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Anyone who thought cars had to be either mega-expensive or to be seen in can think again. The E-drive offers all the practicality and of a MINI with a fraction of the costs and a low impact on the environment. The range should be plenty for commutes, while the torquey motor and single-speed gearbox it easy to drive.

It’s that the technology exists for a electric model – all we need now is for manufacturers to bring affordable like this to market.

The MINI is here – and Auto has driven it! With Government to offer grants of £5,000 the price of a battery-powered or hybrid car in the few years, eco models like are going to be hot property.

But there’s a problem. Current such as the G-Wiz and Toyota don’t qualify – instead, have to wait until when a new breed

of electric goes on sale. Or will we?

We this Synergy E-drive of the MINI, and although it’s a – based on the MkI hatch – it’s close to going on sale. The isn’t to be confused with the MINI E, and is an affordable, desirable and all-electric alternative to a petrol It’s engineered and built by company Synergy Innovations.

So does it make sense?

to six hours plugged into a mains supply is enough to charge the lithium-polymer battery Depending on how vigorously you drive, should deliver a range 70 and 90 miles. According to Synergy, will be plenty for a daily which it claims is typically no than 15-20 miles in

The electric motor produces and 190Nm of torque, which is for 0-60mph in 10 seconds – only behind the petrol MINI – and a top speed of 95mph.

Twist the and the silence from the engine bay is Flick the switch to D, and a prod of the moves the car forward smoothly. a single-speed gearbox and all that available from a standstill, the is easy to use in town, and it feels than the figures suggest.

However, the 78 lithium-polymer cells it around 100kg heavier the standard model – and there’s no that on the road. The car feels a sluggish when changing and less responsive under although those really are the discernable differences.

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Unlike the MINI E, which ditches the seats and boot to make for its batteries, the E-drive makes no compromises, as the power pack is under the boot floor. there’s a chunky central to select forward, reverse or and a large LCD screen on the dash shows real-time performance

There’s full wireless too, as well as an ioPlay player, which allows to be streamed wirelessly from MP3 player to the stereo.

The whole is very appealing, and that’s considering the benefits on offer. cars are exempt from tax, while the E-drive only £1.50 per charge. sort of saving means you even afford to hire a powered vehicle for longer at the weekend.

Right now, the is simply a showcase for Synergy’s The firm’s aim is to encourage manufacturers to with it to create their own A Dutch company has already for 20 examples to be built, and Synergy is organisations such as local to invest, too.

Electric cars are a hot topic at the but those on sale are limited to quadricycles or the £90,000 Tesla Yet the E-drive works – and if Synergy can do it, taking major makers so It’s exactly the shot in the arm the needs.

Rival: Mitsubishi i

This electric city car arrive in the UK in limited numbers this summer. And as with the it offers a range of around 100 from a single, six-hour of its lithium-ion batteries.

Mini E Electric Cars
Mini E Electric Cars
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