You can’t come back from a day spent driving three disparate battery-powered Renaults without having your ideas changed quite a bit.

Sure, we’ve known for at least a year about the French company’s determination to be first with a range of pure electric models cars (Renault bosses want four on the market by the end of 2012) but it’s still highly instructive to actually slide your backside behind the wheels of these machines, and feel the actual thrust of their engines.

 First impression? This thing is genuine. We really will be driving cars like this in a few years’ time, and despite what many people think, the fun of driving will still be there. Just modified a bit. Even in this tentative early form the Twizy, Renault’s four-wheeled rollerskate, has terrific steering, a great natural driving position, awesome stability and a general zip about to its character that makes you want to escape the Renault boundaries and stick it briskly up the Champs Elysees.