There is an elephant sitting in the corner of the engineering offices of all those who purport to make cars that are enjoyable to drive. It’s so large it’s actually probably something closer to a woolly mammoth. And the question it poses is so serious that failure to answer it correctly could represent a threat of existential proportions. It is simply this: can electric cars be fun to drive? It’s a question I’ve asked a lot of very clever people, and one to which I’ve not yet received a remotely convincing answer.
Thank Frankel it's Friday: Can electric cars be fun to drive?
Andrew Frankel has been racing cars for over 20 years and testing them for nearer to 30. He is senior contributing writer to both Autocar and MotorSport magazines, sits on the Car of the Year jury and was chief car tester for the Sunday Times for 15 years. He cites driving and writing as the only disciplines for which he has any talent and therefore considers himself vocationally employed. When he is not working he lives quietly in the Wye Valley with his family, a small and unimportant accumulation of cheap old cars and some sheep.