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can’t be ro­tated around. If one goes, all four have to go too.

Which bring us neatly to EV life in 2018. Af­ter years of false starts, sparks that didn’t quite catch and cars meant solely for well-heeled early adopters (look­ing at you too, Tesla), the EV is, at long last, ready for prime time.

The two EVs in ques­tion are the Hyundai Ioniq and Re­nault Zoe. Like all EVs, they im­part a cer­tain sense of Zen­like calm when driv­ing them.

Owing to the lack of a rat­tly in­ter­nal com­bus­tion en­gine, the only sort of noise you get upon thumb­ing the starter but­ton is a se­ries of bongs or bleeps. And be­cause there’s no mov­ing parts, like pistons or crankshafts, the only vi­bra­tions you’re go­ing to get when start­ing an EV is if your phone hap­pens to go off.

It’s a sur­real ex­pe­ri­ence—not even a Rolls-Royce can boast this level of re­fine­ment. We’re so ac­cus­tomed to the rat­tle and hum, so con­di­tioned to as­so­ciate the twist of a key with the buzz of an en­gine, that its sud­den ab­sence is al­most un­nerv­ing. It’s not en­tirely un­like sen­sory de­pri­va­tion.

Aside from that, the Hyundai and Re­nault drive just like any other car, though with re­gen­er­a­tive brak­ing—

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