Electric cars – a green choice?

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Bus Users UK CEO
Claire Walters

Claire Walters, Chief Executive of Bus Users UK, considers the risk posed by the draw of electric cars to solving wider problems of congestion and sustainable travel

The latest figures are out and while new car sales are at a 30-year low, demand for electric vehicles continues to grow, accounting for nearly a fifth of all new car sales. Electric vehicles are rapidly becoming the saviour of a flagging car industry, but at what cost?

For motorists themselves that warm glow of ‘doing their bit’ for decarbonisation may wear thin in the face of ‘range anxiety,’ charging networks that haven’t kept up with demand, and the impact of extreme cold which can reduce battery effectiveness by up to 50% (and in some cases prevent the car from starting at all).

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