It wasn’t my intention to turn this into a regular blog, but such has been the reaction (good and bad) to my decision to lease a Renault Zoe for the next two years that I’ll keep going until the subject runs out of steam. Which, judging by predictions for electric car sales growth, will be sometime around 2020…

You can read the first piece explaining why we’ve opted for the Zoe as our next family car (real money, real prices – not journalist’s whim at someone else’s expense) here.

As then, I’ll try to keep my thoughts rational rather than evangelical - I don’t own any tie-dye T-shirts and I’m not hell-bent on saving the planet, but I like the upsides of electric cars (instant torque, silent travel and so on) and I really like saving money. I also understand that electric cars only work well under very specific circumstances and that they aren't for everyone.

Those criteria seem to be widening, though, as ranges improve, the charging infrastructure grows and tax breaks are made more evident.

I know this first hand now, because the dealer I’ve bought the car from emailed the other day and said he’d deliver our car for free. Brilliant though they have been, I was nonetheless somewhat taken aback by this unprompted generosity. However, it turns out two of the many people who emailed me for more information after reading my first blog have gone on to buy Zoes from the same dealer. As the growing number of electric and plug-in hybrid sales suggest, there seems to be a small but significant number of people on the cusp of making the switch.