Electric car test - Electric cars: at a glance

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  • All leading models driven
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  • Are they viable?
If you're looking for a clear, concise guide to electric cars, then you're in the right place. Forget the information overload that surrounds this emerging technology, we've got the facts that matter on one easy to read page.

From cost to range anxiety
How much will the electric car that suits you cost - and, more importantly, will it have enough power stored in the battery to get you home?

We'll give you all the information you need, including:
• Price
• On sale date
• What you'll like - and what you won't
• Our What Car? verdict

Electric cars: at a glance
Tesla Roadster
Price £86,950
On sale Now
You'll like… Performance; range
You won't… Huge price; feels heavy
Verdict… Proof that green can be fun
0-30mph 2.2 seconds
Mitsubishi i MiEV
Price £22,500 (est)
On sale November
You'll like… Performance; range; space
You won't… High price; odd steering
Verdict… A highly impressive EV
0-30mph 4.8 seconds
ECC C1 Ev'ie
Price £17,845
On sale Now
You'll like… Proper car; fairly affordable
You won't… Performance and range
Verdict… Usable in cities
0-30mph 8.3 seconds
Reva G-Wiz
Price £8995
On sale Now
You'll like… Cheapest EV; decent room
You won't… Poor build; gawky looks
Verdict… Only for the city centre
0-30mph 11.3 seconds

Price £9995
On sale Now
You'll like… Funky looks; tiny size
You won't… Build; range; performance
Verdict… Steer clear at present
0-30mph na

Think City
Price £22,000 (est)
On sale Early 2010
You'll like… Performance and range
You won't… Likely high price; iffy quality
Verdict… Looks like being too pricey
0-30mph 5.9 seconds
Aixam Mega City 2+2
Price £12,564
On sale Now
You'll like… Smart looks; okay space
You won't… Everything else
Verdict… Not good nor cheap enough
0-30mph 13.7 seconds

Buyer's guide
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