Driven - - Editor's Note - Bernard bernard@driven­

We live in an ever-chang­ing world. Up un­til re­cently, we mea­sured how ca­pa­ble a car is of meet­ing our re­spec­tive needs by the num­ber of cylin­ders liv­ing un­der its bon­net. And now, if the 2018 Geneva Mo­tor Show is any in­di­ca­tion, we stand on the brink of mea­sur­ing grunt by the num­ber of elec­tric mo­tors we can strap to each wheel.

The same goes for per­for­mance po­tion too. Man­u­fac­tur­ers used to make grand claims about the dis­tance its cars can cover on a sin­gle tank of petrol. Now, we read that the Ex­tended Range Elec­tric Ve­hi­cles, or EREVs in short, can cover greater dis­tances on a sin­gle charge, than say our fos­sil-mobiles can do on a hard­earned tank of liq­uid gold.

In the near fu­ture, we won’t sim­ply re­port that in this edi­tion, the com­bined num­ber of cylin­ders be­tween all our test-ve­hi­cles worked out to 32 – which it did, mind you. In­stead, we will be us­ing bab­ble terms such as; the elec­tric mo­tor pro­vided an am­pli­tude of spark, or the torque de­liv­ery from the high-cur­rent mo­tor was star­tling.

And that brings us to the one as­pect to look for­ward to when all our cars’ names bear some re­sem­blance to the Trans­form­ers gang. That in­stan­ta­neous torque.

See, be­cause of things like Elec­tro­mo­tive Force and Ro­tat­ing Ar­ma­tures, elec­tric ve­hi­cles have a flat torque curve, as op­posed to an as­cend­ing curve that is as­so­ci­ated with an in­ter­nal com­bus­tion en­gine. And be­cause of this, th­ese fu­tur­is­tic cars can ac­cel­er­ate off the line with the fe­roc­ity as­so­ci­ated with su­per­cars – mak­ing a rea­son­ably con­ser­va­tive spark(y) about the same amount of fun to drive than a pure­bred sports car, ex­cept maybe in the bends of the Franschhoek Pass.

Isn’t that, in essence at least, what we petrol-heads are all look­ing for in a car?

Up un­til volt­age is a re­place­ment for tram­pling horses though, our nor­mal ser­vice of giv­ing you ad­vice on fu­el­guz­zlers will re­sume.

And while Driven con­tin­ues to in­no­vate and evolve, you can be as­sured that we will con­tinue to be the driv­ing force in the pre­mium motoring space – that sim­ply won’t change.

We wel­come your let­ters to the ed­i­tor. Drive on!

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