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We need big­ger win­dows on the world

Autocar - - THIS WEEK -

I am ex­cited about tech­nol­ogy and re­ally want to buy an elec­tric ve­hi­cle, but I just can’t sign the order form be­cause they make no sense. The new Audi E-tron looks great, but it starts at £71,000, has a range of 200 miles in the real world and takes four and a half hours to recharge, even with a pow­er­ful charger.

The Q5 diesel starts at £40,000, does 50mpg and has a range of 650 miles. You can fill it up in three min­utes and drive to the south of France. There are lots of other fac­tors, pos­i­tive and neg­a­tive – de­pre­ci­a­tion, charg­ing lo­ca­tions etc – but this is the key is­sue in my mind. Why would you buy some­thing that is more ex­pen­sive and less con­ve­nient?

I just hope that in this pe­riod of wait­ing for bat­ter­ies to cost less than £100/kwh or hy­dro­gen fuel cell prices to drop that the de­vel­op­ment path isn’t ham­pered or de­vi­ated from by stupid leg­is­la­tion or tax in­cen­tives and that man­u­fac­tur­ers don’t give up search­ing for the cor­rect an­swer.

Paul New­man Lon­don

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