I RECENTLY tried out back-to-back two electric cars.

UK politicians and eco groups are pressurising motorists to ditch their internal combustion engine cars – classified as ICE models - and make the switch to models powered by electricity. The sale of new ICE cars will be banned from 2030.

The environmental benefits of transitioning to battery electric vehicles (BEVs) are not disputed but the reality of how everyone can finance the move is a different story.

Leaving aside the range anxiety with BEVs and woeful lack of public charging points, a way must be found to bring down the price of electric cars to match that of ICE models.

One of the two electric cars mentioned in my introduction is featured today.

It is a splendid vehicle but outside the reach of the average motorist. The other electric car, to be described on another occasion, was considerably more affordable.

Pictured is the Genesis Electrified GV70 from the premium division of Korean manufacturer Hyundai. The brand was introduced to the UK in 2021.

The GV70 is the reigning Scottish Large SUV of the Year.

Announcing the honour, the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers said: “The GV70 looks smart from the outside and has the best interior in its class. It drives well and also benefits from best-in-sector customer care.”

Prices of petrol and diesel examples start at £41,095 but the Electrified GV70 will set you back £64,405.

It has a claimed range of up to 283 miles and a public fast charger will take the battery from 10 to 80 per cent in 73 minutes.

Despite being quite a hefty vehicle, the all-wheel drive Electrified grips the road well and does not feel cumbersome.

It is also very quick and can reach 62mph from rest in 4.8 seconds. However, hit the Electrified’s boost button and for 10 seconds output increases from 429 to 482bhp – cutting the 0-62mph time to 4.2 seconds. Top speed is said to be 146mph.

You get a generous standard specification with the Genesis Electrified GV70 but can specify a variety of interesting options. The Melbourne Gray Matte paint of the example shown costs £1,130.