The price of replacing a worn out battery pack in a Nissan LEAF EV has dropped in price from £20k three years ago to a much more reasonable £5,000. Nissan has been rolling out deals in various markets for replacing the battery packs on the LEAF EV recently as the first LEAFs now get to […]
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.
Mercedes has revealed price and specification details for the new B-Class Electric Drive, available in two trim levels and costing from £31,950 before grant. With the BMW i3 mopping up EV sales, Mercedes are keen to get their electric competition – the much more traditional Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive – on to the market now it’s gone […]
The Tesla Model X SUV – Tesla’s electric SUV with Falcon doors and 4WD – will not now go in to production until Q3 2015, meaning 2016 UK deliveries. We did consider, when Tesla announced the 4WD P85D drivetrain for the Model S recently, that it probably heralded the imminent arrival of the Model X SUV […]
The Tesla Supercharger Network now extends to Scotland, with the first Supercharger EV station north of the border opening at Edinburgh Airport. The toughest part of convincing car buyers that electric cars are a viable alternative to ICE cars (apart from the cost) has been range anxiety and a lack of places to charge your […]