The first thing that strikes you – it’s so much smoother and quieter. There’s no startup engine noise – you’ll get a tune and display lights as the systems power up and get ready. At low speeds there is a pleasant whine, the cars also generate an outside whistle or hum to warn pedestrians/cyclists which you can hear if you put your window down. At higher speed you still get road and wind noise but there’s no motor noise or vibration.
An electric car doesn’t have any gears – there’s no lag as it swaps cogs – it just keeps going in one smooth seamless power delivery.
The other initial surprise will be how responsive the car is. Off the line these things are FAST! (with Eco mode off…). The accelerator is really responsive, there’s no hesitation and the car just leaps forward when you put your foot down. Great fun when you want to and I’ve had great pleasure in beating many exotic cars from the lights (in what looks like a standard hatchback)!
Electric cars are by and large far superior to their fossil-fuel-guzzling forebears. They are smooth and silent — and even the cheap models accelerate like sports cars. This, before we even consider their environmental credentials.