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“More charging points and cheaper electric cars” – Star readers discuss the advantages of switching to electric cars

Walk Ultra Low Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV on a London street.  Extremely low-emission vehicles like this can cost as little as 2p per mile, and some electric cars and vans have a range of up to 700 miles.Walk Ultra Low Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV on a London street. Extremely low-emission vehicles like this can cost as little as 2p per mile, and some electric cars and vans have a range of up to 700 miles.

This is what they had to say:

Convenience is paramount for Nik Seth, who says: “Sheffield Council enables charging points on the streets. We live in a row house so we can’t charge a car on our drive / garage. ”Renars Simenovskis pointed out the need; “More charging points and cheaper electric cars? I live in an apartment, so there is no way to charge it overnight, but I would like to have one. “

Stuart Havenhand kept it simple, saying “Nowt” and David Baugh were only influenced if “the price of the purchase was not excessive”.

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Kathleen Hassanali is strongly against her if her reaction suggests it; “Nothing… still have to use batteries and children are used to mining a component for them. Then there is the electricity installation, which is used there. “

Some people were (or are rather) more open to electrical switches, like Richard Bloor, who said; “So many anti-BEV people speak with such authority about something they obviously haven’t researched and don’t know about.”

The frequent commentator Eugene Solomon presented an interesting take; “How about manufacturers leasing design copyrights for vintage cars so that you can get a new electric car that looks like an Aston Martin DB5 or an E-Type Jag? That would be an incentive, wouldn’t it? ”- that would be great, but I doubt that such manufacturers would allow their intellectual property to be used by other companies. There are some nice conversions, however, such as the classic e-Mustang that someone developed.

Neil Taylor is; “I’m pretty sure if all I can smell in the Asda parking lot is diesel fumes mostly from older cars and vans, old VWs, Vauxhalls seem to be by far the worst, and many just sit there with their engines ticking.” waiting for someone. ”When shopping, it doesn’t help if the parking lot is covered. I can end a shift with burning eyes and chest tightness if it’s really bad. The sooner the better, although I can’t see it until I retire. “

And Nigel Brewitt just wants them to be; “Cheaper, better range, faster charging, more charging points. Not really much ”- we assume that if you don’t ask, you won’t get anything. Nice try anyway. Meanwhile, Matt wants to see Loxley; “Better batteries, lower prices, self-charging, because the electricity has to be generated somehow and I’m sure most of it doesn’t come from the sun or wind.”

Rob Linley hopes so; “The electricity suppliers / the grid have enough capacity for us to leave out diesel and gasoline so that we can ALL connect to the grid … by the way, they don’t have it and will have to build a few nuclear power plants to meet the demand and NO, we can’t rely on wind turbines and solar because it’s not always windy or the right type of wind and / or sun … Money should be put into tidal power and hydrogen technology. “

However, some remain unconvinced by the current eco-focus on battery-powered electric cars, such as John Land, who says; “Absolutely nothing will convince me to own an electric vehicle, that’s a stupid idea, hydrogen fuel cell technology is the way forward, not plugging in the electric vehicle” – options are always good and for some reason the hydrogen fuel cells seem -Technology having lost much of its importance in popularity and focus, wonder why?

Finally, electrician, said Craig Sparky Smedley; “Imagine living in a row house with no parking and the whole street has an extension that goes over the sidewalk, etc. It’s ridiculous and if you looked at it you would agree. Infrastructure is not in place, every road transformer needs to be updated so much more power can flow to every house, your own supply if not 100a needs to be updated now, battery life is 3 to 5, I can go on. Yes it is there, but it will never replace most cars and it definitely isn’t greener or cleaner with adding millions more batteries to the environment. You’re just shifting pollution from one source to another, which is not the way to go at all in my opinion. All the best with that, I can’t wait to see your electricity bill. “

One thing is for sure, opinions are certainly divided and in the months and years to come it will be a discussion that will only get more intense as the pressure to move away from fossil fuels increases (and not just on the planet). But first things first: We certainly need a significantly better infrastructure that ensures that all those who switch can charge their car without any problems, as well as lower entry costs and incentives for switching so that electric cars are as accessible as possible. It will take time.

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