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The Failure of Public Transport

high shear domestic socket RAREL will concentrate its efforts on personal, rather than public transport. RAREL is not in a position to influence governments' thinking on public transport. A perpetual revolution in public transport technology and thinking might interest any nation wanting to reduce consumption of fossil fuels, year on year. In practice this will rarely happen and uncertainty surrounds the future of public transport in the UK. UK trains have a relatively high mass and low efficiency per passenger expensively carried. UK buses are also not as frequent or as convenient as the localised and lovely London Underground.

The Failure of the Fossil Fuel Saloon Car

We are addicted to our cars. That is why governments rejoice every time we buy a new car. This is not only because of the VAT. They understand that encouraging the purchase of cars permits governments to introduce a suffocating smog of other taxes, based solely on our addiction to the car we just purchased. Taxes are good and necessary. But any government which homes in on the taxation of addictions has, at its heart, a mindset which is difficult to distinguish from that of a drugs baron and drugs barons have a dubious track record in customer care. So most cars, at least in the UK, will, in the name of the environment, be taxed into the undergrowth by a succession of greedy and increasingly desperate governments.

The Electric Vehicle

Electric vehicles will soon be sold by fossil fuel multi-nationals as a means of persuading us that oil giants have changed from a slick and winsome black colour to a prosperous and pleasant green colour. None of them will tell you that Africa will have to be dug up to provide the lead and other metals for the billions of new batteries required.

Around 60% of lead mined each year is eventually recycled in some form or other. If this figure miraculously rises to 90%, it will globally allow fewer than 15 million new electric vehicles to become economically viable without government subsidies.

If the miraculous rise in lead recycling happens, governments will still have to hide a truth from us. Any government which subsidises or incentivises the purchase of electric cars will have to avoid telling us that nearly all the electric cars on our roads (with the possible exception of France and Belgium) will plug into fossil fuel electricity every time their batteries become drained. They will succeed only in polarising the distribution of emissions away from cities and towards centres of power generation. Nationwide, emissions will at best stay the same. They may even rise, due to the heavier burden placed on lossy and inefficient electrical supply grids.

The Current Focus of RAREL Transport Research

We are investigating vehicles for two people. Our design rules require that, whilst they may incorporate an electric motor, they should avoid the pitfall of batteries which ultimately rely on fossil fuels. This is not to say that the project will be able to avoid other pitfalls. If, for example, we investigate electricity generated by vegetable oil or biomass, we would quickly find that the agricultural vehicles used to harvest both, ran on fossil fuel. This is why RAREL does not call itself a green company and instead supports localisation and self-sufficiency. We are happy for the Jolly Green Oil Giants to steal and squeeze into the Chlorophyll Coats of the Greens.

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