One man’s epic electric test drive – from Land’s End to John o’Groats – podcast | News

Of 30m automobiles on the street in Britain, solely 250,000 are electric – however the quantity goes up quick. In July, new figures confirmed gross sales had risen 50% in a month; they’re anticipated to outsell petrol and diesel fashions by 2025. And new petrol and diesel automobiles are due to be banned fully by 2030.

That’s unambiguously excellent news for the atmosphere – and but many drivers are sceptical of going electric, worrying about underpowered engines and an insufficient charging community. Are these fears justified? What’s the chat like on the service station plug-in factors? And why did that gull have to relieve itself on a loaned Skoda Enyaq simply earlier than the photographer confirmed up? Sam Wollaston sought the solutions to all these questions on a street journey from Land’s End to John o’Groats, and joined Rachel Humphreys to replicate on what he discovered alongside the best way.

Rachel can also be joined by Tom Standage, creator of a ebook on the historical past of human transportation, to clarify the stunning historical past of electric automobiles – which had been briefly the bestselling automobiles in America in 1897. He explains what stalled their progress, what secured petrol’s supremacy, and what the longer term may maintain.

You can learn Sam’s characteristic, Leading the cost! Can I make it from Land’s End to John o’Groats in an electric automobile?, right here. You can learn an extract from Tom’s ebook, A Brief History of Motion: From the Wheel to the Car to What Comes Next, right here, and purchase it here.

Sam Wollaston in his electric car.

Photograph: Jenna Foxton/The Guardian

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