Friday, 17 April 2009

The future for cars is not batteries but coal

The decision by government to invest heavily in electric cars makes about as much sense as selling the nation's gold, or investing in a Betamax factory in 1987. Like just about every major decision this government has taken in the last eleven years, it is wrong.

They simply don't get what people want from their cars. Yes, they may sit for ages at the kerb with only the weekly supermarket shop to stir their tyres, but with the knowledge that at a moment's notice, with a tank of fuel, their owner can escape to the Norfolk coast, or the Highlands. Or cross the channel and just keep going to places wonderful and exotic. A car that will only travel fifty miles and then require overnight charging for the next fifty just doesn't do it. A trip to Scotland would take three days, staying overnight at Travel Lodges in Slough and Doncaster. You might as well cycle there.

No, if oil is running out, the true alternative fuel is not battery power but Hydrogen. Hydrogen will do exactly what petrol and diesel do. And the best part about Hydrogen is that we need never import it; we can make it ourselves, cheaply and easily, even on a domestic scale. From coal. I posted here at length in January on this.

Coal gas - once made in every small town and conurbation in Britain - contains 50% Hydrogen. It also contains 35% Methane, to run our boilers and stoves on. We've got 45 billion tonnes of coal currently classed as recoverable, and a further reserve of 145 billion tonnes in place.

Coal Tar could once again pave our roads and make our soap as oil-derived Bitumen runs out. The North could blossom into industry once again, and we could flip the bird to the Saudis.

The future is bright. The future is Coal.


Anonymous said...

The oil is not running out. There has been 35 years' supply of oil for as long as I can remember - which is a lot longer than 35 years.

But this isn't about anything running out: it's about the AGW nonsense and the green religion generally.

They want us to regress. They don't like freedom or individuality. If they can't get everyone to stand docilely in a queue waiting for the state-run bus to turn up at its own convenience (and don't think they have given up trying on that one yet), then fairly useless cars are not a bad way to start.

John Page said...

The time to worry is when government picks coal as a winner - then we're done for :)

Blue Eyes said...

Hydrogen could also be made from wind.

William Gruff said...

A car with a range of just fifty miles is all that anyone not paid from the public purse will require if increasing government restrictions on our freedom of movement are not done away with.

Nick Drew said...

yup, coal it is

BrianSJ said...

Nobody should write about energy or technology without reading their Jack Lifton. Go google.
Just what do you propose to use as the catalyst? If it is platinum, then think again. Alternatives are being worked on but they are a long way off.