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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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Audi is only making the car for U.S. customers.

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The 2021 Audi R8 Panther special edition is one of the rarer gifts you can get for your garage this holiday season. With a limited run of 30 coupes in the works, the R8 Panther edition models are the first available units in the R8 rear-wheel-drive model line and available only for U.S. customers.

If the name sounds familiar to you, that's because it should. The R8 Panther edition joins the 2019 RS 5 Panther edition, which was also a limited run and featured the same paint color and interior upholstery.

2021 Audi R8 Panther The hallmarks of the model include its black paint job and red-edged wheels.Photo courtesy of Audi AG

The unique 2021 R8 Panther comes covered in an Audi-exclusive Panther Black crystal effect paint job with carbon exterior mirror housings. Its badging has been coated in black. The model rides on 20-inch five-double-spoke dynamic design wheels that have been milled cut, finished in matte black with red trim, and wrapped in summer performance tires.

Your neighbors will hear you leaving the cul-de-sac thanks to the car's sport exhaust system, which amplifies the sound of the V10 engine. LED headlights and LED taillights, with dynamic turn signals will help their eyes follow your path on the way out as they peer out their windows.

The R8 Panther is powered by a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V1 engine that produces 532 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque, and sprints from zero to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds. It has a top track speed of 201 mph.

The chassis of the R8 Panther edition has been specifically adapted for rear-wheel drive, including using solid rear axles as opposed to hollow, a stiffer front anti-roll bar, and an increase in rear negative camber.

2021 Audi R8 Panther

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The model has a full black leather interior with Crimson red stitching. Its racing shells seats are covered in red Nappa leather and have power height and manual fore/art seat adjustment. The car's gear selector and parcel shelf are covered in Alcantara, and the headliner features a diamond-stitched Alcantara. Audi has given the model a brand-exclusive steering wheel with leather/Alcantara and 12 o'clock marker as well as exclusive R8 floor mats with Crimson red leather edging.

Audi virtual cockpit, Audi smartphone interface, Audi phone box with signal booster, navigation, a 13-speaker Bang & Olufson sound system, and illuminated door sill inlays are included.

A carbon exterior package adds carbon fiber to the engine compartment and carbon sigma sideblades while the carbon interior package adds carbon fiber high-gloss surrounds for both the virtual cockpit and the air vents, as well as the center console.

The 2021 R8 Panther edition will be available in select dealerships this month with an MSRP of $183,300. There is an additional $1,495 destination charge, $1,700 gas guzzler tax, sales taxes, title, options, and dealer charges.

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The Hispano Suiza Carmen Boulogne is an all-electric hypercar

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The Hispano Suiza brand has been around for more than a century. Now primarily known as an aerospace company, the automotive side of the business is attempting a revival, first with the Carmen's introduction and now with the Carmen Boulogne, a sportier take on the Carmen.

The Carmen Boulogne is a fully electric and exclusive hypercar that was designed, developed, and manufactured in Barcelona, Spain. The company will create just five examples for sale.

Its name origin stretches back to 1921 when Hispano Suiza made a racing version of its high-performance H6 Coupé and entered it in the George Boillot Cup, an endurance race lasting more than 3.5 hours around the French city of Boulogne. Hispano Suiza took the win at the race in 1921, 1922, and 1923.

Hispano Suiza Carmen Boulogne Photo courtesy of Hispano Suiza

The Hispano Suiza Carmen Boulogne delivers 1,098 horsepower and has an electronically limited maximum speed of 180 mph. The car can get form zero to 60 mph in 2.6 seconds and weighs 3,593 pounds. Its weight is 60 pounds less than the traditional Carmen, a number that was achieved by changing out traditional structural elements for a carbon fiber subframe, among other parts. Additionally, the entire body of the car is carbon fiber.

The car's 80 kilowatt hour battery gives it a driving range of up to 248 miles. That's similar to the range of the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E. Its battery is designed and produced in-house, and has fast-charging capability of more than 80 kilowatts, taking just 30 minutes to charge from 30 to 80 percent via a CCS2 fast charger. It also has CHAdeMO and GB/T charging options.

Each rear wheel of the car has two permanent-magnet synchronous motors. The torque deliver of each motor is controlled through a vectoring system honed by experience in Formula E racing. Off the line through 6,500 rpm, the car is capable of reaching 1,180 pound-feet of torque.

The face of the car has the same semi-circular headlights and scowl as the Carmen, with the difference of a copper-colored grille. Buyers can customize their model to include either suede or black Alcantara on the dashboard and door panels.

Hispano Suiza Carmen Boulogne

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The price of the Hispano Suiza Carmen Boulogne starts at $2 million USD, and its manufacturing process requires approximately twelve month of lead time.

The five units of the Carmen Boulogne hypercar join the 14 units of the Carmen to reach a total of 19 units in production, with the first unit ready to be delivered in 2022.

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