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 |  Rob Barnes  | 
Following on from your guest editor Alistair Brickell on the downsides of electric vehicles, I would like to regale you with a tale from my friend in the UK.

On a whim, driven by the worlds obsessed media for electric vehicles, he bought one. The fad lasted but 6 months before he sold it. He gave some interesting reasons

1. The battery was HUGE and covered in plastic. Plastic is a by-product of oil, so to produce the battery cover we had to drill for oil

2. The battery is driven by Lithium which has to be mined, thus digging once again into Mamma Earth. The Greens wouldn’t allow mining, but we are happy to bring it in from China, Zimbabwe, Canada, Australia or other countries, some of which employ child labour.

3. The battery has to be charged. This is done by coal powered electricity, Once again, NO COAL MINING here, so we bring it in by the thousands of tonnes from China, Australia etc. All, of course, delivered on Diesel powered ships, contaminating the atmosphere and polluting the oceans.

4. Very soon (estimates at 6 years or less), the battery will have to be replaced at some horrendous cost, and the whole cycle starts again

5. What happens to the old battery? Where is it disposed of?

Sad tales come in from around the world, of batteries bursting into flames. People isolated on motorways because the battery ran out. They had to be saved by a diesel powered generator driven out to them.

I am sure that somewhere down the track a viable alternative to petrol will be found, but for now, don’t follow the media hype and rush out to buy an electric vehicle. You aren’t doing us, or the planet any favours.


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