I think the 2008 Tesla Roadster will go down in the annals of history as a landmark vehicle: at least as significant as any other vehicle built since the turn of the century. If the terrific Renault Twizy suited me, I’d be all over one. (If I thought I could hack a range extender onto one, I’d give it serious consideration already.) And I’m about to buy an electric bicycle for m’laddio to ride to school on.
So in case there’s any doubt, I said it: I like electric vehicles.
Some people think I don’t, because earlier this month in Autocar's print magazine I voiced concern about the ability of Britain to deal with the ‘Road To Zero’ plan, which would need electric charge points installed at the rate of more than 2200 every day for the next 30 years, if the number of charge points is to keep pace with electric cars.
But because I had the temerity to doubt that there would be a viable number of public chargers for the near half of the population who can’t charge at home, or a fair system for fuel duty, in place by 2040 – 18,000 haven’t been built since I did the calculations, so we’re behind the curve on that score already – I got told I was “trolling the electric vehicle community”.