The BMW i3 – BMW’s electric city car – has been given new batteries which increase its official range to 195 miles – double what was available. The BMW i3 is BMW’s take on the electric city car, and it has plenty going for it. But the range isn’t huge at around 80-100 miles (and […]
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.
Ford has confirmed that it’s preparing a rival to the Tesla Model 3 EV, with a new Ford – probably called the Model E – getting a 200 mile range. The reveal of the Tesla Model 3 must have given long-established car makers real concern, with some 400,000 Model 3s ordered within a week as the […]
The Tesla Autopilot Autonomous Driving system is unsafe, says a Volvo engineer, as it expects drivers to take over without warning. Tesla’s Autopilot system is a clever piece of technology that delivers semi-autonomous driving ability to let drivers give over control of their car on motorways, and is perhaps the most sophisticated autonomous driving technology […]
Tesla is rolling out Destination Charging in the UK and Europe, allowing Tesla owners to charge their cars at Hotels, Restaurants and Malls. One of the biggest obstacles to the take-up of electric cars (apart from battery technology) has been range anxiety and the lack of facilities to re-charge easily when out and about. Public […]
Volvo has set itself a target of producing one million electrified cars by 2025 – that’s pure electric and plug-in hybrids – right across its range. Volvo keeps setting itself headline-grabbing targets as it seeks to consolidate its mission to be a premium car maker with a heart and soul, and the latest is to […]
The Mahindra e20 has been launched in the UK as an affordable electric car, costing from £12,995 (after grant) and sold online to customers. The cost of electric cars has been one of the obstacles EVs have faced, and industry giant Mahindra thinks it has the answer to that with this, the Mahindra e20, launching […]
The Tesla Model S has been given a bit of a makeover for 2016, with a new front-end treatment that will probably find its way on to the new Model 3. All the headlines from Tesla this month have been on the startling success of the new Model 3 launch, with more than 325,000 orders […]
Volvo demonstrates how an XC90 T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid can harvest free electricity from other road users using water power. The Volvo XC90 is, in many ways, Volvo’s most impressive car to date, and with a choice of D5 diesel, T6 petrol and T8 plug-in hybrid options, there’s a drivetrain to suit all drivers. […]
Just days after the Tesla Model 3 was revealed, it’s been caught on a photo shoot in California on public roads giving better perspective to Tesla’s new baby. It’s only a week since the Tesla Model 3 was revealed – the new affordable compact premium electric car from Tesla – and it’s caused a bit […]
The Hyundai ix35 – Hyundai’s hydrogen fuel cell powered SUV – will be available in the world’s first hydrogen fuel cell car sharing service. The Hyundai ix35 FCEV – the hydrogen fuel cell take on what is now the Hyundai Tucson – is, as Hyundai are keen to point out, the “world’s first mass produced […]