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Are we on the brink of an electric car revolution?
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting piece with some useful info. on the phase-out of fossil-fuelled vehicles here.

This phase-out looks wildly optimistic in addition to being too late.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2018 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Could be a disappointment when they cannot provide the electrical systems for the proposed alternatives.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2018 2:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Almost as important as phasing out fossil fuelled transport by 2050 is phasing out most private transport well before that date. It should be replaced by a mixture of working from home and the use of shared and on call lightweight, autonomous, driverless electric vehicles. An increase in the roll out of trams and trolley buses is long overdue.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2018 8:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Agreed on the working from home front. We should move towards compelling companies to facilitate home working where appropriate.

Most of the heavy lifting will come from cycling, walking and public transport though I think, rather than AVs. And I'm not sure trams and trolley buses make sense in an era of low cost batteries - too much infrastructure needed.

I think AVs could be of most benefit in rural contexts where public transport isn't really viable. Rural roads are the most challenging environment for AVs though so I don't expect anything along those lines for decades. I just can't see the point of AVs in urban or commuter contexts. There are much more efficient options for urban situations and the peak demands for commuter operations mean that you'll need to have a load of AVs sitting around doing nothing most of the time.
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