UPDATED BY
Rose Velazquez | Aug 16, 2022

From the days of horse and carriage to the bullet trains and airplanes of today, people have always come up with creative ways to get from point A to point B. Unfortunately, the transportation industry has often been notoriously inefficient when it comes to energy consumption. 

With threats like global warming, it can be easy to give up hope that we’ll be able to course-correct. Luckily, there is a silver lining — technology companies of all backgrounds are working to make even the least environmentally friendly industry more sustainable, and the transportation sector is no exception.

Electric Car Companies to Know

  • Tesla
  • Lucid Motors
  • Zoox
  • Aptiv
  • Rivian
  • NIO
  • Nissan
  • Volvo

 

The Rise of EV Companies

While it has gotten a lot more attention in recent years, electric car technology has been around a lot longer than you might think. In fact, the first electric cars predate today’s EV companies by over a century. 

Prototypes for electric carriages and trains date all the way back to the 1830s, though the first truly viable electric vehicle wasn’t built until the 1870s. In the early 1900s, electric vehicle technology enjoyed some time in the spotlight, but that attention faded once gas-powered cars became more widely available and affordable. 

In the past two decades however, electric cars have reentered the public imagination with full force. Concern about the environmental impact of gas and diesel powered engines have made many people think more seriously about electric vehicles as a viable and more efficient alternative, and as a result, the EV industry has exploded. Between 2020 and 2021, “light-duty plug-in electric vehicles” sales jumped by 85%, hitting more than 600,000, according to U.S. Department of Energy data. That’s in comparison to less than 100,000 sales a decade ago.

Electric car technology has made great strides in the past few years, going from a fringe luxury product to the new standard in automotive manufacturing. Electric vehicles now include sports cars, freight trucks, bikes and many other products designed to make travel easier, quicker and more eco-friendly. 

Take a look at this list of 37 electric car companies that are helping us increase our mobility while reducing our energy footprint.

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Electric Car Companies to Know

Location: Mountain View, California

Waymo not only wants to bring self-driving technology onto the streets, the company wants it to become the norm. The company began as a division of Google and has advanced to begin piloting both a self-driving shipping fleet, Waymo Via, and a ride-hailing service, Waymo One. Waymo presents a safer alternative to human-driven transportation along with a fully electric fleet to prioritize efficiency and responsibility at the same time.

 

Location: Campbell, California

ChargePoint manages a network of accessible electric vehicle charging stations. These stations help power more efficient mobility and encourage the transition to sustainable transportation. Supporting individual drivers, logistics companies and everyone in between, ChargePoint offers a mobile app customers can use to discover and map available charging stations

 

Location: San Francisco, California

WeaveGrid’s aim is to build an infrastructure network to support the widespread adoption of electric vehicles and power decarbonization efforts. The company’s software uses cloud technology to keep the EV grid connected and compliant with security and reliability regulations. Its team hails from diverse backgrounds in utilities, cleantech, software and other industries, combining their unique experiences and perspectives to deliver smart charging solutions to EV users across the country.

 

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Piaggio Fast Forward is the creator of Gita, an intuitive robot that pairs with people to help them transport goods wherever they go. Though not an electric car in itself, Gita is fully rechargeable and utilizes machine vision technology to track movement and stay on course with the person it is paired with while possessing “pedestrian etiquette” capabilities to avoid people and obstacles.

 

Location: San Francisco, California

Volta Charging’s mission is to make electric vehicles affordable. To make that a reality, they partner with companies to provide free charging stations for electric vehicle drivers. The company’s charging stations also double as advertising locations, giving partner brands the ability to market their products through a sustainable platform.

 

Location: San Francisco, California

Uber is among the largest rideshare companies in the world, helping provide people with on-demand rides in cities throughout the world. The company has recently launched its Uber Comfort Electric and Uber Green categories, offering the option for riders to choose only drivers with electric cars. The company plans to feature only electric cars in its fleet by 2030.

 

Location: Foster City, California

Zoox is a ride-hailing company that works to make taxi services fully reliant on electric and self-driving technologies. Zoox’s team designs all of its software and hardware in house, and its vehicles feature technologies like sensor lidar, real-time computing tech and 360 degree field of view.

 

Location: Cedar Park, Texas

Hyliion is a sustainability-focused transportation company that develops powertrain technologies and battery solutions that make electric vehicles more affordable and accessible. The company's scalable solutions make it easier for clients to integrate electric vehicles into their pre-existing fleets, reducing the need for replacing entire infrastructures and helping more companies achieve zero emissions.

 

Location: Dublin, Ireland

APTIV is one of the world's leading electric vehicle architecture providers, focusing on making transportation technologies more efficient by supporting the broad adoption of EV technology. The company has developed solutions for advanced safety and autonomous driving, among other aspects of vehicle design.

 

Location: Zurich, Switzerland

ABB is a green technology company that markets a comprehensive suite of sustainability-focused products that include control room solutions, low voltage products, generators, mechanical power transmissions and others. ABB’s team has multiple decades of experience serving the automotive, chemical, railway, logistics, and marine industries, as well as dozens of others.

 

Location: Irvine, California

Two models of Rivian’s “electric adventure vehicle” with on-road and off-road capabilities have been in production and are available for reservation with a refundable deposit. The company’s R1T pickup truck is capable of covering between 260 and 400 miles depending on battery and engine customizations and the R1S with its three rows of seats can go from zero to sixty miles per hour in about three seconds. Rivian also works with clients to help them electrify their commercial vehicle fleets.

 

Location: Phoenix, Arizona

Nikola builds electric semi-trucks. One model, the TRE BEV that became available in 2021, can travel up to 350 miles and has a charge time of approximately two hours. The company has two more truck models expected to become available in 2023 and 2024.

 

Location: Shanghai, China

NIO produces several electric vehicle models, including its ES8 flagship SUV and the EP9, which the company boasts is “one of the world’s fastest electric cars” as it set two lap records in 2017. NIO cars are available in China, and the company has begun to expand into Norway and Germany as well. NIO also has an R&D center in San Jose, California.

 

Location: Dearborn, Michigan

In addition to multiple vehicle models available as hybrids, Ford also produces three all-electric vehicles. That includes the E-Transit, which is a commercial cargo van offered with three different options for length and roof height.

 

Location: Cypress, California

Romeo Power designs and builds high-density batteries for electric trucks and cars, helping support more powerful sustainable transit options in order to make transportation more eco-friendly. The company’s lithium battery products can be integrated into personal vehicles, freight trucks, manufacturing robotics and a variety of other products.

 

Location: Rochester, New York

Hyzon Motors is a startup focused on decarbonization through hydrogen cell fueled, zero emissions vehicle technology. The company’s main focus is reducing emissions in the logistics industry, and its team builds trucks and other fleet vehicles capable of running logistics operations without relying on gas or diesel.

 

Location: London, England

Arrival is a car manufacturer focused on transitioning the transportation industry to a zero-emissions model by building affordable and accessible electric vehicles. In addition to passenger cars, Arrival also builds electric vans and buses. The company partners with government organizations and corporations to help them become more sustainable and energy efficient.

 

Location: Culver City, California

Envoy connects real estate property owners with electric vehicle fleets they can use to increase mobility throughout their properties while still conserving energy. The company's mobile transportation platform provides users with the ability to request and reserve electric vehicles on demand, helping streamline travel throughout apartment complexes, hotels and corporate environments.

 

Location: Palo Alto, California

Ztractor is a developer of autonomous and electric vehicles built for use in the agriculture sector, helping modernize farming and providing tools businesses can use to increase their yield. The vehicles are equipped with sensors, cameras and GPS systems to process real-time environmental data and improve crop conditions.

 

Location: Newark, California

Lucid Motors aims to combine sustainability with luxury, developing smart electric vehicles that display all the features of traditional luxury cars. Lucid Motors' vehicles are capable of 0-60 miles per hour in less than 2.5 seconds, and have a charging time of around 20 minutes. They also feature smart ecosystems that enable voice control, mobile connectivity and cutting-edge GPS technology.

 

Location: Austin, Texas

Tesla is one of the leading electric car manufacturers and developers in the world, and was one of the first companies to perfect EV design. In addition to developing and marketing high-speed electric vehicles, the company also develops solar panels designed for use in businesses and homes.

 

Location: Seattle, Washington

Rad Power Bikes is the biggest electric bike company in the United States with a footprint that extends to 30 countries across the globe. The company aims to combine efficiency with comfort to help make sustainable transportation more appealing, offering bike options for off-roading, city transit and utility purposes.

 

Location: Brooklyn, New York

Revel is a ride-sharing company that operates a fleet of electric vehicles and scooters in Miami, Brooklyn, Austin and a number of other large cities. Revel customers can register and request vehicles via a mobile app, with rental rates charging by the minute or hour to offer different options for travel.

 

Location: Justin, Texas

From personal vehicles to cargo delivery trucks, Canoo’s many electric vehicle offerings support both individual and corporate clients sustainably in their transportation needs. Walmart signed an agreement to purchase 4,500 EVs from Canoo to be used for deliveries starting in 2023.

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Location: Loveland, Colorado

Lightning eMotors specifically serves the logistics industry by manufacturing electric power systems for use in vans, buses, trucks and other vehicles. By developing state of the art, zero-emissions technologies, Lightning eMotors helps companies optimize their fleets both for energy conservation and efficiency.

 

Location: Denver, Colorado

Autowatts combines the best of solar technology and electric vehicle technology with its energy financing platform. Clients can use the platform to shop around for solar options to power their EV at home, plan for installation and close deals all online.

 

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Electra Vehicles designs electric energy storage and usage systems for use in both vehicle and power grid use cases, helping optimize energy consumption and battery lifetimes. With a team previously hailing from NASA, Toyota and other leading institutions, Electra Vehicles’ product offerings include an application that compares battery options to help companies choose the best one for their electric vehicle.

 

Location: Watertown, Massachusetts

WiTricity offers a creative new method for supporting sustainable travel, offering electric vehicle owners the ability to wirelessly charge their cars. WiTricity removes the hassle of additional components or wires by providing a park-and-charge, cord-free charging option that works just as quickly and effectively as plug-in chargers

 

Location: Portland, Oregon

Forth is an innovator in electric and smart vehicle technology, making accessible both fully electric and hybrid-electric vehicles for both personal and ride-sharing use. The company's online platform collects data and specs on vehicle range, horsepower and other features, as well as providing customers with information on pricing and rebate options.

 

Location: New York, New York

Levy Electric offer city dwellers a versatile method of transportation that helps users get from point A to point B quickly and efficiently. The company provides its users a range of scooters based on skill level, and are integrated with long-range batteries and cruise control.

 

Location: Palo Alto, California

Open Motors takes a different approach to electric vehicle development, offering existing car manufacturers a platform they can use to design, model and create their own electric vehicles. The shared platform helps companies save on R&D costs, and provides emerging startups with a database for adapting and creating their own individual products.

 

Location: Campbell, California

Renovo is a vehicle software company that provides auto manufacturers a platform to design smart, electric vehicles. Renovo's standout platform has earned the company recognition from a variety of leading awards agencies, including the Edison Awards and the TAAS Technology Awards.

 

Location: Burlingame, California

Proterra aims to make public transit more fuel efficient and sustainable, building buses, trucks and other heavy duty vehicles to increase the adoption of clean power. With both mass transit and commercial vehicles in their product portfolio, Proterra helps corporate and government organizations move away from fossil fuel reliance and toward electric power without compromising efficiency.

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Location: Gardena, California

Faraday Future develops “next-generation smart electric connected vehicles,” the first of which is the FF 91 that was available for preorder, but not yet in production as of the first half of 2022. The company says the vehicle will travel upwards of 300 miles per battery charge, be equipped to operate autonomously and have zero gravity seats.

 

Location: Detroit, Michigan

As of the first half of 2022, Chevrolet had two fully electric vehicle models on the market, the Bolt EV and Bolt EUV. The company’s all-electric SUV, the Blazer EV, and electric pickup truck, the Silverado EV, should be hitting the road for customers in 2023.

 

Location: Franklin, Tennessee

Nissan has been producing its all-electric LEAF since 2010, when it debuted as the first electric vehicle available on the mass market. The company is adding another model to its EV portfolio in 2023 with the release of the Nissan ARIYA.

 

Location: Gothenberg, Sweden

Volvo’s Recharge line of vehicles includes two pure electric car offerings along with five plug-in hybrid models. The company is aiming to make at least half of its vehicle offerings entirely electric by 2025.

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