Are electric cars suited to a life in the countryside?

You probably charge at home regularly, maybe every day, which is still a lot cheaper than filling up with petrol or diesel. But do you really want to fiddle with cables in the dark or in the rain?

A warning about charging: would-be owners will surely need to install a proper fast charger at home, as a household three-prong plug simply won’t cut it. Finally, I charged the e-tron at home overnight, thinking a full 12 hours would be enough, only to find that the battery was only 60 percent full.

Had I had to travel more than 100 miles the next day I would have been stuck.

Given that from 31 March 2022 the Government is phasing out grant support for owners to install home chargers via the Office’s Zero Emission Vehicles Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme, that’s an extra £1,000 on top of the vehicle price you need to cough.

On the plus side, everything else about the e-tron Sportback passes with flying colours. The performance is stunning, especially for a large SUV. Acceleration is like a roller coaster ride: full power that locks you back into the headrest as soon as you tap the pedal.

The e-tron is also suitable for off-road use. You can raise the suspension to tackle rough terrain or wade through water up to 1.5 feet deep. This robust Audi takes on sand, snow and mud. It means country riders like me can have confidence no matter the environment. You just have to make sure you remember to charge the car long enough first.

Polestar 2, £53,800

This Volvo-owned brand offers cool Scandinavian minimalism together with superior performance and long range. It starts at £39,900 with top models around £50,000

I really, really wanted to fall in love with the Polestar. I have a young family and we care about the environment and try to make as many lifestyle changes as possible. When we needed to replace our Audi two years ago, we explored the possibility of an electric model, but ultimately ruled it out due to price and battery life concerns. But our heads turn when we see one.

So we were all very excited – including the five-year-old – when the Polestar arrived for a week-long test drive. With its sleek exterior and chic Scandi interior, including the panoramic roof we all love about our current Volvo V90, it looked familiar but excitingly modern. The neighbors also watched with interest: everyone is still talking about electric vehicles. There were many questions, how far can it go on a full charge, how easy is it to charge and how much does it cost… Well, 292 miles according to the manufacturer; apparently easy – from both a regular socket in your house and chargers down the road (not that there are any left on our street, or many rural towns and villages) and quite a bit: £53,800 with options tested, to be exact be. Are electric cars suited to a life in the countryside?

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