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Wednesday, 26 June 2013

A sign of things to come

An electric car plugged in to a recharging post.

These recharging posts are becoming a more familiar sight in and around London. I have even noticed them in a supermarket car park. Electric cars do not have to pay the congestion charge of £10 per day when entering the congestion zones in London. Trying to keep a large city free from car emissions is not easy and charging to enter the city is one possible way of restricting  traffic flow but there is still so much traffic you hardly know the difference. Do many cities charge for driving a car into their centres? 

11 comments:

  1. Great idea though the cost of the is extortionate. Not seen any charge points round Reading or Newbury yet, not been to Oxford so can't pass comment.

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  2. I've never seen a charging electric car. But then again, you're in the UK which is more advanced that the US. :-)

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  3. I like the idea of charging cars to enter the city. And I'm impressed there are places for recharging electric cars. You are way, WAY ahead of wasteful Canada. Bravo!

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  4. I've not seen them but I know they are out there. Just not here yet. Often talked about though.

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  5. I agree with Djan and EG we are far more wasteful than European cities. I also love that cars are charged for entering the city.

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  6. I like these little electric cars, unfortunately they are very expensive. McDonalds have a charging station and in Amsterdam I saw a man charging his car battery through the kitchen window !
    Brussels is free of charge for cars, I think their would be a riot if they would try to do that because public transport is a catastrophe ! One bus per hour, delayed trains and the tube net is very small. Ilona is still dreaming of the London public transport possibilities and wants to send our Minister of public transport to London to learn !

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  7. First to seeing an electric car..I will tell it to my students...!

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  8. I like the idea for cars in the city. I'm not sure that it suits my lifestyle (yet) and there aren't many charge points in rural Scotland. But perhaps they will come.

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  9. Great way to decongest but hope it succeeds!
    In Mumbai too there are plans to charge cars to enter the Central Business District.

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  10. That is a great idea. Hope it takes off all over the world. We are not charged to enter the city but we are discouraged to take cars into the city by charging horrific prices for parking. We often take the train or bus as they have carparks near the stations.

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  11. We have public outlets to plug cars into, but not for this purpose (yet). Ours are for heaters to assure that the car starts when it is 25 below 0 F!

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