Why does this government think that an electric car is the only green alternative to a Petrol or a Diesel car?
If you measure the emissions of the car at the tailpipe, then an electric car is very green, but if you consider the generation of the electricity to power the vehicle and the production of the batteries and the car itself then it is not so green after all.
The trouble with an electric car is that the production of electricity in the UK is in the majority produced from fossil fuels, so the electricity is not that green at all. What we need to see is the Carbon Dioxide figures for the production of electricity for the 40 or so miles the car will do between recharges, it will be less than a petrol or diesel fuel but not by that much.
There is also the problem with the batteries insomuch as they are carbon intensive to produce and also carbon intensive to dispose of too.
These electric vehicles are a short term headline grabbing solution, but I think that the future is still, in my opinion, the Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology.