Electric cars fail to spark big sales
ELECTRIC car sales are still idling. Figures from the SMMT show that sales fell seven per cent this year, with 950 pure electric cars registered in the first 10 months.
Electric cars cost a lot more, have a limited range between recharging and need approved recharging points or can blow circuits. Even with a UK government grant of £5,000 (from the taxpayer) the best-selling Nissan LEAF costs £25,990 and boasts a range of less than 100 miles – and maybe much less depending on conditions and loads.
It sold 548 in the first 10 months. Production begins at Sunderland in February for sale in April.
Its Renault stablemate is the Fluence ZE. You rent the battery which brings the price down to £17,495. It has sold just 64 since going on sale earlier this year.
The other electric contenders are narrow, shorter five-door cars built in Japan by Mitsubishi as the MiEV, the Citroën C Zero and the Peugeot iON. VOLVO has started producing the first diesel hybrid car with mains recharging to give a longer range on battery power. It is quoting 32 miles for its V60 “plug-in” which will be on sale next year, ramping up to 4,000 to 6,000 in 2014. The 2013 allocation of 1,000 has already been sold. “This is a unique car, a historic step, not only for Volvo but for the entire car industry,” says Volvo’s research chief, Peter Mertens.
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