WITH diesel is now £1.50 a litre, and petrol not far behind, drivers are starting to take the electric car market a lot more seriously –which is good because there are three new electric vehicles about to appear on the city’s streets, writes Mike Scialom.
This week saw the UK launch of the Renault Twizy, which will be on sale at Cambridge’s Newmarket Road-based Renault dealership, Wests, “before the end of the month”, according to a spokesman for the firm.
The Twizy comes in three trim options – Urban, Colour and Technic – and prices start at £6,690 for the Urban option. It’s powered by a 17bhp electrical motor which can be fully charged in 3.5 hours and has a range of around 70 miles.
The Vauxhall Ampera and the Chevrolet Volt are also on their way.
The Ampera has a petrol engine add-on to its central electric unit which boosts the range to 310 miles, while the all-electric Volt offers sporting prowess in the electric sector for the first time. The Volt will be launched in Cambridge next week, with prices starting at £28,545.
There are concerns, of course, that the electric car sector is still in hock to fossil fuels thanks to the charging-up process, but for many motorists the prospect of sidestepping worries over fuel prices will make them deeply attractive.
“The Twizy is an ideal commuter car,” Wests’ spokesman concluded.