The Daily Telegraph
Government subsidies for wealthy EV drivers
sir – From October the Government will subsidise domestic energy for two years with debt that all taxpayers must repay in the years ahead, plus interest.
Electric vehicle owners, having already benefited from subsidised purchase, zero vehicle excise duty, no fuel duty, and VAT at 5 per cent on domestic energy used to propel them, will now further burden the taxpayer with each EV’S thirst for energy to drive 500-horsepower motors.
Given that an EV battery can take the equivalent of the daily energy consumption of 10 average houses, the inequity between the patently rich people buying these cars and the burden on the rest of the population is stark in the extreme.
Surely the Government should limit the price guarantee to encourage energy saving and thus support the effort to limit gas use. This would aid our European friends against Vladimir Putin’s energy stranglehold.
sir – Smart meters could be harnessed to tackle the energy crisis, with discounts given to households and businesses that reduce electricity and gas use by at least 20 per cent. It would reward sensible users and save money. Percy Grainger
sir – As we are selling our house, we had to get an energy performance audit (Letters, September 14). Our house was rated D, as we expected.
The certificate showed that this could potentially be improved to a C. The estimated cost of improvements needed to achieve this is between £11,500 and £17,500. The savings would be £475 a year – a payback period of between 24 and 36 years. Is it any wonder that people are reluctant to invest in energy-saving measures? Steve Black
sir – It is hard to accept that while our Government commits vast sums to a high-speed railway of questionable value, it has spent virtually nothing on meeting contingencies related to providing essential energy and gas supplies to the nation.
That we shut down the Rough gas storage facility under the North Sea and never seriously investigated the development of onshore gas reserves would seem to be a symptom of political incompetence, combined with what can only be described as the “British disease” – a tendency to bodge, make do, and to avoid ever having to consider the “what if ” scenario in basic design philosophy.
Unless we recalibrate our politics in this country and stop sitting on our hands, we will be relegated to a lower division in world rankings.
sir – All credit to Professor Michael Bradshaw (Letters, September 5) for his accurate summary of problems facing the UK fracking industry.
That many in Government think “press the start button” on fracking is a meaningful contribution to the energy debate shows woeful ignorance. The public is being misled. Calls to start fracking are at this time much a case of a commercial yawn – but we could explore and appraise.