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Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

Things to come ... The charge of the electric vehicles.

By JAMES WOUDHUYSEN - james.w@seymourpowell.co.uk.

Even Britain's Electric Vehicle Association believes there are only about 20,000 Electric Vehicles (EVs) on the planet. But in an age when Whitehall requires each town hall to develop a local 'walking strategy', the days of the all-petrol two-car family may be numbered.

In California, by the year 2003, one in 10 vehicles sold must, by law, emit nothing. So Ford already sells a 75mph pick-up, based on lead-acid batteries, for $32,000, and Toyota's sports utility vehicle RAV4, with nickel metal hydride batteries, is leased at $500 a month.

Progress remains slow in the UK, but the news is good in South London. There, after four years of effort, a man has persuaded London Electricity and Lambeth Council to install a secure 13-amp power outlet at the kerb outside his home. It is, you might say, only a metaphorical cable in the wind; but maybe Government will soon make the move from permissiveness on EVs to outright support.

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