Review of Megacity NICE Electric Car

There is lots going for the MegaCity - no petrol costs, no tax, no congestion charge costs in London, no CO2 emmissons - aside from the powerstation - and the knowledge that you are being green, but still using a car.

Published: 10-Jun-2007

We all like the idea of reducing your carbon footprint, but can the electric car really help us do that, or is it more hassle than it's worth? We check out the NICE (stands for No Internal Combustion Engine, by the way) MegaCity.

First thing you'll notice about the Megacity is that it looks surprisingly like any other small city car. No kooky styling like the G-Whiz and apart from the noise, or lack of it, most people are unlikely to spot at first that you've got a considerably different engine under the bonnet.

That conventional styling carries on through the car even though it's made from ABS, yes that's the same plastic as Lego. While this means the car is exceptionally light, it also means it is a bit flexible and the centre console on the dashboard has a tendency to bend and move if you push it with your knee.


GM, which donated the now missing EV1 to the National Museum of American History, happens to be one of the Smithsonian Institution's biggest contributors, which seems a strange coincidence on the EVe of "Who Killed the Electric Car?".

Tesla Motors, a four-year-old Silicon Valley start-up, has raised $60 million and spent $25 million developing a two- seat Roadster that will sell for between $85,000 and $100,000.

There are so few green 'stars' at the British International Motor Show this year because there doesn't seem to be that much demand for them. Pictured is Axiam microcar similar to electric version debuted in London this week, along with Smart EV.


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