The comment at the end is from EVworld at http://dev.evworld.com/news.cfm?newsid=19545. Interesting and useful that this may be in long range terms, it in no way addresses the immediate need to take a systemic view of mobility within the UK to reduce its resource intensity and integration into a distributed power system.
In addition the manufacturing sector is skewed in the UK such that valuable national assets like BAE Systems are not researching here, solutions to what are the real future security isses to the UK. Where is this Hybrid Bus in UK cities?
NEWER NEW YORK CITY BUSES WITH BAE SYSTEMS’ HYBRID PROPULSION COST LESS TO OWN AND OPERATE, U.S. GOVERNMENT SAYS http://www.baesystems.com/Newsroom/NewsReleases/autoGen_10816172629.html
Meanwhile, over on the other side of the Atlantic, money — to the tune of £10 million ($15.8 mil) — is less of an issue when it comes to promoting the development of low-carbon vehicles, especially ‘no-carbon’ electric ones.
Transport Secretary Geoff Hoon announced that the government was accepting bids to run low-carbon vehicle demonstration programs around the island nation, putting 100 electric cars into the hands of cities and families in order to collect feedback.
Another £20 million would be “dedicated to UK research into improving technology that could make electric and other green cars more practical and affordable.” And why is the British government willing to lay out these — albeit modest — sums? To quote Business Secretary Ian Pearson…
“Currently, less than 0.1% of the UK’s 26 million cars are electric. The government is committed to bringing lower carbon vehicles to Britain’s roads as soon as possible. We need to act now to ensure that the UK is at the forefront of this new industry.
“The UK’s automotive sector has a global reputation for research and development, design engineering and manufacturing. The development of electric vehicle technology is an opportunity for the UK to take the lead and, given the current state of the global economy, we need to seize that opportunity now.” For our UK readers, the government is looking for volunteers for the test drive program, so you might want to get your name on the list.