It always surprises me that electric cars get such a good press. They are horribly ungreen unless the electricity is generated from a renewable source.
"Horribly ungreen" is a gross exaggeration of course. There are environmental and health benefits in the congested areas where such vehicles currently operate.
The ultimate ideal - for me and many others at least - is for all road vehicles to be electric, and for all power stations to be generating power in the greenest way. There is a long way to go on the latter - but plenty of pressure to do so. But frustration at slowness in one end of the system is no excuse for postponing efforts at the other end. It is perfectly sensible to push for progress all along the line and to applaud each step that is made in the right direction.
Campaigning FOR greener electricity production doesn't have to involve campaigning AGAINST electric vehicles. Don't be such a grumpy curmudgeon!
And besides - the move towards all-electric vehicles is happening anyway. Check out today's update from Tanfield (TAN). Watch out for an imminent fleet announcement from Modec of Coventry (Tesco have bought 15 of their electric vans and are coming for more). Have a look at the Subaru R1e - a beautiful little electric car which is selling nicely in Japan (where tax concessions favour it). Subaru confirm they are aware of huge demand for them to market it worldwide - which they will do so in 2009 - by which time the high price of battery packs is expected to have begun tumbling. (At present the batteries typically make up half the price of a car - and the R1e would cost aupwards of £17k in the UK now). See the Phoenix Motorcars sports utility vehicle (above).
Following the succes of its 7.5t Newton truck, Tanfield is pressing ahead with introducing a 12t version for the US market, followed later by an electric artic. Plus a new large-Transit sized Edison van range.
2007 looks like being a breakthrough year in terms of public realisation that electric vehicles are arriving rather than just being talked about.
That King Canute knew a thing or two about the futility of trying to stem the tide. The tide is running in favour of electric vehicles - with or without you on board Macaque
PS: I notice your only other posting appears to be an attack on another of the greener vehicle fuels. Do you have some vested interest in oil-based transport?