At the German Green-Tec Awards, held in Berlin, I asked a Porsche representative – who spilled his sustainable cocktail thrice during our conversation – what he thought about electric cars. “I don’t believe in them. Our customers want to hear the engine roar. They ask us if we can remove the electric motor in our hybrid vehicles, they don’t understand their use.”

I haven’t checked this, but with the advent of cars, surely some horse-carriage owners must have insisted on better horses?