We’re not sure if we were just looking the other way – possibly at a Porsche 911 reimagined by Singer – but electric cars have reached and breached somewhat of a tipping point. Seemingly overnight, they’ve transformed from offbeat curiosities, straight through early-adopter fodder and on to the point where we’re starting to use the phrase ‘this Lamborghini is nearly as fast as an electric four-door’.
It’s a world of promise for carmakers, not seen since early 20th century when the idea of personal cars first took off. But, as you might remember, the road to the motoring world as we know it is littered with names that are now little more than footnotes. There are literally, and we mean literally, hundreds of manufacturers that haven’t made it to the present day – and quite a few never made it past a few ruinously expensive years.
Yes, the car business is an exceptionally cruel one – with regulations, shifting consumer demands and incredibly extensive setup costs – and only a few survive. So what sort of chance does the new crop of carmakers stand?
That’s a fair question, actually. And we’re not exactly clairvoyants. Let’s narrow the focus then, and look at the current crop of electric supercars on offer from the new breed of manufacturers. What are the chances that they’ll ever hit the roads?