Electric cars to buy or lease now
Keen to go green and travel zero emissions style, but don't know what to buy? Well, worry no more, as I've looked through the current options available to UK buyers and compiled this list of cars.
There's more to come next year too, with Renault launching the Fluence ZE and if hybrids are more your thing the Chevrolet Volt and Vauxhall Ampera will also be making an appearence.
1. Citroen C1 Ev'ie
How much: from £19,860
Not your average Citroen C1, as the Electric Car Corporation replaces the 1.0-litre petrol engine with a 51bhp electric motor and 25 lithium battery cells. The good news, is that despite losing the engine it drives as well as the petrol-powered city car on which it's based. The Ev'ie also has the added bonus's of the C1's first-class crash protection and roomy cabin. The Ev'ie is not cheap, but after that an Ev'ie owner will save as he/she will pay no road tax, congestion charge and can park cheaply in town.
How much: from £15,795
On sale since 2004, the G-Wiz has been taken to heart by London commuters as there are loads on the capital's roads. Not really a car, the G-Wiz's odd looks have more in common with a golf cart or mobility scooter. It's not much fun to drive either, as the G-Wiz's instability and lack of crumple zones will put you off going fast before the limited range from the batteries does. Not reccomended in this company.
3. Citroen C1 Zero/Mitsubishi i-MiEV/Peugeot iOn
How much: £415 per month Citroen and Peugeot, £23,990 Mitsubishi,
If you think that these Citroen, Peugeot and Mitsubishi models look the same and you'd be right, as they're basically re-badged versions of the i-MiEV. Originally sold as the Mitsubishi i-Car, with a petrol engine, all of these cars have good interior and luggage space. Top speed on all models is 81mph, all are fully charged in six hours, but the Mitsubishi has the best range at 100 miles.
4. Nissan Leaf
How much: £25,990
Nissan took a decisive leap into the future this year, making electric motoring a reality with the new Leaf. The £25,990 Leaf is the first, affordable, purpose-built, zero-emissions car from a major manufacturer. The refined ride, giant-killing acceleration and massive 280Nm of torque impress, despite the negative effect hard acceleration has on the Leaf's 100 mile range.
5. Smart fortwo electric drive
How much: £19,000
Since 2007, Smart has been trialing 100 first generation Smart fortwo's with selected companies. However, the car above will go into volume production next year. Powered solely by electricity, and chargeable via any three pin plug, the Smart electric drive can drive up to 84 miles between charges which take up to eight hours. Top speed is limited to just 62mph, but is much sprightlier in the mid-range covering the dash to 37mph in just 6.5 seconds.
6. Tesla Roadster
How much: from £86,950