Electric cars steal the attention at Seattle Auto Show

Electric cars steal the attention at Seattle Auto Show
A Tesla Model S is on display at the Seattle Auto Show.

SEATTLE - The Seattle Auto Show is featuring more electric cars than ever before in its 90-year history.

Seven electric cars are making their debuts - the Tesla Model S, Ford Focus Electric, Ford C-Max Energi, Cadillac ELR, Gem e2 Electric, the Firefly ESV and the BMWi.

The Tesla Model S can go from zero to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds and has a range of up to 265 miles on one charge. It's the world's first premium sedan built from the ground up as an electric vehicle.

"Technology is really the buzz word this year, and most of it is not real visible when your walking around. It's stuff that's under the hood and under the dash board," said Seattle Auto Show spokesman Craig Chastain.

The BMWi has an electric range of 150 miles. It's backup gas tank and engine will give the car another 300 miles. The car is one of three prototypes in the United States.

You won't find the GEM e2 Electric on the interstate because it's made for neighborhood commuting or other small tasks. The thermoplastic body panels give it a light weight and it sports a cost of $8,999.

Electric cars are becoming more popular as their sticker prices drop and the number of charging stations in Western Washington grows.

The Seattle Auto Show kicks off Wednesday and continues through Sunday at the Century Link Field Event Center.

For more information about the auto show, visit www.seattleautoshow.com.