Top 9 worst electric cars
Have you ever heard the joke about Lucas electrical appliances? Of course you have. Lucas – the company that invented the short circuit. Lucas three-position light switches – your choice of dimming, flickering or off. Lucas Vacuums – the only Lucas product that doesn’t vacuum. Etc.
The thing is, these jokes are about as tired of hearing them as we are. We had long term personal experience with Lucas electrics in an old Alfa Romeo and it was the only item that doesn’t Pause. As far as we can tell, Lucas has a bad reputation because British Leyland used them. And a deadlier kiss of death is impossible to frown upon.
But, before we start making equally tired BL jokes, let’s get to the taxi. It had a range of 100 miles in town and a top speed of 60 mph. Which he would never have achieved, because… you know, London. Once depleted, the batteries could be swapped out at a garage, depot, or even a taxi stand in the time it would take to burn a Chesterfield and ogle a page three, and another 100 miles would be ready and waiting to take passengers anywhere. Apart from south of the river, of course. And that’s the triumvirate of the tired joke.
It didn’t take off for the in retrospect obvious reason – no one who could put money where their mouth was thought there was economic sense in an electric taxi, so Lucas scrapped the project. How times change, right?