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Five cars to watch this year

As the electric car industry continues to develop, we are now seeing extended journey capacity and improved mpge (miles per gallon equivalent), while zero tail emissions are now more commonplace, writes Mark Benson. With that in mind, here are the top five electric cars to watch throughout the year, giving you a mixture of cutting-edge technology, mass-market appeal, and comfort. 

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Nissan Leaf 2013

Price: from £23,490 / $28,800

Japanese car giant Nissan has certainly taken the market by storm with the award-winning Nissan Leaf 2013. The vehicle has a 140 miles (225 km) journey capacity, fuel efficiency of 130 mpge (209 km) and can be fully charged within four hours...

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Life as it should be

In Slovenia, a project named EgoZero is aiming to create zero-emission car holidays through a new way of using electric cars. Could it work?

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A car holiday without CO2 emissions. It sounds a utopian scenario, yet in Slovenia, a research institute has embarked upon a project to make it happen. The idea is that people rent an electric car, then log onto an online portal to customise their journey through Slovenia, handpicking the hotels, restaurants and activities to visit along the way. At each stop, the car is left at a recharging station to fill up. With Slovenia being a relatively small country, distances between stops are short, enabling the car to retain power throughout the journey. The result is a holiday of attractions, beautiful natural landscapes and zero carbon emissions.

The con...

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Full speed ahead

The European Commission has proposed a new scheme that would dramatically increase the number of electric charging points across Europe. Could this catapult the electric car onto the market?

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Europe is pushing the pedal. On 24 January, the European Commission, which proposes legislation to the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union, announced a scheme that will legally commit member nations to build a total of nearly 800,000 publically accessible electric charging points. The current number is below 12,000. If the infrastructure comes into place, it says, manufactures will start mass-producing electric cars. This will in turn lower their price, and people will buy them.

The European Union’s (EU) policy on electric cars has so far been, by its own admission, “uncoordinate...

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