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Tiny UK Electric Car Sales Down By Half

From the UK’s Times:

The new Cooper Mini E, electric version of the Mini, is unveiled ...

The new Cooper Mini E, electric version of the Mini, is unveiled during the Los Angeles Auto show, November 19, 2008, in Los Angeles, California.

Electric shock as sales of green cars go into reverse

Ben Webster

December 4, 2008

Sales of electric cars have fallen by more than half this year, according to figures released two days after the Government’s climate change advisory body predicted a huge increase.

Only 156 electric cars were sold from January to October, compared with 374 for the same period last year.

Nice Car Company, one of the two main British distributors of electric cars, went into administration yesterday. Set up in 2006, the company had been selling an all-electric version of the French-made Aixam Mega. It had also planned to bring a range of new models to market by the end of the year. However, sales dropped to fewer than one car a week.

Richard Bremner, editor of www.cleangreencars.co.uk, which specialises in green motoring, said: “While volumes are still tiny, any drop in electric car sales will come as a shock. Buyers could be holding off for cars from mainstream manufacturers, although they may still have years to wait.”

The Committee on Climate Change said on Monday it expected electric and hybrid vehicles to form up to 40 per cent of cars on the road by 2020.

There are about 1,100 all-electric cars currently on British roads — 0.004 per cent of the total. Most are owned by Londoners and are quadricycles, not fully type-approved cars.

Congestion-charge concessions for all-electric vehicles helped to create the market, but drivers have since opted for new small diesel cars with very low carbon emissions.

It looks like no more Mr. Nice Car.

Nice Car Company, one of the two main British distributors of electric cars, went into administration yesterday.

“Administration” is Britspeak for bankruptcy.

Meanwhile, from Germany via Reuters:

Activists of environmental group Greenpeace paint cars pink, ...

Activists of environmental group Greenpeace paint cars pink, to protest against electric cars which use electricity generated from coal power stations, in Berlin November 25, 2008.

There is simply no pleasing these Luddites Communists.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, December 4th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Tiny UK Electric Car Sales Down By Half”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    I wonder how many of these boobs in the pic strapped themselves to the conveyer belt in Denmark? These are the very same people who need a GENE POOL cleansing. Most times they end up doing it to themselves, thank god!!

  2. proreason says:

    Maybe the Brits and Germans have figured out that electicity isn’t free, that batteries don’t last forever and are expensive to replace, that electic cars run of of juice quickly, that electic cars are much more expensive than gas-powered cars, that elecric cars don’t accelerate like gas-powered cars, that electic cars take a long-time to refresh the batteries, that gasoline technology is more advanced than electic-car technology, that the price of electicity will increase with demand, that re-juicing electic cars away from home is a problem, and that generating electricity doesn’t create any fewer by-products than gasoline.

    Other than those few things, electric cars are really great. Obamy told me.

  3. U NO HOO says:

    “Activists of environmental group Greenpeace paint cars pink, to protest against electric cars which use electricity generated from coal power stations, in Berlin November 25, 2008.”

    Does the car know where the electricity comes form?

    Are the activists going to paint buildings pink, buildings which use electricity generated from coal power stations?

    Oh, yeah, electricity is fungible.

    Re: “boobs,” don’t insult boobs, real boobs serve important purposes.

  4. Liberals Demise says:

    Terribly sorry there ol’ chap. “The boobs in the picture above, serve no important purpose what so ever”.
    Cheeky monkey, what?

  5. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    Other than cleaner emissions there are too many negatives about all electric cars rather than positives. The biggest being the amount of time it takes to recharge the batteries. As for the Green Peace protesters against this ‘greener’ car, well what do you expect? They’re nothing but chronic complainers. And we all know that the chronic complainer is the sort of person who dies, goes to Hell and then complains to Lucifer that his spot in Hell isn’t hot enough.


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