The electric Nissan LEAF may be the UK’s best-selling BEV, but if you buy one new you can expect to lose 66 per cent of your money in the first year. Electric cars may not be exactly flying out of showrooms, but they are selling in bigger numbers than they were – at least until […]
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.
Renault has updated the Zoe and Twizy electric cars with a new longer-range electric motor option and new trim levels to fit with the rest of Renault’s range. The Renault Zoe and Renault Twizy EVs may not exactly be stellar sellers, but in common with other ULEVs (and in particular plug-in hybrids) sales are growing. […]
A BMW i8 with a hydrogen fuel cell powerplant has been revealed at a BMW technology seminar, three years after it was first built to test fuel cell technology. It was back in 2011 that BMW and Toyota revealed they were planning to share technology, with BMW getting access to Toyota’s hybrid technology, and Toyota […]
The hydrogen fuel cell-powered Toyota Mirai is the only zero emissions car you can buy that can go more than 300 miles without refuelling. Toyota are already increasing production of the hydrogen fuel cell-powered Mirai as demand exceeds supply – even before customer cars arrive outside Japan – as buyers look for a car that […]
The Nissan LEAF is getting a new trim grade – the LEAF Acenta+ – which sits between the Acenta and Tekna grades. Costs from £24,740 after taxpayer grant. Maybe Nissan is hurting as sales of the Mitsubishi Outland PHEV shows the right way to go for electric cars, or maybe they’re just bigging up the […]
Elon Musk has declared that the new Tesla Model X – Tesla’s take on an electric SUV – will start arriving with customers in ‘three or four months’. Tesla has done remarkably well to go from a start-up electrifying Lotus cars to delivering the first truly usable electric car with the Tesla Model S. There […]
Ford has joined Tesla and Toyota in making their alternative powertrain patents available, but unlike the other two, Ford want paying for access to their technology. In the last year, both Tesla and Toyota have opened up access to their alternative powertrain patents, with Tesla declaring their EV patents free to use and Toyota doing […]
BMW’s DriveNow car sharing scheme in London now offers the chance to use the i3 EV to its members, with 30 i3s joining DriveNow in London from today. BMW’s DriveNow car sharing service arrived in London in December with a fleet of MINIs and BMW 1-Series offering Londoners – and visitors to London – commitment-free […]