Presumably electric cars are not wildly uncommon in cities, but out here in Derbyshire they are rare. However, the other day I passed a Nissan Leaf (plural Nissan Leaves?) parked in a nearby street. I haven’t seen many which is not surprising in view of the short range and high purchase price although they are reputedly cheap to run.
Decades ago I was very much in favour of electric cars, not for environmental reasons but because of their comparative simplicity compared to the internal combustion engine. Fed up of doing my own servicing I suppose. We don’t do simplicity these days, but I still find the idea of an electric car attractive in spite of the embarrassing climate baggage.
Coincidentally I also saw a Tesla Model S on the M1 not so long ago, cruising along steadily at 60mph. Ignoring the hype and the expense, this one does seem to be a practical proposition as its range is at least three times the Nissan’s – about 80 miles for the Nissan compared to about 240 miles for the most basic Tesla.
Apparently Nissan Leaf drivers are prone to mileage anxiety for even moderately short journeys as they watch their battery charge drop lower and lower. It seems extraordinary that the Tesla can travel three times as far as the Nissan on a single charge. It’s not as if the need for electric cars to have an acceptable range is a new issue. It's been a key issue for what - a century?
I’ve seen a few examples of the BMW i3 about too, but they are barely any more practical than the Leaf and too ugly for serious consideration. All statement and no style.
The Tesla though - that has style.