Electric cars – locally made

Nissan’s new electric LEAF car will be built in Sunderland. This is excellent news – just a pity we have to wait until 2014 to get one. EV’s (electric vehicles) are the future of local personal transport needs. Something like 80% of car journeys are only a few miles in length and for these EV’s are perfect.

There are now several EV manufacturers in the UK as well as several imported models currently or soon to be available. At present they are expensive but mass production will rapidly reduce costs and increase peformance.

Whilst people will find them cheap to run from mains powered chargers, those with their own solar or wind powered generating capacity will be laughing all the way to the bank.

Not many people know this – EV battery banks can be adapted to power household appliances too. A built-in emergency power supply at no extra cost.

Several people locally already have electric bikes which makes hills a doddle – it is also cheating!

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