For Top Gear magazine’s 300th issue, we celebrated the best 50 cars over 299 issues: here’s our pick of the best EVs
It begins with nothingness. For TG’s early history there were no electrified cars. Actually, one-off fuel-cell concept cars had begun to look pretty swish, but they faced some compelling obstacles, such as costing gazillions to build and relying on non- existent infrastructure to refuel. All this time later, we have the cars. Now the fuel, please.
There had been some pure-electric cars too, but they had lead-acid batteries. You know, like milk floats. A couple of years into Top Gear’s life, things began to happen. General Motors, in response to a planned American law, launched the futuristic electric EV1. The law wasn’t enacted. So GM crushed them. It said it was avoiding the expense of supporting them with spares, but it looked like GM was in the pocket of Big Oil. Clever car, tragically dumb PR.