Irony of ironies

Call me old fashioned, but I do like my motor cars to have an internal combustion engine.  For now, at least.  With several car manufactures announcing that in the very near future they will only be making fully electric cars, and the UK government (among others) declaring that all new cars from 2040 must be electric, it seems my old fashioned approach has a defined time limit.

I have considered hybrid cars in the recent past, but I’m not truly sold on neither the concept or costs.  I also question just how environmentally friendly electric cars are, given the amount of pollution it takes to generate the actual electricity used to power it.  In fact I’ve always been a fan of the hydrogen powered cars that Honda currently produce.  They seem a much better fit for the situation and far more practical.  

Just this week Mercedes announced a sneak peak of their new electric offerings, as kindly shown in this piece of marketing


The thing that I love about this, along with lots of other examples from car manufactures pushing their green electric cars, is that they seem to like lining the car’s external body with LED strip lighting.  I love this is because surely all that LED lighting is going to consume more electrical power, which is no good when you ideally want all that electrical power to get you home if you live really far away.  I love it even more when you compare it to similar marketing material for traditional petrol or diesel powered cars, which do not seem to require the same LED lined bodywork to sell it.  

So the question is why do they feel the need to create all this LED superficial lighting for electric cars, when the point of electric cars is to be as efficient and environmentally friendly as possible?