The Renault Zoe is now so much a part of our life that it’s hard to look back without some kind of regret that we didn’t buy it sooner.

Tempted by the low lease prices (£75 deposit, plus £150 a month for car and battery thereafter over two years when we signed up), reduced running costs and its suitability for commuting around London, we’ve now come to discover myriad additional and unexpected reasons for loving Zoe life.

Like all electric cars, it’s great to drive, smooth, silent and relaxing at all times, but with the joy of serious torque when you need it. In traffic especially, the smoothness and on-demand go are a real boon.

It’s compact, too. That sounds obvious, but the benefits are worth dwelling on. It’s a breeze to place the Zoe on the road and in no way daunting to park. These things count when you travel around congested parts of London.

It’s here that the generous kit list pays dividends, too. If you’re used to a modern car, this may not chime, but we traded in a 2007 Ford C-Max for the Zoe. When you get a reversing camera, phone connectivity and a touchscreen for the first time, life just gets better.

Yet the Zoe is compact but still spacious. Our car is chiefly used by my wife, who regularly ferries the kids around. It’s not a cavernous family car but, four-up, we’d happily travel the 100ish miles you can squeeze from a charge without stopping - and then do it all again after a stretch to recharge the car.