Wales’ first electric bus will start work on the roads of Newport this week. Newport Transport has bought a former demonstration bus which will be the first in Wales to be used on a permanent basis. The city, along with Cardiff and Caerphilly, has won grant funding from a UK government grant scheme to promote greener public transport. Next year Newport will receive 14 more, Cardiff will receive 36 and 16 will go to Caerphilly. It follows electric bus trials in Cardiff which began in 2018.
BBC 19th Aug 2019 read more »
Letter Chris Stark: Nick Rufford’s article on the problems of electric cars does not acknowledge that 70% of drivers with off-street parking can charge their car at home and start the day with a full battery. Reliability and compatibility can still be an issue, but the number of chargers is increasing and many already have multiple connectors. For longer journeys, ultra-rapid chargers will make it easy to top up in the time it takes to have a break. The article highlights costs and grid issues but does not recognise the lifetime cost of an electric car, which will soon be less than that of petrol and diesel vehicles for most drivers. When charged in a “smart” way, they also help balance the electricity grid. These are solid reasons for the government to bring forward the date of the phasing-out of new sales of petrol and diesel cars from the present target of 2040. I hope the transport secretary’s experience with his new electric vehicle will help smooth the path to that decision.
Times 18th Aug 2019 read more »