. 4) Honda and Toyota are always a good bet; they have hybrids now and are moving towards EV’s and PHEV’s, 5.) Mitsubishi is coming in earl 2012 with their MiEV at $27,990; full EV 6.) Fisker is in production in Finland with Karma at $97,000, couple years late and a whole lot more $…again too much they do not know they do not know. Will they sell the Nina for $40,00 in US? NO, in spades. Another company DOE funded with $500M and they keep borrowing to keep going? They will bankrupt before they sell a single Nina. 7.) others.. Think went bankrupt and a Russian bought the company and they plan to start production in IN. Lot of money spent down the drain. The Russian will hold it for a while but it has to make money, even though the projected price seems too high. Will they make it? Phoneix was all talk and no substance and have mostly disappeared, ZAP was sold to the Chinese, enough said, Aptera got a lot of publicity in 08 but have fallen on hard times and lost most their management, again too much a lack of knowledge, Meyers is surviving but I have not seen any car production of any volume, Detroit Electric is still making promises but nothing in sight.
    Predictions from 2 1/2 years ago are mostly poor. I hope more early companies appear, but they must have core OEM knowledge in their senior management or they will probably fail, too. It is a tough world out there, but ultimiately EV’s will be the winner. They will bankrupt gas engine motor car companies if they do not start to reinvent themselves, right now.

  30. Alejandro Sánchez

    Where is SMITH Electric Vehicles, one of the oldest manufacturers in EV and one with the most unique vehicles: 12Tn Trucks!

  31. Prahlad

    Can any body please provide costs for electric cars??

    Can they be imported to india? What costs??

  32. Michael Hassan PhD

    I have a new invention for a Self-Energized Electric Vehicle. The driver will not pay a penny for fuel or electricity. I am looking for A manufacturer(s) (no brokers or businessmen) to enter into a non-exclusive contract to manufacture and sell the vehicles.

  33. Sudhir Patel

    Dear Sir,

    NEW RESEARCH (first time in the World)

    We received your E-mail on 20/10/11. I am very happy from your RESEARCH. IN Mr. R.I.SUTHAR.He is very good man and spend his all life after his research. But he has not good English Know ledge. Because of this reason he is late for NEWS & TV conference you. Only one wish of his life is that he wants to show his 2-research item to your country. He also ready to prove every test about his research. He gives priority to USA. His product is very useful to your Company & country. He mails only you. If you want to see demonstration of his 1-research product then he is ready for it. His product is first time in the World.
    Detail’s- (For example a vehicle running on battery can run maximum to 100 km to 200km and after that you have to charge that battery again using Electricity charger or Generator (petrol/diesel) thereby using non-renewable sources of energy which is about to exhaust in near future. Also a price of these non-renewable sources is also increasing day by day. In such circumstances vehicle running on electricity will be more preferred but these vehicle are useful only if they run 200km to 300 km and this can be done by using my charger which keep on charging the battery while the vehicle is running.

    In sudarshan auto research charger is invented using system mechanics. If this charger is fixed in Electric Vehicle then the vehicle which is running 100 km on simple battery can run 160 km to 170 km. i.e. efficiency is increased by 60% to 70 %.( INDIAN BATTRY)
    There is no need of any external energy to run this charger. The electricity of battery is used by this charger once fixed in vehicle and this charger re-send the current back to the Presently for research purpose the average weight of this charger is 90 kg and length breadth and height is 27*27*20 and there is no need of any extra battery to run this charger.
    Contact As- RASIKBHAI ISWARBHAI SUTHAR
    C/o SHAILESHBHAI GAJJAR
    AT & POST, MOTIDAU, TA & DISTRICT: MEHSANA
    STATE: GUJARAT, COUNTRY: INDIA
    MOBILE: +91 94265 97408, 98247 21757
    Email: – gajjar_bhadresh@rediffmail.com
    Hi so many trusts are ready to help him. Some bad people try to stop his research, but no effect on Mr.R.I.SUTHAR. He continues on his effort. Just I request you please provide him interpreter for solution of language problem. He feels that USA Company & government is also look for money not . Inventor He requests you please give him only one chance to come your country for proves him.
    Meeting and invites him in Our Company. But He wants to go only USA. During his research so many companies and people are ready to take him USA. But he wants that he go USA after his research finish. He also wants he is Going USA only from company. Then its great Honor and respect for him
    Please send me reply of this mail as soon as possible.

    We also preparation for press conference and TV News. But now we wait for your reply. After we get your reply we organized this conference.

    In this letter if I have any mistake then please accept it. I request you my product tray.

    Thanking you.

    Address: – Mr. Sudhir Patel
    Mehsana (N.G.) India

  34. Rasikbhai I. Suthar

    What do you think?
    SUDARSHAN AUTO RESEARCH
    RASIKBHAI ISWARBHAI SUTHAR
    C/o SHAILESHBHAI GAJJAR
    AT & POST, MOTIDAU, TA & DISTRICT: MEHSANA
    STATE: GUJARAT, COUNTRY: INDIA
    MOBILE: +91 94265 97408, 98247 21757
    Email: – gajjar_bhadresh@rediffmail.com

    SUB: – NEW INVENTION

    POLLUTION FREE CHARGER RUNNING WITHOUT ELECTRICITY

    Dear Sir,

    I R.I.Suthar, Residing at above mentioned address has invented a pollution free charger which can be used in the Automobile sector. We have learned a law by Dr. Albert Instin E=mc which says that Energy can neither be created nor be destroyed it can only be transformed from one form to other and the amount of energy in the universe is constant.

    Sir this charger has challenged the above law. In this project not only the energy can be transformed from one form to another but also can be increased and decreased.

    I don’t know much of the technical words in scientific language but still try to explain you. Let’s take an example of a car running on electricity. The battery used in this electric car gives an input of 48 volts and3 ampere and if this electricity is used in our charger it gives an output of 48 volts and 3.5 ampere which is opposite of E=mc2. This increase in electricity is an important issue for the scientists around the globe. I can prove this by using my project with systematic mechanical system.

    So if we use this charger in electric cars then the output current of battery can be supplied to the charger and then the charger will increase that current by an ampere and sends back to the battery. So there is no need to charge the battery and your vehicle can goes on and on. Even I don’t have any idea from where this increase of one ampere is coming.

    For example a vehicle running on battery can run maximum to 100 km to 200km and after that you have to charge that battery again using Electricity charger or Generator (petrol/diesel) thereby using non-renewable sources of energy which is about to exhaust in near future. Also a price of these non-renewable sources is also increasing day by day. In such circumstances vehicle running on electricity will be more preferred but these vehicle are useful only if they run 200km to 300 km and this can be done by using my charger which keep on charging the battery while the vehicle is running.

    In sudarshan auto research charger is invented using system mechanics. If this charger is fixed in Electric Vehicle then the vehicle which is running 100 km on simple battery can run 160 km to 170 km. i.e. efficiency is increased by 60% to 70 %.( INDIAN BATTRY)
    There is no need of any external energy to run this charger. The electricity of battery is used by this charger once fixed in vehicle and this charger re-send the current back to the Presently for research purpose the average weight of this charger is 90 kg and length breadth and height is 27*27*20 and there is no need of any extra battery to run this charger.

    Sir I need a chance to demonstrate this in practical. If either your company give me an I can show this. I am not much educated guy but a deep interest in research, even this opportunity to come over there to demonstrate this or any representative in India to whom letter is typed by my friend on my behalf. I don’t know how far I have explained the things in this letter.

    I hope that your company give me that break through which I need the most as I believe that what I have researched should be in interest of public

    A part for this invention I have also invented an RASIK AUTO DIPPER AND PARKING LIGHT (Hazard Warning) which I have got the Patent from (573/BOM/1999 A (573/BOM/1999)
    Filed on 1999-08-13
    Publication date 2007-05-04
    I have also got the ARAI – Pune, India Laboratory
    This patent is in the name of Rasikbhai I. Suthar and I have helped him in inventing this device.

    Sincerely yours

    Inventor

    Rasikbhai I. Suthar

  35. Patrick Tiekamp

    I met a man in 1979 who converted vehicles to electric. This was in Vancouver, Washington. I worked across the street at a foreign auto dealership. He had developed technology applied to an old Renault Dauphine. This converted vehicle could drive round trip to Seattle and back on a single charge. He did however notice a distinct loss of power on a hill north of Olympia, but drove the speed limit from there to Vancouver. The trip was about three hundred miles. Rather impressive even at today’s specs. I did see a Subaru van (not made for import) in his shop which was his next project.
    In 1998 or so, I had the pleasure of working-thus test driving- a converted Geo Metro in Winslow, Arizona. The owner had installed a solar panel on ski racks. He mentioned that he noticed a difference when the sun was not shining. He claimed to be able to drive to Albuquerque, New Mexico round trip with no other charge but the solar panel. That round trip was about 360 miles. The possibilities are endless with a bank of batteries and a jet starter motor.

  36. Dr Rajeev Kumar

    Respected Friends,
    I have expressed my words through my blog http://www.presidenttomorrow.blogspot.com.

    We are heartly appreciating e-engines propelled cars, bikes, bus, trucks, aeroplain too, generator engines also, thermal power station at utmost desire etc.
    It help us by non polluted earth free from global warming and preserved with coal, petroleum fuel, mines, minerals, sweet drinking waters and other natural resources for our future generations on earth for survival of life in future generations. We need to find manufacturing technology of alternative engines to save fuel. This is possible by developing and promoting uses of electric engines, solar engines, mechanical engines etc. We need to say no to fuel engine and say no to coal thermal power as well as hydro thermal power.

    I request every one to kindly adopt e-cars in your daily life. It help to save our natural resources. And kindly keep the habbit to adopt similar technology in verious part of your life based on principle to save natural resources.

    I want sales and distribution of e-cars in India. I may do all my best affirt to let every Indian replace their fuel car by E-cars and fuel truck vehicles by e-truck vehicles. I request right of Indian marketing and brand ventureship by the e-cars and vehicles manufacturers in world market.

    With warm heartiest regards
    Kailashi Dr Rajeev Kumar
    +919709717711
    skype rtycoon

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