Thursday, 7 February 2013
Not Exactly Driving Miss Daisy
The Scottish Government are spending £2.6million on charging points for electric cars. Or are they?
In December last year it was reported that of the £7.8m handed to Scottish government councils, about £5.5m has been spent by local authorities, leaving more than £2m of taxpayers' cash lying unused in bank accounts.
Some councils have yet to spend any of their allocation, with a third of authorities not even having electrical charging points to power up the green vehicles.
Is the £2.6m mentioned yesterday in addition to the £2.3m lying in council bank accounts or is it an effort to ensure councils spend the money pinpointed for charging points? There is nothing as yet on the Scottish Government website to suggest it is additional money.
The Scottish Government wish to 'decarbonise' road transport by 2050, yet the seem content to push a mode of transport which 'pose an environmental threat'.
I was forced to smile when reading the sales blurb for electric cars on the Next Greencar site. Firstly I need a garage; secondly my mileage needs to be limited to less than around 100 miles a day (some say around 60-70); and last by no means least I need a barrow full of money. The first necessity I had have, the second I can never guarantee and the third is a hopeless dream.
So no electric car for me but in many ways I'm pleased. The thought of running out of electricity one dark evening fills me with dread and there would be no point phoning the AA either - unless they are to be provided with an emergency generator to do a swift top up to the nearest charging point - which could be miles away of course.
Another little snippet I discovered is that the E-cosse Partnership, which promotes electric vehicles, was initiated by Transport Scotland and WWF Scotland and the policies introduced are the result of an EU directive.
How WWF Scotland managed to get into the vehicle business is anyone's guess but I'm sure all of you deducted the EU would be involved somehow.
Now, if I could only find out something about the free installation of home charging points ...