- Dec 27, 2003
Yes, very good
However, we aren't pulling anything out, we haven't put in yet. The roll out of electrical points for home charging etc hasn't started yet, will take years to install, and will cost an absolute fortune, by which time it will be redundant anyway.
The vast majority of people do not have off street parking where they could hook up to a home charging point. Personally, my car is about 30+ metres from my house (the end of my garden) on the other side of the road, the road is so narrow that you can only park one side. I am sure we could dig up some of the front garden to put a drive in but it is a 400 year old cottage garden with some extremly rare plants, let alone the stone wall at the end of the garden that is protected.
It's also a preservation area, much like a lot of villages. The road is just too narrow to have cables and enough charging points all over the place and would look utterly shit anyway.
The infrastructure for hydrogen distribution is already there in the form of petrol stations that can be adapted.
We need to stick to and improve hybrids until such time that we can switch to hydrogen.
It may be different in mainland Europe due to many towns and cities being flattened and properly planned/rebuilt during and after WW2, a huge amount of places in the UK are untouched by large scale rebuilding and just aren't suitable.
Edit, there is also the possibilty that in 10, 20 years we might not even own our own cars, there may well be fleets and fleets of self driving cars that you "call" when you need to go somewhere, that then return to charging points when necessary.