Thursday, 21 July 2011
This Could Solve Edinburgh's Problem
Shock. Horror. The Scots don't seem to have taken the idea of electric cars to their hearts.
In the first six months of operation fewer than 700 people have taken advantage of a 'generous' government grant to encourage us to buy one even although a company, specialising in electric vehicle infrastructure, said it would provide 4000 charing points across the UK by the end of 2012. This follows a decision by the Westminster government earlier this month to abandon plans to install 9000 points by 2013. The excuse given by the government for this decision was 'the infrastructure would be expensive and potentially under-utilised as most motorists would charge their vehicles at home or at work.'
Unbelievably, Transport Scotland is working on plans to install 375 public charging points across central Scotland to target commuter journeys between Glasgow and Edinburgh.
It is unbelievable - when the UK government make the excuse building the infrastructure is too expensive, yet another branch of government ignores it. These wee cars may be exceptional on fuel but their purchase cost is prohibitive, charging costs aren't yet known and no one as yet has proved their stability in Scotland's winter weather.
My apologies for once again writing about electric cars when the title of this post is about Edinburgh's problem - which is trams. I wonder if this is the solution and Edinburgh council ought to be arranging immediate talks with South Korea.
These could have saved a city having its roads dug up for years.