Electric cars have been around for a few years now, although if we’re being technical, they’ve being around since the 19th century. But the first electric car of the modern era, and the first highway legal production all-electric battery-powered vehicle was the Tesla Roadster, first developed in 2004.
When Tesla’s contract with Lotus ran out – the Roadster was based on the Lotus Elise – the company produced the first Model S in 2012. Since then, electric car sales have sky-rocketed. Note that we’re talking about all-electric cars here, not hybrid or plug-in hybrids that combine an electric motor with a fuel-powered engine.
Best electric cars available in the UK
- 300 mile range, 90kWh battery
- Prices from £63,495
The talk of electric town right now is the Jaguar i-Pace. Completely electric, totally new and very Jaguar. The i-Pace pushes into SUV styling, giving you space and practicality inside, but with a sporty drive. It’s very much the luxury electric car to excite. There’s oodles of tech, but it’s the smoothness of the driving that really makes this car feel like the embodiment of an electric future.