I’m beginning to wonder if it’s going to be possible to buy any other car than a hybrid the way things are going.
Sooner, rather than later one hopes, we’ll all be running around in full electric vehicles, but at the moment hybrid is the answer to the UK’s pitiful charging “network”.
There are currently 28,000 charging points in the UK which may sound a lot until you take into account that if everyone drove around in electric cars that would work out at around one charging point for every 1,320 cars.
Half electric cars, or hybrids as they are known, are springing up like burgers at an American sporting event.
Another one to join the ranks this week is this A6 55 TFSI e quattro.
It combines a 2.0-litre petrol engine with a 105kW electric motor to provide a total system output of 367hp and an electric range of up to 32 miles.
All that power means 0-62mph in 5.6s, but if you’re expecting it to blast along motorways don’t hold you breath.
Sorry, I mean hold your breath, because breathing in the muck that comes out of a car doing 155mph is not advised.
That’s right, top speed, as usual, is limited to 155mph but in electric mode it’s cut to 83mph to protect its power reserve.
Mind you, at that speed it won’t last long and you won’t look cool poisoning the atmosphere in cities rather than cruising through quietly and emission free in a huge car that’s got every gadget known to man as standard.
Audi say: “The drive concept of the A6 55 TFSI e quattro is that customers can do most of their daily driving electrically and therefore with zero local emissions and in near silence.
If you can find a charging station with an output of 7.4kW this A6 takes around two-and-a-half hours to recharge an empty high-voltage battery.