I’d rather hear a V8 rumble than an electric car’s whizz

STEVE CANAVAN: Take note of why I love this country so much

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So, the European Car of the Year is fully electric. Not any of your hybrid nonsense, with a tiny petrol engine backing up a puny electric motor.

Oh no. This one is properly electric. Built by Vauxhall, the Ampera has a range of up to 350 miles.

But, let’s face it, it’s a glorified milk float so what is so revolutionary about that?

And how ‘clean’ environmentally is it? It still needs to be charged by mains electricity and where does that energy come from? Dirty old power stations.

So until a car’s body is completely made out of solar panels and it is self-sufficient, I’d rather hear the rumble of a V8 engine than the near-silent whizz of an electric car as it goes by.