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GEOFF ROBB highlights the lack of use of electric car charging points, though he fails to mention why this is so (Soap Box, February 24).

Possible reasons are the greater expense over similar cars, very limited range and the huge cost of replacing the batteries, which effectively makes the car worthless after a few years.

Here is what three local politicians have had to say: Coun Dave Merrett (The Press, January 31) – “Electric vehicles.... makes them a cost-effective alternative for businesses and organisations.”

Steve Galloway referring to the lack of use (February 17) – “It is pretty poor and reflects the lack of a sustained publicity campaign by the council and the trade, working together, to promote the use of electric vehicles.” The Government already gives millions in subsidy, and the manufacturers have spent millions in developing them. So how would the council convince an informed person to buy one?

James Alexander (February 18) – “charging points are helping to reduce congestion”. Because of the limited range, they will be used for short trips only, so how will this reduce congestion?

My understanding is that it is the more well-off who are buying them, as a second car. And the taxpayer is helping them buy them to the tune of £5,000.

John Forrester, Beagle Ridge Drive, York.

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11:34am Wed 26 Feb 14

Pinza-C55 says...

Essentially true. This is what happens when you have a politically inspired idea driven by dogma. It's the "ideal" - that people should drive energy efficient cars - which matters, not whether people actually use it.
Essentially true. This is what happens when you have a politically inspired idea driven by dogma. It's the "ideal" - that people should drive energy efficient cars - which matters, not whether people actually use it. Pinza-C55
  • Score: 4

6:06pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Ichabod76 says...

would you drive an electric car from say Scarborough to York knowing it would have to be charged for 2 or 3 hours so you can return home ?

would you risk it not knowing where they all were or if there was even an unused one ?
would you drive an electric car from say Scarborough to York knowing it would have to be charged for 2 or 3 hours so you can return home ? would you risk it not knowing where they all were or if there was even an unused one ? Ichabod76
  • Score: 5

12:19am Thu 27 Feb 14

Magicman! says...

Electric cars relying on batteries is and always has been a stupid idea. batteries are crap as they run out of juice too quickly... I would say "ask any iPhone user", but the fact they've chosen an iphone is hilarious enough....

Electric vehicles only really work if they can be charged up regularly without it damaging the batteries... Milton Keynes is using electric buses that use proximity based charging - when the bus gets to the final stop, a plate lowers from the bus whilst it waits for 10 minutes and the batteries are charged up a bit, BUT the charge is only enough to get it just beyond the other end of the route, the other end being where the next charging point is located... and First York's electric park and ride buses will likely have 5 out in service whilst the 6th comes in during the period of 30-40 minutes when the 1st bus needs a recharge, and will stay out until all 5 have had a boost... but again, it only works because the vehicles are making short journeys. You will never see a National Express coach that is all-electric!!
Electric cars relying on batteries is and always has been a stupid idea. batteries are crap as they run out of juice too quickly... I would say "ask any iPhone user", but the fact they've chosen an iphone is hilarious enough.... Electric vehicles only really work if they can be charged up regularly without it damaging the batteries... Milton Keynes is using electric buses that use proximity based charging - when the bus gets to the final stop, a plate lowers from the bus whilst it waits for 10 minutes and the batteries are charged up a bit, BUT the charge is only enough to get it just beyond the other end of the route, the other end being where the next charging point is located... and First York's electric park and ride buses will likely have 5 out in service whilst the 6th comes in during the period of 30-40 minutes when the 1st bus needs a recharge, and will stay out until all 5 have had a boost... but again, it only works because the vehicles are making short journeys. You will never see a National Express coach that is all-electric!! Magicman!
  • Score: 3

12:27am Thu 27 Feb 14

ColdAsChristmas says...

A good letter and highlights the cost to the taxpayer this unworkable green ideal really is.
£60,000 for York's charging stations and £5,000 per vehicle and then on top of that they pay no VED so mine goes up a fiver a year to subsidise that too.
Mind you, same old story with wind turbines and solar and if Eggborough power station closes there may be a shortage of electricity while we have a glut of shale gas and oil. What a waste!
A good letter and highlights the cost to the taxpayer this unworkable green ideal really is. £60,000 for York's charging stations and £5,000 per vehicle and then on top of that they pay no VED so mine goes up a fiver a year to subsidise that too. Mind you, same old story with wind turbines and solar and if Eggborough power station closes there may be a shortage of electricity while we have a glut of shale gas and oil. What a waste! ColdAsChristmas
  • Score: -1

9:02am Thu 27 Feb 14

Pinza-C55 says...

ColdAsChristmas wrote:
A good letter and highlights the cost to the taxpayer this unworkable green ideal really is.
£60,000 for York's charging stations and £5,000 per vehicle and then on top of that they pay no VED so mine goes up a fiver a year to subsidise that too.
Mind you, same old story with wind turbines and solar and if Eggborough power station closes there may be a shortage of electricity while we have a glut of shale gas and oil. What a waste!
And note that "the Usual Suspects" are conspicuous by their absence since they cannot defend this nonsense?
[quote][p][bold]ColdAsChristmas[/bold] wrote: A good letter and highlights the cost to the taxpayer this unworkable green ideal really is. £60,000 for York's charging stations and £5,000 per vehicle and then on top of that they pay no VED so mine goes up a fiver a year to subsidise that too. Mind you, same old story with wind turbines and solar and if Eggborough power station closes there may be a shortage of electricity while we have a glut of shale gas and oil. What a waste![/p][/quote]And note that "the Usual Suspects" are conspicuous by their absence since they cannot defend this nonsense? Pinza-C55
  • Score: -1

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