The Electric car – When will we make them pay their share?

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I have an admission. I have oft criticised the lack of use of our free electric car charging points in the Highlands. Yesterday I saw a car being recharged in the Drumnadrochit car park. It was a much travel stained Tesla which are as common as rocking horse manure in this part of the world. Was it a reporter road testing it, a carbonista who had misread his satnav on the way to Mararkesh? Who knows? What I saw were two people sitting in the car bored out of their tiny minds waiting for the car to charge. Now there are several nice tea shops in Drumnadrochit plus the Loch Ness Monster Visitor Attraction so why sit in your car when you could invest a few pounds in the local economy and meet real people! That got me to thinking. Why should these scroungers, who have already had £5k from the government to subsidise their car, get free electricity. Well in the Highlands that’s stopping soon but why should the state subsidise the recharging sites. If it is commercially viable the private sector will supply charging points! Then I thought a bit more. On a litre of petrol or diesel we pay 58p Fuel Excise Duty plus Vat. That pays for the roads infrastructure, maintenance and management amongst many other things. In fact only a quarter of what we pay goes back to paying for roads. So if we all drove electric cars not only would the Highways Agency have no money for roads but a further £27billion would be missing from the government spending budget. Now before all the greenies shout foul, that is a simplistic response as much of the city roads are supported by council tax but I think you get the message. Add the same percentage(70%) to the cost of electricity from these charging points and the reality of electric transport would dawn. Now I like the theory of electric cars. Just the reality makes me concerned. Jaguar Land Rover, that premier Indian brand (Tata) has recently announced a major investment in Birmingham for electric cars. Subject to the UK taxpayer subsidising it of course. Makes you think.

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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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2 Responses to The Electric car – When will we make them pay their share?

  1. gmlindsay says:

    It would gar ye greet, WFA

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