Even if you’re flush with cash and don’t mind paying extra to feed your car, the latest UN report on climate change paints a dire picture for the future of the planet, giving us all little more than a decade to mend our polluting ways.
It’s all so depressing, and enough to coerce those with even a smidgen of global responsibility into the driver’s seat of an environmentally friendly EV, although some might argue that driving and maintaining an older classic car is even less of a threat to the Earth’s increasingly delicate eco-system.
Perhaps I could take a leaf from Mercury’s playbook and look at the possibility of electrifying my Lotus Elise; but then I remember that Elon Musk has already beaten me to that!
So, having squirted a generous quantity of liquid gold into my totally conventional, petrol-powered everyday transportation device, I rocked up to Mercury’s HQ in Newmarket in order to go for a brief trip around the city in Evie.
Bridging the Gap
Mercury’s chief marketing officer, Julia Jack, has pointed out that although most discussions regarding EVs centre on them being the right thing to do – especially at this juncture of time – what’s missing is the passionate connection many of us have with our cars. And this is something especially true of classic-car enthusiasts. The concept of investing high levels of emotion into an EV can be hard to imagine. After all, the virtually silent whirr of an electric motor is a poor substitute for the engine sounds we all love – dependent upon personal taste, we’d miss the rumble of a big-block V8, or the fulsome notes of an exotic V12 on full-song, or the bark of a highly tuned twin-cam or even the scream of a supercharger or flutter of a turbo pop-off valve.
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