Government figures suggest that the taxpayer’s efforts to bribe motorists to buy electric cars is a failure. Just 50 electric cars have been bought by private motorists in the last 3 months.
Our stance on electric cars is well known. As far as we’re concerned they are suitable only for urban environments, and only then as a (ridiculously expensive) toy for the well-off.
Because an electric car does everything worse than an ICE car, except its dubious ability to emit nothing in to the environment in which it runs. Of course, those emissions are simply moved to wherever the electricity is generated, and with 75% of UK electricity coal-generated it doesn’t take too much grey matter to work out that an electric car in the UK probably ‘emits’ as much CO2 as a modern diesel.
The purchase price of electric cars is also ridiculous – in the region of twice a comparable ICE car – and the range woeful.
Many claim a range of over 100 miles, but in the real world – where conditions are not ‘ideal’ – you probably shouldn’t go more than thirty miles before you start thinking about turning round and going home. Especially if it’s hot. Or cold. Or raining. Or dark. And then your range will be even worse.
But you can go further – if you have the time. It should only take 8 hours on average to charge an electric car, so if you try really hard you could probably drive from London to Leeds in 24 hours. It was quicker when there was a man with a red flag walking in front of your car.
Thankfully, it seems the great British public agree with us. Figures just released by the Government Department of Guesswork says that in the last three months just 215 electric cars have been sold in the UK, and around 75% of those to businesses.
Which means just 50 individuals in the UK have bought an electric car, despite the Government’s £400 million scheme to bribe us in to paying through the nose for an inferior form of transport.
To be fair, so far this year there have actually been 680 electric cars sold in the UK. Which probably means 170 in private hands. Still a woeful number and, worse still for those trying to force us in a direction almost no one is willing to go, figures which appear to be falling as the year goes on.
Still, it’s only cost the taxpayer approaching £2,500,000 for every electric car sold to a private buyer in the UK so far.