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
All three cars take advantage of the newest Lithium-ion battery tech, much the same as the ones you find in your laptop. The i-MiEV (Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle) sticks its electric motor on top of the rear axle and produces 47KW - an equivalent power ratio of 57bhp - to get you to 62mph in about 13 seconds, and on to a limited top speed of 87mph. Sounds slow, but like all electric cars, the 133lb ft of torque is available from exactly zero rpm, so in town it's actually pretty nippy. Add to that the i's natural slimline figure and four seats, and you're looking at a car that carves through normal townie usage like a natural.