Simon Stewart, via email

BMW’s i3 does not replace any model in the BMW range; it simply expands the niche exploitation the Bavarians out of reach of most people apart from a few BMW tragics.

All in all, you have just made a thorough farce of COTY.

One car in the field does make a compelling case for electric vehicles. A three-yearold Tesla Model S shouldn’t win COTY, although a 2015- build Model S 60 and Model S P85D probably could have.

Sometimes it’s hard to see the forest for the tree huggers. have been playing around with for a while. This car doesn’t really advance the EV segment at all and, rather cynically, is