The good news is that the government has come over all evangelical about cars at last. The bad news is that they still don’t want us to drive anything powered by fossil fuels.
No, the future is electric, if Lord Mandelson and Geoff Hoon are to be believed – and Mandelson and Hoon are both politicos who have a track record of being economical with the verité, so believing them is going to be a stretch for anyone.
Now don’t get me wrong, I have no problem with electric cars, in principle. Friends who have driven the Tesla Roadster have eulogized about it and I’m looking forward to getting in one at some point. Non-carbon-emitting vehicles have to be part of our future. But we have to be realistic about how and when we start to count on them as a viable alternative to petrol and diesel-powered vehicles. Continue reading