Look at the choice: Audi, Mercedes, Volvo, Porsche, VW… all premium marques doing plug-in hybrids. Jaguar Land Rover will join them before long, and Bentley has said a plug-in hybrid is in sight.
One of the biggest worries - the batteries themselves - is falling away now. Owners of first-generation Nissan Leafs are finding their batteries still going strong, and plenty of manufacturers now offer eight-year warranties. And batteries themselves are changing: look at the new Honda NSX: it has a battery that charges in one minute, and discharges equally rapidly. Car batteries and their use are developing along the same lines as phone batteries - smaller, lighter, not able to carry a great deal of charge but able to be charged on the go, drawing current from their surroundings.
Few people realise, too, that with a Government grant, installing a charge point at your home typically falls to about £300.
Look, I‘m not in the pay of the ULEV fraternity, and the cars are still massively overpriced - the £4,500 government grant is nothing on a £60,000 car. I wouldn’t and couldn’t buy one, because I have no garage or driveway on which to charge it. But for the 95 per cent of people who travel less than 25 miles a day by car, and have less fraught parking restrictions than me, electric vehicles are starting to look like a no-brainer.
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