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    RAC Future Car Challenge | Nov 3rd 2012, Brighton to London


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    Watch this piece on what they RAC really thinks about EVs that went out on BBC Breakfast from Brian "Mini-E" Milligan.

    BBC News - Eco-cars in Brighton to London Future Car Challenge


    Includes some bonus footage of the Renault Zoe...

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    HA! HA!
    As a Brit, and a licence fee payer, I don't know whether to laugh or cry. Of course Tesla should be disqualified from this event, as it is not a future car it exists now!

    The PR of the RAC is awful as well - they spend thousands sponsoring this event and then dismiss electric cars as irrelevant. What they should be doing is offering a mobile charging/towing service to alleviate range anxiety. Not that a Tesla model S 40 kwH base model would need it on a London- Brighton - London run!
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    keeping what you know best is always the most practical
    But that does not mean it's the future

    So was this the "future car challenge" or just a "car challenge"?

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    The outright winner was a Zoe, so in that respect it was "future", but there were an awful lot of conventional looking diesels in it this year.


    BBC News - Electric Zoe steals the show
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    Didn't know, but apparently the RAC stands for the Royal Automobile Club.

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    The RAC is basically an insurance company that split away from the Royal Automobile Club a decade ago

    RAC Limited - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


    As an insurance company, they make money from unreliable ICE cars. Perhaps they don't want EVs for that reason.

    However it gets more confusing because the guy in the video represents RAC Foundation - the independent motoring charity



    So the Future Car Challenge is organised by the Royal Automobile Club but sponsored by the RAC. Geddit?
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    As an expat Brit, I am also confused.

    (Not lived there full time for a long time)

    I was always an AA member.

    Today, based on this post, no idea what RAC is ... but clearly NOT helpful and I would never be a member of it.

    IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists), yes or AA but not RAC. Utter gibberish.

    Wonder if Tesla UK (Maidenhead) has anything to say about this?

    Given petrol and diesel prices in the UK, I would think there would be even better widespread adoption of EV than in the USA.

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    I'm affraid the AA is no better The Automobile Association - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    That EV sales are still so sluggish in £6.50/gallon Britain is testement to just how effective the drip, drip FUD campaign really is.

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