In 2010, for instance, BMW's i3 was only a concept that year, in the coming weeks it's being relaunched with a longer range battery.
And close to home, three friends of mine in our one-street town have bought Leafs in the last six weeks or so.
So one of the big stories of this Paris 2016 Mondial de l'Auto is not that electric cars are still coming, they're here, in numbers. And while all the talk in those earlier years was about range anxiety, now it's all about 'my range is bigger than yours'.
In a big way, kilometres have taken over the place once given to horsepower.
So Renault's big emphasis at this show is the Zoe (top), its bespoke electric supermini. Not that there's a new version, but that it will now travel 400km on a charge.
More later when things stop sparking.