I have to say I completely agree with this suggestion.
- Is this likely to be the optimal solution for public transport? No - I have never been convinced that electric vehicles will be the most efficient.
- Are there currently any better suggestions that are even potentially affordable? No - hydrogen could be a possibility but in my mind there is no way that this would ever become cash positive.
- Is this better than the current situation? Yes, as Mr Tuffrey points out:
I have said before when talking about my lack of worry with regards climate change that people wont go rushing out to buy environmentally friendly vehicles unless the infrastructure is in place. I know if I were to obtain an electric car it would be very difficult for me to charge (I don't drive but if I did my street wouldn't be the easiest to park in). The technology needs to be there so it is not a hindrance for people, it needs to be as easy for people as petrol cars. That is why commercial vehicles would be an excellent starting point. Bus depots could easily be set up to efficiently charge their fleet, as could taxi firms.
We need more of these sort of ideas if we are to make any progress in this election. I've never felt like London Mayor is an election the Liberal Democrats can win. People get drawn to the personalities of Boris and Ken as well as the Tories/Labours inherent advantage, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't try, and if someone else hears good ideas like this and runs with them surely that is also a positive!
I don't know everything about the Lib Dem possibilities, I've said before that people should lay off the Lembit bashing but I don't think his campaign has been particularly good, the more I hear though the more I'm leaning to Mike Tuffrey.