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C-NET's Michael Kanellos did a little thinking out loud this week when he tried to list all of the electric car start-up companies (not major automakers working on EVs). He counted 16 small companies. The names on this list will be familiar to just about anyone who reads AutoblogGreen, but I thought it was interesting to see them all gathered in one place:

Tesla Motors (sports cars), Wrightspeed (sports cars and plug-in drivetrains for trucks), Fisker Automotive (electric sedans), Zap (low-speed and sports cars), Miles Automotive (low speed), Zenn Motors (low speed), AC Propulsion (retrofitting Scions for electric), Phoenix Motorcars (SUVs), Aptera (three-wheelers), Porteon (low speed electrics), Lightning (sports cars in England), Reva (economy cars), Ultramotor (electric trishaws), Myers Motors (freakish three-wheelers featured in Goldmember), Think (electric economy cars) and Venture Vehicles (three-wheeled electric cars.).

I'd say the only "major" player that Kanellos missed is GEM, which has been making glorified golf carts for ages. Other contenders not on his list include Universal Electric Vehicle, American Electric Vehicle, G-Wiz and Hybrid Technologies. I'm sure there's at least a couple more we're missing, but we're already got over 20 small EV companies. Pretty soon, he figures, this list will be much easier to calculate: "History shows that most of these companies will be wiped out." So it goes, as my favorite author would write.

[Source: C-NET]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Lots of electric cars - and not one anywhere near me that can handle my modest commute - and my budget.

      Still waiting for the EV market to make it to me!
      • 7 Years Ago
      They missed a big bunch, many of them on them actually on roads. Too numerous to name, but for example norweigian ElBil Norge Kewet is produced in relatively large numbers.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hello Mr Campbell. Thank you for defending Zap!
      As an anxious investor in zaap I was curious about the conspicuous absence at EVS-23?

      I have a lot of faith in your company. See my posting on Yahoo's message board.
      http://messages.finance.yahoo.com/Stocks_%28A_to_Z%29/Stocks_Z/threadview?m=te&bn=51368&tid=1545&mid=1545&tof=5&frt=2#1545

      Thanks again and best of luck.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Correction: ZAP is not selling low-speed vehicles or sports cars at this time. We do have a Xebra which falls somewhere in between and is selling today. It is a 40 MPH sedan or truck for a little over $10,000. (Not to mention the bikes, scooters, mopeds, ATVs, dirt bikes, etc.)

      Also, addressing one of the comments, ZAP is not a dealer. We are a distributor with retail dealers in the US and distributorships in other countries.

      Realistically speaking, there are no electric cars in production today. The Xebra is classified as a motorcycle in the US, but it works almost like a car. Where do you live? We'll match you up with a ZAP dealer so you can test drive a gas-free "car" today.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I live in the Washington D.C./Baltimore area.

      I couldn't find a list of dealers on the zapworld site; the "Dealers" link is for those who want to become dealers!

      • 7 Years Ago
      Yes, he missed a few. That's inevitable, considering how many startups there are, and how rapidly things are changing.

      I must point out that GEM was a division of Daimler Chrysler, though I don't know who got it after that corporate divorce.

      G-Wiz is selling re-branded Revas imported from India, they don't actually make the cars they sell.

      Zap is actually a dealer, selling vehicles made by others.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Th!nk.

      They actually exist on the road already, including in the US.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I have made a list of some battery manufacturer at:
      http://www.aortacity.se/Items/Li-jonTillverkare.htm

      And a list of some electric car manufacturer at:
      http://www.aortacity.se/Items/Plug-inFordon/PHEV.htm

      • 7 Years Ago
      Modec could certainly be added to that list. They actually have product for sale. (And very nice product too)
      http://www.modec.co.uk/
      • 7 Years Ago
      What about the CityEl, made by CityCom in Germany? Origininally manufactured in Denmark and started 20 years ago, the single-seater three wheeler CityEl is now manufactured in Germany by CityCom. Production must have reached some 5500 to 6000 vehicles already, see also http://www.cityel.com/
      Production is some hundred vehicles per year, the country is listed on the German stock market.

      .. And there is still well-known (at least in Europe)TWIKE, a three wheeler with two seats. Still very modern, available as "EASY" (without pedals) and as "ACTIV" (hybrid, i.e. human power plus electric drive system). The TWIKE started almost 20 years ago in Switzerland but has shifted to Germany as well. Production no. is about 50 to 60 vehicles per year. See as well unter http://www.twike.de/

      R. Reichel
      http://www.solarmobil.net
      • 7 Years Ago
      I have made a list of some battery manufacturer at:
      http://www.aortacity.se/Items/Li-jonTillverkare.htm

      And a list of some electric car manufacturer at:
      • 7 Years Ago
      Here's another manufacturer of NEVs: E-Ride, founded in 2004. Their website is www.e-ride.com. Both their office and their assembly facility are in Minnesota. They make only an NEV, not a "real" car that can drive on high-speed-limit roads, but that may suit some people's purposes.
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