It’s very rare that I agree with Generation Zero or Transportblog on any issue, but on the issue of electric cars being allowed to use bus lanes I am in complete sympathy.
Electric cars to zip down bus lanes
A proposal to allow electric cars to drive in bus lanes will worsen congestion and do little to encourage uptake of electric vehicles, experts and environmental advocates say.
The idea was included in the Government's high-profile, multimillion-dollar bid to get more New Zealanders into electric cars, launched yesterday in Auckland.
Victoria University's Ralph Chapman, an expert in EVs, said buses were often more efficient than electric cars and it made no sense to have cars with one driver holding them up.
Lobby group Generation Zero said the proposal was short-sighted and would increase congestion.
Transport Blog editor Matt Lowrie said allowing electric cars in bus lanes was "insane" and would undo all the good work the Government had done towards improving public transport.
"It pretty much undermines everything else the Government is trying to do with its cycleways, making roads safer, making public transport more efficient. It seems to be targeted at the few who can afford [electric cars], particularly businesses."
Muddle headed thinking about ‘saving the planet’ that drives this sort of insanity triggers the law of unintended consequences.
Boom in electric cars boosts demand for coal
In this traffic-packed Dutch city, electric cars jostle for space at charging stations. The oldest exhaust-spewing vehicles will soon be banned from the city centre. Thanks to generous tax incentives, the share of electric vehicles has grown faster in the Netherlands than in nearly any other country in the world.
But behind the green growth is a filthy secret: In a nation famous for its windmills, electricity is coming from a far dirtier source. Three new coal-fired power plants, including two on the Rotterdam harbour, are supplying much of the power to fuel the Netherlands' electric-car boom.
The great danger for National, whose only objective in its third term is to steal the policies of other parties, is that by trying to please everyone they’ll end up pleasing no-one.
Taxpayers and ratepayers forced to subsidise rich Greenie vehicles