Mention electric vehicle and it probably won’t be long before the phrase ‘range anxiety’ enters the discussion.
With battery technology currently allowing an electric vehicle a maximum range of about 100 miles before recharging, the concept might be suitable for low-mileage fleets, but the compromise is obvious.
Hybrid pioneer Toyota has decided to diversify with plug-in versions of the Prius – while planning to introduce a full electric vehicle in 2012.
The principle of a plug-in hybrid is that the car runs on the battery for a short period, while the engine takes over when the range has expired. Vauxhall is planning to leapfrog some of its rivals with a new family car to be launched in 2012 using unique technology.