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OPINION: A look at the issues of today

PUBLISHED: 11:00 02 October 2017

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All those electric cars won’t ease congestion

I, like many people, spend around a quarter of my week sitting in queuing traffic thanks to the M25 and the works on the A127.

I’m sat in the car so much I’ll end up having fond memories at the summer of 2017 and the view of the bridge they haven’t built yet.

While people try to solve the carbon footprint of cars the congestion is a big problem.

This week we heard that Sir James Dyson is moving into the field of electric cars. This is a great step forwards as he has a track record for reinventing things.

If the new Dyson electric car is anything like the vacuum cleaner it will be far more powerful than the others on the market, but also so expensive your car will be worth more than your house.

If the new car is anything like the Dyson Airblade hand drier it’ll be jet propelled and claim to get you there in ten seconds, but when it actually takes you 15 you’ll be annoyed.

The problem is, when all the cars on the road are electric we will still have all those cars on the road.

There will be the same queue, the same number of hours wasted sat near roadworks, but slightly less carbon dioxide nearby.

What should be done?

While legislation is banning petrol cars maybe it should also bring in a ban on cars over six foot long. You would still get a ten car tailback but that tailback would seem shorter.

Or maybe technology is the solution.

When Dyson have had a go maybe Apple will work on an electric car.

It would be ground-breakingly high tech but the battery would only get you down the road before you’d need recharging. That’s one way to keep the cars off the road.

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