Not so, says Robert Llewellyn, who claims to be regularly asked why electric cars "have to resemble nineteen seventies bathroom fittings".
Strange analogies aside, it's fair to say that if electric vehicles are going to reach a mainstream audience, we need models that will appeal to early adopters and trend influencers. So I, for one, am delighted to see another electric "supercar" hitting the roads—this time it's the Lightning GT. The specs are certainly likely to turn the heads of even the most avid petrol head:
It is available for preorder now, for a deposit of £4000 (US$6000) and a final asking price of £150000 (roughly $300000). So yes, this is clearly a car for the 1%. But given the amount the 1% consumes and pollutes, I'd be mighty happy if they shifted their consumption to a more responsible model.
Whether or not having money "buys you the right" to a nice car, as Lighning's Iain Sanderson suggests, depends on whether you see cars as a "right"—but I would agree with him that it does not buy you the right to pollute.
This is a cool, if expensive, step in the right direction. Still, a bike is always greener.