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Full Electric Ahead

While 2040 may be far away, here are electric cars you can have today.

By Edmund Wee and Kelvin Low      17 July 2020

Renault ZOE Electric

Max Power: 91hp
Max Torque: 225Nm
0-100km/h: 13.2 seconds
Top Speed: 135km/h
Range: 367km
VES Band: A1 (-$20,000)
Distributor: Wearnes Automotive

Arguably the most “fun-sized” car on the list is this French coupe-styled five-door city compact hatchback. The Zoe Electric has a new Z.E. 40 Battery which is a lithium-ion battery with double the capacity without an increase in size. This car also uses plenty of energy recovery tech such as regenerative braking, which harnesses the kinetic energy to charge the battery for additional range.

Unique to the ZOE is the Cameleon Smart Charger, which is compatible with various Type 2 charging stations (up to 22kW 3-phase) with the capability to be fully charged in less than 3 hours. Four airbags, Isofix child seat anchorage points, Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Anti-Slip Regulation (ASR) Traction Control & Hill Start Assist, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) & Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) sum up this car’s safety features.

MG ZS EV

Max Power: 141hp
Max Torque: 353Nm
0-100km/h: 8.2 seconds
Top Speed: 140km/h
Range: 400km
VES Band: A1 (-$20,000)
Distributor: Eurokars EV

For the environmentally friendly household, the MG ZS EV family-friendly electric car is a value proposition for drivers who like an MG with family-orientated functions. Combining spacious and practical designs with a clean and dynamic electric powertrain, it has a frequent rapid-charging capability, allowing busy families the flexibility to travel anywhere in an electric car. Boasting generous shoulder, leg and headroom, it also features a substantive full-sized boot. In the cabin, the panoramic sliding sky roof creates a bright and airy experience for the whole family.

Families on the go can look forward to being entertained with an infotainment system comprising an 8-inch colour touchscreen featuring satellite navigation, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Bluetooth phone connectivity.

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