Giles Coren DITCHES 'useless' £65k electric car - 'You're better off walking'

Giles Coren says electric car are 'useless' after running into endless issues
Giles Coren says electric car are 'useless' after running into endless issues

A driver has branded electric cars ‘useless’ after facing a string of problems

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Giles Coren has pledged to "go back to petrol while there is still time" after he revealed that his £65K electric car caused endless problems for his family.

The Times writer described the car as “useless” adding that people are “better off walking” following several occasions where he found himself stranded when the car "died”.

Writing in the Times, he said: "The cars are useless, the infrastructure is not there and you’re honestly better off walking.

"Even on the really long journeys. In fact, especially on the long journeys. The short ones they can just about manage."

Giles Coren has pledged to 'go back to petrol'
Giles Coren has pledged to 'go back to petrol'

The father explained that he bought his “eco dream car” in 2020 in a “deluded Thunbergian frenzy” but faced issues with running the car and attempting to find places to charge it up.

But despite his scorn for the electric vehicles, the number of sales is growing.

In the UK, more than 265,000 battery-electric cars were registered in 2022, a 40 per cent surge from 2021.

The writer claims that the range of his car which should be up to 292 miles is more like “220 miles” which as a result left his family abandoned on trips away.

Talking about the next owner of his electric car, Mr Coren said: He will be over the moon to learn that it has ‘a range of up to 292 miles’.

“No need to tell him what that really means is ‘220 miles’. Why electric carmakers are allowed to tell these lies is a mystery to me.”

Giles Coren says there is a lack of charging points for electric cars
Giles Coren says there is a lack of charging points for electric cars

He also addressed the issue surrounding the lack of charging points that don’t feature the sign “this fault has been reported”.

Mr Coren has since returned the car to the dealership adding: "It has spent more time off the road than on it, beached at the dealership for months at a time on account of innumerable electrical calamities, while I galumph around in the big diesel “courtesy cars” they send me under the terms of the warranty.

"I am going back to petrol while there is still time."