April 23, 2014

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.

Toyota Hydrogen Fuel Cell will launch in 2015: OFFICIAL

Photo Toyota FCV

Toyota has officially confirmed it will launch a hydrogen fuel cell car in Japan, USA and Europe in 2015, as previewed by the Honda FCV Concept. Toyota took the lead with hybrid technology a decade ago, and that’s gone from an expensive punt on new technology to a mainstay of Toyota production, with approaching 15 […]

MG Dynamo EV Concept debuts at SMMT

Photo MG Dynamo EV Concept

The global debut of a new electric car concept – the MG Dynamo Concept City Car – has taken place at the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. MG may not be what it once was (which you can take either way), but as a marque MG is 90 years old. As part of celebrations for […]

New Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive goes in to production

Photo Mercedes B-Class ED

Mercedes has begun production of the B-Class Electric Drive at their plant in Rastatt, Germany. On sale in Europe in 2014, UK in 2015. With the BMW i3 grabbing headlines – and flying out of showrooms – as BMW’s first electric car, Mercedes need to play catch-up with a convincing EV of their own, and […]

Electric cars must get noisier, ICE cars must get quieter

Photo electric car and pedestrian

The European Parliament has decided that electric cars have to make a noise to protect the hard of hearing, and that cars with an engine must make less noise. It’s four years since the Lotus solution for making electric cars noisy raised its head, since when the US has had a go at the Pedestrian Safety […]

New Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV plug-in hybrid goes on sale. Price from £28,249

Photo Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

The new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV – Mitsubishi’s new plug-in hybrid Outlander – is now on sale in the UK at prices from (after the £5k grant) of £28,249. The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV arrived at the Paris Motor Show in 2012, and although it’s already available in Europe it’s only now going on sale in the […]

Volkswagen Golf GTE Plug-in Hybrid UK debut

Photo VW Golf GTE Plug-in Hybrid

The new Volkswagen Golf GTE – a plug-in hybrid Golf – get its UK debut at the Gadget Show Live at Birmingham NEC on 9th April. The Volkswagen Golf GTE – which VW see as a plug-in hybrid Golf GTI – was revealed in February ahead of its debut at the Geneva Motor Show last […]

Hyundai ix35 hydrogen FCEV gets a thumbs up for Fleet buyers

Photo Hyundai ix35 FCEV

Fleet management specialist Arval UK have been testing the hydrogen fuel cell powered Hyundai ix35 in the UK, and have given it a thumbs up. Hyundai has been delivering the first ix35 FCEV hydrogen-powered compact SUVs in recent months, and one of the first recipients in the UK was fleet management specialist Arval UK. The […]

Electric car range drops by nearly 60% in cold weather

Photo 2013 Nissan LEAF

The AAA – America’s equivalent of the AA – has revealed research that shows cold weather can cut the range of electric cars by 57 per cent. We already know that the range of electric cars reduces as the car ages, with Nissan conforming that the LEAF’s range will drop by up to 28 per […]

Audi R8 e-Tron WILL go in to production & get 280 mile range

Photo Audi R8 e-Tron

The electric R8 – the Audi R8 e-Tron – has once more been confirmed for production after improved technology enable a range of 280 miles. Audi has been playing with the electric R8 e-Tron for the last five years, with a constant on and off for production. But it seems the R8 e-Tron is going […]

Hyundai to launch battery electric car in 2016

Photo Hyundai BlueOn EV

Hyundai are preparing to launch a battery electric car in 2016 as the South Korean Company hedges its bets on the future of car powertrains. Back in 2011 it seemed that Hyundai was to concentrate on building hydrogen powered and hybrid cars as it looked to the future, but that seems to have changed. Back […]

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