I’ve just driven Nissan’s great white hope. The Japanese firm is about to unveil it to the public – the first global-market electric vehicle it has ever produced, a zero emissions five-door hatchback that’s only slightly larger than a VW Golf. And the security and secrecy surrounding it is such that as I write these words, the night before the grand unveiling, I don’t even know what it’ll be called.

But I can tell you how it drives. Earlier this week, we were given the chance to take a quick spin in a development version of the car. It looked like a Tiida – to see the shape of the real thing, consult our news section – but it was much more remarkable from behind the wheel.