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.
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.
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.
Honda 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.
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.
Pheonix 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.
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 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).
Myer Motors EV
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.
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.
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.