The Tesla Model X – the electric SUV based on the Model S – will only be offered with four wheel drive when it arrives in 2015 say Tesla. The Tesla Model X does promise to be a very appealing SUV, even if its main USP for business users – zero BIK – will have […]
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.
Mazda has revealed a Mazda2 prototype electric car fitted with a small range-extender Wankel rotary engine to extend the range. It’s long seemed logical that a compact Wankel rotary engine – running at a constant speed – would be a great way of fitting electric cars with a range-extender option. Audi flirted with the idea […]
Renault claim to have created a 1.9 mile full-size Scalextric track in London to race the Renault Zoe EV round London’s landmarks. Even those who have never driven an electric car probably have if we count childhood exploits with Scalextric; hand-grip controllers clenched in hand seeing how fast you can go before your car tips […]
The electric Nissan LEAF has clocked up the milestone of 3000 sales in the UK since it was launched in 2011, with global sales now over 87,000. What can probably be considered the first properly convincing electric car – the Nissan LEAF – has clocked up 3,000 sales in the UK since it was launched […]
Tesla’s Chief Designer, Franz von Holzhausen, has declared the BMW i3 to a piece of IKEA furniture and lambasted the corporate face of Audi. We’ve long been of the opinion that electric cars, certainly with the current levels of battery technology, can never be a replacement for an ICE car. But we do have soft spot […]
Volkswagen has revealed that the electric up! – the VW e-up! EV – will cost £24,250 when it gores on sale next week, with customers paying £19,250 after grant. The Volkswagen e-up! (we’ve already done the northern jokes) was revealed back in March as VW’s weapon of choice for the electric city car market and […]