The Anonymous Widower

If We Have More Electric Cars Do We Need More Parkway Stations?

We are all being encouraged by carrot-and-stick methods to change to zero-carbon vehicles.

And it’s not just from Government and environmental activists!

I was recently asked on a train, if I drove an electric car, by the guy sitting opposite me at a table. He told me, that his ten-year-old BMW needed replacing and his daughters were pestering him to get an electric car.

  • He had looked into it and said he could afford one.
  • However like many, he was worried about the battery range.
  • He also said charging at home would not be a problem, as he lived in a house with parking for three cars and could install his own grid-to-vehicle charger.
  • I asked him what he did and like my late wife; C, he was a family barrister.

C would drive thousands of miles a year to Court from our house in Suffolk in her Porsche Boxster, to places like Bedford, Cambridge, Chelmsford, Colchester, Ipswich, Milton Keynes, Norwich, Southend and Yarmouth. Only when she went to London did she use a train from Whittlesford Parkway station.

There are a lot of people like family barristers, where their profession dictates that they travel long distances by car to a variable place of work.

Purchase of an electric car, for some drivers may turn out to be a worrying one, as will they always find a charger at the other end of their journey, to charge the vehicle to get home.

I can see parkway stations like Whittlesford developing into electric parkway stations, where most parking spaces have a charger.

  • Parking could be booked, as in many railway car parks.
  • Some stations could probably host one or more wind turbines.
  • The vehicle batteries with the appropriate grid-to-vehicle technology could be used as grid storage.

Get the technology and the locations right and I can see more parkway stations being developed.

It might also be the sort of infrastructure project that a financial institution like L & G might finance.

 

August 31, 2021 - Posted by | Transport | , , , , ,

5 Comments »

  1. It’s a pity one can’t carry a spare charged battery like one carries a spare tyre !

    Develop this and electric cars become more viable?

    Comment by Melvyn | August 31, 2021 | Reply

    • You’d actually need to carry more than one spare battery, as the weight will limit acceleration and top speed.

      Comment by AnonW | August 31, 2021 | Reply

  2. Rather interesting viewpoint you raised about investing in ev charging points so I had a look.
    I expected to see some kind of rationalising occurring when it comes down to financing the business, but no it’s a bit of a madhouse.
    I found the following article from Ernst and Young that helps to understand the situation at present
    https://www.ey.com/en_uk/power-utilities/how-to-make-ev-charging-pay

    Comment by fammorris | September 1, 2021 | Reply

  3. I would certainly consider an electric car when I next change mine – which will be next summer. But again the problem is where to charge it. I do not have a drive and cannot do anything to make one, since TGM put a bus stop outside my house. Was great when girls were in their teens, and going places on buses, but prevents us making a driveway. The nearest charging points that I am aware of are in another town; although I haven’t been around many places in pandemic, so some may have been put nearer to my home since I saw the other ones. And there are NO petrol stations around where I live that aren’t in a supermarket, because the local ones have all closed, and are now car washes, Tesco Local, or other shops. So they couldn’t put charging points where the petrol stations used to be.

    Hence the consideration won’t be a long one.

    Comment by nosnikrapzil | September 1, 2021 | Reply

    • Sounds to me, you should wait until the hydrogen hub is completed at Carrington in a few years time and get yourself a hydrogen car. It would also be easier, if you needed to go to see your daughter in Kent, as the range is about 300 miles.

      Comment by AnonW | September 1, 2021 | Reply


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