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.