EV, not ET


The Coalition Government is a Green Government. That is why it is not going anywhere!

Race for Wind is partly driven by the assumption that we wind need a vast increase in electricity. This is driven, in the main, by a belief that all cars will become electric in the future. Although there are other options, this is the perception with the corridors of power. Electric Vehicles were expected to reach the level of 100,000 in London but only 2,313 of all types, including milk floats, are currently operating in the City. The GLA fleet has fewer than 50 compared to the Mayor’s ambition of 1000 by 2015. Boris wants to make London the electric vehicle capital of Europe. Of yes, another Vanity project. Problem is that they don’t actually work very well. A maximum range of 100 miles is heavily reduced by having the heater on. Air-con is a no-no. Load the family up and a load of prams, picnics et all and you may possibly make it to Chessington Zoo, more likely to spend the day on the North Circular, but you ain’t going to get back that day. It takes about four minutes to fill up a tank of petrol but many hours(c.10-12hrs@10amps) to recharge a battery. Three thoughts. Could this be why road side cafe, supermarkets and motorway

Quentin Crisp issues Mayor Boris with Parking Fine for overstaying in local supermarket car park

services are ‘fining’ people from staying over two hours. Takes longer than that to recharge a Leaf; more money in Tesco’s bank! If EVs don’t pay road tax and there is no fuel tax on electricity, how long before road pricing takes away the financial “benefits” of electricity and sting us all with massive hikes in taxes under the green umbrella. How much electricity will be needed when everyone gets home in the evening, turns on the kettle, television and lights AND plugs in their electric cars. No wonder they have plans for tens of thousands of off-shore turbines. Problem is no one told them that often the wind drops in the evening. It strikes me that some one didn’t learn their sums before they did the Economics Degree, or was it a PPE. With a government subsidy of £5000 per car, a limited battery life and the cost of a new normal car to replace them, one does conclude that these are not even the economics of primary school. I think we would have been better of if someone had worked out our future energy needs and means of attaining them on the back of a fag packet! A final point of note, the only minister that I ever saw getting in an electric car in Downing Street was the un-lamented Chris Huhne and one might consider that, had he driven an electric car in the past, speeding fines would have been the least of his worries.

note: North Sea oil is still only 50% used and new drilling techniques are still offering new opportunities. De-carbonise? At what cost?



About Dougal Quixote

Slightly mad. Always believes a cup is half full so continues to tilt at Wind Turbines and the politicians that seem to believe it is their god given right to ruin Scotland for a pot of fool's gold.
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3 Responses to EV, not ET

  1. Giles Smith says:

    Charging times:As far as I know the vast majority of charging ponints being installed give a 10amp charge. In the case of the Nissan Leaf to receive a 50% charge one needs to wait 5 or 6 hours. This is utterly impractical!

    Hiigher amperage charge stations are available at a few Nissan dealerships but, as these are very expensive to install, I doubt they’ll be any of these available in the near future!(not much use in the evening – Ed)

    – Giles Smith, London UK, 09/02/2012 18:0

  2. Freeran Geegs 19 February 17:39
    I found an interesting snippet about electric vehicles in Scotland. Going up a Gear to Use Isles Based Electric Car
    An electric car, which costs more than double per year to run than a standard car, is to be used more widely by local authority staff. The Outer Hebrides Community Planning Partnership (CPP) discussed on Thursday a proposal to increase the use of a low carbon vehicle based in Balivanich. The vehicle is on a five year lease to the Comhairle funded by a Low Carbon Vehicle Procurement Support Scheme announced by Transport Scotland in 2010.

    The CPP was awarded £81,000 and this paid for the car lease and associated infrastructure costs; it allowed Third Sector Hebrides to purchase an electric minibus and associated infrastructure and gave funds to NHS Western Isles to install electric charging point infrastructure. The Comhairle have had the Nissan Leaf 5DR 11 Electric Automatic since May this year but so far it has only been used for a council officer to deliver local mail and provide transport for visiting officers within Benbecula. It costs £4,456 to run per annum compared to the existing car which costs only £1,882. The plan is to be enable other CPP partners to make use of the vehicle for a modest charge.

    A report is to be carried out assessing the likely demand and after that a scheme will be put in place to allow more access to the vehicle. The Scottish Government are pushing for increased use of Low Carbon Vehicles to help them achieve their climate change targets. The vehicles are more expensive to run and so the Support Scheme was set up to offset some of the costs. Transport Scotland are also undertaking work to install a charging infrastructure to support the use of electric cars and vans in Scotland. By 2020 they aim to have a mature market for low carbon cars in Scotland as well as public charging infrastructure in place in all Scottish cities. £81,000 would a long way to buying medical equipment for hospitals. Not some fool idea of an electric bus which need plenty, plenty, carbon fuels to keep it moving

  3. Frazer Irwin says:

    Somewhere in my filing cabinets is a small file with an article on electric delivery vehicles owned by Harrods of London. They were in use during the early part of last century. Whatever happened to the battery powered milk floats that used to be part of early morning life in the UK? I often find it remarkable few mention the electric railway systems we had in parts of the United Kingdom at the very turn of last century as illustrated in my volume of The Windsor Magazine 1904 -1905. Coal fired electric trams and railway engines. If they were to run purely on wind they would not need the expensive stop-start buttons modern vehicles require. The wind would take care of that.

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