Greater Manchester is planning a 1000 mile total joined-up network of cycling lanes: https://www.tfgm.com/press-release/beelines
For this to work, it would require government co-ordination of infrastructure, incentives and regulations around feed-in tariffs.
There is no evidence in this report that the transport ministry has connected with the Energy ministry for strategic solutions.
Renault and the French government are discussing exactly this.
Nerverthelss, in the case of France, it seems mostly redundant. 80% of supply being nuclear means there's much more baseload than variable supply. Storage would be less of a concern.
I drove from Caen to Bordeaux and then to Luxembourg at the end of May, there were wind turbines all over the place.
Solid-state batteries might do the trick:
Newer tech with greater power density would surely help, but a far bigger issue is infrastructure. Not in charging stations, but in manufacturing, servicing and recycling batteries. Once the infrastructure is in place, prices will fall naturally. Batteries are highly recyclable.
Edit: and who knows what'll happen if Apple gets into the electric car business!
> It includes “£246 million in research for next generation battery technology” and a dozen different initiatives to expand electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
...In 2016, total electricity production stood at 357 TWh (down from a peak of 385 TWh in 2005), generated from the following sources:
A typical offshore oil/gas platform
Gas: 40.2% (0.05% in 1990)
Nuclear: 20.1% (19% in 1990)
Wind: 10.6% (0% in 1990), of which:
Onshore Wind: 5.7%
Offshore Wind: 4.9%
Coal: 8.6 (67% in 1990)
Bio-Energy: 8.4% (0% in 1990)
Solar: 2.8% (0% in 1990)
Hydroelectric: 1.5% (2.6% in 1990)
Oil and other: 7.8% (12% in 1990)
//surprised there is little discussion in the plan for how the electricity will be generated and transported, or viable sources.
Plus it may be easier to modify the grid to be clean rather than every car.
It is a good initiative. We'll see about the implementation.
The electricity generated is mentioned in the report but is not really the concern of the Department for Transport. Nonetheless, The UK isn't exactly a huge offender when it comes to renewable energy, with some of the best tidal energy in the world, and very high amounts of wind. Even the baseline power stations are slowly becoming nuclear - it's not a process that happens overnight and it's been happening for many years now.
Comparing the statistics from 10 years ago and now shows that we are making remarkable steady progress, and in 20 more years I expect that we will be getting close to 100% renewables
That is quite amazing. I don't see lots of Wind Farm around UK when I live there, ( although that was quite some time ago ) That means UK are well within reach of 100% running on renewable energy.
Someone else in power when it gets taken seriously then.
If you want to spend money on ICE engines now you need justify how you get return in max 22 years.
Somewhere between 5 and 10 years would have had its challenges but would be achievable. It would have required the government to actually govern, but would have been "discouraged" by industry.
This is like asking "what about people who prefer to crank the propeller" while staring at a jet. It does not apply.
EVs don't usually have to shift gears, not because they have automatic transmissions, but because their engines can achieve high RPM and torque is similar across the usable RPM range. The Nissan Leaf, for instance, has a single gear, then only thing you can do is engage or disengage it. Reverse is handled by rotating the engine backwards, so you do need a control for the driver, but there's no corresponding gear – the easiest way to see that in action is reversing the direction while the car is moving, like you do in an electric bumper cart. With most car transmissions, you would need to stop first, then reverse, you could even cause damage if you do it while the car is moving.
I guess if you really wanted to, you could fake gears on software. And fake some engine noise while you are at it...
Microtransactions for flat crank v8s, and v12s perhaps?
It seems clear that they’ll be relegated to restorations and kit cars and such.