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Renault s latest electric the Zoe, stole the show at weekend s RAC Future Car Challenge, in eco-friendly cars drive Brighton to London.

The winner is the one uses the smallest amount of

The Zoe won in three categories, while s Ampera won in two.

But the car that the imagination of the public was a machine wouldn t have looked out of in the old cartoon, The Wacky Races.

was the Windreich AG ME 2012, otherwise as the Messerschmitt.

Entirely open to the its German pilots wore goggles, with more a hint of the Red Baron about

What will you do if it rains? the was asked.

You can address that to my wife, who is sitting behind me, the answer.

In the event the Messerschmitt won awards, including the public s of the Best Future Car.


But even before this s race (sorry, event) there was controversy, with the declaring that pure vehicles are not yet a practical solution for the of motoring.

Above all, it s a of cost, declared the director of the RAC Stephen Glaister.

Electric with a good range are expensive, and people are unsure the technology, he said.

Indeed, when Nissan its Leaf electric car last it went on sale for ВЈ26,000, after the ВЈ5,000 government was taken into account.

the technology, and the price, of electric improves, the RAC is advocating more use of cars, which are part and part conventional.

With a car, there is no problem range, said Stephen it s the same as any other conventional

So far, the public seems to with the RAC. To date year, more than hybrid cars have sold in the UK, compared with 750 pure electrics.

Prices down

But Renault has an answer to the who say that electric cars are too

For the first time this its new Zoe model took to the roads of the UK.

this car goes on sale year, the basic model cost ВЈ13,650, which is half the price of the Leaf, and not far off the of a petrol equivalent.

At that of price it does bring it the budget of most mass-market cars, said Andy of Renault UK.

It is supposed to have a of 130 miles on a single charge, would be a significant improvement on electric vehicles.

The catch is that Renault will you a monthly fee to rent the battery, on top of the of the car.

While that a good deal of so-called anxiety, it s likely to cost around ВЈ80 a month

Quieter than a big cat

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Following the RAC s to buy a hybrid car is also not a cheap

Vauxhall s acclaimed Ampera set you back ВЈ30,000.

That t stop it winning most efficient regular car in this s event, as well as best range vehicle. (The car s engine is used to top up the battery, it has run out of its plug-in charge).

The Ampera soon have some competition too.

This Jaguar was showing off a new prototype the XJ E, which won the prize for the most efficient luxury car.

How do I it up? I asked, getting behind the

In the background I heard a polite as Dave the engineer explained the engine was already running.

one really does purr quietly than a big cat.

The works like the Toyota in that it uses its electric at slow speeds, and switches to its engine as it speeds up.

It s a well-tested which has met with widespread acceptance.

Andy Heiron of described it as electric motoring on because it s relatively easy for to adapt to.

Yet the head of electric at Jaguar, Pete Richings, this technology is the best for the time being.

In time, the to develop an electric vehicle appear, he said.

But I would tend to agree the RAC, that at the moment, the vehicle is not really in place.

and Nissan, who together are investing no than four billion in electric cars, strongly with that.

They the Zoe will help motorists their minds when it early next year.

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