Electric car experts have rallied to the defence of the vehicles after suggestions from a government spokesperson that they were unsuitable for long journeys. Electric cars have an average range of about 200 miles, suitable for the vast majority of journeys taken on British roads, while top-range models have a more extensive range of about 250 miles. An increasing number of chargers on British roads can also charge a car battery from about 20% full to 80% within half an hour, meaning even long journeys can be accommodated without much disruption, car experts told the Guardian. Allegra Stratton, spokesperson for the Cop26 climate summit, courted controversy when she told Times Radio on Monday that she continued to use a diesel car because of taking long journeys to Scotland, Wales and Gloucestershire for family visits. Adrian Keen, chief executive of InstaVolt, an electric car charging network company, added: “Comment’s like Allegra’s continue to perpetuate these barriers [to the take-up of electric vehicles] by fuelling archaic negative connotations with electric vehicles. In her position of authority as government climate spokesperson, it’s potentially incredibly damaging to the EV sector – and the government’s climate change targets as a whole – to hear that she is not encouraging uptake, rather damning it.”
Guardian 3rd Aug 2021 read more »
Government climate spokesperson ‘won’t swap diesel for EV’.
Scotsman 3rd Aug 2021 read more »
Many new and existing buildings (in Ireland) will be required to install charging points for electric vehicles under new regulations. Darragh O’Brien, the housing minister, signed the EU regulations into law yesterday and said that the infrastructure requirements would “accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles”. The government has set out an ambitious of target of having almost one million electric vehicles on Irish roads by 2030.
Times 4th Aug 2021 read more »
DRIVERS of electric vehicles (EVs) in Scotland will have to pay to charge their cars sooner rather than later as they become more popular, but the country’s infrastructure should be uniform. A report from Transport Scotland and the Scottish Futures Trust last month said more than 4000 new public charging points would be needed every year over the next decade to bring the infrastructure up to a standard where it could cope with demand.
The National 4th Aug 2021 read more »