ELECTRIC CAR SHOCKER
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.