Electric Cars

April 16, 2009 at 9:22 am 9 comments

noddy-car

So, Grumpy Gordon Brown wants us all to buy and drive electric cars?Indeed, he is willing to incentivise us up to £5,000 to make his dream of “Electric Cities” come true – read about it here.

I don’t think so.

You would have to pay me more than £5,000 to fund the disguise I would need to wear so as not to be seen driving one of these Noddy Cars, or, to fund the therapy costs if I were to be discovered. Well I guess I might consider a Tesla Roadster (0 to 62mph in less than 4 seconds and a top speed of 130mph) but I am not sure that Gordon’s generosity would bring it within my price range (>£87,000), and to be honest, I have only just ditched the Audi TT as impractical.

tesla

Now I recognise that the technology is improving but it would have to improve a great deal more to pursuade me out of my Q5. In particular there are some well-publicised downsides:

1) Charging – at the moment it would seem that it would take me a couple of hours to charge my electric car, which is a bit of a bugger if you have forgotten to plug it in overnight. It would easily spoil your cornflakes as you attempted to rush out the door on your way to that career-making meeting in the morning.

2) Range – at the moment it would seem that I would struggle to drive to the pub at the bottom of our road without recharging

3) Speed – and I certainly wouldn’t be able to outrun the police and their pesky breathalysers on the way back from the pub

4) Safety – and because they are so slow you are sure to be mown down by a Polish HGV driver texting while driving and the typical electric vehicle offers as much crash protection as a St Christopher medal i.e. limited to the power of prayer

5) Environmental impact – electric cars may have zero emissions but until we get the national grid and the power stations sorted we will all die as a result of the additional coal that needs to be burned to generate the additional electricity required

6) Sexism – not to mention that we would have stranded women drivers all over the place. It is well known that the fairer sex is incapable of changing a fuse on a plug.

7) Urban v Rural strife – yet again Gormless Gordon seems to be favouring the cities over the countryside with his Electric City dream. This is all well and good if you live in a city, but, I don’t. It may be more help if they invested in a sensible rural public transport infrastructure. My nearest bus is two and a half miles walk away, it only comes on Tuesday and Friday, and doesn’t go anywhere I would like to go, except Waitrose.

So until the technology, the performance, the infrastructure, and the design improves you will just have to eat my exhaust emissions.

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  • 1. italianopinionist  |  April 16, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    First of all: thanks for Your comment on our blog. Also if I don’t agree with each of Your 7 well-publicised downsides I understand very well You’d like to see more public transport infrastructures instead of Government incentives to buy an electric car. In Milan the situation of public transport is chaotic: underground stations finished but not working, local buses departing from nowhere-no-one-knows et cetera… But the problem the technology of electric car is so behind is due, as You wisely joke, to the gasoline itself! At the beginning of the car era, in 1899, the electric car was the first to break the wall of 100 km/h. If our world didn’t loose 70 years of evolutions of electric cars because of the internal combustion engine, maybe today the electric cars could have the features You like…

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  • 2. lovelyauer  |  April 17, 2009 at 2:37 am

    Thanks for leaving me a comment on my blog.

    Well, you got a point there, but from the way I see things, your “7 well-publicised downsides” can all be covered by Shai Agassi’s vision of mass-produced electric cars from Better Place.

    You can see if Shai’s proposition is feasible or not by watching his speech before the TED audience.

    Once again, thank you.

    Cheers,
    Lovely aka “Adam”

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  • [...] his blog, he listed some well publcized downsides to electric cars. And while these are very valid concerns, [...]

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  • 4. lovelyauer  |  April 17, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    Hello again,

    Come to think of it, your name and domain name imply that you’re caught in the middle. Here’s my take on why “caught in the middle” is a dangerous idea.

    http://lovelyauer.wordpress.com/2008/06/19/flip-bell-curve-meet-warshaw-curve/

    Enjoy!

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  • 5. waltermilner  |  April 18, 2009 at 8:20 am

    I know current electric cars ( ;-) ) in effect do not work. Their range, speed and maximum rate of re-charge makes them impractical.

    That is not my point. My concern is very simple – oil will run out within the next 3 decades. You’ll only find petrol and diesel in museums. How will we respond to that? There are only a few possibilities – hydrogen, fuel cells, electric batteries, horses or not leaving the house. All of these need a great deal of investment in research and development if they are to be practicable (apart from horses which seem pretty set in their ways).

    So I’m not really a fan of electric cars – I’m pointing out that petrol/diesel will soon not be one of the choices.

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  • 6. Andre Sammartino  |  May 11, 2009 at 7:21 am

    Wonderfully sarcastic setup MM (I hope it’s sarcasm…)

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  • 8. unasiappy  |  May 20, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Engaging web site. I will come back.

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  • 9. kars  |  June 13, 2009 at 7:13 am

    very good thanks

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