APPG 2030 Ban

Fair Fuel APPG for UK Motorists and UK Hauliers August 2021 Page | 25 It is not just drivers; it is all of us that will have to pay. Duncan White from the Alliance of British Drives rightly points out: “The costs of Net Zero have been calculated by Andrew Montford from the GWPF, an investigative author into climate change and associates Professor Michael Kelly, Colin Gibson and Capell Aris: The cost of electricity per unit will have to triple. The cumulative cost of carbon-free electricity generation to 2050 will be around £1.4 trillion more than an electric grid based on gas generation which averages out at about £50,000 per household. In the Spectator, Andrew Montford articulates: “Do politicians have any idea of where they are taking us? Or does their thinking on energy policy only extend to posturing and pandering to environmental pressure groups? They cannot keep on like this forever. Eventually, as the bills mount and the reality of energy rationing hits home, the public will turn on them. And this could be sooner than you think. BEIS hopes to clear the way for the grid to control appliances in homes by 2025.” Electric vehicles – Quick Facts Thanks to Mark Hayward an avid Alliance of British Drivers supporter along with FairFuelUK they have sourced unequivocal facts about Electric Vehicles (EVs).  The production of an EV requires more energy than a conventional car, its industrialisation is 3-4 times more energy intensive than a conventional fossil fuelled car.  In its lifetime, assuming the same power generation split as above, an EV will generate 32 Tonnes of CO 2 versus 60 tonnes for a conventional car. For EVs with longer range [500 miles] they will generate 40 tonnes.  The energy consumption of an EV over its lifetime is equivalent to a diesel car.  40% of the cost of an EV is its batteries and account for 25% of its weight.  The effective life of an EV is 1/2 that of a conventional car because the batteries degrade, replacement will be over £10,000.  Currently there is no recycling facility for these batteries, nor is there a mass production facility outside China, where 80-90% of demand is produced.  So, if an EV still generates around 30 tonnes of CO 2 but lasts 1/2 of the life of a conventional car we would have had to buy 2 EVs for every conventional car [ no wonder the car manufactures are all going electric!]  Importantly EVs contain 20-25 lb of rare earth metals which is twice the amount used in conventional cars. Rare Earth Metals Our modern digital age demands enormous amounts of data to be processed in smaller and smaller devices at greater speed. Whether it be mobile phones, iPads, laptops, watches, cars, electric car batteries, energy efficient light bulbs, networks, TVs, solar panels, or wind generators they all rely on minute quantities of rare earth metals to make them work. In fact, without them we could not have wind turbines as the motor weight would be too great. The irony is that extracting these metals is anything but green and their extraction is highly polluting. Once used in products their amounts are so small that recycling is difficult and uneconomic. In consequence we are on a path of continual rare metals extraction with its associated pollution. “The next election could be a good one to lose.”