Media playback is unsupported on your device

The electric car with an extra kick

20 March 2013 Last updated at 00:04 GMT

Electric cars have been around for more than 100 years but they have never really caught on.

Although they have obvious advantages in terms of a lack of emissions, they are not as practical as cars that run on petrol or diesel.

And they aren't as much fun. Or at least that is what many people seem to think.

But could electric cars actually have more to offer?

As part of the BBC's What If? season looking at the future, Theo Leggett has been looking at the cutting edge of car technology - and finding out that battery power doesn't have to be boring.