When this page was first written back in 2006 the choice of electric cars available in the UK was very limited.
Since then the number of models available has grown and today the electric car is a fairly common site on Britain's high streets.
Apart from rising fuel costs the popularity of the electric car has further been enhanced
by its environmentally friendly credentials. These generate financial benefits
such as zero band UK road tax, London congestion charge exemption and free parking and charging points in certain parts of the capital such as the Borough of Westminster.
The following provides information on electric cars for sale in the UK.
One of the first electric vehicles in Britain was the US designed G-Wiz which is manufactured by the Indo-US
Reva Electric Car Company.
There are three versions, the original DC which offers a top speed
of 40 mph (40 mile range on a single charge). The newer AC gives a top speed of
45 mph, greater torque at higher speed and a 48 mile range.
The latest version is the G-Wiz i and the first two models are now only available as used purchases. Top speed is 50mph with a range of 48 miles.
A full charge takes 8 hours and 9.6kWh of electricity at a cost of around 50p. Insurance group 1.
NICE Car Company
The NICE (No Internal Combustion Engine) Car Company was founded in 2006 and has a bias towards commercial vehicles.
It produces the Mega City which has a maximum speed of 40 mph, a range of 60 miles and a charge time of 8 hours.
The car comes in three guises one of which is aimed at city dwellers.
Mega City 2+2: This is the companies best seller. It seats 4 passengers and provides class leading safety.
Mega City 2 Seater: A commercial offering with 800 litres of boot space.
Mega City E-City Pro: Another 2 seater with the same amount of boot space but at a lower cost.
EV Stores: MyCar
The MyCar is a small 2-seater coupe with Italian styling. Maximum speed is 40mph with a range of 40-68 miles whilst charge time is 5-8 hours.
Produced to order in Italy, the e500 is an electric Fiat 500. The four seater can manage 75 miles over typical city driving conditions and has a maximum speed of 60mph.
Quiet Car Company
Based in Lymington, the Quiet Car Company produces two electric cars, the Quiet Car 1 and Quiet Car 2 both of which
have a range of around 60-65 miles. The smaller Quiet Car 1 can reach 45mph and fully charges in 5 hours.
The Quiet 2 is a larger, family oriented vehicle based on a petrol vehicle frame. It has 5 doors, a maximum speed of 55mph and good boot space.
At just 2.64m in length, the Maranello4 from Italy is a two seater designed for the city.
Top speed for the Maranello4 is 30mph with a 40 mile range. The car comes with a 36 month warranty (24 month for the battery).
The result of Italian design and British engineering, the Elettrica is similar in styling to the Smart Car and there are two models,
the Li554 and La253. The more powerful lithium-ion powered Li554 has a range of 55 miles and a top speed of 45 miles whilst the La253 can travel
25 miles on a single charge with a maximum speed of 30mph. The Elettrica can carry two passengers.
GEM or Global Electric Motorcars are a Chrysler company and have the e2 and e4 electric models available for sale in the UK. These are
essentially the same car with the number in the name referring to the passengers that can be carried.
Maximum speed is 30mph with a range of 30 miles.
Smart Electric Drive
Although this page is concerned with cars that are currently available to buy in the UK, it's worth mentioning the Smart Electric Drive.
This car is currently undergoing a consumer trial in London and the South East with full production due to start in 2012.
The electric drive train is built for Smart by Zytek Electric Vehicles and the performance figures are impressive with
a top speed of 60mph and a maximum range of 72 miles. Full battery recharge is 8 hours with a top up charge (30 to 80 percent capacity)
taking 3.5 hours.
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