"It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are. If it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong." Richard P. Feynman

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Electric Cars a Dud in the UK!

Electric cars sales in the UK are almost non-existent says the Guardian which shows that the average Pom has a lot more brains than the idiots who try to foist these hare-brained green ideas on the population.

Sales of new electric cars in the UK plummeted by nearly 90% in 2009 compared with their peak in 2007, according to motoring trade association figures released this week.

Just 55 of the green cars – whose fans include Boris Johnson, Jonathan Ross and Jade Jagger – were registered in 2009, in contrast to 397 in 2007, says the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.
The huge fall is a blow to UK efforts to meet tough carbon emission cut targets in a decade, and comes just months before the government introduces a subsidy of up to £5,000 off new electric cars.
Nearly half of the electric vehicles sold last year were the tiny G-Wiz car. The latest model has a top speed of 50mph and a range of 48 miles between charges.
Electric cars are horrendously expensive, have a very limited range and no one is talking about resale values - the cars will probably be worthless in a few years as the batteries have a limited life. Also rapidly escalating electricity costs are undercutting any operating savings which might be made . Even with generous subsidies the electric car is a lemon. 
Electric cars will only make sense when appropriate battery technology is available!

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