Steve Cropley: Wishing Wells all the best with its new sports car


It’s fascinating to see how news of Nissan’s big investment in its Sunderland plant is being used by others to paddle their own canoes. Coventry councillor Jim O’Boyle, whose (huge) remit is ‘jobs, regeneration and climate change’, enterprisingly issued a statement welcoming the UK government backing for Nissan while robustly pointing out that a third of the UK’s cars are built on his home turf and hoping that the West Midlands will be next in line for favour. Meanwhile, Page-Roberts, the EV start-up that wants to move beyond the ineffi ciencies of skateboard EV platforms with a patented four-seater that’s lower, lighter and with a smaller frontal area, somewhat uncharitably saw the news as affi rmation of “our problematic obsession with large EVs”. I mean, this company’s car, however light, is going to need some kind of battery, right? It sounded to me like a sheep farmer complaining of having too much pasture.


Weird how quickly bombshell news becomes routine, isn’t it? When Jaguar said a couple of months ago that it would make no more ICE cars after 2025, it seemed like the start of a new age. But now that Ford, Audi, Bentley, Volkswagen, General Motors and others have set dates, we’ve become impatient to hear from the rest. What we’re not seeing are unequivocal statements from supercar makers, who understandably prefer to follow at a distance, rather than loudly ditch the V8s and V12s their buyers so love. Yet even in this class, the new day is coming fast. Just yesterday, I heard a McLaren person saying how enjoyable it was to drive a Speedtail fast in pure-EV mode…

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