Electric Cars Join the A List



Okay so they don’t quite have their prints on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but electric cars are having a bit of a celebrity moment right now.

The Renault Twizy has been rubbing shoulders with Matt Damon in the big screen hit Zero Theorem while Katy Perry reportedly bought each of her assistants an electric car recently. Will this spate of celebrity electric car news mean that we’ll see more electric cars in Plymouth or the rest of the South West? Let’s hope so and with the area’s first charging point launched at Vospers Marsh Mills it is easier than ever for owners of electric cars in Plymouth to charge up.

The Renault Twizy is a fully electric vehicle and if you’re not familiar with it then check out Matt Damon’s latest movie, Zero Theorem.

Written by Terry Gilliam, it follows the story of a lonely IT super brain as he searches for the meaning of life. It is set in the future and in this vision of London the Twizy is the vehicle of choice. No wonder this funky quadricycle was cast. Its futuristic styling hides within an electric motor delivering zero emissions and a range of up to 62 miles per charge.

Hollywood stars too are coming out in force to show their support for electric vehicles. According to a report in the Daily Star, Katy Perry recently bought a fleet of five luxury electric cars for her staff claiming that she cannot bear the smog that hangs over LA. She’s not the only one. Heartthrob Leonardo Diocaprio may soon be spotted in the Midlands as he has founded an electric car racing team set to enter the FIA Formula E Championships in Beijing later this year. The team will be based at Donington Park, the local population of teen girls will be pleased to know.

A growing band of other celebrities known to have joined the electric revolution includes Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Kristen Scott-Thomas and George Clooney. The popular Nissan Leaf is the choice of the glamorous Alyssa Milano, star of Charmed among other TV hits. She’s in good company as the Leaf is the biggest selling electric car in the UK and with support from the government in the form of the Plug-in Car Grant we could see sales soar further. The grant enables buyers to receive 25% towards the cost of a new electric car, up to a maximum of £5,000 and, coupled with initiatives such as battery leasing and favourable tariffs from electricity providers, owning an electric car is becoming ever more affordable