Feeds

Blighty’s barmy for e-cars, poll discovers

6.7m planning to buy within five years

New hybrid storage solutions

Leccy Tech British folks are plain crazy about leccy cars, according to an RAC poll.

The survey – based on 1000 motorists’ answers – summarised that roughly 6.7m of Britain’s drivers are considering buying a vehicle powered solely by batteries at some point during the next five years.

And the figure doesn't sound unreasonable, because a quick straw poll here at Register Hardware discovered two employees who would definitely buy a Chevy Volt, another who wants an iMiEV Sport Air and one who’s after a Tesla S.

Leccy buyers will, presumably, only be swayed if the price of such cars is more or less in line with conventional petrol burners, though.

The RAC’s survey also revealed that Blighty’s drivers want their e-cars sooner rather than later, and that could be a problem.

The Volt isn't due to land here until 2011 and the Tesla S’ arrival is ever further away. More to the point, the government’s £5000 ($8196/€5759) e-car rebate doesn't kick in until 2011.

Still, maintaining a latent demand is easier than creating one. So it’s reasonable to assume that unless the cost of a gallon of unleaded plummets to 50p, we’ll still want our leccy cars come 2015 or 2017, the latter date being the time when the government reckons e-cars will become a true mass-market offering. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Thought that last dinosaur was BIG? This one's bloody ENORMOUS
Weighed several adult elephants, contend boffins
Chelyabinsk-sized SURPRISE asteroid to skim Earth, satnav birds
Space rock appears out of nowhere, buzzes planet on Sunday
City hidden beneath England's Stonehenge had HUMAN ABATTOIR. And a pub
Boozed-up ancients drank beer before tearing corpses apart
'Duck face' selfie in SPAAAACE: Rosetta's snap with bird comet
Probe prepares to make first landing on fast-moving rock
Square Kilometre Array reveals its 1.6TB-a-day storage and network rigs
Boolardy Engineering Test Array - aka BETA - is about to come out of Beta
LOHAN invites ENTIRE REG READERSHIP to New Mexico shindig
Well, those of you who back our Kickstarter tin-rattling...
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile
Data demand and the rise of virtualization is challenging IT teams to deliver storage performance, scalability and capacity that can keep up, while maximizing efficiency.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.