Former President Barack Obama, in his latest memoir, criticized Americans for liking “cheap gas and big cars” more than they care about “the environment” – even during a catastrophic event like the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
The comments came during a section in Obama’s 700-page book, “A Promised Land,” released earlier this month.
On page 570, the former commander in chief recounts a press conference he gave more than a month into the oil spill – now considered one of the largest in history – saying his comments did not adequately express the frustration he truly felt.
“Reading the transcript now, a decade later, I’m struck by how calm and cogent I sound,” Obama writes in his book. “Maybe
Grandstanding European politicians are accelerating the sales ban on petrol and diesel cars to 2030, paying scant attention to the unintended consequences, but mini-electric vehicles may bail them out.
The negative impact of bans, announced in Britain and expected in Europe, assumes electric cars will still be unaffordable to basic mass market buyers by then, but some analysts expect big improvements in technology and manufacturing to create at least a level playing field before that.
The ban by Britain provoked more questions than answers. Why suddenly impose a deadline of 2030; surely a gradual changeover would make more sense and do less damage to economies and people? The relaxation for hybrids until 2035 prompted the thought; “just what is a hybrid?” And can U.K. factories still make ICE cars for export?
On Wednesday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
It’s a sign of the times: the no. 1 most leased car brand in CE, Skoda, has announced the launch of Enyaq iV, the first fully-electric business model of Skoda. It is slated to hit the market in late 2020 and it is proof, if proof be needed, that Central Europe is getting ready for plugged-in mobility. But is the required infrastructure available and are governments following with incentives to promote EVs?
Let’s get this out of the way first: the share of electric cars on the roads in Central Europe may be low, but even in the most electrified European markets the numbers still struggle to hit the 5% market share. Of all cars on the roads today, 0.04% are electric in Poland, 0.56% in the Czech Republic, 0.10% in Slovakia, 0.20% in Hungary and 0.06% in Romania.
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Our run down of the lowest-priced EVs currently available to order in the UK
2020 has been a big year for electric cars.
Despite the various difficulties faced by the car industry and buyers, sales this October were almost double what they were in October 2019 and there have been in the region of 20 new models launched or announced since the start of the year.
Some models, such as the Porsche Taycan remain out of the reach of most drivers and there’s no doubt EVs are more expensive than a petrol or diesel equivalent but a growing number are within reach of the average motorists.
Here we run down the cheapest new electric cars available to buy or order right now. We’ve discounted