The nature of my work means I have a higher carbon footprint than many, mainly on account of my air travel. I have little alternative so we have tried to reduce our family impact elsewhere, such as tree planting and attempting to be a non-single use plastic household. Our motoring choice was obvious. A busy house and two businesses meant that we needed two cars and we opted for a full electric and a plug in hybrid with the goal of eventually switching to electric entirely.
People are worried about battery life and charging options. The grid is there but some people feel insecure about adopting electric. We all know it is where the motor industry is heading and I think, like us, people just need to take the leap of faith.
There are so many great ways: walking, skipping, running, scootering, cycling, taking a bus or train, car sharing. Be creative. Maybe you could come by hot air balloon.
I really believe that education is the key to so many of the world’s ills. Can you imagine the untapped intellect and skills throughout the lesser developed world, where many struggle to access education? When it comes to electric cars I think people need to understand how simple it is, and realise that in many cases the cars are better, smarter, faster and more robust. It took us getting an electric car to convert my wife Marina who was a cynic. Now she wouldn’t drive anything else around the city.
We need to wean ourselves off of fossil fuels. A tremendous amount of our power grid now comes from renewables which means EVs are not only greener for the immediate environment but also for the world.