CNET On Cars – The Top 5 electric cars ready for prime time – Ep 20
In this special edition, we round up your favorite segments from CNET On Cars, including an update to the Top 5 electric cars, the Tesla Model S, and self-parking technologies.


CNET On Cars - The Top 5 electric cars ready for prime time - Ep 20

28 thoughts on “CNET On Cars – The Top 5 electric cars ready for prime time – Ep 20

  • June 21, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    The grill IS redundant, but the interior, like most luxury cars, can be customised to have different types of seats and/or dashboard trim.

    I checked out the website, it's entirely possible to make it look modern and crisp in there.

  • June 21, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Floods generally trash most cars, not just electric ones, lmao. In any case the electrics are, watertight. Duh, you'd think they'd considered that 🙂

  • June 21, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    I know but the whole structure of the dash is appalling. The trim is fine, it's the way the thing is out together is the problem.

  • June 23, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    Crack that touch screen with what? Most people don't play baseball inside their cars. Get real.

    Yes, there ARE components that could fail and could leave you needing a tow. But there are far LESS components on a Tesla that could outright fail than on any ICE automobile. Ever been stranded by a broken belt, loss of oil pressure, transmission problems, worn clutch, or broken timing chain? None of those can happen in a Tesla.

  • July 1, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Electric cars requite Lithium ion/ploymer batteries which are harmful to the environment both to mine and even more so to dispose of them. If they're not using renewable energy sources they're still causing about as much pollution as normal internal combustion engines anyway. So through their whole life cycle, electric cars cause more harm than petrol or diesel cars (if they're using non-renewable sources).

  • July 1, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    The 2013 Leaf can actually be optioned with a 4 hr charge time for 240 volts.

  • July 3, 2013 at 10:02 am

    I thought that you only missing information.
    1) The batteries used by Tesla are non-toxic and can be recycled to 100%.
    2) Even if the power for the EV's to 100% of coal or oil is derived, their CO 2 balance is about 60% or more better than each driven vehicle with fuel. Except hybrid. But an EV is still much better than a hybrid.
    Why? Here is the explanation: watch v = YfTiRNzbSko?
    Starting at 6:00 Min comes directly on the subject.

  • July 9, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    That's kinda what happens. Not every car designer stays with one brand. Which is why some cars look similar, like the new Fiesta, Model S and Aston Martin DB9, as they all share a similar grille. Recently designers from VW have been hired by Kia, which is why the Optima looks similar to a new VW, having a "horizontal influence".
    Also, car shapes change in each type, but for Sports cars and Large sedans, they usually have the same outline. Usually low with long hoods and body lengthening the car.

  • July 21, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    i want a tesla model s but its out my price range . im not going to give up . thats the only car i want

  • August 25, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Cover the model x from tesla next year 🙂

  • September 8, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Electric motors work at >90% efficiency, while most ICEs work at 18%-20%(wiki) efficiency. A gas powerplant can have at best efficiency of 60%. Even if electricity is purely produced from a gas powerplant, electric cars still have an overall efficiency of ~0.54. Therefore more gas is needed to run an ICE than an electric car by a lot.
    Plus Lithium ion batteries can be disposed by landfill without being more harmful to the earth than any other thing. (look it up)
    Your arguments are invalid.

  • November 21, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    I thought screens like that weren't legal while driving according to Cali laws?

  • January 17, 2014 at 7:43 am

    i got the leaf… that was the funniest bad insult about electric cars i have heard. haha it looks like barney lmao

  • February 15, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    "Cars create distance. Speedy vehicles of all kinds render space scarce. They drive wedges of highways into populated areas, and then extort tolls on the bridge over the remoteness between people that was manufactured for their sake. This monopoly over land turns space into car fodder. It destroys the environment for feet and bicycles." – Ivan Illich

  • April 14, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    can't wait much to give big oil a proudly extended middle finger. LIT motors another sweet little start up company doing good things. wish them all the best 

  • June 15, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    I would like one or more of these cars to  test drive in Jamaica W.I. with our bad roads and hilly roads and see if it perform well. If it does then thumbs up to the car.

  • January 22, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    That electric assisted parking looks like it took forever plus did not do a great job. Are people really this incapable of parking a car themselves? I guess this will be a technology to help those out who are so incapable but I hope they keep it optional or at least don't charge extra for it. Most of us know how to park a car just fine.

  • February 21, 2015 at 7:09 am

    Cambodia welcome electric cars and solar energy cars

  • July 11, 2015 at 5:52 am

    7:23 lol $51,000.000  51 mill eh?  You guys done goofed and added and extra 0

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