'Range anxiety' – not being confident about how far you'll get on a single charge – is often cited as a key concern around electric vehicles (EVs).
But a number of drivers in the latest vehicles have recently been making some strong statements along the lines of 'Range anxiety? What range anxiety?'.
It's worth pointing out the caveats here; the pair drove with economy in mind, so while they may have trounced Tesla's own projections of 265 miles range, they were driving at 25mph or less, on very flat roads.
An Australian all-electric passenger bus has journeyed its way into the record books, completing a 1,018km trip on Victoria’s South Gippsland Highway, after just a few months previously completing a Melbourne to Sydney jaunt, at a relatively modest 1,004km.
It's a bus equipped to perform, combining a top-of-the-range battery, an eMotor, a battery management system and regenerative braking technology.
The CEO of Brighsun, the company behind the innovative eBus, Allen Saylav said: “We chose the heavy commercial passenger vehicle to showcase how high performance could be achieved in larger transportation options, as well as in passenger cars.”
With plans to set up manufacturing capacity for the buses across Australia, they could soon become a common sight as they eat up the miles.
It's not just range where EV performance is confounding the critics. Not that the Energy Saving Trust would encourage speeding, but Croatian car manufacturer Rimac Automobili has raced out of the blocks in the quest to produce the world's fastest electric car.
Its Concept One vehicle, which boasts an astonishing 8,450-cell battery pack, can do 0-62mph in 2.6 seconds and get up to speeds of 220mph. Though with only eight of them in production, it's not going to be an option for the mainstream any time soon – though don't be surprised to see it pop up in the next in the long series of The Fast and the Furious films.
All these stories illustrate that EV performance has progressed dramatically over the last few years. After all the excitement of speed and distance, here are a few practical tips on how to get the most out of an EV, from Energy Saving Trust's transport experts.