Electric cars get real
Tom Ford loves petrol. So we sent him away with the, er, all-electric versions of the Mini, Smart and Mitsubishi i. He came back charged
Posted: 07 Dec 2010
The idea of electric motivation for cars has been around for a long time. In fact, according to new rumours, the first time someone had the bright idea of lobbing an electric motor into an automobile was way back in 1884 with a big-wheeled contraption put together by a British Victorian inventor Thomas Parker, the same bloke who electrified the London Underground and did sterling work with trams in Birmingham and Liverpool. And the theory is undoubtedly sound: no localised emissions, instant torque, a distinct lack of noise and a motor and transmission set-up that deletes lots of the moving bits that usually go bang. Electric is a good thing. So where are we now?