From our Swindon correspondent:
From The Guardian:-
Boris Johnson is understood to be planning to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars within a decade, with reports that the ban will be brought forward by five years.
And we’re going to buy what instead? The Tesla with the £42,000 price tag? The Audi with the £60,000 price tag? The Nissan Leaf with a £30,000 price tag.
OK, let’s go with the Leaf. You want a day trip to Alton Towers from Swindon with the family. That’s not going to give you the quoted 168 mile range, but for a family doing around 65mph, more like 107 miles. You leave Oxford, travel to Bournemouth and that’s about 90 miles gone. You’re going to have to find somewhere to park and charge it. Even if you charge on a fast charger and go for 80% (maybe you drive home at more like 50mph to make it), that still means charging your car for an hour. How are we going to do all of this? Reconfigure all the car parking to allow the space for chargers? Have filling stations where you sit around for an hour and then drive off and enjoy your day?
Then there’s the use cases that ain’t even close. Antique dealers who put clocks and ornaments in a big estate car, people who tow a caravan, people who live in the country and want a 4×4 for icy and muddy roads, sales reps with a 300+ mile daily range.
The government hopes the policy will energise the market for electric cars in the UK and help the country achieve its climate targets, including reducing emissions of greenhouse gases to net zero by 2050.
You can’t “energise the market for electric cars” without fixing either the range or charging time problem. And as lithium ion batteries were invented 30 years ago, and have been worked on by countless PhDs I’m going to guess that most of the low hanging fruit of improving them have been grabbed, and it’s more about tiny improvements to both. Which doesn’t mean a gamechanging improvement won’t come along, but you can’t bet on it.
I predict this is either going to end up with an embarassing climbdown, or would be suicide for the Conservatives. People in marginal seats in the regions are not going to welcome this at all. The only people who will are the sort of people who are solid Labour or Green, so why look after them?