Electric Cars

Photo of 3 Nissan LEAF Electric Cars

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.

Renault Twizy 45 EV – now in the hands of 14 year olds

Photo Renault Twizy EV 14 year olds

The Renault Twizy 45 EV – a lower-powered take on Renault’s ‘quadricycle’ EV – can now be driven by 14 year olds in Europe. Will the same happen in the UK? The Renault Twizy EV has not been an exactly resounding success, but then a four-wheeled electric scooter that costs as much as a Dacia […]

Nissan LEAF has 99.99% battery success rate

Photo Nissan LEAF has 99.99% battery success rate

Nissan has revealed that the LEAF EV has a 99.99% battery success rate in Europe, with just three cars from the 35,000 sold in Europe failing. We have to admit that we’ve always been concerned about the long-term viability of the batteries in electric cars; after all, we’ve all got laptops with batteries that struggle […]

Audi Q6 electric SUV makes its first appearance

Photo Audi Q6 electric SUV

An all-electric Audi Q6 – an Audi take on the Tesla Model X – takes its first steps in to the limelight with a teaser image of the new Q6 from Audi. Due in 2018. We already knew that Audi was planning an electric SUV, and it was thought it could be a new, range-topping […]

Nissan LEAF UK sales DOUBLE in 2014

Photo Nissan LEAF 2014 sales

The electric Nissan LEAF retained its title as the best-selling electric car in the UK and Europe in 2014, doubling sales in the UK compared to 2013. The electric Nissan LEAF has been on sale in Europe since 2011, is built in the UK and is something of a sales success story. Well, in comparison […]

Tesla Roadster 3.0 upgrade package: OFFICIAL

Photo Tesla Roadster 3.0 upgrade package: OFFICIAL

Tesla has revealed the Roadster 3.0 package for the Tesla Roadster which upgrades the batteries, aerodynamics and rolling resistance of Tesla’s first car. Just before Christmas we revealed that Elon Musk was promising some significant upgrades for the Tesla Roadster – Tesla’s original foray in to electric cars – and here it is – the […]