02 Apr 2011
Another study which is blind to the potential of other alternative fuel sources: bio-synthetic 'drop-in' fuels from biomass, including algae and seaweed and microbial technology that do not require a wholesale and resource hungry replacement of the vehicle fleet at great cost to the taxpayer in subsidies, or the need for forest or cropland. It also avoids the need for installing a public recharging infrastructure, again at great cost to the taxpayer. Moreover, it ignores the potential for such fuels to allow cars to do what they are supposed to do - allow for the longer journeys which are difficult or impracticable by public transport. Electric vehicles i'm afraid will encourage the short distance urban journeys for which there are alternatives already: shoe leather, bike and buses.
Another alternative is hydrogen and Cella Energy (see: http://www.cellaenergy.com/ ) offers the exciting possibility that existing cars could be converted to store hydrogen using nanotechnology which makes it practicable and cheap (19p per litre, unless of course the government tax the fuel to death as it does with petrol and diesel, on the basis of a number of eco-driven 'factoids')
Electric vehicles - a red herring which worryingly is a political bandwagon for the sake of green credentials, when there is so much potential with other alternatives that should not be ignored, again to eco-propaganda driven 'factoids'
04 Apr 2011
We must be the dumbest nation on the planet to believe we are going to get 6m batteries using expensive rare metals owned by non UK companies on the road in 20 years time. In competition with other countries doing the same thing.
Is it not in the national interest to use a locally derived sustainable fuel and a cheaper more available material to store it in? Perhaps hydrogen and steel could work?