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Would you drive an electric car?

As more emphasis is placed on climate change, governments are coming under pressure to reduce carbon emissions.

Britain has a unique opportunity to be completely carbon neutral in less than 30 years, but this will involve a number of changes, including saying goodbye to diesel and petrol cars.

To meet these ambitious targets electric cars will need to be a reality for all car-owning households in the next two decades; by 2040 the government is set to insist that all new cars purchased are electric.

While electric vehicles become more affordable and reliable each year, and better infrastructure exists to help with charging, many people are still reluctant to make the jump to electric.

For some, the cost is too high, for others they need to travel longer distances than an electric car will allow. Some people simply feel more comfortable with a traditional petrol car.

What do you think? Do you welcome the prospect of all cars going electric? Would you drive an electric car? Share your views below

Would you drive an electric car?

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ElisabethR
15th May 2019
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Ha ha I already do.....called a mobility scooter. Now I cannot walk long distances due to several issues. It is a great aid to letting me join in and have a better life than not being able to get out. Yes I know its not this kind of electric car you mean, however if I had ever gained a driving licence YES I would. Given 5/10 years most of the down sides will have been corrected and they will be in general use. There is one thing that ido feel is important. Electric cars (and mobility scooters are pretty much silent. Please engineers consider putting in an engin noise of some kind. Thank you.
Little3
15th May 2019
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Others have made very important points about the overall environmental costs, particularly with regard to the batteries.

In terms of climate change, it only works, provided the associated electricity generation is itself low carbon.
BaW
14th May 2019
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I'd be happy to use an electric car...if: (1) the infrastructure for recharging and travelling distances is in place, which in rural areas it certainly is not; (2) I could afford one; (3) the batteries didn't use lithium and cobalt and other metals mined under appalling conditions for those mining it, and the dire effects of the mining process on the environment.
Rosedeb
12th May 2019
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In principle they are a good idea, but the manufacture, renewal and disposal of the batteries counteracts the initial benefits, also it takes independent transport away from the less financially well off - as not everyone can afford a new electric car to replace their old car. If this is going to take off there needs to be substantial improvement to the public transport system. The powers that be will probably tax or fine people to try and make them conform - which again guys the less well off
Paul M
11th May 2019
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The cleaner transport gets the better.
Bald123
11th May 2019
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I would love to. In fact our next car in a few years time will definitely be electric and I for one cannot wait. No more filthy diesel.
SherylR
11th May 2019
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I voted No but I was thinking of the here and now. Once cost and recharging are sorted which I expect them to be of course I would. Its just not at the moment no.
Billythequiche
11th May 2019
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Of course I would. It's not a matter of will. There are just two major factors. First is the cost, buying one and having a suitable charging point installed at home. Second is the range of the vehicle and the availability of charging points nationally.
Kim8053
11th May 2019
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Having just retired I did purchase a BEV (new Nissan Leaf) same size as Ford Focus. Price wise is not a great difference, depends on where you purchase one dealerships could not match the offer I got on line so they need to pull their socks up. I did take my offer to them and said that if they match/better it I’d buy from them ! The salesman said that as an employee he couldn’t buy one at the price enuff said !
olly65
11th May 2019
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We tow a caravan so unless the electric cars are made to cope with these sadly we won’t be buying an electric car
SusanneJ5
11th May 2019
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I would change to electric if I could afford to buy one.
AnnW5
11th May 2019
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The only way this will make any real difference is if these were available to the masses. And that will never work as a lot of people need a car to travel for work, but do not earn the type of wages or wish to take out finance plans to buy them. thus having to wait for used older cars to come down the line a lot of people drive 10-year-old cars how could this help them.
yogina
11th May 2019
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Would love to but it’s really not affordable at present for me and the charging infrastructure just isn’t there outside of cities. Also the electricity has to be generated somewhere so more emphasis needs to go on renewables.
JohnF2
11th May 2019
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Wouldn’t buy while they’re at premium prices and with restricted range.
PeterR69
11th May 2019
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Would have one tomorrow if they came down in price, had at least a 250 mile range and more charging points. Once this happens and the price is the same as say focus of golf etc then I am sure they will be sold in great numbers
Bcob
11th May 2019
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I mainly drive around town, and would have no difficulty with an electric car. However, the very few occasions when I have to drive some distance, I’d be a little concerned about getting from charge point to charge point, and would worry about running out of battery somewhere in the middle of nowhere!
DavidK69
11th May 2019
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I would drive an electric car if it could tow my caravan the only one I see that can tow is the Mitsubishi phev but only 1500kgs I require 1800kgs anyone know any different
Sueelsy
11th May 2019
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I was very keen on my next car being electric until the other day when the media mentioned that at the moment they have no idea how to dispose of the old batteries when they reach end of life. This concerns me as will we be creating another problem.
DaveJ06
10th May 2019
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When they have a decent electric powered Pickup as carrying bags of animal feed, bales of straw etc you cannot do at the moment. Hate to say it will have to use a diesel for the time being.
Munsterlander
10th May 2019
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Yes I am sick to death (literally) of breaking in polluted air-it is filthy in our cities. if it was our water that was so polluted we would have sorted this out years ago. Our children and grandchildren are literally dying due to it. The car makers and governments should sort it out now.
waltk
10th May 2019
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Would love to have one having driven a couple but the one I want has abysmal range, only recently added 'fast' charging and I can't charge at home or work so a bit snookered for a while longer.
Olsen
10th May 2019
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Waiting for them to be ore affordable
jeffsoo
10th May 2019
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Electric cars are the future but so far they are too expensive to buy and there are no where near enough charging points.
WilliamM36
10th May 2019
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I would drive an electric car if they came down in price and if the guarantee of electric charging points are readily accessible.However with the way our MPs are at this present time I don’t think at my age I would get the chance .
MiriamL1
10th May 2019
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Wish I could afford one now
Wrinkly One
10th May 2019
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I will buy one when all the infrastructure is in place and the cars are improved.
Irene88
10th May 2019
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Too many concerns to consider it.
1 Safety
2 charging points
3 cost of vehicle
Taghel
10th May 2019
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Not enough charging points available. Distance that can be traveled between charges too short in most cars currently on sale.
waltk
10th May 2019
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Agree on the charging points but take a look at the Hyundai Kona, Kia e-Niro or Soul E, all over 250 actual miles on a single charge and all "relatively affordable" compared to the better know brands.

Take a look at https://www.drivingelectric.com/ for some interesting info.
Taghel
10th May 2019
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I agree that models with better range are starting to appear but I still wouldn’t consider one as my garage is quite a distance from my house and has no electric supply. I have settled for a hybrid model instead as a compromise.
eddiebro54
10th May 2019
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Only however when the price comes down, charging points become more readily available and battery capacity improves.
LA
10th May 2019
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When the country has more charging points I will convert!
CarrieT
10th May 2019
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I would love an electric car that could be charged on solar but it’s way outside of my price bracket unfortunately.
Wilf
10th May 2019
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Yes of course. I am beginning to hate petrol and diesel cars as they pollute so much and I am more aware of it than ever. Walk down the street and especially vans and buses pouring out clouds of filth. Electric cars need to be here faster and cheaper and the government needs to get a move on and put charging plugs everywhere or incentivise companies like the petrol companies to do so in garages. i read recently Beijing has more recharges for electric cars than Germany???
Singingpink
10th May 2019
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I am willing to try anything to save our planet.
annieamh63
10th May 2019
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Just need to make them more affordable!
scandiman
10th May 2019
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How about the government setting an example on reducing carbon emissions? Why do Ministers arrive in Downing Street as the sole passenger in a chauffeured car? Why can’t the PM walk from there to Parliament? Why all the lights burning in empty government offices late at night? Certainly I’ll buy an electric car when they’re a lot more affordable, more attractive and have greater range. There must also be more charging points. What about loss of government revenue from reduced fuel sales? They’ll make it up by taxing electricity used to recharge electric cars. How about huge improvements in rural public transport so we don’t need to use private transport so much?
Vonny49
10th May 2019
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I agree that the Government needs to set an example! How much CO2 has Theresa May used flying backwards and forwards to Brussels etc willy nilly 'negotiating' Brexit? What about video conferencing?

Plus I, too, am concerned that the loss of revenue from Fuel Duty will mean a major hike in taxation elsewhere.

Until each Petrol Station has Charging Stations too electric cars are not a viable option.
Wilf
11th May 2019
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You make some really good points here. The government should lead by example. To be fair Boris does cycle. We went to India years ago and all the taxis run on gas which is much less polluting than petrol/diesel

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