GM has launched an electric city car that costs £3,829, which is less than it costs to buy a 125cc Vespa scooter.
With both France and Britain planning a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars, the question on many a driver’s lips is how I afford an expensive electric vehicle. The cheapest Nissan Leaf costs £26,680 including the government grant. By contrast, the equivalent-sized Ford Fiesta costs £6,500 less.
The E100 has been launched in China by the General Motors Baojun division. With a range of 100 miles and a top speed of 62mph, the tiny car is perfectly suited to city dwellers who cannot swap their car for other modes of transport.
With a wheelbase and height of around 1.6 m, the compact E100 comfortably seats up to two adults. And with a turning radius of 3.7 metres, can squeeze into the tightest spots with ease.
The E100 has an independent front-wheel suspension and despite its low price, its features include anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, electric power steering, an electronic parking brake, parking sensors, ISOFIX locks for child safety seats and a pedestrian alert system.