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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.