MONDAY - Feeling curiously detached and rather pious on holiday this week in the Cotswolds, because I’m floating about in an all-electric Volkswagen e-Up, the one VW about which unhappy stuff is unlikely to be abruptly revealed.

It’s a terrific car, and ultra-practical now we have the proper Chargemaster arrangement in our garage. 

However, plans to do a 190-mile round trip in it to London (Bond movie, don’t you know) hit the buffers because I don’t yet have an Ecotricity account, and these are the guys whose ‘electricity pumps’ I’d need to use in the motorway service areas.

It has only just dawned on me that the 80% fast charge you can get from one of these gizmos is, at present, delivered free. Ecotricity and its green-as-grass founder, Dale Vince, say it’s their way of giving electric cars a foothold in our market. I’ve applied for a card online, and it’s supposed only to take a couple of days to arrive, so next time we speak I’ll know more.