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When I see one I al­ways think of the Mit­subishi Out­lander PHEV (Plug-in Hy­brid Elec­tric Ve­hi­cle, since you ask) as the Mit­subishi Phew – af­ter all, it’s sup­posed to be do­ing its bit to­wards sav­ing the planet.

I like sav­ing the planet, mainly be­cause it’s the only one we’ve got (although, to be con­trary, I also love smoky old thumpers in older boats). So I was de­lighted to see that a ma­rina is hir­ing an elec­tric car to boaters (see page 13). Bril­liant.

If you spend a lot of time on your boat, and par­tic­u­larly if you move around a lot, hav­ing a car can be an is­sue – es­pe­cially if you only use it oc­ca­sion­ally. Of course, you can hire one lo­cally or use taxis, but think about this: mari­nas al­ready have a good elec­tri­cal in­fra­struc­ture, so adding EV charg­ing points isn’t a big deal and elec­tric cars are cheap to run. Wouldn’t it be good to have a sys­temwide net­work of elec­tric hire cars – or am I miss­ing some­thing?

Fi­nally, when I was a ju­nior re­porter on my lo­cal news­pa­per I cov­ered coun­cil meet­ings to let peo­ple know what their elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives and pub­lic ser­vants were up to (or not...). The Fourth Es­tate sys­tem (Edmund Burke MP in the Com­mons, 1787) has served peo­ple well ever since. Per­haps the Canal & River Trust’s new (closed) Coun­cil would like to re­flect on that.

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