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01 Apr 2011 10:04:04

Over 6m electric vehicles needed in UK by 2030



Over 6m electric vehicles needed in UK by 2030
More than six million electric vehicles will be needed on the UK's roads by 2030 if CO2 reduction targets are to be met, according to WWF.

The organisation has published new results showing a minimum of one in seven vehicles must be powered by electric within the next decade, which equates to 1.7 million, to reach climate changes goals. This figure increases to one in six by 2030.

It estimates that under a high-uptake scenario, foreign oil imports to the value of £5 billion each year could be avoided.

"Road transport accounts for 40 percent of petroleum products consumed in the UK, so a switch from conventional cars powered by petrol or diesel to EVs would have a much needed impact on reducing fuel demand," Dave Norman, director of campaigns at WWF-UK, said.

However, government subsidies were said to be needed to help Brits get over their worries relating to range anxiety, the lack of charging infrastructure and high prices.

Previous analysis conducted by Lex Autolease, however, found current low-carbon vehicle ranges do not have sufficiently low emissions to meet 2020 targets.  ADNFCR-1235-ID-800483796-ADNFCR


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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'



R Annett wrote:

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?





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