I am very suspicious of the big push towards getting us to drive electric cars. Yes, it’s a cleaner form of transport on the street but the production of electricity will still involve carbon fuels or nuclear waste creating atomic energy (there is no way that renewables will provide so much power in the foreseeable future). Secondly, electric engines do not have the pull of an internal combustion engine which means that they are impractical for trucks, trailer pulling vehicles or any plant used for heavy work such as earth-moving. Thirdly, car-owners who do not have their own private driveway will find it difficult (many will find it impossible) to charge their vehicles overnight. Fourthly, having to wait, at least, half an hour to recharge your car’s battery every two hundred miles is going to create all sorts of problems and have a negative effect on our economies.
I predict that electric cars will prove to be one of the most expensive mistakes our governments will ever make and it will be an unnecessary mistake as hydrogen-powered transport would avoid all these problems. It is completely clean and can be dispensed at “gas” stations the same way petrol is now. It also has the same pulling power as diesel. Okay, at the moment it is slightly more expensive than electric but this will change if funding and effort it is put into its development.
So, why is hardly anyone promoting this answer to all our environmental dreams? Could it be anything to do with the fact that it will take control of power production away from the oil companies and the nuclear industry as the only ingredient needed to manufacture it is water?
One more thing, it can be used as a domestic fuel. In fact, up until the roll-out of natural gas, it was what provided the heat to cook the meals of most households in the U.K. and elsewhere. It can be produced locally by local companies or even councils which would get rid of the need to dig up areas of natural beauty for massive pipelines.
Check out this recent press release from Newcastle University for more information on the employment of hydrogen as an energy source.