On paper, electric cars sound so good; cheap to ‘fuel’ and packed with green credentials. But there is one major downside, you can’t get very far.
For example, the Nissan Leaf – one of the most popular electric cars – has a maximum range of 155 miles. This plummets if you don’t drive at a ‘leisurely speed’ or use heating or air con. To ‘refuel’ the car needs plugging in. A rapid charger – now installed in many motorway service stations, supermarkets and city car parks – takes 30 minutes to get to 80% of full charge. Plug it in to a standard socket at home and a full charge takes nearly 12 hours. In short: they don’t suit everyone’s needs.