25 Jun 2009
We have had woeful investment in public transport for decades. The statistics showing that ease and convenience of car travel are the main reason for not using buses is surely a confirmation of that under-investment rather than a sign that private transport is the only solution?
I've long suspected that the DoT, road builders and car makers have too cosy a relationship and this kind of ridiculous conclusion does nothing to dispel that suspicion.
Whilst I'm not against electric cars, it should be well realised that it is impossible to replace our existing private transport fleet - whether simply with newer more efficient cars or with electric versions. There simply aren't enough raw materials - e.g. .
Effective and efficient public transport - maybe even new forms of 'smart' public transport or car-sharing facilitated by the web - is the only solution to the world's transport challenges. Sure, there will always be the need for some private transport, and EVs seem a good bet - but let's not kid ourselves that the whole world will be driving them.
26 Jun 2009
David has mentioned the achilles heel of electric transport - the raw material supplies. So while electric cars might gain a foothold in the UK, it will be impossible to go 100%. And what do lorries, buses and the 'van' fleet use?
Being very biased, I believe hydrogen is the way to go......... and several outfits such as birmingham university also feel the same way.
A multi-lateral way is the only forward.