I took this photo at the Geneva Motor-show a couple of years back. It’s the all electric Microbus that VW have been threatening to make for a couple of years now.

We need cars like this.

There’s something a little sad about EVs built to look like current petrols and diesels. Something apologetic? Electric power trains offer massive packaging benefits that could revolutionise the way cars look and drive.

And for a while we saw what was possible; brave designs like BMW’s I3 and I8 that looked completely different and challenged people’s expectations.

But the I8 is gone and the new IX3 looks, well, like a diesel X3.

Come on OEMs, grasp the nettle and design 21st century EVs & PHEVs that move the game on…