October 21, 2014

Electric Cars

Photo of 3 Nissan LEAF Electric Cars

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.

Tesla ‘D’ is a 4WD Model S – with up to 682bhp!

Photos Tesla Model S P85D

The Tesla Model D has been revealed as a four-wheel-drive version of the Model S which, in P85D guises, gets 682bhp and 0-60mph in just 3.2 seconds. We knew Elon Musk was planning on delivering a four-wheel-drive Tesla Model S, and now we know the Tesla Model D Musk alluded to is exactly that – […]

Tesla guarantee future value of Model S in finance deal

Photo Tesla Model S Finance

The Tesla Model S is now hitting the roads in the UK, and Tesla are guaranteeing the future value of the car on finance at a level of 50 per cent after three years. If you run a company car – and you’re comfortably off – there’s a lot to commend the Tesla Model S. […]

Mercedes B-Class gets a facelift for 2015 – debuts at Paris Motor Show

Photo Mercedes B-Class Facelift

The Mercedes B-Class has been given a bit of a facelift for 2015, with cosmetic tweaks, efficiency gains and the arrival of the electric B-Class ED. It seems only five minutes since the second generation Mercedes B-Class arrived, but it’s getting a bit of a facelift – with the emphasis on the ‘bit’ – for […]

Saab 9-3 EV prototype revealed by NEVS

Photo Saab 9-3 EV prototype revealed by NEVS

An electric Saab prototype – the Saab 9-3 EV – has been revealed by Saab owners National Electric Vehicles Sweden (NEVS) with a 140 PS electric motor. When National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) bought what was left after the debacle of bankruptcy, the plan was to create a range of electric cars using the Saab […]

Tesla Model S warranty extended to 8 years for Drivetrain

Photo Tesla Model S 8 year warranty

Tesla has decided to increase the warranty on the Model S drivetrain to match that of its battery, so you now get 8 year warranty on both – unlimited on the 85. The Tesla Model S – perhaps the only truly useable electric car – has taken the motoring industry by storm, and now it’s getting […]

Tesla Model S hits the UK second-hand market – at a premium

Photo second-hand Tesla Model S UK

The Tesla Model S EV – perhaps the only truly desirable electric car – has started to hit the secondhand market in the UK, but you’ll have to pay a premium. The Tesla Model S is now, finally, starting to the UK in RHD, and it offers, for the first time, an electric powertrain that […]

Toyota’s production hydrogen car will be the Toyota Mirai

Photo Toyota Mirai

Toyota’s recently revealed production hydrogen fuel cell car will be named the Toyota Mirai when it goes on sale in 2015, it’s reported. Toyota are planning to join what looks set to be a bit of a rush by car makers to introduce mainstream hydrogen fuel cell cars with a production version of the Toyota FCV […]

First BMW i8 for US to be auctioned at Pebble Beach

Photo Frozen Grey BMW i8 for Pebble Beach

The first BMW i8 – BMW’s hybrid supercar – for the US market is to be auctioned off at Gooding and Co’s sale at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The other end of the scale from BMW’s i3 City Car is the BMW i8 Supercar and, despite its modest 1.5 litre range-extender engine for […]

China to boost electric cars with 30% Government EV fleet

Photo BYD E6 EV

The Chinese government has ordered its officials to boost the take-up of electric cars for official uses with a  requirement for 30% EVs by 2017. The UK government has just announced its commitment to use electric cars for its own vehicles in an effort to boost the take-up of EVs, but China is going even […]

Tesla’s BMW 3-Series competitor will be the Tesla Model III

Photo elon Musk Tesla Model II

The next new Tesla – a smaller saloon to take on cars like the BMW 3-Series, Mercedes C-Class and Jaguar XE – will be the Tesla Model 3. Due to be revealed in 2016. The next Tesla car to hit showrooms (well, online orders certainly) will be the Tesla Model X SUV, a high-riding take […]

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