Unveiled as the 'world's first premium electric car' the i3 has been designed as the ultimate city car boasting a state of the art interior featuring dual colour screens. Under the bonnet there's a powerful electric motor which produces 170bhp giving the i3 an impressive 0-62mph of 7.2 secs. For those worried about range the i3 also comes in a version which features a range extender.
The interior features a specially built version of BMW's ConnectedDrive system which features two displays, one behind the wheel and another mounted in the middle of the dashboard. Outside of the car there's the new BMW i Remote iPhone and Android app which, when connected to the car will let you check battery levels and change the climate control to allow defrosting before you leave the house.
Price: from £25,680 | BMW
Tesla Model S
A 300-mile range, phenomenal performance and handling and some of the best in-car tech we've ever seen. The Tesla Model S doesn't just explode preconceptions about electric cars. It makes conventional combustion cars seem so last century.
OK, it's far from perfect. It's not cheap. The interior could do with a quality upgrade. And even with a 300-mile range, the Model S can't quite be used like a conventional car. But for most people, most of the time, this feels like the future of motoring.
£85,000 | Tesla
Nissan’s all electric Leaf is a fairly budget vehicle, though it still boasts an interesting array of tech and features. The updated Carwings system lets you remotely change the heating and charging of your Leaf, while B-Mode maximises engine recovery. Bose provide the sound system – a nice addition for music lovers and there's dynamic acceleration for better performance.
Check out our test drive of the Nissan Leaf above.
from £15,990 | Nissan
Continuing the string of rather strangely designed electric cars, the Mitsubishi MiEV sports an eye-catching swooped look, yet it manages to fit four doors into a compact frame. The interior is packed full of gauges, ensuring know when it’s time for a charge and there’s a variety of driving modes so you can customise your ride. A full charge takes around seven hours, with a typical cost of just under £3 and it’ll last you for 93 miles.
Price: from £23,499 | Mitsubishi
Smart FourTwo Electric
It’s no surprise that Smart has decided to fit their eye-catching ForTwo with an electric motor; it just seems to make so much sense. The little city runner keeps the styling of the original, but adds in a 55kw electric motor and a 16.7-kwh lithium-ion battery pack. You’ll get a range of 90 miles, plus it can be juiced up fairly quickly
Price: from £12,275 | Smart
The Chevrolet Volt is powered by an Extended Range Electric motor, which is electrically charged all the time; however the Volt’s Voltec electric drive unit can keep going even when the battery is fully depleted. This is due to the petrol powered generator and it extends the range you can go to 300 miles. There’s a load of tech in the Volt as well, with everything from a DAB radio to humidity sensors and keyless entry.
Price: from £35,255 | Chevrolet
VW's iconic Golf is Marks and Sparks on wheels. It defines middle-market motoring with an aspirational twist. But now there's this pure-electric effort and optional extras like robo-parking and radar-controlled cruise. It's a bit like pulling on a pair of M&S pants and finding a touchscreen sown in front of your, cough, area of expertise.
Price: £25,000+ | Volkswagen | On sale: Late 2013
At first glance, the Renault Twizy may seem reminiscent of a Smart car – it’s certainly looking to be the next small city runabout. And like the Smart, it has bags of youth appeal too. Actually, the Twizy doesn’t intend to be a car at all, it’s a quadricycle. The lithium battery is stored in the spine, plus there’s a rear mounted AC motor. The lack of door and windows may put some off, as the lack of security is pretty clear. Still, it looks cool and it’s pretty cheap.
Price: £6,690 | Renault
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