Here is some technical
details for those interested in such stuff! Otherwise just look at the
BMW Mini Cooper D with the latest very smooth BMW twin turbo 1.5 litre diesel
engine with Air con, Power Steering, 6 Speed Manual gearbox.
116 BHP and 270Nm of torque. It has a low 92g/km CO2 making this car one of the less CO2
polluting cars. There's also
ABS, Electronic Braking Distribution, Automatic Stability Control,
Traction Control, Corner Brake Control, 6 Airbags.
Nissan Leaf with a larger 30KwH
this zero CO2 (or any other emission) car has a range of 155 miles.
Using much safer technology than mobile phones - the battery is
an air-cooled stacked laminated lithium ion manganese
oxide pack. It gets fully recycled after the cars life is at an end and
doesn't get put into landfill (as some have claimed!).
synchronous and brushless AC electric motor is about the size of a football but is rated at
up to 90Kw
(120 hp) - however, an electric motor has
100% of it's torque available immediately from 0MPH meaning that
with it's 280Nm of torque it can take off at traffic lights surprisingly
quickly but never with any worry about it stalling - there's no engine
to stall anyway!
There's all the usual safety features plus the fact that it's completely
silent and all the energy I use for it is sourced 100% from renewable
power. It's classified as an automatic (so passing your test in this car
means you can drive any automatic regardless of whether
it's petrol / diesel / electric) and is very, very easy to drive. What
sets this car apart though and makes it a joy to drive - not just for
nervous pupils or those who don't like gears or clutches - but for
anyone else too is because it's still a drivers car due to
the fantastic torque of the electric motor and it's great handling as the battery pack
is low down on the floor of the car to give a low centre of gravity. The
best reason though is it's zero emissions credentials and much smaller
impact on the environment than any petrol or diesel car.