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Can cars cope with conditions? Paul Markillie out.

From INTELLIGENT Magazine, Winter 2009

is upon us, so the headlights are on. That only make matters because we still have way to go. Who do I know in the next village? a green and I’m sure he wouldn’t letting me use an electric socket for an or two. That should be enough to top up the battery for an assault on the towards home.

Perhaps we can the pub? I make a mental to put an extension lead in the boot–one enough to reach the car park the bar.

It will be touch and go. The on top of the dashboard is mesmerising. The needle is into the red now and will soon below 10%.

My fault, because I failed to up fully before we left. But we are going. We pass Jake’s and then the pub.

We are now on a single-track but at least there are no lights So I go for it: floor the accelerator and take the Amazingly we hit 50mph.

Only a few yards now and up the drive, stop and a power lead into the fitted in the hole where would normally go. The secret of with an electric car is perfect

A number of new electric cars be launched over the next few Many will be hybrids of sorts, but among them are that will rely on their battery. With like zero road freedom from tolls as the London congestion charge and even subsidies, all-electric could make a lot of sense in where average speeds are and most journeys short.

But what about getting tyres dirty in the countryside?

You think that rural motoring has a lot going for it. Out in the sticks are more likely to have a or a garage available for an overnight And with scant public most households tend to more than one car, so the one could serve as a short-range But there are drawbacks, which become apparent during the that greets the arrival of an Smart Fortwo (on a trailer it lacks the range to reach Hampshire from Milton The lanes in these parts into rivers when it

The Land Rover just through, but the Smart is small, and and electricity don’t mix. I am concerned about the big battery the floor. But to survive in the countryside any car cope with chores an eight-mile (13km) round to a convenience store, come wind or shine.

It is strange the ignition key to be greeted by silence, but the accelerator sends us zooming The Smart is surprisingly nippy. One of the attributes of an electric motor is it delivers torque almost

Which is why there is no need for a The Smart has all the safety features of a car, including air bags and brakes, plus a heater, a lights and windscreen-wipers—all of which go on as the steams up and we pick our way through the

The journey is completed without a although it has relieved the battery of 10% of its capacity. The next morning, an overnight charge, it is back to All other trips proceed like driving a small car, except that main roads also sap the

SMART ed cabrio Electric Cars

This is why the electric Smart is limited to 60mph.

I estimate it about £1 to recharge overnight. which owns Smart, it can go for 70 miles on a charge, but I would be comfortable with about 50 and plenty of reserve. As most cars will now do more 50 miles on a gallon of petrol, the could in theory go four or times farther for the same not in one go.

The total cost of ownership is clear because the big manufacturers yet to launch and price their cars. My Smart was a test The final version, soon to go production, will have a efficient battery and will be leased to companies.

Sales to are due to begin in 2012.

As a rule of expect the initial outlay on an car to be twice that of its petrol because the batteries are expensive. could reduce prices, but wanting longer range or performance will have to pay for extra-powerful batteries. Some will sell or lease separately. Only when cars take to the road in numbers will it be possible to costs and performance properly.

Still, as the prototype Smart the sums just might add up to use one in the you remember to plug your in.


Smart ED Up to 115km and 0-60kph in 6.5 seconds. Due

Renault Fluence Five-seater with a 160 km range. Due 2011

SMART ed cabrio Electric Cars
SMART ed cabrio Electric Cars


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