July 6, 2010 § Leave a comment

Electric cars must be heavily taxed, says a commercial energy broker called Saturn Energy, which claims that the UK’s National Grid will be unable to cope with a million EVs on the road. Electricity for cars should cost the same as petrol, it says, to raise extra cash for building new power stations (including nuclear) and, presumably, to remove any incentive for people to buy EVs. Full quotes in The Telegraph today.

Is Saturn Energy doom-mongering, agitating for new generation facilities, or worried that too much demand from private individuals will hit its bottom-line? Previous studies seem to believe that the National Grid can cope, no problem: research last year by Ricardo concluded that even 3 million EVs and plug-in hybrids on the UK’s roads, or 10% of the total vehicle population, would have “little impact.”

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