Nothing wrong with Protons
Sure, they're not flashy; they're not overpowered; they don't have big farty exhausts as a rule and they can't do 0-60 faster than the space shuttle. They may not impress Messrs Clarkson, May and Hammond (whose thoughts on different types of cars are probably the last reason I'm a fan of Top Gear) - but they're by no means bad cars, in my experience.
My family have used Protons for quite a few years now, and we've always found them pretty reliable if not particularly pretty. They do the job, and being an average car user that's all I want from them. I've had far fewer problems with the Protons I've had than with some of the more well-known and popular makes.
But I'm pessimistic about electric cars as a workable alternative to the conventional engine types. I don't see that they're going to take off popularity-wise until there's mainstream support for them in infrastructure terms. And there isn't going to be mainstream support for them until they become popular.
Then there's the enormous price of practical electric cars - that is to say, cars that look like cars, as opposed to being tiny flimsy trolleys that would fold up like a paper hat if run into by anything much bigger than a gerbil. With the price tags firmly set in the tens of thousands, these machines are only going to appeal to the rich looking to own one as proof of their wealth. People who don't have to worry themselves about the price of petrol or of a VEL disc anyway might save on these things. These're toys for the rich rather than a practical alternative for the plebs. Otherwise this pleb would be early in the queue: one of these would be perfect for my 32-mile daily commute. (I'm assuming it's still more likely that I'll be able to save up for an electric car than that my local council will put in some viable public transport...)