Eco cars at the EcoVelocity Green Motor ShowDecember 5, 2012 14 May 2012, By Paul Clarke
The greenest eco cars at the EcoVelocity Green Motor Show included the range-extended Fisker Karma and the electric Lightning GT, Delta E4 Coupe and Tesla Roadster.
You could also test drive the latest low carbon models at the EcoVelocity low-carbon motor show which took place from 5-13 May at London’s ExCeL. Chevrolet, Citroen, Honda, Mia, Nissan, Peugeot and Vauxhall offered drives of their latest low carbon vehicles on a 3.5 mile route.
In addition the Fisker Karma and the electric Lightning GT, Delta E4 Coupe and Tesla Roadster were on static display.
Here’s a summary about the greenest cars at EcoVelocity.
Static eco cars:
One of the best looking green cars is surely the American Fisker Karma electric vehicle with extended range which has achieved 135 mpg combined fuel economy while emitting just 51 g/km of CO 2 , as well as having an all-electric range of 51.6 miles. The Karma is a 400-horsepower luxury saloon that can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 6.1 seconds.
The British Lightning GT has a range of over 150 miles, or 225 with an optional range extender pack. It has a limited top speed of 125 mph and a 0-60 mph time of less than 5 seconds. It can be recharged in as little as 10 minutes. It’s currently a demonstration project but the idea is that you can order one.
Delta E4 Coupe
The electric Delta E4 Coupe is the creation of Delta Motorsport, a British company based at Silverstone. It’s a four-seater coupe that has a 0-60 mph time of just 6.5 seconds and goes on to 115 mph, and it has a range of 150 miles. You can’t buy one yet as it’s currently just a technology demonstration project.
The electric Tesla Roadster can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.7 or 3.9 seconds depending on the version, and it has a range of 211 miles. Production has now finished in order to make way for the Model S saloon. It’s sold out in America but can be yours in the UK for £87,945 for the Roadster 2.5 or £102,895 for the Roadster Sport.
Eco cars for test drives:
The Volt is Chevrolet’s version of the Vauxhall Ampera. It’s the same car underneath, but with Chevrolet styling and badges. So it’s an electric car at all times, with a petrol generator to provide extra power for the electric motor when the battery is depleted. It has an electric range of up to 50 miles, and a total range of over 300 miles. It has an official economy figure of 235.4 mpg and emissions of 27 g/km CO2. It costs £34,995, or£29,995after the UK government’s £5000 Plug-in Car Grant.
Citroen DS5 Hybrid4
The Citroen DS5 range includes a diesel-hybrid model, sharing the same technology as the Peugeot 3008HYbrid4. This means it has a diesel engine and an electric motor, resulting in official economy of 74.3 mpg and emissions of 99 g/km CO2. The hybrid model costs from £27,600.
The Honda CR-Z is a petrol-electric hybrid, returning 56.5 mpg, and emissions of 117 g/km CO2. It’s a small car and it’s fun, despite only having 122 bhp. It costs £17,695.
Mia Electric Microbus
Mia is a new name in the UK. The French/German company produces an electric MicroBus that has a central driving position, with two further seats behind the driver. It has a range of 50 miles and a top speed of 66 mph. There are three models of the vehicle, the mia, mia L, and mia box van. The four-seat mia L has three back seats. The mia costs from 23,500 Euro, the mia L starts at 24,500 Euro, and the mia box van starts at 22,500 Euro.
The Nissan LEAF is the world’s first mass produced all-electric family hatchback, and it won the European Car of the Year Award in 2011. It has zero tailpipe emissions, a range of 109 miles, and it costs £30,990, or £25,990 after the UK government’s £5000 Plug-in Car Grant.
Peugeot 508 RXH Hybrid
The Peugeot 508 RXH diesel-hybrid is a large estate with 200 bhp and four-wheel drive that has official economy of 68.9 mpg and emissions of 107 g/km CO2. It also has zero-emission capability and costs £33,695.
The Ampera is basically the same car as the Chevrolet Volt. So it’s an electric car at all times, with a petrol generator to provide extra power for the electric motor when the battery is depleted. It has an electric range of up to 50 miles, and a total range of over 300 miles. It has an official economy figure of 235.4 mpg and emissions of 27 g/km CO2.
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