Ecotricity – providers of the UK’s most comprehensive electric car charging network – are about to start charging £6 for 30 minutes of recharging. Ecotricity have been busy building a recharging network for electric cars and plug-in hybrids across the UK – well, on motorways at least – and now have a network of almost […]
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.
A new electric saloon car from Mercedes will debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show in the Autumn as Mercedes take aim at the Tesla Model S. Mercedes are arguably responsible for keeping Tesla afloat during its toughest times, and we wonder if they’ll also be responsible for their eventual demise with a new range […]
The Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid and Electric prices and specs revealed for the UK ahead of an on sale date of 13 October. Prices from £19,995 and £28,995 respectively. It’s six months since the Hyundai Ioniq was first revealed, with Hyundai boasting it will be the firts production car with a choice of Hybrid, Plug-In Hybrid and […]
The US authorities are investigating a fatal crash involving a Tesla Model S using Autopilot in May in which the driver was killed. The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating what is potentially the first death caused by self-driving technology after the driver of a Tesla Model S was killed in Florida in […]
Honda are sending a new NSX-inspired electric concept up the Pikes Peak hill climb this month, as well as a pair of more conventional hybrid NSX cars. The Pikes Peak International Hilll Climb in Colorado is a 12.42 mile mountain climb for cars rising up through 156 twists and turns to finish at 14,110 feet. […]
The Tesla Model X SUV has officially gone on sale in the UK, with prices from £71,900 for the entry-level X 75D to £108,000 for the P90D Ludicrous. We’re not entirely sure that Tesla will actually be delivering right-hand drive Model X cars by the end of 2016 (that’s the promise) but you can now […]
The Mercedes GLC F-Cell – a hydrogen fuel cell SUV – will arrive in 2017 and come complete with a plug-in hybrid system to back-up the fuel cell. We already have hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles on the road (FCEV) which use electricity generated by hydrogen to power an electric motor, including the Toyota Mirai […]
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV – Mitsubishi’s plug-in hybrid Outlander – has amassed sales of more than 1000,000, with over 20 per cent in the UK. The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has been a roaring success for Mitsubishi, with its clever pricing (it costs the same as the diesel Outlander when you factor in tax breaks), usable […]
Gnewt Cargo in London has the world’s largest electric commercial fleet of delivery vehicles, and is helping reduce London’s pollution with its ‘Last Mile’ delivery service. We’ve long banged on about the perfect use for electric vehicles being for deliveries in congested cities, and that’s finally happening in London on a decent scale, thanks in no […]
Turkey’s fledgling electric car business will make electric cars that are better than anything Tesla builds, says Turkish Science Minister. Last year we reported that Turkey is working to build its own state-funded electric car business, and that it had bought the rights to the Saab 9-3 Platform from NEVS as a basis for a new […]