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 […]
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.
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 […]
Elon Musk has spoken about the recent Tesla Model S fires, aiming to put in to context the fires in the electric Model S compared to those in ICE cars. We’ve never pretended we’re fans of the electric car as a replacement for mainstream ICE cars; the technology is just too expensive to be viable. […]
The hydrogen-powered Hyundai Tucson (the US ix35) is being offered in California for just £300 a month and all the fuel you can use for free. It’s very early days for cars powered by hydrogen fuel cells, not least because there’s very little in the way of a refuelling infrastructure in place. But car makers […]
Tesla has revealed that the entry-level 60kWh Model S will cost £54,900 in the UK, rising to £73,700 for the range-topping 85kWh Performance version. We’d always expected the appealing Tesla Model S EV to cost at least £60k for the entry-level model, so it’s a pleasant surprise that you’ll be able to grab the 60kWh […]