Electric Cars Coming, Like It Or Not

Michael Vaughn is concerned that governments are starting to 'force' electric cars on their citizens, citing example of London Mayor Boris Johnson's ban to all cars in central London that aren't 'green.'

Published: 03-Mar-2013

I have often argued that government regulations will eventually force electric cars upon us whether we want them or not. It is happening now in Europe where politicians see advantage in endorsing electric cars to establish their credentials in the climate change debate.

London’s colourful mayor, Boris Johnson, recently announced plans to ban motorists who don’t have a green or hybrid car from driving in central London in the daytime by 2020.

Electric cars are now political instruments. I’m sure Renault/Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn was expecting this when he invested billions to become the world leader in electric vehicle production. There are only a handful in Canada, but around the world, there are roughly 50,000 all-electric Nissan Leafs on the road. I’m sure Boris Johnson sold a few more of them in London with his announcement.


President Obama announces on March 7, 2012 the EV Everywhere Challenge Daimler Truck factory in Mt. Holly, N.C.

Goal of program is make electric vehicles more affordable and convenient to own and drive than today’s gasoline-powered vehicles within the next 10 years.

EPA rates the Coda electric car at 88 miles per charge, currently the highest range available.

Dave Herron analyses the comparative costs of the current crop of plug-in cars.

Bruce Sargent charges Nissan LEAF in Central Point, Oregon. Photo credit: AP

The stations go from the California border north to the Oregon city of Cottage Grove.


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