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[image] Green car industry slams BBC electric vehicle 'stunt'
London to Edinburgh journey rejected as "unfair test" of electric car
capabilities By Will Nichols 14 Jan 2011

The electric vehicle industry has strongly [criticized] a BBC =

reporter's attempt to drive the 434 miles from London to Edinburgh in =

an electric car after the four-day demonstration raised the hackles =

of green car advocates.

Brian Milligan charged his electric Mini using only publicly available
charge points, but consistently voiced his concerns on the BBC website
that his Mini E's range was insufficient and charging points were =

difficult to locate.

But supporters of electric vehicles (EVs), including actor and =

presenter Robert Llewellyn, have [criticized] the 'stunt' on a number
of fronts, starting with Milligan's choice of car.

The BBC said it plumped for the Mini E because it was more affordable
than other available EVs of similar specifications, but despite =

Milligan's references to the car as a "mass produced EV", the Mini E =

is actually a testing model produced for trials.

Milligan's complaints of "range anxiety" while undertaking the kind of
lengthy trip electric cars are not designed for, coupled with his =

failure to mention how much cheaper it would be to undertake the =

journey in an EV than a conventional car were also [interpreted] as =

attempts to discredit EVs, with many critics questioning his agenda.

Low carbon motoring expert Ben Lane, director of the Next Green Car =

website, pointed out that EVs are not designed for such distances, =

rendering the whole demonstration an unfair test.

"While EVs do not suit all journeys, recent trials have shown that =

they are ideal for regular city trips and commuting," he said. "No one
is suggesting that they are the vehicle of choice for crossing the =

country or for trips more than 100 miles."

He added that Milligan's difficulties finding public charging points =

were also unrepresentative of the experience of most EV drivers.

"Most of the research suggests that charging at home, not on-street, =

will be how most future EVs are refuelled," he said. "Having a =

nation-wide recharging network is not necessary to kick-start the EV =

revolution."

The BBC's stunt prompted EV advocate and engineer David Peilow to =

highlight the technical viability of electric [vehicles] by covering
the same distance in a Tesla sports car in just one day, stopping =

just twice for recharging. [=A9 Incisive Media Investments Limited 2010]
...
http://www.crunchgear.com/2011/01/13/tesla-contradicts-bbcs-opinion-of-evs-=
with-one-day-london-to-edinburgh-drive/
...
http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13746_7-20028567-48.html
...
http://www.newcarnet.co.uk/Tesla_news.html?id=3D11029
...
http://www.biofuelswatch.com/ev-makers-criticized-bbcs-test/
...
http://www.allcarselectric.com/blog/1053619_range-anxiety-brit-proves-elect=
ric-cars-can-go-the-distance
... On behalf of everyone at HighGearMedia, we=92d like to congratulate
David Peilow on his fantastic achievement.
[=A9 2010 AllCarsElectric.com. All Rights Reserved.]
...
http://www.allcarselectric.com/blog/1053572_tesla-fan-drives-epic-electric-=
car-trip-to-prove-bbc-wrong
[images & video] Tesla Fan Drives Epic Electric Car Trip To Prove BBC =

Wrong Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield January 12th, 2011
The British Broadcasting Corporation, considered to be the center-pin
of television and radio in the U.K., has always had a cautious view of
the benefits of electric vehicles, often choosing to illustrate the =

limited range of electric cars in articles rather than the positive =

benefits. =

...
Will the trip change the BBC=92s opinion of electric cars? Probably not.
But at least someone is taking the time to prove their rather =

old-fashioned views of electric cars wrong. =

[=A9 2010 AllCarsElectric.com. All Rights Reserved.]


Tesla's Nummi plant =

http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/morning_call/2011/01/union-pacific-=
buys-tesla-nummi-area.html
Union Pacific buys Tesla-NUMMI area parcels
San Francisco Business Times Jan 14 2011
Union Pacific Railroad Co. recently bought 160 acres near Fremont's =

former NUMMI auto plant, which Tesla Motors has taken over ... The =

railroad plans to use the property for transportation activities ...
[=A9 2011 American City Business Journals, Inc. All rights reserved.]






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