Electric car reviews

There is a wide variety of electric cars on sale, with more and more manufacturers turning to electricity as their fuel of choice in new cars all the time. This article takes a look at some of the popular models and sums up the good and the bad points.

The Mini E – the new Mini E is simply an electric conversion of the classic Mini. It packs more horsepower than then sport equivalent, the Mini S, and has the clear advantage of unlimited mileage as it uses no petrol or diesel, like all electric cars. However, it is more expensive and heavier than any other Mini in the range.

The Toyota Prius 2010 – the new model of the popular Prius has already been a hit, receiving pre-orders as soon as it was unveiled. The Prius is a hybrid car, so it uses a conventional internal combustion engine to support the electric motors at higher speeds. Therefore it may not be the vehicle of choice for true environmentalists, but it does have a high MPG of 50. The new model is much more powerful than the old one, and is also cheaper!

The Honda Insight 2010 – the new Honda Insight was designed to compete with the Toyota Prius (see above), and does so well. It is cheaper than the Toyota, although not quite as efficient, at 43MPG. Nor is it as powerful, with 98 horsepower compared to 110, but it is being marketed as an entry-level car, and for a price of around £12,000 is definitely one to watch.

The Tesla Roadster – the Tesla is the first electric “supercar”. It is extremely fast, with a top speed of 125mph, and acceleration of 0-60mph in less than 4 seconds. However, it is also very expensive, at £90,000. It also does not go as far as you may hope on a full charge, reaching “55 to 200 miles, depending on how you drive”.

For the moment then, it looks safest to go with a hybrid car, like the Prius or Insight, which are marketed at the low-mid range market

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