The Future Car Challenge is not a race, but it is – for most of the 70-odd participants – extremely competitive nonetheless. Not only is there some serious ambition to be the most energy-efficient on the run from Brighton to London, there’s also much vying for attention.
Farah investigates the return of the tiny urban vehicle, historically epitomised by the ‘bubble car’ and the ill-fated Sinclair C5. Does this latest generation from the likes of Audi, VW, Renault and Vauxhall really have a future?
Following on from their success at the 2011 World Car Awards, the
Nissan LEAF and Chevrolet Volt have received the highest ratings in
their first U.S. crash tests, confirming modern electric cars can be
just as safe as petrol or diesel equivalents, if not more so.