The Miles XS500 is an electric car now under development. Unlike some of the company’s other neighborhood electric vehicles, the Miles XS500 EV will be meant for highway travel with a top speed of 80 mph and a range of 120-plus miles per charge.
According to Miles Electric Vehicles, based in Santa Monica, California the zero emissions XS500 will cost about the price of a gallon of gasoline to operate for this 120-mile range. The interior of the five-seater electric vehicle has Pininfarina styling (used also by Ferrari, Maserati and Alpha Romeo) and is Bluetooth compatible.
The Miles XS500 is easily recharged from a standard 220v wall outlet and the advanced lithium ion battery is currently rated for up to 150,000 miles of use. One of the downsides of this vehicle is that the battery is only currently rated for up to 150,000 miles of use. This will most likely increase, though as the technology progresses. Charging time is 4 to 6 hours.
Miles also is currently selling several different varieties of low speed, neighborhood electric vehicles that top out at 25 mph. The ZX40, ZX40S, ZX40S Advanced Design and the ZX40ST work truck are all being offered for those who have a need for low speed.
If you have a crush on electric cars and were crushed when the EV1 got crushed, then this may be the replacement vehicle for you. There is no word yet on the pricing of the vehicle, but expect one can expect it to come in at much less than a Tesla Roadster.