Land Rover Monthly - - Letters -

On re­ceiv­ing the lat­est is­sue of LRM the first page I turned to was Dave Phillips’ col­umn. I knew it would be about elec­tric ve­hi­cles – and I also knew I would whole­heart­edly dis­agree with what he had to say!

Elec­tric ve­hi­cles are com­ing and they’ll be here to stay. I’m a De­fender driver and I work on an off­shore oil drilling rig, so my liveli­hood de­pends on gas guz­zlers, but I am con­vinced that elec­tric cars are the way ahead.

The in­fra­struc­ture de­mands are huge and it’s not go­ing to hap­pen overnight but this is not one de­part­ment of one car com­pany as the P38 was. Bat­tery tech­nol­ogy has lagged be­hind, but ev­ery global car com­pany is head­ing in the same di­rec­tion.

JLR has ad­ver­tised for thou­sands of new po­si­tions to de­velop au­ton­o­mous/elec­tric ve­hi­cles. Toy­ota reckon they’ll have a solid state bat­tery with three times a lithium bat­tery’s en­ergy stor­age in pro­duc­tion within five years.

Nu­mer­ous car com­pa­nies have formed an in­fra­struc­ture coali­tion to co­or­di­nate elec­tric charg­ing points; it is hap­pen­ing now. Wher­ever there’s a car park­ing spot, a charger can be fit­ted. Mike Bage Portsmouth I’ve got some good news for you, Mike. Land Rover has just an­nounced that it will be build­ing an elec­tric vari­ant of ev­ery model by 2020 – Ed.

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