7 Foreign Electric Cars That Would Sell Like Hotcakes In The U.S.

Which Foreign Electric Car Do You Most Desire?

Updated November 19, 2018

Electric cars are catching up fast, especially in the U.S. However, they have not replaced gas-powered automobiles yet. Electric cars cover merely 1% of the market. A majority of Americans are yet to embrace the idea of driving a car that needs an electric charge than the usual refueling at a gas station. With the global outcry on climatic change, energy depletion, environmental pollution, and oil crisis, there is the need for plug-in technology to be taken seriously.

The two giant producers in this field, GM and Tesla, have the mandate to step up and ensure EVs dominate the automobile world. This can be achieved by the two companies manufacturing a range of EV cars and trucks that can tap into consumer needs. This includes aesthetics, performance, maintenance, speed capacity, and above all, affordability. Just as the communications industry has made mobile telephony accessible to American and global consumers, electric cars can be accommodated easily if several consumer preferences are considered.

The following cars have the potential of selling big in America:

7. Volkswagen Golf GTE

Volkswagen Golf GTE

Not a new model for an EV, the Ford Focus Energi has been on the mind of car enthusiasts for some time, and all for the right reasons. The car uses both gas and electric charge. The electric charge runs up to 20-25 miles before switching to gasoline diet. Unfortunately, the model never hit the American market as anticipated. However, its plug-in hybrid is a reality since it has worked for the Volkswagen’s compact model. Priced at $40,000 before incentives, the Golf GTE is ranked No. 5 in Europe this year.

6. BYD Tang

BYD Tang is one of the foreign electric cars we'd like to see in the US

The BYD Tang is a plug-in hybrid SUV that could evoke America’s need for more electric cars on the road. The Tang could comfortably replace many expensive cars in Europe whose range don’t match the price tags. The BYD Tang’s range, for instance, is 50 miles on electric charge alone. The hybrid costs $48,000. It has a powerful torque of 500 horsepower and a sprint of 60 miles per hour in five seconds flat. This car beats a Corvette by far.

5. Renault ZOE

Renault ZOE

The original Nissan Leaf happens to be an all-time favorite electric sedan among American buyers. The good news is that the Renault ZOE has doubled the range of the original Leaf and comes with a relatively fair price. Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn launched the new model at the Paris Motor Show. Renault ZOE gives you a range of 186 miles of electric charge. Guaranteed to give the Chevy Bolt EV a run for its money, the Renault ZOE will hit the market in November this year.

4. BAIC EU260


The Chinese automobile market is teeming with never-heard-of electric car models the U.S. consumers ought to envy. The BAIC EU260 covers a European cycle range of 160 miles per single electric charge. The cost? $37,000 before cash rebates from manufacturers and dealers. After the incentives, a consumer in China pays $23,000 or less. This kind of price can’t even get you 80 miles of range in the U.S. market. Just to prove that American consumers are missing out, the BAIC EU260 sold 3,800 models in September in China.

3. Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV’s fate remains mysterious. As such, it’s apparent that American consumers might as well forget to get a taste of this EV. A three years’ delay is enough to dim anyone’s optimism. Mitsubishi has not announced when it is likely to hit the market ever since the launch of the production model in New York. Ironically, in European markets, it is a best-seller that has sold an estimate of 100,000 units, if it were to be released in the American market.

2. SAIC Roewe 550e

SAIC Roewe 550e

Another model that can do well in the American market is the SAIC Roewe 550e. A plug-in hybrid that covers 37 miles of electric range, as per the European standards. It goes up to 500 miles range akin to the original Chevy Volt. Priced at $37,000 before dealer-consumer offers, it sold 13,000 units in China in 2016. In the U.S., that figure is likely to double.

1. BYD Qin


Meet the BYD Qin. This plug-in hybrid electric vehicle comes with 300 horsepower and 43 miles range on a single charge and a speed 60 miles per hour in six seconds. American consumers are drawn to high-performance cars. Coupled with its price of $25,000 after incentives in U.S. markets, the BYD would be a first choice. It is no wonder that 65, 000 units have rolled off the showroom since 2014.




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