The entire marketing of electric cars is based on two pillars: it does not run of fossil fuels and it reduces congestion on roads. Since Tesla and Toyota invested big bucks in developing electric cars, the stocks of the companies have skyrocketed. Over time, people have been looking forward to sitting behind the wheel of the electric car.
While the market players are aiming at creating a greener future, a report states that electric cars will not address more pressing issue of traffic jams and would waste space for parking. The report published by the Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions (CREDS), an academic consortium of more than 80 academics across the U.K., called on the government to develop a strategy that could allow people to experience a community without needing a car for transport. In return, the government replied that it has already spending £2 billion to promote walking and use bicycles. Moreover, it plans to spend £50 billion more on improving the quality of roads. However, experts have blamed the government for not having a dedicated, sustainable plan to deal with the issues associated with mass car ownership.
CREDS–which is funded by the U.K government–argues that active travel modes such as walking and cycling should be the priority to battle climate change and improve quality of life. The report, titled, “shifting the focus: energy demand in a net-zero carbon UK”, released a few days ago and states although electric cars are way cheaper to run, it has potential to increase usage of cars and would lead to more congestion. What’s more, the report highlights that the use of electric cars would ultimately lead to an unhealthy society with a greater number of obese people. Thus, CREDS asks the government to frame a strategy that would help bring humanity toward a standard of living without the need for cars.
Prof. Jillian Anable, one of the authors of the report, stated, “Increased use of cars is the gigantic blind spot on the government policy.” She added that for several years, the government has developed innumerable policies to meet the demand by increasing road space. On the other hand, it should have been focused on how to reduce demand.
As a counter opinion, there remains a question of those people who are utterly dependent on cars. Researchers stated that the people, especially those who live in the suburbs, would require cars for daily transport. However, they pointed out, several young citizens have choosing not to buy cars and opting for public transport, cycling, and walking. Apart from this, many choose to hire cars whenever they need. This is a more positive way of living and would decrease obesity, pollution, and road danger. Apart from the reduction in congestion, it would help build greater sociability as people meet their neighbors along the way.
The report further adds that for several car owners, the ownership is a costly matter as most of their lifetime, the cars are parked and more than 30% of cars are not used daily. In addition, one person owns a car, there comes a psychological temptation to use it even for nearer destinations. However, once a person starts to live without a car, they realize that having a car is so much hassle.
Government plans to irradiate petrol and diesel cars in the coming future, but the timeline is too slow, Moreover, it is a huge challenge to charge an electric car, especially in urban areas with no street parking and eventually, electric cars would more congestion. Thus, customers would prefer having a hybrid car which would never solve the issue of depleting fossil fuel sources.