I think it is more about the fact that a clean electric car has had to have a diesel van towing either a diesel or petrol generator has had to come to charge the vehicle up so it can continue with its zero omissions journeyNo different than the RAC turning up with a can of fuel for a car that has run out of petrol.
It isn’t a generator, it’s a lithium battery pack, ruffled a few feathers on some Facebook sites lolI think it is more about the fact that a clean electric car has had to have a diesel van towing either a diesel or petrol generator has had to come to charge the vehicle up so it can continue with its zero omissions journey
I reckon for anyone who needs more driving in a local area (and I thought public transport was meant to be the answer for that?) the Electric Car is dead end road.Having problems getting my head around this electric vehicle business. I saw a video on YouTube on the Fiat Ducato Electric van . An operating range of 90 miles. Enough perhaps for urban deliveries, possibilities of a recharge during drivers rest period. That doesn’t help in our situation. A normal recreational trip would probably be significantly further than 90 miles. Solar would only bring in so much. So what’s the alternative, a generator? Maybe ehu on site, if your able to get that far.
Me thinks, someone has a lot of work to do to replace the internal combustion engine.
If all the vehicles on the roads were electric how many more gas powered generating stations will need to be built when we all plug in after work ? We will pollute the atmosphere, just in a different way.Of course, it could have been an electrically powered van towing the battery!
The main reason for using an electric car is so that it doesn’t pollute the area it is being driven in.
There are huge potential pollution issues though, the actual production of the car itself ( including the running of the factories that produce the parts and assemble the vehicle), battery pack and running, maintenance and manufacture of the electricity generating equipment, has to produce less pollution than the way internal combustion vehicles are produced and powered now.
And, of course, disposal of used batteries has to be clean.
Increased use of electric vehicles will need more electricity to be produced as well as the infrastructure to charge these vehicles at home, work and everywhere else they travel.
When all these factors are taken into account and the electric car is proven to cause less pollution, then it will be a winner.
Till then, I’m just going to be a little sceptical about an all electric world.
Forgive me for saying. But isn’t this what we vote politicians in for? The bloke in the street isn’t going to make little difference, if any, to the state of the world. This is down to the morons in Downing Streets, the White House, the Kremlin not the bloke in 126, High Street, Peckham. Tell the Saudi’s , either they put money up for non fossil fuel development, or we will make life difficult. If no one sells them armaments,us, the French, Vladimir or that blond bloke, life could be very different with their neighbours.If we consider the fact that enough energy hits our dying world in one hour, [yes one hour] to power it for one year then there is a massive surplus of clean energy to be had. Electric vehicles and more innovations are coming, some may be purely battery powered but are we forgetting about hydrogen? Using clean solar and wind power [which have a very rapid payback period] hydrogen can be extracted from water. This in turn can powere internal combustion engines and via fuel cells can power electric cars and also provide energy storage.
Sadly until that happens we readily purchase fossil fuels that travel huge distances in massive tankers that belch out enormous amounts of muck , then on the way to our local pumps road tankers do the same. By doing this we're adding to the trillions of bucks in the hands of despots in countries with some very dubious and or nasty regimes.
Most of us can do something to help from investing in companies developing the technology right through to fitting your own solar panels and perhaps a Tesla Powerwall at home? Surely we all owe some pallitive care to our world rather than sitting back accepting things as they are?
Think of your grandchildren as I'd wager that most of us on here have seen the best of things...
Interesting, just wondering why the government hasn't used the tax I've paid over the years on my bevvy to build a few Guinness breweriesAs Nabs says. If governments, national and local put their minds to it , inner city pollution could be cut drastically by improving public transport , to an extent that folks wouldn’t want or need to take personal transport into towns. It’s not brain surgery, only requiring a different mind set.
Get that sorted, and the need to change from fossil fuel to “clean” , could be put off until a really clean, as opposed to, said to be clean, fuel is available to all.
Some bright sparks are working on systems now. Let’s hope, that the government spend the millions they take from us in fuel duty and road tax, on helping to find a solution. Rather than what ever they waste it on at the moment. They certainly don’t spend much it on improving roads or transport.
That said, I am aware that money is being spent on Smart (?) motorways , the A14 and other trunk roads, but this is pennies compared to what they have taken in over the years. The British motorist is owed billions by governments off both persuasions in taxes paid.
This take from Peter to pay Paul idea doesn’t work for me. NHS, should be paid for by National Insurance, if the NHS needs more money, increase the NI. If the country is skint, put up income tax, making sure that everyone pays their fair whack, without the intervention of clever accountants. There’s a lot of money out there not being taxed. Find it, collect it, job done. For instance, if you can sell BHS for a pound, and put the rest against tax, you’re a very clever criminal. Let’s have someone with a bit of common sense, change the law, and prosecute these people.
I’ll put my soap box away for now. You may have realised, I’m no fan of the inland revenue and the British tax system.