When I write about my misgivings regarding the electric cars, I get angry and often rude retorts. I’m told I know nothing, I’m spreading lies and myths and should check the facts. Hmm, who’s facts would that be. I recall in 1940 the American Ambassador Joseph Kennedy said we had to face the facts, Britain has lost the war! Facts are not always accurate, facts must always be questioned. We are all blessed with the ability to reason for ourselves. That is precisely what I’m doing. I’m not saying EVs are bad or are not the future, what I’m saying is there remains too many questions to be answered. Look around your home, what do you see?  Electric appliances galore, TVs, heat pumps, coffee makers, microwave, stove, lights, water heater, fans, toasters, vacuum clearers and on and on. What happens in an ice or snow storm? Disaster ensues, no heat, lights, radio and spoiling food in the fridge. People going to warming shelters to survive the freezing temperatures. Now imagine we were living in an EV world. The power companies could not operate their electrical repair vehicles because they have no way to recharge the batteries. Snow plows would run out of battery power failing to open up the highways. Let’s not forget the only mode of transport in your driveway? There are many issues yet to be solved before or indeed if we become a world of EV transportation? Perhaps I’m too old to understand, after all I grew up in a world at war. We had one gas light in the house, going to bed we took candles. Our heat came from an old coal stove, when we could get coal. Milk was delivered each morning by a electric milk float. Bread delivery came from electric bread vans. When my father went to work he took the tram, another electric vehicle. All those vehicles are long gone, some from necessity some from changing times. At the turn of the 20th century there was a variety of self propelled vehicles, steam, electric and gasoline. Obviously gas driven vehicles became the most viable means of transport. Now we look at the pollution they cause, not just in the atmosphere but in crowded roads parking lots noise etc.  So perhaps the electric car will be the answer, but my concern, where will all this electricity come from when we have the same number of EV vehicles on the roads. Surely we should be investigating better and more efficient public transportation, not more cars regardless of their power source. Those are my facts, lies myths or whatever.
God bless and keep thinking.

About irishroverpei

Author of "Lily & Me", "The Royal Navy & Me" and Chapter XXl Armageddon. Writer, blogger and RN Submariner, antique automobile enthusiast.
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