British Electric Cars Begin Testing Phase

A UK organization called EEMS Accelerate, managed by the environmental consulting firm AEA, has deployed fourteen electric cars across the country as part of a twelve month testing project under the government’s $40 million Technology Strategy Board program.

Drivers of the electric vehicles are expected to use the cars in real-life situations as they would gasoline powered models, and data collected from the year-long initiative will be used by the government to highlight the benefits of having a strong green car market in the United Kingdom.

image via EEMS Accelerate

Four different types of vehicles are being deployed under the program, the Westfield Sport-E that has a top speed of 100 mph, the Electric Lightning GT that has a top speed of 125 mph, the Delta E-4 Coupe that has a top speed of 150 mph, and Ecotricity’s Nemesis that has a top speed of 170 mph.

Testing the electric cars is part of a larger goal in the UK, which looks to cut carbon emissions 80% by the year 2050. As we reported earlier this year, the World Wildlife Fund believes electric vehicle rollout must progress at a much faster rate if the country hope to meet the stated goal.

Aaron Colter is a freelance writer and marketing consultant in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of Purdue University, he has worked for the NCAA, Dark Horse Comics, Willamette Week, AOL, The Huffington Post, Top Shelf Productions, DigitalTrends, theMIX agency, SuicideGirls, EarthTechling, d'Errico Studios and others. He is also the co-founder of, a free record label, recording studio, and distribution service for independent musicians.


  • Reply June 20, 2011

    Martin Winlow

    Why the obsession with speed? u00a0Who gives a damn! u00a0We’re supposed to be getting away from the ludicrous waste of resources that is the internal combustion engine, not encouraging profligacy by highlighting their top speeds. u00a0What about their range, the seating capacity and other USEFUL info! Grow up, for heavens sake.

    • Reply June 21, 2011


      Each vehicle, including the one in the photo, mentioned in the article has a link to further information. They are not utility-based cars. They are luxury two-seaters built to impress.

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