Nissan has appointed actor Margot Robbie as the new face of Nissan Electric Cars, and have sent her racing round Monaco in the BladeGlider EV to celebrate. Do Nissan electric cars need a face? It seems they do. Nissan has announced that the delectable Margot Robbie – she of The Wolf of Wall Street and Suicide […]
Electric cars are nothing new, but as car makers desperately seek to hit ridiculous CO2 average emission targets set by governments around the world, the EV has been revived as a panacea for tailpipe emissions.
Unfortunately, electric cars haven't improved massively in the last 100 years, so they are still very heavy - thanks to the enormous battery packs needed even to provide a modest range - and extremely expensive. Those two facts alone mean that unless there is a quantum leap forward in battery technology EVs will never be a replacement for the internal combustion engine (ICE).
But there are evangelists for the electric car - and we do understand their point of view - but we firmly believe the only really practical use for the EV is as a commuter car in congested cities, as a local delivery vehicle or to produce awesome amounts of instant torque for a powerful toy.
However, electric cars are big news and we strive to cover all the EVs in the news, from the best-selling Nissan LEAF on down, and with more and more electric cars for sale the amount of electric car news does seem to grow all the time.
Below (and on subsequent pages) you will find all the articles on Cars UK about electric cars from makers including Nissan, Tesla, BMW and just about any EV you can think of.
Volvo will deliver its first full battery electric vehicle by 2019 – with up to 100kWh of battery power – as it turns to electrification for its future. We’ve already had clear signs that Volvo think electrification of cars is the future, with the assertion the upcoming T5 Twin Engine plug-in will sign the death […]
The Kia Niro Hybrid SUV / Crossover looks set to be an expanding range, with an electric Niro EV looking to be firmly on the cards. It’s a year since the Kia Niro was revealed as Kia’s battle wagon in the hybrid Crossover/SUV sector, but so far it’s a lone model range. There have been rumours […]
Volvo has been filing trademark applications in the US and Europe, with P5 to P10 suggesting EVs and V20 and V30 new compact hatches. If you know Volvos, you know that a Volvo with a ‘T’ model suffix – like XC90 T6 – denotes a petrol engine under the bonnet, and if it has a ‘D’ […]
Electric Car battery prices look set to drop by a further 40% in 2017 according to Morgan Stanley, making EVs cost-competitive with ICE cars. When electric cars first started to reappear in car showrooms, with the Nissan LEAF leading the charge, the huge cost of the batteries to power the EVs meant prices were huge […]
Tesla has revealed it will charge new owners of Tesla’s – Model S, Model X and Model 3 – £0.20 per kilowatt hour to use Tesla’s Supercharger network. Tesla may have stretched the cut-off point for its UK price increase and free Supercharger access, but the deadline is tomorrow. And that means a price rise of […]
Ford is diving in to vehicle electrification with plans for everything from a hybrid Mustang and plug-in Transit to wireless charging by 2020. We are getting very close to the tipping point for car electrification, but not because the technology – particularly the battery technology – has matured to where it’s a no-brainer, but more […]
Tesla has delayed the planned UK price rise of 5% due on 1 January 2017 by two weeks, citing ‘exceptionally high demand’ as the reason. The Brexit referendum in the summer has seen the value of Sterling fall, and that means price increases for imported goods are inevitable. Which is why Tesla announced a 5% […]
The government is planning to attack excessive charges for electric car charging as current public charging can cost as much as ICE refuelling. When Ecotricity announced it was going to charge £6 for 30 minutes of electric car charge at its charging stations up and down the UK’s motorways, we did suggest if they were […]
The BMW 530e iPerformance 5-Series plug-in hybrid goes on sale in the UK from £43,985 offering low BIK and an EV range of 29 miles. It was only yesterday that we got details on the BMW M550i as BMW’s new 5-Series range rolls out, and now we get details and prices for the 5-Series plug-in hybrid […]