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Everyone's talking about electric cars, but how much do you really know about these almost mythical machines? Discover the truth right here with our 'coming soon' guide to all you need to know about the best and the rest of electrical vehicles that are about to hit the market.

We'll tell you when the cars will be in the showroom, how much they'll cost you and, more importantly, what they're like to drive.

We've collected all of our whatcar.com information on each car into one easy place, so you don't have to spend your time searching for all the relevant details.

Electric cars – coming soon
The cars listed below are ordered by date of launch.

Mitsubishi i-Miev: Click for online web review

The i-Miev has been around in Japan for a couple of years. It can seat four and has a range of more than 90 miles between charges.

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Launch: January 2011
Range: 93 miles
Price: £29,045 (£24,045 after Gov incentive)



What Car?'s Ultra-low-carbon car of the year 2011, the Nissan Leaf is nippy and well equipped. It's a strong contender if you value space and enjoy driving – although it is pricey.

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Launch: March 2011
Range: 110 miles
Price: £30,990 (£25,990 after Gov incentive)


Citroen C-Zero/Peugeot iOn: C-Zero review / iOn review

Citroen and Peugeot versions of the Mitsubishi i-Miev. Both cars also share the i-Miev's shortcomings, which include a high purchase price and a low-rent interior. Overall, the cars are less convincing as an ownership proposition than the Nissan Leaf.

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Launch: March 2011
Range: 93 miles
Price: Lease only, at £415 per month



The C30 Electric is expected to reach showrooms in 2012. A separate bio-ethanol passenger heating system ensures its range won’t be compromised when temperatures drop.

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Launch: Expected in 2012
Range: 95 miles
Price: TBC



There's no official data available yet, but the Focus EV's range, performance and price are expected to be on a par with its key rival, the Nissan Leaf's. Ford claims the Focus's shorter charge time of three to four hours will trump rivals'.

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Launch: Expected in 2012
Range: 100 miles
Price: TBC



The Ampera has a 1.4-litre petrol engine that acts as a generator to top-up the battery, so it's not a pure electric vehicle. However, it gives an impressive 360-mile range and still qualifies for the full range of EV benefits, including the Government subsidy of up to £5000.

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Launch: Spring 2012
Range: 360 miles
Price: £33,995 (£28,995 after Gov incentive)



BMW looks like it will be one of the first German manufacturers on the EV scene, with the Golf-sized i3, which is part of its new i sub brand. It’s a rear-engined hatchback with a claimed range of up to 130 miles.

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Launch: 2013
Range: 130 miles
Price: £30,000 (est)


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