The begining of the end of the traditional internal combustion engine???

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If the cities are moving towards being car free then it would seem logical that we should be looking at providing infrastructure to allow access by bike/e-bike.

The Bike to work scheme and various electric car and solar subsidies all benefit the already well off. But there has so far been nothing to help those who cannot benefit from a tax break.

A bit of Helicopter money to allow purchase of ebikes has to be a better to get people out of cars than money off Tesla's or even £30,000 Vauxhall Corsas.

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Agree about the importance of routes but isn't that mostly the same for HPVs and eBikes? My major concern is eBikes getting too fast:  I really don't like mopeds coming up fast behind me on segregated routes in other European countries.

Edited: Off to read the linked article.

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After February 24th I expect a few less people will be tempted to ride derestricted ebikes on the roads.

However, the worry of being knocked over by another bicycle is a much better problem to have than worrying about being knocked over by an SUV. As an SV driver I am one of lifes natural SUV sized cyclists, I expect most average sized people to come off worse if they run into me while I am cycling Smile

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I don't remember if this was posted at the time but it is an imaginative solution to dealing with a fire in an electric car.

FIREFIGHTERS EXTINGUISH BURNING BMW I8 BY DROPPING IT INTO A GIANT TANK OF WATER

 

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Putting the i8 in a skip of water is clever but hardly a roadside option. It sounds desperate to me.

Penalties for parking non-electric cars in charging spaces is an obvious thing. I'm astonished that new rules need to be made to cover it.

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"Vivarail’s Class 230 achieves UK first with 40-mile battery-powered trip"

They've got it working, but what a failure of strategy.

Jonathan

PS: What would Lenin have said? ;-)

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Why a failure of strategy?

Power to recharge at stations is appropriate provided the recharging can provide sufficient power to get to and a bit beyond the next station (or "station stop" as so often announced).  If they can achieve a 60 mile journey with a ten minute recharge, a lot of commuter traffic can be served in this way.  This probably is particularly relevant in Yorks & Lancs, as the commuter traffic around the capital is largely electrified.

The Class 230 wins on some environmental grounds as it is a refit of the LU stock from Met, Circle & District lines.

It would be highly appropriate for runs into and around towns, obviating the need for overhead wires in multi-use spaces.

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Relevant in Yorkshire? In my part of the county - the biggest bit - It is only  if you live within sensible distance of a station and want to travel North to Newcastle or South to York or Doncaster (not sure why you'd chose the latter ) or South West to Leeds and don't mind standing . Forget jam tomorrow HS2 , what the North needs now is a sensible network and , most of all , affordable fares.

It is beyond absurd I can fly to Italy for less than a one way trip to London on the train. 'Choose your time to get cheapest fare '? Stuff cost the same in Tesco's - or on the bus - whether it's a busy time or not