Bit of an admission here - but I’ve been slightly cheating on Ginny and Nicki, with another thing about electric vehicles. Weirdly, I’m not just into EVs, but they seem to have landed square in my area at the moment, so I thought I’d keep investigating. Mind you, the stuff that I’ve been driving over the last few months is a bit… sillier than the average.
I’ve been testing extreme electric vehicles for a new series on Motortrend On Demand where I put the really wild EV stuff to the test to see if the bonkers claims made in press releases actually have any bearing in reality.
I get to look at EV Hypercars in one episode - the new stunning Lotus Evija, the slinky Pininfarina Battista and the new Rimac Automobili C-Two, bouncing around from Italy to Croatia to … Norfolk. And I even get to drive one. These are near 2,000bhp multi-million pound pieces of rolling EV artistry - about as far away from a Nissan Leaf as it’s possible to get. And they really do accelerate like nothing else.
I investigate whether you can engineer soul into an EV by taking Porsche’s new Taycan Turbo and putting it up against a series of iconic 911s. I even managed to pop out into the wilds of California to see if you can actually have off-road adventures in an electric car, taking in EV West’s Baja VW Beetle and 600bhp Manx buggy, as well as taking a look at Tier One Solar’s solar trailer. And then I got to go crazy in the new Extreme E off-road race truck in Saudi Arabia. I won’t forget that in a hurry.