Electric cars get real
Tom Ford loves petrol. So we sent him away with the, er, all-electric versions of the Mini, Smart and Mitsubishi i. He came back charged
Posted: 07 Dec 2010
So electric cars-a-go-go in the cities then? Well yes, in theory. These three cars demonstrate unequivocally that as a medium-term urban pollution solution (conveniently ignoring the remote production of electricity for the moment), the electric car really has got it all going on. They're quiet, refined, usable, remarkably fun and give you a real sense that you're driving a slice of the future. There's only one problem: you can't buy any of them. Yet.
All three cars are currently classed as kinds of ‘prototypes' undergoing reality-check trials with private individuals selected by the manufacturers involved, alongside some releases to company fleets. The UK Government currently subsidises the private ‘leases', so that the early adopters involved pay about £350 a month to run the cars, with Mitsubishi, Mini and Smart gaining real- world data on how their batteries and motors last during real-world conditions.