Sep 22, 2017 - 4min read
It is quite staggering how far electric vehicles have come in recent years. They have turned from prototypical novelties into mainstream challengers to the gas guzzling cars of old.
Ten years ago the most mainstream eco-friendly car on the market was the Toyota Prius – and that was just a hybrid. Today there is a plethora of fully electric vehicles that cater to a wide range of needs. From the fastest to the most beautiful, we have picked out five EVs that each serve a different purpose.
Aesthetics: Jaguar E-type Zero
Looks may be subjective but you’d be hard pushed to find someone who doesn’t think the Jaguar E-Type Zero is visually stunning. When the original E-type was released in 1961, Enzo Ferrari described it as ‘the most beautiful car ever made’.
Making its debut at Jaguar Land Rover Tech Fest at Central Saint Martins in London this September, it is based on the the 1968 Series 1.5 Jaguar E-type Roadster. Not only is it beautiful, but the Zero can accelerate from 0-62mph in 5.5 seconds.
The pioneer: Tesla Model 3
The success of Tesla has been great PR for EVs in general. Indeed, it could be said that Tesla made EVs cool. But it’s not just the look; Tesla’s first EV model, The Roadster, was the first production car to use lithium-ion battery cells and the first EV with a range greater than 200 miles per charge.
The Tesla Model 3 is the company’s first luxury sedan to enter mass production, and began rolling off the production line in July 2017, with a lower price point to previous models. The Model 3 is the core of Tesla’s ambition to bring EVs definitively into the mainstream.
Price: Citroën C-Zero
Starting at £12,495, it is technically the second cheapest fully electric car on the market. But the cheapest is the Renault Twizy which has just one seat, no glass and no heater.
Designed to zip around the city, the Citroën C-Zero has a fairly impressive top speed of 80 mph which means it can hold its own away from the urban setting. Its maximum range is 93 miles and it has space for four people.
Speed: NIO EP9
From the practical to the fun, the NIO EP9, an electric supercar by Swiss manufacturer ELEXTRA, broke the Nürburgring lap record in May this year, beating all types of car (i.e. not just electric). The ELEXTRA completed the lap in six minutes and 45.9 seconds. This was 2.1 seconds quicker than the previous best time by a road-legal vehicle, set by the Radical SR8LM in 2009.
Achieving 0-60mph in an astonishing 2.3 seconds, it’s record-breaking lap time is a staggering half a minute quicker than the second fastest EV, the Toyota’s TMG EV P002.
Nostalgia: VW I.D. Buzz
The VW camper van has become emblematic of the free spirit of the 1960s. The I.D. Buzz is a fully electric version. A prototype was exhibited at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January this year to an extremely positive reception, prompting VW boss Herbert Diess to confirm in August that it will go into production in 2022. It is also believed that the I.D Buzz will be the figurehead for Volkswagen’s upcoming Uber rival, MOIA – which is set to launch in 2020.