We need bigger windows on the world
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