The Complete List Of Electric Car Brands
Is the electric car the most popular type of electric transport? It certainly receives the most attention compared to all the rest. These big electric car brands are larger than life it seems, making headlines each and every day with the introduction of new models or by advancing the tech in some way.
Electric batteries are always in the conversation, perhaps due to the fact that a lot of electric car batteries are very similar to those used in electric boats.
It won’t be long before more electric cars occupy motorways/roads, thanks solely to the names mentioned on our complete list of electric car brands. Finally, a definitive list without the added waffle, covering companies you might have heard of in passing, but never stopped to check out fully. That changes today.
Tesla is a household name, that much is true, but there are dozens of other electric car companies you should be aware of. Known, unknown, new, old; we’ll be covering them all. This includes the major league car brands building electric hybrids and all-electric vehicles. Enjoy!
Dedicated Electric Car Brands
Below is our list of dedicated electric car brands that specialise in multiple types of vehicles. You’ll find that some of these names will manufacture trucks in addition to cars, others dealing with one or the other.
CEO: David Alcraft
Headquarters: Northamptonshire, UK
Hi-tech innovation and engineering ingenuity are hallmarks of the first company on the complete list of electric car brands. David Alcraft, founder and chairman of Alcraft has a track record of building established British businesses from the ground up. The man is a qualified pharmacist and chemical engineer. Basically, without him, there would be no Alcraft.
Concept vehicle, the GT, is the first Alcraft car, designed by Matthew Humphries. Proposed designs look incredibly promising. The GT is said to be a lightweight vehicle, complete with wraparound windows and the ability to travel up to 400 miles per charge.
Top Car: Alcraft GT
CEO: Denis Sverdlov
Headquarters: London, UK
British automobile company, Arrival develops electric vehicles of all shapes and sizes. One of the major selling points of this EV company is claims that their vehicles are incredibly cost-effective.
A prototype van made by Arrival can travel up to 120 miles on each charge. The company was considered practically bulletproof after investment from Hyundai and Kia (adding €100 billion to the pot).
The recent reveal of a zero-emissions bus with Covid safety measures has only caused the profile of this EV company to rise significantly. So much so that the company went public in March.
Top Vehicle: The Arrival Bus
CEO: Osman Boyner
Headquarters: London, UK
BEDEO design, source, build and configure electric batteries for a wide selection of vehicles, not limited to cars. A lot of their work is delivered on spec depending on the task at hand. BEDEO works on projects across the electric vehicle landscape, from land, to sea, to air (oh my).
Electric vans/passenger vehicles appear to be their main forte, given the strengths of models like the eDoblo Van and eDucato Passenger. BEDEO deal in electric powertrain batteries, a battery they claim can work in any vehicle within reason.
Top Car: eDoblo Van
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Headquarters: Nanjing, China
China is home to various electric car companies; they pose the strongest competition to the US. Byton is responsible for countless high-end electric vehicles. Look to the Byton M-Byte for the perfect example.
The M-Byte is a premium SUV with an interior display that resembles a spaceship console more than anything else. It’s a multi-purpose vehicle with multiple properties. Most electric cars follow the same archetype visually, not the M-Byte, or any other electric vehicle coming out of the Byton camp, for that matter.
Top Car: Byton M-Byte
CEO: Ulrich Kranz
Headquarters: Los Angeles, CA, US
LA-based automotive manufacturer Canoo, formerly Evelozcity (circa 2019), has made it their mission to produce affordable vehicles emphasising space. Canoo specialises in futuristic minivans and SUVs — giving Tesla’s Cybertruck a run for its money for the most stylish-looking electric vehicle.
Canoo has made news in the past for working alongside Hyundai Motor Group to manufacture shuttles for the company. Rumours of Canoo working on the undisclosed Apple car project began to circulate in January of this year; exciting stuff.
The Canoo Lifestyle Vehicle is the companies current magnum opus, with the MPDV and Pickup Truck trailing closely behind. Needless to say, the company is a major player in the world of EV.
Top Vehicle: Canoo Lifestyle Vehicle (SUV)
CEO: Carsten Breitfeld
Headquarters: Los Angeles, CA, US
Start-ups like Faraday Future have a tonne of momentum, as they tend to be rather passionate about the projects they work on. Or at least that’s the impression we get given the praise/success the company has found.
Faraday Future is named after English scientist Michael Faraday — aka the guy who discovered electromagnetic induction. Flagship car, the FF 91, is sleek as it is ingenious, matching Tesla with nifty features that make each drive worthwhile.
The Faraday 701-EV is one highlight worth sharing. Why? Because it took part in Formula E competitions. That’s right, there’s a racing league specifically for electric vehicles!
Top Vehicle: FF 91
CEO: Henrik Fisker
Headquarters: Manhatten Beach, CA, US
A rival to Tesla, Fisker Automotive is an American EV company, technically known worldwide for the notorious Fisker Karma. We say technically, as the company did go bankrupt a few years ago but would later reappear under a new trademark.
CEO Henrik Fisker made his name in the industry by designing countless premium cars, including the Artega GT and Aston Martin DB9. He also sat on the board of Aston Martin at one point in time.
There are flashy cars, and then there’s the Fisker Karma, a plug-in hybrid masking as a luxury sedan; a bonafide electric sports car, released all the way back in 2011. Plans to release the Fisker Ocean in 2022 are well underway.
Top Vehicle: Fisker Karma
CEO: Steve Burns
Headquarters: Lordstown, OH, US
For a company that only opened its doors in 2018, Lordstown Motors does an incredible job in appearing more experienced than most.
The company currently run a former General Motors ran plant out of Lordstown Assembly. General Motors has a vested interest in Lordstown Motors, having received $75 million from the corporation.
This electric car company is currently working on an all-wheel-drive electric pick up truck, aptly named the Lordstown Endurance. Just looking at this electric vehicle tells you it’s something special; the pickup of the not-so-distant future.
Top Vehicle: Lordstown Endurance
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CEO: Peter Rawlinson
Headquarters: Newark, CA, US
Looking for an elite level electric car? Check out Lucid, a premium automotive company that offer a range of high-end electric vehicles with speed and endurance in mind. Lucid could very well be the sports car company of the future if everything goes to plan.
Here’s an interesting tidbit for you, Lucid was initially known as Atieva. They’d later rebrand in October 2016, declaring their intent on crafting all-electric luxury vehicles. Their staff is made up of former employees from Tesla and Mazda.
The Lucid Air is arguably their best electric car to date, with a max horsepower of 1,080 and range of over 500 miles per charge! Talk about impressive. A Lucid Air can go 0-60 in 2.5 seconds, only adding to the overall appeal.
Top Vehicle: Lucid Air
CEO: Mark Russell
Headquarters: Phoenix, AZ, US
The Nikola Corporation aren’t your standard electric car company; they’re your go-to name for heavy-duty vehicles tied to shipping. Did you know that the company is named after a certain inventor? We’ll give you three guesses as to who.
The best Nikola vehicle is a toss-up between the Nikola Tre and the Nikola Two, depending on the task at hand. The Nikola Two can travel up to 900 miles on a single charge. Torque vectoring provides a lot more control of the truck, which is ideal given the size of the thing.
Top Vehicle: Nikola Two
CEO: William Li
Headquarters: Shanghai, China
A rising star in the world of electric car manufacturing and the company behind innovative battery-swapping services; say hello to NIO. Innovative is a word we’d use to describe this Chinese company.
The companies battery swap stations are hailed as a cheaper alternative to owning batteries, an initiative that could become the norm in many countries should electric eliminate the need for petrol cars completely. We recently reported on NIO’s deal with gas station juggernaut Sinopec.
NIO Pilot systems add an additional layer of functionality to their vehicles. Features include: adaptive cruise control, emergency braking and lane-keeping. NIO is developing a level 4 self-driving system alongside Mobileye; expected to be sold by 2022.
Top Vehicle: NIO ES8
CEO: Robert “RJ” Scaringe
Headquarters: Plymouth, MI, US
American automaker Rivian is a powerhouse of a manufacturer, to say the least, with over a decade worth of experience. In 2011, the company switched lanes to focus on building utility vehicles with electric optimisation.
Rivian have a knack for crafting unique off-road vehicles, the kind that induces feelings of adventure every time you’re behind the wheel. The Rivian R1T alone is said to be an adventure in and of itself, with its quad-motor and towing capacity.
Rivian was hired by Amazon to produce a large number of delivery vans in an effort to combat carbon emissions. Expect to see these Rivian vehicles sooner rather than later, with plans of having over 10,000 vans on the road by 2030.
Top Vehicle: Rivian R1T
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CEO: Elon Musk
Headquarters: Palo Alto, CA, US
Tesla is the quintessential electric car company, leading the charge for all things electric, be it vehicles or Powerwalls. CEO Elon Musk is an enigmatic figure who has changed the game for the EV market. Tesla is an oligopoly that moves like a monopoly.
The first Tesla Roadster was a big hit back in the early 00s, designed with performance in mind. Later models would continue to excel, reaching max speeds up to 250mph. Other vehicles in their inventory include the Model S, Model 3, Model X and Model Y.
The success of Tesla has grown organically through word of mouth. It’s difficult not to think of this company whenever the words “electric car company” are said aloud. You’d have to be living under a rock to know nothing about Tesla.
Top Vehicle: Tesla Roadster
CEO: Duane Hughes
Headquarters: Cincinnati, OH, US
If you’ve never heard of Workhorse, then you’ve been missing out. This American manufacturing company produces some of the best electric delivery vehicles there is. Moreover, the company make some pretty nifty aerial vehicles.
In 2018, the company announced plans to debut an octocopter to transport medical supplies in urban areas. Workhorse, also in 2018, announced a collaboration with UPS to develop and manufacture a fleet of plug-in electric trucks.
Their clientele continues to grow, which is certainly telling. Basically, the future of delivery is Workhorse, or so they’d have you believe. Although they do have plenty of competition in that regard. Who are you picking?
Top Vehicle: Workhorse C1000
CEO: He Xiaopeng
Headquarters: Guangzhou, China
XPeng, a Chinese electric vehicle company, is paving a path to the future with some pretty incredible battery-powered motors. Furthermore, a subsidiary of the electric car company in the U.S. has a permit for self-driving cars.
Models of XPeng vehicles cover everything from SUVs to sedans, depending on what your preferences are as a buyer. XPeng partnered with a car rental platform in 2020 to bring sustainable options to potential rent-ees.
The company is in constant competition with fellow countryman/electric car company NIO. After all, the company has shown an interest in battery rentals for budding electric car owners.
Top Vehicle: XPeng P7
Other Electric Car Brands
A lot of car companies are working on electric/electric hybrid vehicles, in addition to their standard, petroleum-ran output. You’d be surprised to learn how many companies are capitalising on the electric car phenomenon right now.
In fact, we’d say all of them are pushing EV to where it needs to be if it’s to eventually replace combustion engines within the next few years.
You might have already seen ads for these vehicles? Kia, for example, promote their eco range like crazy especially on YouTube.
For example, BMW has a full range of plug-in hybrids in their catalogue. Plug-in hybrids are only part-carbon natural as they rely on petrol but can run on electric only for a little while. Other companies dipping their toes in the electric car market include:
Are the above names better than established electric car companies that deal only in EV?
The answer depends on what you’re looking for and what you consider convenient/important. Price tends to vary regardless, with plug-in hybrids being the cheaper of the two options; score one for team hybrid.
Companies like Volkswagen have publicly stated they intend on adding more electric cars to their line-up, lowering the number of standard petroleum options in the process. In other words, they see the potential/opportunity to grow in a sustainable market.
Plug-in hybrids are an excellent option for long-distance travel.
Although, we still reserve the right to change our mind, as and when the tech behind electric batteries gets better; score one for team electric.
Misc. Electric Car Brands
Some electric car brands are a little harder to pinpoint for some reason or other compared to others we’ve mentioned.
For example, Aptiv PLC is an auto-parts company that supplies vital pieces, essential pieces, that fit in the electric car puzzle. They’re not a traditional electric car brand but are integral to the entire operation by association.
Without Aptiv, a majority of electric car startups would suffer.
Major corporation General Motors is another name you’ll see quite often if you spend enough time in the EV space. General Motors do everything from design vehicles to manufacture them. Also, they own Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GMC — companies who have shown an interest in electrifying their range.
Why is the electric car industry so popular right now?
It’s true, the electric car industry is going through a boom at the moment; the same can be said of various other EV-related industries, with cars steering most of the conversation.
Why is that? Well, electric cars offer better utility and a lot of functionality for what you pay.
Low maintenance costs are actually one of the major selling points of buying an electric car generally. Fewer moving parts under the hood make EVs cheap to keep. Moreover, you pay less to top up your vehicle to run compared to petrol-fuelled cars.
The race for carbon neutral is one watched around the globe by governments and experts. Ultimately, ignoring the rise in carbon emissions would leave the planet in an awful state for future generations. That’s the main reason the electric car business is so revered.
Here are the main benefits of owning an electric car for those interested:
- The electric car is better for the environment.
- Low maintenance costs make them cheaper in the long run.
- Electric cars are optimised for high performance.
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