Former Newsnight reporter and No. 10 Allegra Stratton has caused a bit of a stir by raising questions about the current viability of electric cars and the lack of infrastructure to support them. This has been accentuated by his current role in handling public relations for the UN climate change conference in Glasgow. When asked about buying an electric car, he said he still didn’t like one and preferred his diesel Golf.
She made good points about its range and the need on long trips to stop every now and then to recharge the batteries, assuming a charging point is available, it will accept your plastic and it won’t take too long to increase the distance it will travel.
The best electric vehicle when traveling solo locally is hands down the electric bike, which gets nothing like the attention of battery-powered cars. I’ve had one for four years which as I get older it keeps me cycling outdoors and is a great form of transportation.
As for the cars, I’m still not convinced. I drive a UK made Toyota Hybrid which gives me actual MPG figures of over 60 and runs mostly in EV mode when driving in urban areas. It also requires much less lithium for its batteries.
I also wonder if hydrogen powered cars will be much better for the environment than standard electric vehicles.