“Hands up. There is absolutely no question that the decision that we took was the wrong decision. At that time we didn’t have the evidence that subsequently we did have and we had cleaner diesel engines which we thought meant that any potential problem was a lower grade problem than the problem we’re try to solve of CO2.”
Labour’s shadow environment minister Barry Gardiner says that encouraging diesel cars in order to lower carbon emissions in the UK was the wrong decision. Now, Islington Council increased the cost of parking permits for diesels, hoping to get rid of them by 2023.
“It would be a waste to begin mass producing these technologies.”
Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the Bosch board of management, is still not convinced of current battery technology for electric cars. The company focuses on R&D for new battery cells to offer higher ranges and less weight at lower costs.
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“We expected orders of EVs to double in 2015, but initial figures suggest that we could see an even greater increase. We’re only one month into the year and already we’ve taken one fifth of the total amount of orders that we took in the whole of 2014.”
David Bushnell, eMobility Consultant at Alphabet, says that increasing investments in charging infrastructure and subsidies for electric car buyers are driving the company’s EV orders at a faster pace than initially expected.
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