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Posted: 06 May 2014
The British government will spend £500 MILLION in electric cars and infrastructure
This week, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg announced the British government will invest £500m on electric cars between 2015 and 2020. These investments will include extending the £5k grant towards the cost of buying an electric car, more clean buses and taxis, and installing rapid charge-points at every motorway service station that, says, Clegg, 'can charge a car in as little as 20 minutes'.
An admirable aim, but we're not entirely sure Clegg's maths adds up. The Leaf - one of the most popular electric cars in the UK - will, according to Nissan, charge from 0 to 80 per cent in 30 minutes on a fast charger. The Leaf's official range is around 120 miles, though motorway driving will mean barely half that. So that's about fifty miles on a half-hour charge, or thirty-something miles on Mr Clegg's 20-minute charge. Or, at 70 mph, a 20-minute stop every half an hour to recharge. Electric cars, in other words, still have some way to go.