BBC Newsnight's "Ethical Man" was given exclusive access to the big hope for electric cars, General Motors' Volt, which will be called the Ampere in Europe. He test-drove the car, which will be launched in the US in 2011.
The first thing I noticed about the Volt is that it is incredibly quiet. When I sat behind the wheel I couldn't tell it was on.
When I put my foot down, I was amazed. What I hadn't anticipated about electric cars was that they have incredible torque, the delivery of power to the engine – you get this incredible acceleration.
All of a sudden you are rushing around at 60mph. It's much more exciting than you would have expected from an electric car. I found it fun; it was quite thrilling to drive.
The Volt is big by British standards. It's a big heavy car, a proper four-seater saloon, but it feels very powerful. You can throw it around.
And no disrespect to the G-Wiz but that felt like an electric wheelchair compared to this.
My abiding feeling is that there were problems with the range (the Volt's battery has a range of 40 miles, though its petrol engine can go 640 miles) and it takes three and a half hours to charge.
And it's quite expensive. It costs about $40,000, about £25,000 in the UK with the subsidy the Government announced today, but it is a really convincing car.
You can imagine people who like driving cars would really like it.
I think it shows that there really is a future for electric cars.
It's a proper vehicle.
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