It is great to see the UK joining the US and a few other countries by investing in private and public car-charging points. The amount is still minimal compared with the $100m invested by the US in the EV Project back in 2009, but £11m over two years shows leadership and will pay dividends for years to come.Will it?
For some critics, of course, it's a handout. They don't see the roads teaming with electric cars yet, so why build charging points? What they fail to see is that the charger/electric car question is the classic chicken and egg issue that even petrol cars faced 100 years ago. Back then, people didn't want cars until they knew there were fuelling stations. And likewise, nascent oil companies didn't want to build petrol stations until people had cars. It took years for "market forces" to sort it all out and in the meantime most people were content with horses. The difference in 2012 is that we don't have time to wait. National defence, oil price volatility and climate change issues are deadly serious. Smart leaders are making sure electric cars are given a true chance to succeed.But Chris, I know where there's two electric charging points. They are at my local Asda, and have been for nearly two years. I've visited it at the weekend, on weekdays off, in the morning, in the afternoon, at night.
And the number of electric cars I've seen plugged in? Zero. Zilch. A bit fat no.
It's a pattern repeated time and time again. When will you realise people don't want electric cars?
Or, to use another avian simile, when are you going to pull your head out of the sand? Or out of your arse, for that matter...