Electric Cars – Cheap At Half The Price

A new electric car, the Tesla, that appears to offer the breakthrough technology to provide clean, practical personal transport we have been waiting for since collectively falling off our chairs laughing at the Sinclair C5, was at last unveiled this week.

The Tesla, a two seater coupe, offers performance comparable with similar conventionally powered cars, will travel 250 miles on a charge – up and the batteries are reasonably environmentally friendly to manufacture and recycle.

It falls down in one important way though, the cost. At £90K ($150k approx after the collapse of the £ last week) it is hardly going to appeal to the Nissan Micra driver.

The government is studying a suggestion that it puts up some tax revenue to fund a research and development project aimed at reducing the costs of developing technologies that give the Tesla its technical lead to make the car competitive price wise. Reports say the scheme would cost the taxpayers a gobsmacking £100million.

Still, look at it in perspective, it’s cheaper than bailing out a couple of banks.

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5 thoughts on “Electric Cars – Cheap At Half The Price

  1. Great idea, Let’s get £100 million to back our research into the pedal powered car.
    It could probably go at a fair chop if instead of being the single seater of our childhoods we built it as a four seater…. or better still a people carrier.

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    • I was just writing up a memoir of bonfirenihts of yore today and conjured up an image of a fifteen foot bonfire moving down the street carried on dozens of little legs.

      The pedal people carrier is the same idea of course and both are based on The Ant Hill Mob in Whacky Races.

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  2. I don’t think electric cars will ever take off because that electricity has to come from somewhere, the generation of which tends to be as polluting as gasoline (or worse).

    Energy recycling during driving is good technology (to be implemented in Formula 1 cars next year).

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    • You’re right, and conventional batters are filthy to manufacture while “clean” lithium ion batteries have limited potential due to extremely litited reserves of lithium.

      £100 million put into velelopment of tidal, marine current and run of river generation schemes would do much more good long term. But long term does not win elections.

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  3. […] Electric Cars? Cheap At Half The Price A new electric car, the Tesla, that appears to offer the breakthrough technology to provide clean, practical personal transport we have been waiting for since collectively falling off our chairs laughing at the Sinclair C5, was at last unveiled this week. The Tesla, a two seater coupe, offers performance comparable with similar conventionally powered cars, … […]

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