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First lithium car in UK

Future Vehicles Electtrica runs on lithium batteries

The first electric vehicle in the UK to be powered by Lithium-ion battery cells has gone on sale.

The Electtrica has been fully crash-tested and has a range of 70 miles, nearly twice as much as existing lead-acid battery cars.

Lithium-ion batteries are more commonly found in laptops and mobile phones, and whilst offering higher performance, have yet to become commonplace due to cooling and battery life problems.

The Electtrica will also be offered in a more conventional lead-acid configuration, with a reduced top speed of 40mph and range reduced to 40 miles.

The car has an aluminium safety cage, disc brakes, front and rear impact bars and has undergone front and side crash-testing, achieving results beyond EU requirements for a quadricycle.

Like other small electric city cars, it will be exempt from the London congestion charge and from road tax, and will enjoy free parking in Westminster, the City and many other parts of London.

Prices start at £9,950 for the lead-battery powered version and at £12,750 for the lithium powered version.

The car is available from Future Vehicles (, the exclusive distributor for customers in London and within the M25.

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