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.

Martin Whapshott

Frimley, Surrey

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

Theberton, Suffolk

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.

Ian Johnson

Chelford, Cheshire

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.

AT Patrick

Bourton-on-the-water, Gloucester­shire

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