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February 04, 2014

Electric Car Arena Adds Some Competition from Honda and Audi



The world is alive with the advances of technology. The story is that the IoT and M2M technologies will have cars driving themselves in no time, but for now we have a range of a more environmentally-friendly vehicle, coined as the electric car. Tesla Motors has thus far been at the forefront of this electric car market, yet the acclaim has been from a limited sector of the population, due to the expensive and range-limited nature of the Tesla models. This is no longer the case, for Honda (News - Alert) and Audi are now offering new options in the electric car sector.

Within the mid-price segment, a new Honda Accord hybrid has arrived – while the mid-priced Tesla model is at least three years away from being available for sale. The Honda Accord hybrid has a starting price tag (News - Alert) of $29,000, and it goes 0-60 in 7.2 seconds – all while getting 50 mpg on road and 45 mpg on the highway. The luxury segment is no longer dominated by Tesla’s Model S, for the new Audi A7 TDI (News - Alert) is a “clean diesel” model that goes 0-60 in 5.5 seconds as well as getting 38 mpg on the highway. The Audi A7 TDI also offers all-wheel drive, which Tesla’s Model S lacks.

Although Honda and Audi may seem to be giving Tesla a run for their electric car market money, Tesla still seems to dominate in terms of its Supercharger network - with Tesla-only access. There are currently fewer than 100 Superchargers worldwide, with the rest of the electric car market being dominated by the CHAdeMO chargers. CHAdeMO chargers currently charge at only half the rate of a Supercharger, giving Tesla a distinct advantage when it comes to charging power – which we must admit is a big aspect to look at when deciding what type of electric car to purchase. But don’t count Audi and Honda out of the running yet – with the new rollout of the Combined Charging Standard (CCS), the CHAdeMO charger in “Level 3” guise will charge at 200kw – which is 67 percent faster than a Supercharger (take that Tesla!).

Tesla may not be fully charged for first place after all, but the tables can always turn. As long as technology continues to spring forward there will come an abundance of new electric cars as well as charging options – and possibly then the flying car. That is all up to interpretation of course, but we future enthusiasts can always dream!




Edited by Alisen Downey

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