A few days ago I heard, in all seriousness, a piece on the BBC about electric cars. The big issue was ‘what noise should they make?’
Because at low speeds they are almost silent and for that reason rather dangerous to pedestrians. So, and you’ll need to read this bit carefully, the EU is setting up a group (at enormous expense of
course) to work out the ‘best’ sound the car must make and then make that sound a regulation to be obeyed by every EC manufacturer for the EU market.
Never mind the fact that electric cars are a total waste of a lot of money, that they are more ‘carbon hungry’ than conventional cars (as of course they use electricity generated by coal/oil or gas powered
Generators) – not that that worries me – and are useless in any season but high summer for even a slow jaunt to the local garden centre.
Just imagine yourself high on the Yorkshire moors in a blizzard in your electric buggy (sorry car): power is dropping off fast as temperatures plummet (battery voltage is heavily temperature dependent). No heating because that would drain the battery further…
you could well die from exposure.
Give me a petrol/diesel car any day. 100 years ago the issue was decided in New York. Electric cars versus petrol cars: petrol won hands down. Nothing much has changed in 100 years!
Article written by: Rev. Philip Foster MA, Cambridgeshire.