A New Attempt To Kick Start The Electric Car

Ecotricity announce charging points for electric cars at Motorway Service Stations

The day after it was announced that electric car sales in Britain had stalled, Ecotricity announce the first national charging network for electric cars.

With virtually zero demand, and at most 2,500 battery powered cars on Britain’s roads it would seem a curious business decision, but it is for precisely this reason Ecotricity are going ahead with the idea.

Naturally there will be wind turbines providing the electricty generation which bodes badly for the days when it is too cold, or the wrong type of wind for the bird choppers to turn:

Today we launched the world’s first national charging network for electric cars. That may sound a bit grand, for something quite wonderfully simple – a series of charging posts installed by Ecotricity at motorway services up and down the country. Charging stations, for electric cars, that are easy to access and free to use. Enabling Britain’s electric car drivers to drive the length and breadth of the country, with all the convenience of simply pulling into a motorway service station to top up.

Why are we building this? There are after all only some 2,000 electric cars on the road today. In fact that’s a big part of the reason – a lack of demand.

It’s often said that one of the reasons more people don’t buy electric cars is because of a lack of charging facilities – while the reason more charging facilities aren’t built is said to be because not enough people are buying electric cars – classic chicken and egg stuff. We’re hoping to break that impasse.

Another barrier to take-up is “range anxiety” – the fear of running out of juice when travelling any kind of serious distance.

So this is where our network comes in – we’re hoping it’ll help kickstart Britain’s electric car revolution.

Another barrier conveniently not mentioned is charge time anxiety, to fill a car up and pay takes no more than 10 minutes normally, average charging time for an electric car 9 hours.

The BBC forever attempting to shore up the Church of Climatology drove an electric car from London to Edinburgh, in 4 days, roughly the same time that an 18th Century stagecoach took.

It took 4 days, some serious thermal underwear, and copious amounts of waiting.

But my electric car and I finally made it to Edinburgh.

There were plenty of nervous moments, and a rather low-key entry to the Scottish capital.

After all, I was driving at 30 mph and was shivering with cold.

On the last leg I’d got suddenly over-confident, and had a serious dose of range anxiety.
Brian Milligan and the electric mini in Edinburgh It has been a slow journey but Brian and the mini finally made it to Edinburgh

At one point my range indicator showed 48 miles charge left on my battery, with 50 miles still to go.

Hence the slow speed, and the lack of heater.

Including the time spent both charging and driving, I managed an average speed between London and Edinburgh of just 6 mph

No getting away from it the charging time is a killer.

Electric cars need to be running on renewable energy sources, the power of the wind and the sun – only then does their full zero-emission driving potential become realised.

And can we do that as a nation? Can all of us drive wind-powered electric cars? The statistics say yes.

There are around 28m cars on the roads of Britain, driving 150bn miles a year, burning around 20m tonnes of oil and producing 70m tonnes of CO2 (12% of our total emissions). Incredible numbers – but we could power all of that with just 10,000 of today’s wind turbines and 5,000 of tomorrow’s (they double in size every few years).

Incredible numbers, that mean absolutely nothing, they are just that numbers.

However when you take these incredible numbers in the context of global CO2 emissions, they become less incredible: Britain produces just 2% of global CO2 emissions.

So to save 12% of 2%, or .16% of global emissions we must blight our landscape with a further 10,000 bird choppers and travel at 6 mph.

No surprises to the find the author of story in the Guardian’s Environment section is the man who founded Ecotricity .

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Posted on July 27, 2011, in Church Of Climatology, COP16, COP17, Electric Cars, Environment, Green Lies, ManBearPig, Oh FFS, Renewables, Social Engineering and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. No doubt that twat that founded ecotricity lives in London and never drives anywhere. I drive 150 miles to work at the start of the week and 150 miles home again on a Friday. This journey takes 2 1/2 hours on a Monday morning and anything up to 4 hours on a Friday afternoon. In an electric car that journey would just be insane. I would have to stop at every motorway services for a recharge – it would take all bloody day.

    These ecotricity/electric car people are morons.

    • Not to mention the people who do 150 miles a day (and more) _every_ day for their job and never the same places either. Strange as it may seem. there are actually jobs not involving selling anything that require travel to deliver / install / configure / support and other services for whatever has been sold.

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