‘ Don’t panic. Petrol en­gines are here to stay’

UK can’t pro­duce enough power for electric bikes

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week -

Please, please don’t worry about the petrol ban in 2040. Why? Be­cause it’s a pipe dream! Here are the facts. France came up with the proposal for ban­ning petrol cars and are in a good po­si­tion to be able to pro­vide the in­fra­struc­ture to carry it out. This is due to the fact that France has a mas­sive over-pro­duc­tion of elec­tric­ity. 58 nu­clear power sta­tions pro­duce 75% of the na­tion’s power. Here 15 nu­clear power sta­tions cur­rently pro­duce 18% of our elec­tric­ity. Seven, and pos­si­bly eight, of those sta­tions will go off line by 2025. Only one new sta­tion is so far pro­posed. An electric car pol­icy from 2040 would put an ex­tra 40% de­mand on the na­tional grid and that power is sim­ply not there. So keep on bik­ing with that lovely petrol for decades to come. Mick Wilson, email

Is there the elec­tric­ity out there to re­place petrol power?

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