£250m to boost use of electric cars is sold as a great environmental initiative.
But the electricity needs to be generated from somewhere ... and in the course of generation, and transmission, there are gigantic losses. So we need to generate even more electricity than would have been needed to run the same cars on petrol or diesel in the first place.
Now I also don't know how I'd manage without my car - but most of my jouney's could be cut out if the public transport to my village were better. With just 6% of journeys by public transport the scope for growth here is enormous - imagine what a difference doubling the frequency of service in your area would make. Imagine if that 6% were 12% and the impact of taking all those cars off the road for those journeys.
How the cost of food soared during the recession - To get an idea of just why so many people are struggling, take a look at this graph, which tracks the increase in the cost of basic food items from 2012 to...
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