My first experience with an electric drive vehicle (other than a golf cart or a Segway) was in May 2011 at the smart ED "plugged in tour" that went across Canada to introduce the technology.
Declaration - I have owned and driven a smart fortwo since 2006 so I do like the little cars. I was excited to try the electric version. Over the years of driving first my diesel and then gas-powered cars, so many people had asked if it was electric.
I was impressed by how quiet and smooth the ride was with no engine rumble or diesel smell. The pick-up was pretty amazing too. I had no idea it would be another two years to get one, but that's the automobile business for you.