Back in 2009, I had the opportunity to drive a Nissan Leaf prototype at the brand’s technical facility in Cranfield, before attending the initial launch in 2010 in roundabout central, Milton Keynes.

It was the beginning of the electric vehicle revolution, everyone said. Fast forward six years and that step-change hasn’t taken off at the speed that some would have hoped.

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Instead, it’s been incremental, with the gradual introduction of EVs from manufacturers who have presumably been gauging the pioneers' success, while busily trying to create the architecture and engineering solutions to make their own EVs viable. 

Some EV launches have had more of a pronounced impact on EV image than others - namely Tesla and BMW’s i brand. Still, even BMW’s sales have been slow off the mark - although the company claims the new i3 with extended range took double the amount of orders the original i3 did in the first couple of months.