Is it time to consider an electric car?
by Helen Jackson |
posted 13 March 2019
One way or another, electric cars are going to represent the next twenty years or more of motoring. If you’ve been wondering whether it’s time to consider an electric vehicle or EV, then here are three cars many are looking at. What do you think? Could you be tempted?
The Nissan LEAF has always been a car that divides opinion. Some love it, but many other green-minded potential buyers have struggled to make a case for it. That could change thanks to the improvements made to this second-generation model, which offers a further big enhancement in driving range and some clever new technology.
With this design, Nissan claims a homologated WLTP driving range of 168 miles from the standard 40kWh model - or 239 miles (WLTP) from the alternative 'e+' version with its 62kWh battery. These readings represent an impressive improvement, representing a 50% increase over the final version of the previous model. The Japanese maker has clearly listened to customer feedback and the improvements they’ve made will open this vehicle up to a much larger market.
Welcome to the Jaguar I-PACE, the first of the premium brand manufacturers to make a long-range, practical, battery-powered electric vehicle. It gives a 300-mile driving range, 395bhp, potentially zero emissions and a car that might be as comfortable taking to a racetrack as to a gravelly ravine.
This is a significant move in the EV concept. Clearly, there's the premium pricing to consider. And, despite the great job Jaguar's engineers have clearly done with the handling dynamics of this car, there's no way an EV weighing around 2.2-tonnes can respond and ride quite like a conventionally-engined fossil-fuelled rival. But if you've been waiting for luxury EVs to get serious, your time may have come here.
Volkswagen's all-electric e-Golf has evolved with sharper looks, more power, extra technology and, most importantly, a greater operating range. It now boasts a theoretical range of up to 186 miles and a recharging time that takes not much more than half an hour. This improved Volkswagen e-Golf makes electric power a much more feasible and normal prospect for British motorists.
There aren't many cars that better represent the very heartland of middle-class vehicle buyers than the Volkswagen Golf. If your commute to work is less than 40 miles each way - and let's face it, most peoples are - then this is a model that could now work for you. It might not be realistic as your one and only family car, but it could well be a very smart solution.