I trust you've remembered the Westminster government's New Year present to us all - a £5,000 electric car grant - all part of the process of meeting carbon targets. Surely you haven't forgotten such benevolence from the Coalition.
Motorists will have a choice of just one subsidised car to buy outright this year - the Mitsubishi e-MiEV - but should have a choice of nine or ten fully electric and plug-in hybrids by 2010. The AA's president said a car such as the Leaf (pictured) would cost 3p per mile to charge and run, compared to around 14p per mile for a similiar-sized petrol or diesel vehicle. They also pay no road tax, have cheaper insurance premiums, are exempt from London's Congestion Charge and can be charged for free at some public car parks.
Some Scottish councils have purchased electric cars for their staff by way of a £105,000 low carbon vehicle support grant from the Scottish government.
These cars currently cost over £30,000 - minus the £5000 grant - and only the reasonably wealthy would be in a position to give them consideration. Even the best reviews emphasise they are only for city driving as they require frequent recharging. The Institute of Engineering and Technology magazine claims it could take a day to recharge with a domestic electric socket and they could be restricted to less than 100 miles while batteries would only last two years.
But, if you do fancy one of these new-fangled modes of transport, although you're worried about recharging facilities, all in not lost. Chugging into the picture is Labour's Iain Gray with a manifesto pledge of 10,000 new charging points for your new toy. Who could ask for more? Possibly the current owners of the few cars on Scottish roads because there are just 10 sites with public charging points for electric vehicles in Scotland.
Friends of the Earth are over the moon at Mr Gray's policy. Says Beth Stratford:
“A less obvious benefit is that electric vehicles can help smooth out the peaks and troughs in demand for electricity.
“If demand is high then the charging process could be deferred for several hours, and with expected improvements in battery technology, it will be possible for energy to be drawn from the batteries to help cope with temporary shortages of generation.”
Ah, I see the purpose of these cars now. Their use will be controlled by power suppliers. Why didn't I see that coming?
Mr Gray's policy will be seen by most as supporting electricity suppliers rather than making life easier for the general public. If the best Labour can do is copy SNP policy and build power points for cars, which will only be owned by the better off, they won't win support from floating voters.
Between the despicable manipulations of Eric Joyce and Iain Gray's latest major Labour policy I've no idea why anyone with an iota of sense votes for them.