Once again I feel compelled to write something about the BBC’s news coverage of the emerging electric car phenomenon.
The first question I want to ask them is why do they bother?
The very well educated and informed Brian Milligan has done it again, revealed a level of ignorance and kow-towing that is hard to understand. Did the editors at the BBC force him to undertake this ludicrous journey, did he want to do it himself? I am fairly baffled.
The article http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-12138420 is yet another snipe at electric cars from the impartial, publicly funded BBC. What are they hoping to achieve by this farce?
Oh, the shock, the surprise. You cannot drive an electric car non-stop from London to Edinburgh. Millions of people had no idea this was the case. They have all immediately cancelled their orders for electric cars.
Or is the story about the lack of public charging points. Oh Lord! The Daily Mail will be up in arms. There are not enough public charging points! Millions faint in shock.
It could be all those things, but buried in the text is the true reason behind it. I quote.
">Because despite the hype of the battery revolution, it is still not easy to drive an electric car any further than the supermarket and back.
Despite all the hype, from where? Where is the hype coming from? From me? From a tiny handful of people who have driven electric cars and feel they are a more than viable alternative.
I drove 9,000 miles in an electric car last year. It was very easy, I did go to the supermarket and back, I also went to visit friends, drove to cities further away than I could return without re-charging. I re-charged and drove home. I drove on motorways, drove through heavy snow, drove up hill and down dale and I didn’t use any petrol to do it. I used power generated in this country, more than half of it not generated by burning fossils.
I also only spent £120 to drive that 9,000 miles. This is of course something Mr Milligan in his balanced, open debate has somehow failed to mention. To charge the Mini E and drive it that far would cost around £5. To drive a standard Mini Cooper the same distance will cost you well over £70. But lets remain impartial and unbiased and not mention that. Yeah right.
To be fair to the BBC and Mr Milligan, they do say this:
"in what is arguably an unfair test of a car designed mostly for short-distance motoring, the BBC decided to try and drive an electric Mini the 484 miles from London to Edinburgh."
Yes, arguably it is an unfair test, in fact, lets not argue. It’s bloody stupid and tells us nothing, all it does is allow the pro oil lobby to rub their hands in delight and send the link to their buddies around the world. ‘Yoo hoo, the BBC says electric cars are rubbish, it must be true!’
But of course the most important aspect of this whole pile of nonsense is the whole point with changing the way we move about is just that. We need to change the way we move about. It is absurd to try and drive an electric car that distance at the moment with the current infrastructure. If you live in London, drive an electric car and you want to go to Edinburgh to see your Auntie and Uncle, catch the bloody train. It’s as simple as that.