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Readers’ comments: So many unanswered questions

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In response to Clark Cross: In a land of electric cars, what about the lost billions in fuel tax?

William wrote:

I have often wondered the same thing. Have asked the question many times, only to be brushed off or received a long-winded load of piffle without answering. It seems the authorities are jumping over themselves about how great and wonderful EVs are without any research whatsoever into the infrastructure. Where is all the lithium/copper/aluminium coming from for the batteries? Do we have enough? How green is the extraction process for Li, Cu and Al? How many new power stations are on the cards? Where’s the money coming from? The main question is: How will they overcome the loss of around £33billion?

sfin wrote:

A former client of mine – a distinguished retired chemistry professor in Paris – gets very wound up over the subject of EVs, describing their promotion as symptomatic of the madness gripping western society.

He contends that the pollution produced by exhaust emissions, even with diesels, is negligible in modern engines. The real polluting effect of all vehicles is caused by the airborne particulates generated by brake, tyre and road wear; and because EVs tend to be heavier for a given class, they are more polluting than vehicles propelled by the internal combustion engine. This, of course, is before we even examine the infrastructure required to manufacture, service and support these vehicles . . .

Madness indeed.

Della Cate wrote:

They are not a cheap option either. A new Nissan Leaf costs around £31,000. That’s a lot of money to find upfront. Range is around 150 miles and it costs you about a fiver to charge to full capacity. Or there is an option to rent at £395 per month with a deposit of just over £3k. These are just examples I’ve found quickly. As far as I’m concerned, not cheap. And I suggest if you are a low wage earner, or in a family that needs two cars, they would be right out of your price range.

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