I have dipped my toe in the electric car world and found….. And wait for it…….
I quite like it, there are some massive downsides, the obvious one being range and another being the extra weight affecting the handling. It’s a tiny bit wallowy (is that a word).
My thinking is, the mileage most classics travel the range won’t be an issue but the upsides are the cost savings I have made in company car tax and fuel, plus it is quite nice to drive with immediate acceleration and plenty of torque at rolling speeds.
Either way will I be banished from the Classic car community or do you live and let live.
The reason I ask is that during a conversation at the recent Classic Car Show I mentioned this and the guy looked at me like I had two heads….
What is your view on electric car drivers??
We run a second hand i3 (67 plate), rear wheel drive, carbon fibre frame, 170bhp – it’s an absolute hoot. In winter it’s range is around 100 miles, and summer nearer 130. We use it as an errands / shopping and general go to car.
Not a total convert as I’ve still got a daily diesel and other ICE classics but it’s a great drive, and up to 70(ish) is as fast as an SLk32 (345bhp).
Dont get too hung up on electric cars guys. The car replaced the horse but you can still ride a horse. The electric train replaced the steam train but you can still ride in a steam train. The classic car scene will live on, there is far too much money in the classic car ‘industry’ for it to be killed off by the government. When 90% + of drive to work, school & supermarket cars are electric then government attention will switch elsewhere. Yes, i own both.. EV & V8 and theyre both great in their own way. There is no need to be ‘Tribal’ about EV v’s ICE, they can coexist.