The UK Carmakers Association looked wrong-footed when the government announced that there would be no more petrol cars after 2040. Labour did not crow as much as expected, but it was just the timing of the announcement which surprised the car manufacturers. And it really is exactly the sort of move Tony Blair’s Cabinet would have made. He was accused on the invasion of Iraq of not thinking things through.
What happened to ThinkTanks? Or will Theresa May refuse to listen, as she knows best? Labour has gone back to the Trade Unions for support. I hope their members profit.
Michael Bradley, Chairman of the Australian Automobile Association thinks that electric cars will be slow to be purchased because of the large distances people routinely travel. It is called “range anxiety”.
Some parts of Australia are already ahead. The Queensland government has just launched its first “electric super highway”, which is 1600 km dotted with super-fast charging stations along its route. Electric car drivers will be able to drive from North Queensland to the border of New South Wales, when it is complete in five months’ time, (credit ‘The Guardian’ newspaper 20/7/2017).
My idea is this:
To solve the concern about whether your car will reach the next charging station in time,
- Satellites could sell as much electric charge as the customer wants. They input their card details or use a pre-payment card easily bought from neighbourhood corner shops. The satellite would read the card and beam down the bought amount of electrical charge.
- Payment platforms are accessible by mobile phones. It is just another jump for those phones to access a payment platform in a satellite.
Or something on these lines?
Come on, carmakers, you have a great opportunity here. Let’s discuss. If you know someone already thinking on these lines, feel free to comment.
Have a good week.