It’s been confirmed that the ‘Saab’ 9-3 electric cars built by National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) will not carry the Saab brand. Just before Christmas we learnt that National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) – the Chinese-backed company which now owns what was left of Saab – had received an order for 150,000 electric cars based on the […]
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.
The UK government has delivered a £40 million grant to eight ‘Go Ultra Low Cities’ to promote the uptake of ULEV cars with a raft of new incentives. Although still a minuscule part of the UK car landscape, ULEVs (ultra low emission vehicles) are seen as the way forward for cutting emissions and making cities […]
Victor Muller’s Spyker is a surprise exhibitor at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show in a few weeks, and the general consensus is that means the debut of an electric Spyker. Victor Muller’s escapades over the last few years – including his Saab adventure – have pretty much left him back where he was: running Spyker, […]
The Audi Q6 – an electric SUV previewed by the e-tron quattro concept – will go in to production in 2018, Audi has revealed. Audi has been playing with electric e-tron concepts for years, but until now there’s appeared little intent to make the endless concepts much more than interesting diversions. But the VW dieselgate […]
Despite being shown again at the 2016 CES, the BMW i8 Spyder – the convertible take on the i8 plug-in hybrid – won’t arrive as a production car in 2016. It’s almost four years since a concept version of the BMW i8 Spyder was first revealed in Beijing, and despite a production version of its […]
The Hyundai Ioniq – a new car from Hyundai with a choice of battery, hybrid and plug-in powertrains – will debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The Hyundai Ioniq is Hyundai’s big challenge to the domination of the Toyota Prius, offering a choice of three powertrains – BEV, Hybrid and Plug-in – and is […]
National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) has received an order from China Volant Industry Co. for 20,000 electric Saab 9-3s worth £700 million. National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) – the firm that bought what was left of Saab after Victor Muller played – is on something of a roll at the moment. Just last month, NEVS revealed […]
Hyundai are planning to take on the Toyota Prius with the new Hyundai Ioniq and now, after a tease or three, we get the first photos of Hyundai’s new ‘Green’ car, and details on its hybrid powertrain. In terms of looks, we already had a good idea from the design sketches Hyundai had released, but […]
The Volkswagen BUDD-e Concept has been revealed at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show as an electric Camper Van / Microbus with a wealth of technology. Volkswagen has been teasing what we expected to be a new electric Camper Van (or Microbus or Kombi or whatever you grew up calling it), and here its is – the […]
Mercedes-Benz has reportedly signed-off on a new platform for electric cars, with four new electric cars planned – two saloons and two crossovers. With the Porsche Mission E electric super saloon and the Audi Q6 e-tron electric SUV/crossover already confirmed to be on the way to production, Mercedes-Benz is working hard to make sure it […]