Do you know what I love most of all? I love to drive. And whether it’s pummelling the sand on a 45-degree day in the desert, or heading out for coffee in my local neighbourhood, electric vehicles (EVs) can also be a lot of fun.
I will always remember the first time I drove in an EV. It was around 2014, and I was rallying in the UK. The EV technology was still pretty new, but I had a friend who worked at Tesla, and he offered to take me for a spin. EVs have instant acceleration - you put your foot down and all the torque is there instantly. It goes! It blew me away the first time … and it’s still impressive when I get behind the wheel now.
That drive was this weird and incredible mix of high-performance and absolute stillness. We were driving around these backstreets and I just thought, no one knows we’re here. It was silent.
There’s a perception that without the noise, driving can’t be exciting, which couldn’t be more wrong. As a motorsport driver, I have a pretty good understanding of what makes for a great drive. That instant acceleration? That’s cool. It’s not a compromise on performance at all. Everyone who’s competed in an EV would say the same.
It’s the same if you’re using them as a daily drive. Even when you don’t need to go from 0-100 in 2.8 seconds (which you can in some models), an EV is very practical. They make a lot of sense, a quiet ride that’s easy to maintain and can be cheaper to run.