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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 2022 Nissan Pathfinder is an off-road ready family hauler.

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The Nissan Pathfinder is the company's three-row crossover, sitting below the Armada and above the Rogue in the company's lineup. It's a rival to the Hyundai Palisade, Kia Telluride, Toyota Highlander, and Honda Pilot. Check out the Nissan's most compelling features by scrolling down.

Every Pathfinder comes loaded with safety technology.

The Nissan Safety Shield 360 suite of safety and driver assist technology comes standard on the Rogue. It includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, land departure warning, high beam assist, and rear automatic braking.

Additionally, the company's Intelligent Driver Alertness and Rear Door Alert technologies are standard.

ProPilot Assist takes the wheel.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder

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Nissan's ProPilot Assist technology doesn't allow for hands-free driving and it's not self-driving, but it does fuse together many functionalities that make daily drive functions easier, especially when your children are doing their best to distract you.

ProPILOT Assist combines steering assist and Intelligent Cruise Control to help control acceleration. It can be used in heavy traffic and on open highways.

For 2021, ProPilot Assist has been enhanced. It has next-generation radar and camera technology that is designed to allow for smoother braking, better steering assist, and improved detection performance when vehicles cut into the lane.

There's a removable second-row center console.

Between the second-row captain's chairs in the seven-passenger Pathfinder, there's a thin center console (enough storage space for two cupholders and some small items) that is removable without using any tools. Removing this console allows for easier access in/out of the third-row for small children and adults. With the console in place, the seats can still be tipped and moved forward for quick ingress/egress to/from the third row.

The second row is spacious.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder

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Sitting in the second-row captain's chairs is very much like sitting in those that you'd find in a full-size SUV. Adults will find that hip-room is plenty big enough while children will relish the opportunity to feel like they're being treated to upscale accommodations.

Three people fit across the back seat.

Second-row captain's chairs are being offered for the first time on Pathfinder with this new model. Nissan has added rear seating flexibility with the ability to fit three across the back seat. While three adults are a tight fit in the third row, children, tweens, and some teens that don't have long legs won't likely have a problem with it.

Pathfinder's drive modes are designed to inspire confidence.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder

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Nissan has made the Rogue available with all-wheel drive. Those models also get five drive modes: Off-road, Snow, Standard, Eco, and Sport. The modes are engaged using the drive-mode selector mounted on the center console. The all-wheel drive system uses new technology that is designed to respond quicker when slippage is detected.

It has a 6,000-pound towing capability.

Nissan boasts that the 2022 Pathfinder has best-in-lass available 6,000-pound maximum towing capacity. That's enough to allow boats, ATVs, camp tents, or trailers to be connected out back. Trailer Sway Control is standard on the Pathfinder and allows for more towing confidence, especially when winds pick up.

Moving the second-row seat is as easy as the push of one button.

Nissan has equipped the second-row bench seat in the Pathfinder with EZ-Flex one-touch mechanics. It takes just one press of a button to activate fold and slide functionalities for the second-row seats. The button can be reached from both the driver and passenger sides of the vehicle for ease.

The cargo area is plenty spacious.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder

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Behind the SUV's third-row seats Pathfinder can fit a 120-quart cooler or four golf bags - all with the third row full of occupants. The interior can also accommodate 4x8-foot plywood sheets.

The ride is sublimely quiet.

Nissan has equipped the Pathfinder with acoustic laminated front glass, thicker second-row glass, increased door and floor isolation, and a 60-percent increase in engine noise absorption materials. The result is a vehicle that provides a quieter ride, meaning less likelihood parents will have to should to be heard by third-row passengers.

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BMW's newest works are equal parts art and car.

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BMW has revealed "The Ultimate AI Masterpiece", an exploration of automobiles at the intersection of art in conjunction with Frieze New York 2021, as well as the 50th anniversary of BMW Group Cultural Engagement. The virtual art installation is supported by videos of the exhibit's creation process on YouTube and Instagram.

The installment is the brain child of creative technologist Nathan Shipley of Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, and Gary Yeh, art connoisseur/founder of artDrunk. The duo used the NVIDIA StyleGAN artificial intelligence model to "cross-reference over 50,000 images of artwork spanning 900 years of history and a curated set of 50 works from renowned and emerging contemporary artists BMW has worked with over the past 50 years", according to a release.

Frieze New York 2021: "The Ultimate AI Masterpiece"

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The artificial intelligence then used those pieces to create entirely new art, merging classical art with the work of contemporary artists. These new works have been projection-mapped onto a virtual rendition of BMW's flagship 8 Series Gran Coupe.

"For 50 years, BMW has supported the arts and culture through numerous initiatives as a way engage and interact with consumers around the world in an authentic way," said Uwe Dreher, vice president of marketing, BMW of North America. "As we continue these efforts into 2021, and look for new and creative ways to engage audiences, we shift to a virtual setting where we are combining centuries-old art and the latest AI technology to create something completely new and exciting."

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Shipley and Yeh collaborated digitally from their homes in San Francisco and Seoul for the project.

"During an unusually isolated time in history, we took the opportunity to curate and work with artists from around the world as a means to give viewers a true art experience digitally," said Gary Yeh, art collector and founder of ArtDrunk. It was particularly exciting to push the boundaries of art, see how technology may influence the art world in the years to come, and build on 50 years of cultural engagement at BMW."

Frieze New York is currently in its 10th edition and taking place at The Shed in Manhattan through May 9. The venue is new and features an event reimagined for its new location, bringing together over 60 major galleries. A dedicated edition of Frieze Viewing Room will run parallel to the fair, through May 14, and will feature an expanded list of over 160 exhibitors.

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