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Have you heard of these EVs? A new survey reveals best-known electric cars

Hond sells the E in Europe but not in the U.S.

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DrivingElectric.com, an electric-car consumer advice brand based in the U.K. surveyed 700 people to find out which electric vehicle names they were most familiar with. The results were... surprising. Scroll down to see the 16 vehicles that had brand awareness among those surveyed.

No. 16 - Smart EQ For Two

2020 Smart EQ For Two

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Mercedes-Benz has pulled its Smart brand out of the U.S. Its tiny all-electric model, the 2020 Smart EQ For TwoSmart is available as a convertible and a coupe, and offers 159 kilometers of New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) range. Just 45 precent of those surveyed had heard of the model.

No. 15 - Mercedes EQC

2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC

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The Mercedes EQC is the brand's first modern all-electric vehicle, but just 55 percent of people surveyed have heard of it. The EQC is a two-row luxury SUV. It features all-wheel drive and delivers 402 horsepower and 561 pound-feet of torque. The model is powered by a 80kWh lithium ion battery. In late 2019, Mercedes announced that the EQC's arrival in America would be delayed by a year.

No. 14 - Honda E

2020 Honda E

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The all-electric Honda E is not sold in the U.S. The three-door, all-electric urban car is just for the European and Japanese markets. It has a range of 220 km (137 mi) thanks to its 35.5-kWh lithium-ion battery. The model is relatively new to market, with 2020 being its first model year, which may account for its just 68 percent name recognition.

No. 13 - Peugeot e-208

2020 Peugeot e-208

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More than two-thirds (71 percent) of those surveyed recognized the name of the Peugeot e-208, an all-electric city car that comes in sedan and hatchback variants. It was named the 2020 European Car of the Year, features 217 miles of driving range, and can recharge to 80 percent in just 30 minutes.

No. 12 - Volkswagen e-up!

2020 Volkswagen e-up!

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The Volkswagen e-up! is one of the smallest models on this list and its only sold overseas. It's a four-seater that offers 159 miles of range (WLTP), a minimalistic interior, and some fascia characteristics with the last-generation Volkswagen Golf. Just 77 percent of survey respondents recognized its name.

No. 11 - Vauxhall Corsa-e

2020 Vauxhall Corsa-e

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With 79 percent of respondents recognizing the name of this model, it's earned middling recognition compared to other vehicles on this list. The Vauxhall Corsa-e gets its power from a 134 bhp motor and a 50-kWh lithium-ion battery. It delivers 211 miles of range (WLTP).

No. 10 (tie) - Hyundai Kona Electric, Renault Zoe, Audi E-Tron

2020 Audi E-Tron

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Eighty-one percent of respondents recognized the names of the Hyundai Kona Electric, Renault Zoe, and Audi E-Tron. The Kona EV and E-Tron are sold in the U.S. while the Zoe is only sold overseas. Hyundai has given the Kona 258 miles of range, while the E-Tron has just 204, and the Zoe has up to 245 miles of range (WLTP).

No. 7 (tie) - Volkswagen e-Golf, MINI Electric

2017 Volkswagen e-Golf

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The Volkswagen e-Golf and MINI Electric both have 85 percent name recognition. The e-Golf is no longer sold I the U.S. but it was on dealership lots for the last few years. The MINI Electric is sold in the U.S., has a range of 110 miles, and starts at $29,900.

No. 5 -  BMW i3

2019 BMW i3

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Eighty-six percent of respondents said that they have heard of the BMW i3. The i3 went into production in 2013 and has won a number of awards including two World Car of the Year trophies. BMW has sold around 133,000 i3s globally, including 83,000 in Europe.

No. 4 - Tesla Model X

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A majority of those surveyed (88 percent) have heard of the Tesla Model X. The Model X is the first SUV Tesla sold. It stands out from the crowd because of its seven-seat configuration and gull-wing doors.

No. 3 - Jaguar I-Pace

2019 Jaguar I-Pace

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The Jaguar I-Pace went on sale in 2018 as the automaker's first all-electric crossover. It was named the 2019 World Car of the Year, and won awards from the same voting group for Best Design and Best Green Car becoming the first vehicle to sweep those three awards. Eighty-nine percent of those surveyed are familiar with the I-Pace name.

No. 2 - Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S

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The Tesla Model S was introduced in 2012. When optimized for fuel efficiency, the Model S has a 390-mile range. Ninety-three percent of those surveyed recognized the car's name.

No. 1 - Nissan Leaf

2020 Nissan Leaf

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More than 94 percent of respondents said they had heard of the Nissan Leaf. Nissan launched the Leaf in 2010 and has sold 450,000 of them since then. The Nissan Leaf offers up to 239 miles of range in the U.S. and is considered one of the most dependable cars you can buy.

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The new Z starts at under $40,000.

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The new Nissan Z is finally here, and the 400-horsepower sports car is hitting the market with a reasonable price. The car starts at just $39,990 before a $1,025 destination charge. That's significantly cheaper than the least expensive Toyota Supra for a car with impressive specs and great style.

2023 Nissan ZThe Z gets a 400-horsepower V6 from Infiniti.Nissan

The 2023 Z comes with a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that makes 400 horsepower. It's paired with either a six-speed manual or nine-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. That's the enthusiast's dream setup, and it's one of few cars available in the U.S. with a manual gearbox. The body is stiffer and features more reinforcements from prior cars, and the steering system now features electric assistance instead of hydraulics. 18-inch wheels are standard and 19-inchers are available.

When it announced the car, Nissan made a point to talk about its retro-inspired styling and classic proportions. The coupe features a sweeping roofline, a distinct front fascia, and is unmistakeably a Z car, through and through. Inside, the car features a three anlog gauges for a classic look, 12.3-inch configurable digital gauge cluster and a 9-inch touchscreen display. The cabin looks upscale and tech-forward, with deep bucket seats.

2023 Nissan ZThe 2023 Z lands this summer. Nissan

Nissan says the new Z will go on sale in summer 2022. Pricing starts at $39,990 for the base Sport trim, $49,990 for the mid-range Performance trim, and $52,990 for the limited-edition range-topping Proto Spec trim.

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VW purchased the rights to the iconic Scout name and plans to make new EVs under the brand.

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Automakers bring back names and brands from the past all the time, but it's not every day that a major company purchases a brand name specifically for the purpose of reviving it. That's exactly what Volkswagen just did with Scout, the name of an ultra-popular off-road SUV that was built by International Harvester in the 1960s and 1970s.

As for the types of vehicles we'll see from the brand, we currently only have the renders to go on. The pickup truck and SUV both feature throwback styling that is reminiscent of the original Scout shapes. Beefy off-road tires and lifted suspension are the only other clues available in the drawings.

Volkswagen has its own EVs, and its other brands like Audi and Porsche have made significant progress with electric vehicles as well. That said, VW doesn't really have a solid off-road option from any of its brands at the moment, so the Scout purchase opens doors for the automaker in that arena.

The announcement sounds exciting, but we've still got plenty of time to wait before there's a Scout-branded EV on the roads. Volkswagen said the plan is to release vehicles by 2026, but it won't be sitting idle between now and then. The VW ID.4 is still very fresh and the automaker says it will launch a total of 25 new EVs in the U.S. by 2030.

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