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—