"Clarkson hates EV's...and scientists. Now there's a surprise."
(The Sunday Times, May 2000)
Darling of crank&piston, maximum emissions car-porn junkie-dom , Jeremy Clarkson, dusts off his 1995 EV fact-sheet and in a near-tantric rant tells us where/how to get off. The UK media's EV-rebuttal, rapid-response force is legendary and never fails to entertain/amuse...(EVUK tip: for journalistic integrity on environmental/pollution issues we recommend - in this century - the Times of India (see homepage).
Jeremy Clarkson of course hates, with a vengeance, the 'vegetarian' electric vehicle lobby...here, in classic 'headless chicken' denial mode, he tells anyone who's still listening that he's never heard of/driven the Nissan Altra(Bibendum Challenge winner, 120 miles per charge), the second Generation GM EV1 (140+ mpc),the Solectria Force and Sunrise(see Guinness Book of Records), the Ford e-Ka (100 mpc) etc. etc. ...and that the 60 percent of UK householders who have off-road parking should obviously all prefer to queue up at an aromatic filling-station and purchase £14-£20 of petrol to drive 120 miles...rather than pay the £1.50 it costs to recharge the
Nissan from home. Obviously. ENJOY!!:
Shock news - an electric car that actually works.
Clarkson, 05/07/2000 Sunday Times - London 1GS32 (Copyright Times
Newspapers Ltd, 2000)
SO, let me see if I've got this straight. [...]
And what about all the guff we get in the world of motoring from the
electric car lobby? The American government has pumped billions of
dollars into research and every year the scientists roll up for more,
saying they're nearly there.
Oh no they're not. There was a huge fanfare 10 years ago when BMW
rolled up at some motor show with an electric car. But the trumpets
soon turned into violins when, on a simple test drive, it shorted out
and caught fire. Then there was General Motors and its absurd EV1.
It'll do a million miles an hour, they said, and you need to recharge
it only every 4,000 years.
Five hundred Californians were taken in and leased one, having been
told that when the second-generation cars were available a year down
the line, they would be upgraded at no extra cost. But when the new
cars were launched, only 350 took up the offer. The rest went back to
* Electric cars are slow, ridiculously heavy, they run out of juice
every 40 miles and, despite all the promises, there is still no
infrastructure anywhere in the world for charging them up again. You
have to trail a flex out of your sitting room window and across the
pavement to wherever you've parked.
Imagine if everyone had to do that. Every road in London would be a
cat's cradle of tangled cables. Old women would trip up. Prams would
get stuck. Burglars would come through the window you'd left open
It boils down to this simple fact. Give a scientist cash to spend and
he'll get nowhere. But tell him that, if he solves the problem, he'll
earn enough to buy an island and he'll come up with the solution in 20
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* Note: Clarkson also seems to know nothing of:
1)EV enthusiast Simon Roberts' eventually triumphant campaign to persuade sceptical authorities to install an on-street charging-point in front of his London home. (Unfortunately even the persistent Mr. Roberts has to make do with an old-tech, 50 mile per charge Peugeot 106.)
2) EV Quick Charge Technology - 90% battery recharge in 8-15 minutes.<(For more info on recharging, just 'google' it..)br>
It's the carmakers' ICE-fixation, and the media's own crank&piston addiction that's keeping long-range EV's from
our streets and showrooms - NOT under-achieving scientists! (For more on Clarkson-style
technocluelessness see HOTWIRE, "You Can Tell World Leaders by their Cars.")