In July of 2001 a friend of mine and I rented a Porsche Boxster with a tiptronic gearbox (which is slower than the manual version, but less easily damaged) and took it for a three-day spin on the German autobahn network. Fantastic! I remember getting stuck behind other cars at 170 km/h (106 mph), then shifting down to 4th gear to accelerate again after the car ahead of us got out of the way. The acceleration would only begin to slow above about 230 km/h (142 mph). Our top speed was 256 km/h (159 mph), achieved on a long downhill section on the way to Frankfurt from the south (probably with a tailwind as well). So, that's just to put things in perspective.
For a few years after that I dreamed of owning that car, with its mid-mounted engine that makes it sound like you're being tailgated by a truck, only with some additional sounds of whirring gears. It was like music to me. I was a more aggressive driver in those days, but that car had a calming effect on me; like I didn't have to prove myself to anyone.
Yet, I no longer dream of owning a car with an internal combustion engine. The next road vehicle I buy is going to be electric. Part of my change of heart on this subject has to do with the technical appeal. No more complicated internal combustion engines, none of the heat, the sound or the smell, no matter how glorious they once seemed to me. None of the oil and associated dirt either. Just the simplicity of a battery and a compact, yet powerful electric motor that is almost silent, yet gives surprising acceleration and speed.
Moreover, there is the environmental aspect. My petrol-head friends keep reminding me that the necessary electricity mostly comes from coal-fired power plants, making each mile traveled a bit dirtier than I would hope. True, but at least I would not be to blame for that, since I would be able to run it on 100% clean, renewable energy as soon as I had the choice.
Also appealing is the fact that I would never have to visit any more gasoline stations. All I'd have to do is plug it into a wall socket in the garage when I get home. Okay, it would be more of a drag if I didn't have a garage (not many folks around here do), but still. Luckily this country is so small that on a single charge I would be able to drive to work and back using almost any electric vehicle available on the market today.
Finally, there is the fact that I live in the Netherlands, which has higher gasoline prices than anywhere else in the world: over 60% of it is tax and the last time I paid $8.73 per gallon. Oh, how I despise being such a cash cow. If I could afford one I would certainly buy a Tesla Model S, but for now I look forward to receiving an even more frugal (and more agile) Lit C-1.