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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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Volkswagen has chosen a name for its new SUV.

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The forthcoming new Volkswagen SUV will be called the Taos after the town in New Mexico. The name was chosen to specifically appeal to North American customers, who are the target market for the SUV, which Will slot below the Tiguan in the VW lineup.

“We're thrilled to announce the name for the newest member of the Volkswagen family," said Hein Schafer, Senior Vice President for Product Marketing and Strategy, Volkswagen of America, Inc. "It was important to choose a name that really embodied the nature of the car and the town of Taos, New Mexico was a perfect fit. It's a small city that offers big things—from outdoor adventure to arts and design and great cuisine."

Taos New Mexico Taos, New Mexico is the namesake for a forthcoming Volkswagen model.Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

"We are excited that Volkswagen has named their sport utility vehicle after the town of Taos," said Taos Mayor Dan Barrone. "It's a great opportunity for our community to share its rich history and culture alongside Volkswagen with its unique and rich history and culture."

Taos, New Mexico is a thriving small town of 6,000 people. It has a 400-year history and a 1,000-year-old Native American community just a few miles from the center fo town. Artists and skiers flock to the city, which is noted for its stunning landscapes.

Incidentally, Taos was also home to John Muir, an engineer turned mechanic, and author of "How To Keep Your Volkswagen Alive: A Manual of Step-by-Step procedures for the Compleat Idiot." First published in 1969, and illustrated by local artist Peter Aschwanden, this counter-culture guide to Volkswagen repairs quickly developed a popular following. The book, started in Muir's Taos shop, has helped keep countless VW models running, from Beetles and Buses to Type 3 and Type 4 models.

Volkswagen promises that the new Taos “will offer great value, excellent fuel economy, and great packaging, as well as advanced infotainment and driver-assistance features”.

The 2022 Volkswagen Taos will be revealed on October 13.

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The teaser image of the 2027 Kia lineup includes numerous cars and SUVs.

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Kia has revealed plans to launch seven new battery electric vehicles (BEVs) by 2027 in numerous segments. The first, code named CV, will launch in 2021 and serve as the kickoff to a new Kia design direction. The move is known internally as the “Plan S" strategy. Under Plan S, Kia's BEV line will include 11 models by 2025.

The announcement coincides with the company's stated goal of having 25 percent of Kia's global sales come from BEVs by 2029. To do that, the company plans to work to expand the world's electric vehicle (EV) charging network. Kia has sold over 100,000 BEVs worldwide since the company introduced its first model in 2011, the Kia Ray.

Kia Ray EV 2011 The Kia Ray was the company's first production EV.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

Plan S includes a company-wide business transformation that will include production, sales, and services. Dealerships will likely be required too invest in equipment to handle the influx of EVs. In the U.S, Kia will increase the number of EV work bays at dealerships to 600 by the end of 2020 and increase the number to more than 2,000 by 2023..

The product plan includes a diverse number of models. The vehicles will include BEVs that are “suitable for urban centers, long-range journeys, and performance driving". They will be based on the company's new adaptable Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP). The platform will allow for best-in-class interior spaciousness, according to Kia.

Though subscription services have not gained widespread popularity in the U.S., the company is exploring the creation of subscription services, as well as EV battery leasing and rental programs. Other “second life" battery-related businesses may be part of the plan as well.

Kia also plans to add around 500 charging stations in North America, partnering with its dealer networks. Further, the company is seeking a partner in North America to support a larger infrastructure buildout.

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