FEATURE: Electric cars are the future, so we’ve been told. They are more economically efficient, require barely any fuel and can be charged in the same manner as you’d charge your mobile phone. But how do they feel to drive?
I had the opportunity to test out BMW’s new i3 and i8 range as part of Oxford City Council’s annual Low Carbon Oxford week, and I can tell you that these cars are as soothing to drive as having a massage.
They feel weightless as you drive without the roar of the streets or the wind against the car.
The cars adjust to every slight pressure as you ease on the pedal and steer with complete control, giving you the freedom to simply relax and enjoy the ride.
On the packed, busy roads of Oxford, it felt as pleasurable as driving down an empty country road.
Driving an electric car is the pleasure of driving with patience, with relaxation assured. You could drive for miles and miles and not even realise how far you’d gone or where you were heading.
The cars drive with such control that you are fearless as you put your foot down, it grants you a complete ascension of your role as a driver that you simply don’t quite know what else you could possibly ask for.
The car glides along the road like feathers are holding it up and darts away as soon as you ease it down.
Therein, along with the BMW i8 lies the fault in these cars. The thought of speed just flies straight out of your head, there’s no indication of how fast you’re really going and at 50mph, and you could be thinking your coasting along at 30mph.
However, upon reflection it seems fair to say that while electric cars aren’t our guaranteed future on the roads, they’re certainly one of the most refreshing driving experiences on offer.
Low Carbon Oxford Week takes places from June 13 to June 21.
For your chance to drive the new BMW i8 head to lcoweek.org/events/test-drive-the-future.