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
It won't be long though. Smart is already talking about series production in 2012, with Mitsubishi hoping that proposed government subsidies of £5k for electric cars would put a dent in the i-MiEV's cost of £33,699 in 2011. Mini is keen to call its leaseholders ‘pioneers' - who have to fill in travel logs and the like - but is also keen to point out that the Mini can quite easily be better packaged to claw back those rear seats and add a welcome dose of practicality.
When all of the pieces of the puzzle start falling into place with the actual mechanics of manufacture, there's one thing to remember; electric cars are absolutely not the enemy of the petrolhead. Think of them as a way to keep the miles off, and therefore justify the classic 911 or politically incorrect V8 in the garage. They aren't a replacement for petrol-powered thrills, they're a protection.