No more miles per gallon

Scotland has unveiled an ambitious plan to get rid of the internal-combustion engine entirely:

[A] newly released plan, called Switched On Scotland: A Roadmap to Widespread Adoption of Plug-in Vehicles [pdf], encourages the uptake of plug-in cars and calls for an end to petrol and diesel-burning cars in its cities by 2050.

With only 235 new electric vehicles registered in the country last year, the government has decided to take a leadership role and is putting up 14 million pounds ($22.26 million at today’s rates) over the next two years towards a number of carbon-lowering measures. For instance, its own fleet will see some plug-in additions and charging points are to be installed around main public buildings. Later, they also intend to install “rapid charge points” at 50-mile intervals along Scotland’s main roads. Other envisioned enticements include rebates on vehicles, half-price ferry rides for EVs and free charge point installation at EV buyers’ homes.

This is the schedule on which everything is supposed to happen:

Scottish plan to eliminate petrol-powered vehicles

And considering they’d have to rework an area only about the size of South Carolina, they might actually pull it off. Whether they’ll still want to, two or three decades hence, obviously remains to be seen.


  1. Roger Green »

    19 September 2013 · 4:23 am

    I think this is a necessary direction. Of course, it’ll not happen here, and we’ll be having gas lines again in our lifetimes, I’m afraid.

  2. Jess »

    19 September 2013 · 7:02 am

    It always seems like a good idea, until someone realizes something will have to be used to make the electricity. I wonder if anyone has run the power equations and determined the watts required to replace all those btu’s?

  3. McGehee »

    19 September 2013 · 8:26 am

    Scotland’s size is one factor; its terrain another. It’s also no more evenly populated than any other country many times its size.

    The fatal flaw in electrics is charging time; it’s all fine and dandy to assure motorists they’ll find a charging station before their glorified golf cart sputters to a halt, but they won’t care for the hours-long wait before they can get underway again.

    Internal combustion still beats every alternative in any measure that matters to anybody except a politician, an academic, or a bureaucrat.

  4. jsallison »

    19 September 2013 · 5:26 pm

    Or you could go with a standard replaceable battery pack, which brings a whole bunch of other issues.

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