By the end of August, there will be more than 40,000 new plug-in electric cars on American roads. That’s just the beginning of the market for EVs and plug-in hybrids, which is expected to reach one million vehicles in about five years. Quickly following any new automotive market is a growing number of accessories and after-market products. Many of these accessories are designed to make a battery-powered car look as cool as the technology under the hood. In other cases, it’s nothing but pure EV fan-boy adoration.
Here’s a quick spin through a few accessories now available to owners of Volt, Leaf and Tesla.
Tesla Roadster HD Poster
The Tesla Roadster began with atmospheric prices and anticipation longer than a James Cameron movie. Did it live up to expectations? Who cares. With bodywork borrowed from Lotus, the few select owners of the Tesla Roadster are humming along quietly alongside high performance without sipping a drop of gasoline.
While gaining access to this highly coveted, limited production EV, you can still have one in your garage — on the wall.
Chevy Volt Sunshade
This windshield Sunshade Package helps keep the interior of your Volt cooler on hot sunny days. By cooling down the Volt’s cabin, you won’t have to run the AC as much—and therefore every electron of battery energy can be sent to the wheels. The sunshade also protects your dashboard from sun damage. It folds up and fits neatly in the storage bag, which also features the Volt logo.
Chevy Volt Cover
Even when you need to protect your Volt from the elements, folks should know that G.M.’s innovative plug-in hybrid is under the cover. There’s even a graphic of a plug over the charging inlet to show where the Volt gets its juice.
Nissan Leaf Zero Emissions Graphic Package
The EV revolution is on. Tell the world all about it with this zero emissions decal package for your Nissan Leaf. Available in light or dark gray.
Nissan Leaf Hologram Kick Plate
It’s time to pimp your electric car. This hologram kick plate adds the extra touch of technology to the EV experience.
Tesla Model S Poster
Tesla says the Model S will not only be the best electric car ever made. It will be the best sedan on the planet. The first units have been rolling out of Tesla’s California factory. Celebrate the dawn of the new era in electric automotive technology by displaying this 16 x 24 inch poster, printed on heavy weight gloss archive paper.
Tesla Model S Reservation
Don’t be satisfied with just looking at the poster. Here’s your chance to be Model S owner #424. The purchase of this Model S reservation includes the $5,000 payment toward the vehicle. The reservation will go to the highest bidder. The seller’s reserve price starts at $6,000. Delivery is expected before the end of 2012—otherwise you would have to wait until June 2013 or even later. The version of the Tesla Model S now on sale features a battery pack capable of 300 miles of range, and sells for around $70,000.