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Best Electric Cars for 2015

Posted by Christos Panayiotou on 7th November 2014

Despite a low start, sales of electric vehicles (EV) are now starting to get better thanks to an improving charging infrastructure in the UK and improvements made to the vehicles themselves.

Show popper or show stopper

The electric car market is going to see major advancements in the EV market in 2015 with most mainstream car manufacturers introducing an EV model into the market.

If you have previously been put off by the current offerings, then 2015 may well change your mind.  Models that rival the traditional petrol and diesel models – in terms of looks and performance are set to make an appearance.

Love them or hate them the quadricycle EV's have dominated the market to date. These are perfect for city dwellers who are happy to zip around in something that is no bigger than a mobility scooter, however for those who need boot space or travel more than 100 miles a day then an EV has not been a practical option until now.

The following cars will all be hitting a street near you very soon so keep your eyes peeled:

BMW i3 Hatchback

Termed by BMW themselves as electric and electrifying, we think we'd have to agree.  This does not look like your average EV. The interior is extremely spacious and completely flat (no gear stick) and the dynamic exterior is symbolised by a black band and wide tyres.  The i3 features a fully electric engine which is almost silent and emission free, coupled with an extender, a small engine which allows additional mileage (around 65 miles) for a cost of just 9p!

According to BMW the i3 reaches 0-60mph in 7.2 seconds and has a range of 100 miles on one battery charge.  This makes it an ideal option for commuters who want the freedom to use an EV on all types of road safely without feeling out of depth.

Tesla Model S Saloon

If you're looking for a sportier car that is not so much run of the mill, then the Tesla is a serious contender.  It has been built to compete with executive cars such as the Mercedes E class and the BMW 5 series. American influenced, the Tesla has been dubbed as “hardcore amazing” by the Wall Street Journal.

Able to carry 5 adults easily thanks to the 5+2 seating arrangement this is a car that is able to handle serious commuting for serious people who are looking for reliability and performance from an EV.  Tesla claims it has a range of 285 miles at a steady speed of 65 mph. The acceleration is pretty impressive too at just 3.2 seconds 0-60 mph.  With zero emissions, company executives will save themselves a small fortune on tax and emissions charges.

The only downside to the Tesla is the basic price – it starts from £55,335.

Volkswagen Golf Blue-e-motion hatchback

Practicalities of family living has been considered in the development of the Blue-e-motion.  The design is based on the multi award winning Volkswagen golf.  The lithium-ion batteries are neatly located under the rear seats to free up boot space to an impressive 279 litres.  The Blue-e-motion accelerates to 62mph in 11.8 seconds and has a top speed of 86mph.  The range is pretty decent too at over 90 miles on one battery charge.  As expected, the drive is completely electric and has no tailpipe emissions.

With all the modern design features expected from a new car, the e-golf has a distinctive blue trim that differentiates itself from it's conventional models.  The drive itself feels exactly the same as driving a conventional model too and is very quick off the line. There is additional passenger space too which is another plus point.

Ford Focus Electric Hatchback

Ford have designed it's latest Ford Focus Electric on it's award winning counterparts.  The styling, technology, performance is the same as expected of Ford's award winning petrol and diesel counterparts.

Quietly powerful, with cutting edge engineering and zero exhaust emissions are offered as standard on the Ford Focus Electric.  With a range of up to 100 miles and no oil or traditional engine parts, the running cost is lower than a traditional car.

The external charge port is the main distinguishing feature of the Ford Focus Electric.  A body trim and wrap around headlights come as standard ensuring your electric car remains stylish.

The sexiest electric car for 2015 - BMW i8

If these cars haven't quite got you going just yet, then we think the latest offering from BMW is going to be one of the best offerings in EV technology in 2015.

The BMW i8 is the ultimate in forward thinking future proof EV driving. The BMW i8 Concept is the next step in the evolution of the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Concept. The result: The most progressive and innovative sports car of its time.

Retailing at a massive £99,773 this is not a car for the faint hearted nor for those seeking performance and quick charge times of their EV.  With a range of just 30 miles and a charge time of 4 hours, image over patience will be the challenge with this car.

However once on the road, the BMW i8 offers performance that cannot be beaten by any comparable vehicle with a combustion engine.  An acceleration speed of 0-60 in less than 5 seconds and fuel efficiency of 104 miles per gallon, it delivers the performance of a sports car with the fuel consumption of a small car.

Coming soon to the UK but has featured at the Frankfurt Motor Show....watch this space

Show popper or show stopper

The electric car market is going to see major advancements in the EV market in 2015 with most mainstream car manufacturers introducing an EV model into the market.

If you have previously been put off by the current offerings, then 2015 may well change your mind.  Models that rival the traditional petrol and diesel models – in terms of looks and performance are set to make an appearance.

Love them or hate them the quadricycle EVs have dominated the EV market to date, these are perfect for city dwellers who are happy to zip around in something that is no bigger than an invalid carriage, however for those who need boot space or travel more than 100 miles a day then an EV has not been a practical option until now.

 

 

 

 

 

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