You beat me too it
£5,000 too. This sounds far too generous for our government.
More: BBC NEWS | Business | Q&A: Electric cars
That's handy.The government's cash incentive scheme encouraging motorists to buy electric or plug-in petrol-electric hybrid cars from 2011 may sound tempting but are these cars worth it?
Of course, because this has been announced by the current government, the right wing press (which up until now has been pretty supportive of the likes of Tesla) goes on the attack over it:
Plan to increase popularity of electric cars stalls over subsidy snag
ANALYSIS: electric cars are great - just don't drive over 60 miles
The Daily Wail is particularly full of FUD:
There's no doubt they are the future. But even with a £5,000 subsidy electric cars are too slow and costly - and not very green | Mail Online
dpeilow, I completely agree. I saw the Daily Mail article reviewed on Sky News this morning and was incensed by the inferences drawn by the reviewer from that and another article in (I think) The Times. So incensed I went out and bought a copy of the Daily Mail to see if it was as bad as it seemed (mad I know - rewarding these people!) Anyway - it was worse than my already low expectations!
The problem is that in my experience Daily Mail readers believe it - all of every article they swallow hook line and sinker and it becomes their immediate strongly-held belief.
I considered writing a letter to the editor, but a quick glance at the letters page reveals an absence of any real debate.
However I do note that there is a clear factual error: They state that ..."when BBC's Top Gear team tested it they found the battery went flat after less than 60 miles". This is documentedly un-true. Anyone think its worth complaining to the Press Complaints Commission?
Also I note the very same 60 miles appears in the Times article's first line and headline. Who has been briefing against electric cars? Inquiring minds want to know. And who is out there briefing in their favour in the UK? I get the sense no-one is.
PS £5000 in 2011: great way to kill the EV industry's chances in the UK between now and then.
Wow... just wow. Also, interesting Roadster they have there:Electric cars are the future, of that I have no doubt. Sooner or later we will come to our senses and embrace nuclear power - the only way we will keep the lights on while cutting carbon emissions. And battery technology WILL improve.
But despite the spurious sci-fi air with which they are surrounded, electric cars simply do not work. I have no doubt that by the time my toddler son reaches my age, he will be driving something powered by flowing electrons rather than exploding octane. But that is four decades away.
In the meantime, the best hope lies not with pure-electric cars, nor with complex and expensive solutions such as hybrids, but with better engineering for conventional cars.
This article is so filled with incorrect information it's hard to know where to start. It can be summed up by pointing out that the car shown is not even a Tesla Roadster. How hard would that be to check?
The world loves to be deceived.
Hi everyone, first post after some months of following the forum.
I just switched channels to ITV1 and caught the very tail end of a news report about electric cars. (They are a hot topic with the media at present in the UK.)
The journalist's final live piece to camera featured him beside a Tesla Roadster (black). He plugged in the car. Final words "Goodbye from Norfolk". So I think we can safely assume he was at Lotus in Hethel.
Hoping to find a link to the video to post.
If anyone else finds it please share.
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