British Motor Industry Apathetic About Electric Cars

Electric car revolution is unlikely to get out of first gear any time in the near future, motor dealers in Britain have warned.

Published: 24-Jan-2011

The slow uptake is forecast despite the promise of tens of millions of pounds in government subsidies.

Senior figures at the Retail Motor Industry Federation said that battery-driven electric vehicles were causing anxiety over their range, the lack of charging infrastructure in place and because of their cost - starting at about £24,000 ($38,800) even after a £5000 government incentive.

Paul Williams, chairman of the RMI, said: “At a meeting with dealer groups last week, I was particularly disappointed at the lack of involvement from the motor industry in general with the retail sector in promoting the case for electric cars to consumers.


TREV two-place electric car

Student-built vehicle can do 0-60 in 10 seconds with top speed of 75 mph. Photo courtesy of University of South Australia.

Arcimotor plans to sell the vehicle for under $20,000.

The all-electric prototype took two years and $100,000 to build and has range of 50 miles.

Front view of Arcimoto Pulse being developed outside Portland, Oregon.

Professional planner Larry Weymouth thinks our urban transportation system can be adapted to the realities of the new century.


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