Something old, something new, something yellow, something screwed

Mercury Energy has produced a rather cute ad about a couple of old blokes who steal away (quietly) in the middle of the night for a ride in their electric car.

This is no ordinary electric car. It is a 1957 Ford Fairlane and it is a beautiful piece of retro automotive history apart from the fact that the V8 has been replaced with 280 batteries and electric propulsion with a range, apparently, of “120 to 130k”. (Perhaps he was quoting top speed it is not clear from the video.)

Mercury scored a bit of free advertorial on Seven Sharp on Wednesday night.

Quotes from the video:

  • Alternative transport options
  • The new way is here and can’t be ignored
  • This is the future of energy and its just something that people are going to have to deal with
  • I love it, I’d cruise around all day long in that  (Until the batteries went flat)
  • Commissioned by Mercury Energy as a means to continue the conversation over rechargeable cars
  • On a fast charge, about an hour fifteen
  • Fossil fuels are running out
  • It’s got the engine of the future in it
  • It’s amazing, the amount of people that actually get the concept

So, thumbs up all round it is the future it’s all wonderful.

So, why did this amazing answer to the future have to travel to and from the car show on the back of a fossil-fueled diesel truck?

Some future!

And, since we are talking electric vehicles, this just in from The Register:

Royal Mail considered shifting its fleet of small vans in London to electric vehicles but concluded that doing so would lead to a power meltdown at its central hub in the capital.

Speaking at a Parliamentary hearing about electric vehicles, Andrew Benfield, group director of transport at the non-profit Energy Saving Trust, revealed Royal Mail contemplated switching all its petrol guzzlers to an available electric alternative.

Assuming they could get them from the manufacturer – which is another problem – they [worked out it] would melt the substation at Mount Pleasant in London where they are based, because there isn’t the power available to charge the vehicles that they would need to run.”

Last year Royal Mail began trials in London of nine electric vans with ranges of up to 100 miles, produced by Oxfordshire-based car maker Arrival. It had also ordered another batch of 100 electric vans from Peugeot.

The company’s fleet is made up of roughly 49,000 vehicles.[…]

So, only approx 48,891 to convert, then.

[…]During the hearing, MPs heard that a number of factors are preventing the uptake of electric vehicles, including lack of charging methods and not enough range of vehicles (only 80 are predicted to be on the market by 2025).

Other factors included the expense – Tesla’s entry-level Model 3 vehicle is $35,000 (£28,500) and there’s no second-hand market. All these issues mean the electric car won’t become “a thing” for some time.

Reality can be such a pain, but I am sure that Julie-Anne and James have it sorted…


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In solidarity with the those in the world’s most despised demographic, WH has decided to ‘come out’ as an old white male. WH enjoys exercising the white-male privilege that Whaleoil provides for him by writing the occasional post challenging climate change consensus; looking at random tech issues that tweak his interest, as a bit of a tech nerd; or generally poking the borax at anyone in public life who goes on record revealing their stupidity. WH never excelled on the sports field because his coaches never allowed him to play in his preferred position on the right-wing. WH also enjoys his MG.

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