With prices at the pumps on an endless upward march, and the Government’s fixation with CO2 emissions imposing ever-expensive tax on motorists, the electric car, with its road-tax and London Congestion Charge-free status, and potential for very cheap fill-ups (should that be plug-ins?), is increasing in its appeal.
But should you take the plunge?The main concerns surrounding EVs are to do with ‘range anxiety’ – that nagging feeling in the pit of your stomach that you’re going to run out of charge before you get to your destination. And, with electric cars taking on average between eight and 12 hours to charge fully, the worry if fully justified.
And that’s even before concerns of electric vehicles being too slow to cope with the rigours of day-to-day traffic and that the expensive batteries will need changing as often as those that power your digital camera.
We put these concerns to Nissan’s Director of Communications, Tom Barnard, who happens to be very adept at busting a few myths. Nissan has championed the EV and released the first viable production model, the Nissan Leaf. We took a drive with him as he explained how an electric car could be just as convenient as a petrol powered one.