1. Will I want to take the long way home?
Car chat. It’s right up there with football banter for immediate alienation of anyone who doesn’t know a double-clutch from a 4-3-3. But something is occurring. I’ve spent two days with the I-Pace and everyone—and I do mean everyone—has a question or five, strident opinions on the charging infrastructure, and judging by the battered Micra they’re driving, no previous interest in combustion-engined cars. Frankly, it’s exhausting, but also a fascinating social shift—the electric car hasn’t yet become personal transport for the masses, but it is mobilizing their minds.
In a world obsessed with food delivered to your doorstep, cheap taxis at your fingertips and the world’s music library in your earbuds—convenience above all else—the electric car is a chewy one. The environmental benefits are obvious—you can see them not spewing out of the tailpipe... but owning, charging and planning your life around one is a chore we could all do without. One step forward, two steps back. Hence the hullabaloo.