Electric cars have emerged from the shadows and into the limelight over the past two years. Virtually every mainstream manufacturer either has an electric car already on sale or will be launching one between now and 2018.
But what are they like to use? Can an electric car work as daily transport? How does one car compare with another? Find out more by reading our electric car reviews and articles.
The BMW i3 is available as an all-electric car, or as a hybrid with an optional small two-cylinder engine that acts as a generator for keeping the batteries topped up for longer distance driving.
The Mahindra REVA e2o is the lowest cost electric car available today, currently on sale in India with sales in Europe expected to commence in early 2015. It is a stylish three door, four-seat car, similar in size to the original Mini, and is designed predominantly for city driving.Mahindra e2o first drive→
The Mitsubishi i-MiEV is a sub-compact city car with seating for four people and their everyday luggage. I used one as a main family car for a year between December 2009 and December 2010 and have driven the updated version for several weeks in 2013.Mitsubishi i-MiEV long term test→
The Nissan LEAF is a spacious yet compact family car, similar in size to a Ford Focus, Toyota Prius or Volkswagen Golf. I have one as my personal car.Nissan LEAF ownership report→
Sadly no longer in production, the Renault Fluence ZE is a good looking car that remains an excellent choice for families and people who appreciate comfort and refinement.Renault Fluence ZE long term test→
While technically the Kangoo ZE is a commercial vehicle, the ZE Maxi Crew Cab also happens to be an extremely versatile five-seat family car, complete with an enormous luggage bay. As such, it is undoubtedly one of the most practical electric cars you can buy today.Renault Kangoo ZE test→
No car has ever created such a division of opinion as the humble REVA G-Wiz. Whether you regard it as a crude, slow, basic vehicle or a style icon that was largely responsible for reintroducing electric cars to our roads for the first time in 100 years depends on your point of view, but the car is undoubtedly adored and hated in equal measure.REVA G-Wiz ownership report→
Electric cars intrigue a lot of people, but for many people the range is too limiting and often the styling was either unimaginative or deliberately quirky. Tesla have changed all that wih the Model S, a car that not only has a useful range but are intelligently engineered and a joy to drive.
It may no longer be in production, but there is no doubt that the Tesla Roadster is the most desirable of all the electric cars available today. Supercar looks, supercar performance and a supercar price, the Tesla is a car that excites interest and invites comparisons with Ferrari and Lamborghini.Tesla Roadster test drive→
As part of the research into writing The Electric Car Guide series of books, a series of driving tests along fixed routes with two different electric cars was carried out. The tests were then repeated using two combustion engine cars, driving on the same route, in order to identify real-world fuel economy and comparative carbon footprint figures for each type of vehicle.Electric car testing→
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