Of all those that electric cars have to impress, the toughest crowd to crack has to be gearheads. Brought up on a diet of power, speed, noise and passion, it's tough to get into the clean, green and silent world of electric cars.
And we should know - here at AllCarsElectric we aren't just electric car enthusiasts, we're nuts about cars in general. And bikes. And boats, and planes. In fact, anything you can drive, ride, pilot or command. So here are our 8 reasons why even gearheads should love electric cars.
1. You don't have to sacrifice speed
If there's one thing that brings all motor vehicle enthusiasts together, it's a love of speed. We drive quickly because it's exciting, and we watch motorsport for the action, talent, and engineering - and the speed. And you really don't have to give that up with electric cars. The Tesla Roadster is proof enough
of that with acceleration to shame many a supercar, but even a standard electric family car has enough urge away from the lights to make its gasoline or diesel counterpart feel pretty slow.2. Electric cars love corners
Obviously such subjects as handling are subjective, but EVs certainly aren't shamed on the cornering front. With most manufacturers mounting the large, heavy battery packs low in the car, the center of gravity is often nice and low which makes for grippy and stable cornering and good balance. Manufacturers can even ensure the battery pack is in the right place for great weight distribution, too. The smart electric drive
illustrates the benefits well, with handling and ride that shames the regular version.3. Great design is as important as ever
Whether you want an EV that stands out or just one that looks stunning, you're catered for. Again, Tesla got this right with the Roadster and Nissan are displaying the jaw-dropping ESFLOW
at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. Tesla's Model S sedan isn't bad either with looks that wouldn't be out of place on an Aston Martin or Jaguar. And thanks to the adaptable nature of an electric drivetrain, you can still have a car that looks like any other if you don't want to stand out in a crowd - step forward cars like the Ford Focus EV, BMW ActiveE, or even the Rolls Royce Phantom 102 EX...4. There's real engineering in them, you know...
Mechanical stuff fascinates most gearheads, and part of the excitement of a car is in how manufacturers can think outside the box to find solutions to problems. Electric cars are an entirely different box and the engineers and technicians are having a field day - freed from the constraints of an engine and transmission combination, designers and engineers are free to entirely re-think the construction of a car, the materials of its construction, and the technology it can include. New challenges lead to innovation, and innovation is always exciting and benefits the industry as a whole.