Electric cars could cut oil imports 40% by 2030, says study

Our transport is heavily oil-based. What are the alternatives?

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Electric cars could cut oil imports 40% by 2030, says study

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Electric cars could cut the UK’s oil imports by 40% and reduce drivers’ fuel bills by £13bn if deployed on a large scale, according to a new study.

An electric vehicle surge would deliver an average £1,000 of fuel savings a year per driver, and spark a 47% drop in carbon emissions by 2030, said the Cambridge Econometrics study.

The paper, commissioned by the European Climate Foundation, said that air pollutants such as nitrogen oxide and particulates would be all but eliminated by mid-century, with knock-on health benefits from reduced respiratory diseases valued at over £1bn.
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/ ... 40-by-2030
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Ah, but where does all this electricity come from? The article doesn't touch on that. Fuel will be burned to create it unless a huge investment in wind and solar etc takes place. Plus the cars's exteriors are completely solar panelled.
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I love these studies:

Headline says

"Electric cars could cut oil imports 40% by 2030, says study"

Promptly followed by the assumptions/caveats in small print that will never be met

"if infrastructure is built to support the vehicles"

and then ignoring the first law of thermodynamics.

So stating the obvious in a perfect world, ignoring all reality..

Whos going to build this infrasttucture?
How much in embodied energy wiill this intrastructure require?
Where is this intrastructure going to get the energy from to supply electrical energy to all these cars?
What about the embodied energy in the new electric cars themselves?
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Yes. Unfortunately we have enormous car manufacturers who cannot be allowed to go out of business - yet we need fewer vehicles, collectively owned.

No-one should own a vehicle outright.

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