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Car review: electric cars

A of an electric car painted on a parking in Strasbourg. Photograph: Vincent

If you have ever driven a toy car, you will have – in miniature – the pros and cons of a full-scale, grown-up electric (EV). You’ll have the instant, clean power to the exhilarating performance of the high-revving, quiet and surprisingly powerful You’ll also have a loathing for batteries. Too many, too too expenisve, too weak…

The battery has been such a sticking that many manufacturers put all their eggs in the petrol-hybrid as an eco solution to the future of motoring. such as the Toyota Prius and Insight, have both an and a back-up petrol engine.

A few makers, however, have plugging away at a purely solution, and the fruit of their is appearing on our roads. The breakthrough a few years ago with the introduction of the battery. These already your mobile phone and

They are powerful, relatively have a high energy-to-weight recharge quickly and hold charge when not in use.

the EVs leading the charge are Mini’s E, ED, Mitsubishi’s i-MIEV and Nissan’s – only the Nissan hasn’t for a giveaway E in its naming convention, instead with the green I suspect we’ll soon a raft of Charges, Zaps, and maybe even Leccys in our showrooms.

All these cars look the cars we now drive (well, the does if you drive a fencing with wheels). They weird, futuristic vehicles. are comfortable, safe and practical – so as you have access to a mains

There is one major drawback, you can’t actually buy one – yet. The are still prototypes undergoing tests. With the Mini E, for 600 pioneers in Germany, the US and the UK have involved in a long-term lease They pay £330 a month, but the belong to BMW, which the data it collects from the to fine-tune the vehicles for release at point in the future. The Smart a similar leasing scheme.

You should, however, be able to buy the i-MIEV next year for £33,000. But the Leaf will be a better bet. It goes mass production at Nissan’s Sunderland plant at the end of this with Leafs (Leaves?) on from February 2011, at £23,350 – 10 grand cheaper the Mitsubishi.


Of the four, the only one I have so far is Mini’s E. It looks identical to the One – though the foot-high letters MINI E down the sides the game away. The car is quick and silent. The power is immediate. The engine produces a spectacular the equivalent of a 204hp petrol

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It’s only a two-seater, as the battery languishes where the seat would normally be. The car hit 62mph in 8.5 seconds, has a top speed of and (under optimum driving a range of 156 miles – though 100 miles is the norm for the 4.5-hour time. At that point anxiety sets in.

So… clean, cheap, quiet and Eco-minded drivers may have got the light they’ve been for.

Electric cars: the

• An EV running on electricity from a generator produces a third of the of a conventional petrol car (64g of CO2 per km to 176g CO2 per km).

• The average EV 60 miles per charge. The average by car is 17 miles, while a quarter of all made in the UK are less than two

• Electric motoring costs an of 11p per mile.

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